by David Kekich
If you like to eat, you should have extra incentive to live longer. Just think—if you add only five years to your life—that means you get to eat at least 5,500 more meals. These foods will add length to your life…they’re all backed by major independent studies.
Tomatoes contain a very powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Studies show lycopene cuts cancer rates by 40% and heart disease by 50%. And it makes the elderly function better mentally. Tomato sauce has five times as much lycopene as fresh tomatoes. And surprisingly, canned tomatoes have three times as much.
2. Olive oil
Reduces death from heart disease and fights cancer. Use extra virgin olive oil.
3. Red or purple grapes
Grape juice and red wine increase longevity. Two alcoholic drinks per day maximum.
Packed with antioxidants. Garlic fights cancer and heart disease and overall is anti-aging.
Follows right behind garlic for antioxidant protection. It’s rich in folic acid, which helps fight cancer, heart disease and mental disorders and may help prevent Alzheimer’s.
6. Salmon and other fatty fish
These contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which fight virtually every disease and keep your brain and heart functioning optimally. They also lower inflammation. Caution: make sure your salmon is wild Pacific or Alaskan salmon. Farm and Atlantic salmon can be contaminated.
Eat over five ounces per week. They can cut heart attack deaths by 40% in women. People who eat about two ounces of nuts four times a week tend to live longer, in fact, up to two to three years longer! Almonds and walnuts lower cholesterol. Unsalted are best for you. And eat them raw if you can. You may want to avoid nuts altogether during pregnancy if you have a family history of asthma. If you have most any disease, or any kind of insulin-related problems, you may want to avoid large amounts of seeds and nuts except for flax, chia and walnuts.
High in antioxidants. One-half cup a day can retard aging and block brain changes leading to fading memory. Other dark, richly colored berries run neck-and-neck with blueberries.
9. Matcha green tea and black tea (maybe white too)
One cup per day of Matcha green tea can cut heart disease risk in half. (Note: Instant or bottled have little effect.) Other beneficial effects include improved mental alertness; lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels; reduced blood pressure; lower risk of breast, colon, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers; protection against Type II diabetes; improved exercise performance and lowered risk of obesity.
New studies show pomegranate to be one of the richer sources of antioxidants.
You will live a long, healthy life to the extent you can: prevent oxidation; reduce inflammation; prevent glycation; and enhance methylation. Start with your diet to reverse aging. You’ll never have a chance to relive this moment.
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