Saturday 14 September 2013

Want to Live Longer – 14 Healthiest Food That Help You to Live Longer

It is really interesting…

The question about immortality is intrinsically related to the question of mortality. And even though there many people who are not afraid of dying, but I can't say I have ever met someone who wants to die, well, maybe excluding some very depressed individuals, but in general, people would prefer not to die tomorrow, if that could be a choice.

Much is made of the longevity revolution, and rightfully so. The average life expectancy in 1900 was 47 years. Today it is 78. This three-decade bonus has fundamentally altered the economy, politics, and society, while helping lay waste to pension systems around the globe and shatter any notion of a traditional life path.
The life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last century, but that's mostly because we keep doing a better and better job at preventing and treating the things that kill people when they're relatively young. Of course, medical breakthroughs and better healthcare have also blessed us with more time to accomplish our goals, pursue our passions, and spend time with grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other loved ones. So these extra years really are a bonus—as long as you can pay for them.

Now here’s something for you. What you eat can add years to your life and you can live long. Following are the surprised 14 healthiest food can do this for you. These super-foods, known for their anti-aging properties, all contain specific chemicals and/or vitamins that seem to increase our ability to fight off some of today's most prevalent, life-threatening diseases.

List of U.S. state foods
List of U.S. state foods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Apples are chock-full of several powerful antioxidants, especially quercetin, and are also high in the soluble fiber, pectin.

Health benefits: Quercetin, the superman of antioxidants, fights both blood clots and cancer. Pectin, not to be outdone, helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and remove cancer-causing toxins from the bloodstream. Looks like the snake in the Garden of Eden may have been onto something -- an apple a day may just keep the grim reaper away.

Substitute: Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Papayas

English: Avocado with its cross section. Pictu...
English: Avocado with its cross section. Pictured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. App 18 cm (7 inches) long. Français : Un Avocat entier et en coupe. Photo prise à Dar es Salaam, en Tanzanie. Longueur 18 cm environ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Avocados are extraordinarily high in fiber, and contain more potassium than bananas. More than half the calories in each creamy green fruit comes from one of the world’s healthiest fats, a kind called monounsaturates.

Health benefits: Not only do they make your skin soft and kissable, but avocados are also a nasty enemy of high blood pressure, heart disease and certain types of cancer, especially colon cancer. The monounsaturated fats both improve you cholesterol profile and decrease the amount of triglycerides (more fats) floating around in your blood.

Substitute: Olive, Canola and Peanut oils, Peanut butter, Tahini.

Photo of a market banana
Photo of a market banana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Bananas contain tons of potassium, magnesium and folate.

Health benefits: Potassium helps fight high blood pressure and reduces the risk of strokes. Folate is necessary for proper tissue growth, and is important in preventing heart disease and cancer.

Substitute: Kiwi, Plantain, Mango, Cantalope.

English: Broccoli and its cross section isolat...
English: Broccoli and its cross section isolated on a white background. Français : Un Brocoli vu entier et coupé sur un fond blanc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.

Health benefits: They lower the risk of heart disease and cancer and help maintain youthful, healthy skin.

Substitute: Cauliflower, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts or Asparagus.

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), typical ...
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), typical clutch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Eggs are rich in choline, protein and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

Health benefits: What's the point of living forever if you can't remember where you put your dentures? Eggs can help, since the choline in eggs is thought to help retain memory in old age; furthermore, the carotenoids in eggs may be able to prevent cataracts, as well as age-related macular degeneration, both of which lead to blindness.
Researchers in Michigan were able to determine that regular egg eaters enjoyed more vitamins and minerals in their diets than those who ate few or no eggs. The researchers have also found that egg eaters were about half as likely to be deficient in vitamin B12, 24 percent less likely to be deficient in vitamin A, and 36 percent less likely to be deficient in vitamin E.

Substitute: Bacon, Milk.

English: Garlic Bulbs
English: Garlic Bulbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Like so many anti-aging foods, garlic is an excellent source of antioxidants. It contains Allicin, an antibacterial and antifungal compound.

Health benefits: Garlic acts as an anti-coagulant in the blood, which reduces the risk of strokes, and also increases survival time in cancer patients by helping to destroy cancerous cells. It also strengthens your cardiovascular system, decreases fat storage, and fights acne inflammation.

Substitute: Onions, Chives, Leeks.

Kidney Beans:
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English: High Resolution Image of Kidney Beans. Français : Haricots rouges secs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Oodles and oodles of soluble fiber. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites.

Health benefits: Fiber helps one maintain a healthy digestive system, and wouldn't you know that a healthy digestive system may help prevent colon cancer and diabetes? Oh, and it gets better: soluble fiber also lowers blood cholesterol and blood sugar. Bring on the beans. It lowers your hear attack risk and reduce obesity.

Substitute: Haricot, Butter Beans, Chickpeas.

It's a picture of oats.
It's a picture of oats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Contains an unique Antioxidant compounds called Avenanthramides. It also rich in soluble fibers and proteins.

Health benefits: Oats rush cholesterol out of your system. Unique Oat Antioxidants Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. It also Prevent Heart Failure with a Whole Grains Breakfast.

Substitute: Buckwheat, Teff, Wheat Berries, Quinoa.

English: an Malaysia Product Soy Milk ... Enri...
English: an Malaysia Product Soy Milk ... Enriched with high calcium . showing an Soy Milk Envelope and a glass of that. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: The plant hormones isoflavones. Soy foods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and, in some cases, fiber. It also enriched with Calcium and Vitamin B12.

Health benefits: Soy may also lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems, and alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause.

Substitute: Tofu, Edamame, Miso.

Tea(Black or Green):
Vietnamese green tea
Vietnamese green tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Contains Polyphenols, Caffeine. It also contains a variety of enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, sterols, carotenoids, tocopherols, vitamins and related compounds,phytochemicals and dietary minerals.

Health benefits: Besides soothing the soul, tea boosts the immune system, helps prevent cancer and osteoporosis, lowers stroke risk, and promotes cardiovascular health. Green tea also may boost your metabolism, helping you burn off food.

Substitute: Chamomille Tea, Ginger Tea, Orange Tea.

Grape tomatoes.
Grape tomatoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Rich in carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. Contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C, also high levels of Anthocyanin. Also contains high level of potassium.

Health benefits: Tomatoes lower cancer risk, increase your skin's sun-protection factor, and play a role in preventing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It work against impotency and help increase the sperm count. Also tomatoes are powerful blood purifiers and clear up urinary tract infections. It is also good for improving skin porosity and are widely used in the manufacture of skin care and beauty products.

Substitute: Watermelon, Persimmons, or Pink Grapefruit.

Walnut02 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: A handful of walnuts has as much omega-3-fatty acid as 3 ounces of salmon. It is an excellent source of Vitamin E and healthy fats.

Health benefits: Not only does omega-3 fatty acid help to dissolve blood clots and heart disease, it may also help to prevent arthritis and depression. Walnuts lower the risk of gallstones and lower your bad cholesterol. It improves sleep and helps blood vessels relax and remain smooth, improving the elasticity of the blood vessel.

Substitute: Pecans, Pistachios, Almonds, Macadamia nuts, Hazelnuts and Cashews.

Seedless watermelon Purchased Feb. 2005 in Atl...
Seedless watermelon Purchased Feb. 2005 in Atlanta, GA, USA The tag had the following information: mini me (TM) AYACO FARMS PERSONAL SEEDLESS WATERMELON #3421 PRODUCT OF NICARAGUA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Watermelons are rich in Lycopene.

Health benefits: It lowers the lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Keeps your skin looking younger, relaxes blood vessels. It also boost your energy as watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesize feel good dopamine. It also contains magnesium which assists in the body's formation of adenosine triphosphate. Like a rechargeable battery, this nucleotide fuels cellular function for all-day energy. It also helps in the faster healing of wound and other skin problem.

Substitute: Guava, Pineapple, Green Apple, Banana.

Turkish cacık, made with yoghurt and cucumber
Turkish cacık, made with yoghurt and cucumber (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ingredients: Yoghurt is rich in content with Calcium and Vitamin D. It also contains Lactobacteria.

Health benefits: It is easier to digest than Milk. In addition to being a great source of protein and calcium, yogurt promotes strong bones and a healthy heart. It prevents Osteoporosis. Lactobacteria, especially acidophilus, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reduces the conversion of bile into carcinogenic bile acids. The more of these intestines-friendly bacteria that are present in your colon, the lower the chance of colon diseases. It also improves your immunity.

Substitute: Kefir

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