April 24, 2013

7 Fruits and Vegetables that Reverse the Signs of Aging

The human diet contains thousands of antioxidants--nutrients that may help do everything from preventing wrinkles to killing off cancerous cells. But while many foods from chocolate to popcorn promise these health benefits, your best bet for a long, vibrant future begins with produce. 


Lycopene, an antioxidant that can combat free radicals (molecules or ions that can damage healthy cells and suppress your immune system), gets the credit for tomatoes' ability to help protect against some cancers, including lung cancer. If possible, opt for Classica tomatoes--in a study of 13 tomato varieties, Classicas ranked highest in lycopene.

This popular leafy green is a major source of vitamin K (one cup cooked contains almost 12 times your recommended daily value), which may help ward off heart disease and osteoporosis. Ask for Winterbor kale at your local farmers' market--in addition to vitamin K, this variety contains high levels of fiber, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The deep-purple skin gets its rich color and anti-aging power from nasunin, a nutrient that helps fight the spread of cancerous cells by cutting off the blood supply they need to multiply. Research also suggests that nasunin may slow the development of Alzheimer's disease by preventing free radicals from damaging neurons.

Red Bell Pepper
This immunity-boosting superstar contains roughly 60 percent more vitamin C--which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight off germs and bacteria--than its green counterpart. It may also keep you looking young: A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people with diets high in vitamin C were less prone to wrinkles, possibly because the nutrient spurs the production of collagen.

Rutin, a potentially lifesaving flavonoid (a class of antioxidants) found in high levels in this flavorful fruit, may block an enzyme linked to the formation of blood clots, lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a 2012 study from Harvard Medical School.

One of the herb's medicinal properties comes from the antioxidant eugenol. Recent lab studies found that this compound sparks anticarcinogenic activity in cervical cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct.

Brussels Sprouts
Our cells are naturally equipped with tumor-suppressing genes, and the sulfur compounds found in Brussels sprouts may help those genes by blocking enzymes that promote tumor growth. A 2012 study also found that these sulfur compounds could play a key role in treating rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and activating cartilage-protecting proteins.


  1. OH AYE..................veggies covered in pesticeds you cannot wash all that off.............and those that claim to be organic are grown in fields that once were covered in are they good.........really turn out the light and see if you glow in the dark...............

  2. Reverse the signs of aging? I'm sorry to inform you that everyone ages to one degree or another. I'm also sorry to inform you that you and I will most certainly die regardless of what food we eat. Whether our death is sooner or later, death is out of our control.

  3. Let hhhhhhhhear it for the vegetables - Only in America can a Radish get plastic surgery to look like a Tomato soon all veg will look like two peas in a pod......can you see were I'm going with this Thousands of years Man has eaten Vegetables - has it made a difference to ageing..........NO.......We have these gobbledygook surveys and infos that are made to fill the page and to sell to low esteem people that waste their money time and their ability searching for Facial Klondike gold .........its not going to happen through food sensibly folks......a wide variety diet and regular fresh air exercise and above all exercise the mind...........Good Health People......I know I'm good....I should charging but I love all people ENJOY

  4. I believe that all natural foods are healthy and that's why they were given to us by our creator. It's man's intervention with unnatural chemicals to 'make everything better' than what our creator intended for us that is affecting our health. Oh the arrogance of man!!!And so we suffer the consequences.

  5. There's a lot of good common sense to this article. Yes we are all going to age and we are all going to die. However good nutrition is vital to good health and good health prevents premature death. A steady diet of MacDonald's or Burger King or processed foods eventually plays havoc on the body. So think about it!

  6. It is not about avoiding death, as we cannot do that. I just want to avoid aging horribly, or suffering miserably my last years. I don't want to be dying of a disease, but I want to die of old age. There are people who do that, and most of them have stayed active and watched their diet.

  7. A balanced PH will help tremendously. Too much acid brings on many illnesses. You can find acid/alkaline charts online. Alkaline diets have been proven to kill cancer cells.

  8. Thank you so much for this great information. We all are going to face
    death one day of course, but God wants for us to take care of the state
    of our soul as well of our body. God bless you all for your help!

  9. The best food is fresh milk from your wife breasts you will become a baby again

  10. No it wont make you young again you moron it will just make you look like the big old toxic boob that you are

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  12. Rusty Brown in CanadaJanuary 14, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Don't underestimate the power of high-level vitamin C. It does wonders for the skin, as noted in the article, by creating collagen; it also cures varicose veins for the same reason. Improve your entire cardio-vascular system by taking 3 or 4 grams of vitamin C per day with meals and watch the varicose veins disappear completely.