Wellness

7 Age-Erasing Superfoods

By Ellie Schneider - 31 Jan 2014

The secret to a longer life could be hidden in your fridge or pantry. Bursting with powerful antioxidants, fibre, and nutrients, superfoods are beneficial to the brain, digestive health, and will help you to look and feel your best.

Turn back the clock on aging by adding these seven nutritional dynamos to your daily diet.

Maqui Berry

Harvested in South America, maqui berries have extremely high levels of anthocyanins, effective antioxidants with powerful anti-ageing effects. Maqui berries are also abundant in vitamin C, a known support to collagen production which gives skin its tone, elasticity and a more youthful appearance. It can be added to homemade smoothies and desserts.

Turmeric

Curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow colour, contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It also protects brain cells and skin cells from free-radical damage, improving concentration and slowing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha tea contains L-Theanine, a unique amino acid shown to stimulate the production of alpha waves in the brain, which helps to reduce stress. Green tea also contains some of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants and has been shown to aid weight loss and lower cholesterol.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are an incredible source of protein and contain high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA), which helps produce anti-inflammatory hormones that support a healthy metabolism and good skin, hair and nails. Hemp seeds are easily added to salad dressings or pasta sauces.

Chlorophyll

This green superfood provides a wealth of vitamins and minerals to help cleanse, rejuvenate and energise the body. It works by eliminating toxins, which are the robbers of healthy cells, and are aging factors. It is available in tablet, powder or liquid form, and is a great addition to green juices or smoothies.

Kale

Packed with iron, antioxidants and vitamin C, which encourages the production of collagen, prevents dryness, and helps ward off wrinkles, kale is a must in your superfood routine. Its sulfur compounds help detox the liver, and its abundance in Vitamin K and calcium is essential for strong bones. Eat steamed or stir-fried.

Flaxseed

These little seeds offer a cargo of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower blood cholesterol as well as iron out fine lines in the skin. The seed's high fibre content is also beneficial for heart health.

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