3 Superfoods for a Long Life

Prevent dementia, clear your arteries, and live longer with this trio of great-for-you edibles: apples, pecans, and fish!

That's right. You can get triple the anti-aging benefits when you make these 3 superfood staples in your diet:

  1. Apples for a longer life. Another reason to eat one each day: Well-washed apples are full of cell-protecting plant substances called polyphenols that increase life spans by 10 percent in the lab. Apples could help you live longer, too. Why? Polyphenols neutralize free radicals that would otherwise damage your DNA in ways that accelerate aging. Stress less to protect your DNA from age-related damage.
  2. Eat fish to fight dementia. Omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, trout, and canned light tuna help reverse brain changes triggered by a gene that increases dementia risk. Because 15 percent of humans carry the gene, it's a great reason to eat these good fats every day. Do this 3 times a week to enhance memory and brain function.
  3. Pecans for clean-as-a-whistle arteries. Turns out this tasty nut is rich in gamma-tocopherols, a type of vitamin E that works to keep lousy LDL cholesterol from clogging your arteries with plaque. Bad LDL levels fell 33 percent after people ate 3 ounces of pecans. At 600 calories, that's a lot of nuts. But you can still get benefits with less. 8 types of comfort food that'll lower bad cholesterol.

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