What are some anti-aging superfoods?

Some foods that have been shown to support greater health, energy and mental strength in aging bodies are also called superfoods. These include the following:
  • Red peppers, oranges, pine nuts, roasted sunflower seeds and safflower oil: Vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamin C help prevent skin appearance changes related to aging. Nuts and oils with high amounts of linoleic acid provide similar defense. Regardless of age, sun exposure or other factors, women who eat more foods that are rich in vitamin C and linoleic acid have fewer wrinkles, less skin dryness and less atrophy -- the gradual thinning of skin layers.
  • Cocoa: It's not just for kids anymore. You may have switched to green tea for its antioxidant benefits, but cocoa is actually higher in the powerful phenolic phytochemicals that fight oxidative damage. Indeed, cocoa leads the list for antioxidant capacity -- ahead of red wine, green tea and black tea. Make it with nonfat milk and you'll help strengthen your bones as well.
  • Spinach, kale and collards: Here's another reason to eat more vegetables: high vegetable consumption produces a slower rate of cognitive decline with age. Researchers looked at more than 3,700 people aged 65 or older and found that those who ate about three to four daily servings of vegetables -- particularly leafy greens -- had much less decline in memory, recall and other mental functions than did those who ate less than one serving of veggies per day.
  • Walnuts: These popular nuts enabled aged rats to improve motor performance (such as walking on a plank) and thinking skills. Because of these results, researchers believe walnuts look very promising for strengthening cognition.
  • Fish: It's been called "brain food" for decades, but now there's evidence that fish helps keep your mental abilities strong while you age. Compared with people who ate less than one fish meal per week, those who ate fish once weekly or more often showed a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline.
Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine
I like to recommend garlic to people as it helps fight radicals in the body. Additionally, cinnamon and chia seeds have been found to have "super food" qualities. In addition to consuming these foods exercise is also an important component to "anti-aging". It is important to note that changing ones lifestyle to age optimally can be the first step to living a longer healthier life. 
Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some of the best anti-aging foods are actually combinations of foods eaten together to maximize their benefits -- for example, apples and dark chocolate, says registered dietitian Sari Greaves. Watch the video to learn about other healthy food duos.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We talk a lot about things that help you fight the age battle, and chief among those are nutrient-rich foods. These three stand out above the rest, not only for their abundant anti-aging and health-boosting properties, but also for their versatility and taste! Check out these three powerhouse foods.
  • Red Lentils. These protein-rich legumes are especially great, because they’re loaded with fiber -- 1 cup provides about three-quarters of your daily recommendation. Both protein and fiber have satiating abilities that help you stay fuller for longer. Lentils are a great substitute for meat, or can be eaten plain by boiling them in water with lemon.
  • Amaranth. Rich in iron, magnesium and calcium -- important minerals for bone strength -- this whole grain helps fight osteoporosis. Amaranth is a great substitute for any other grain, like rice, and can be eaten as a complement to a meal or by itself, dry-toasted on a skillet.
  • King Trumpet Mushroom. Mushrooms have all sorts of disease-fighting properties, and King Trumpet mushrooms are no exception. They’re packed with antioxidants that fight harmful toxins and help your immune cells recognize potential threats to your system. Work two handfuls of these mushrooms into your diet on a weekly basis to get the benefits they have to offer.
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