Science will tell you that premature aging is a lifestyle choice rather than a genetic certainty. And it’s not exactly news that diet, social and exercise habits, and other lifestyle choices can all accelerate or decelerate signs of aging. That being said, the details can seem a little fuzzy at times. So today we’re breaking down the nutritional benefits of certain foods and how they can help prolong youth.
Alkaline foods and antioxidant-rich supplements aid in the prevention of oxidative stress on the body, a leading cause of the outward appearance of aging, so we’ll call them anti-aging foods. Along with exercise and sun exposure, free-radical oxidation is a key cause of everything from wrinkles to lack of vitality, and it’s entirely reversible with the proper nutrition. Keep scrolling to hear which foods can actually rejuvenate the body and make you look and feel your best.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower come loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Studies from The American Institute for Cancer Research show their nutrient-dense composition delivers plenty of cancer-reducing benefits along with a powerful lineup of vitamins and minerals. They also contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical that stimulates detox enzymes in the body to prevent cell damage and naturally reduce oxygen-free radicals, further aiding in cancer prevention.