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Seven foods for longevity

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Longevity isn’t just about our genetic heritage. Instead we can control many of the factors that will influence the quality and quantity of our years with all those small, daily decisions we make about, for example, nutrition. The Huffington Post picked seven tasty and healthy products that can make your life longer.

Broccoli

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are full of sulforaphane and other antioxidants that help to protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. But when it comes to the veggies, raw may be better: recent research has found that boiling in water has a “leaching effect.”

Whole Grains

Whole grains offer a variety of antioxidants and vitamins, and are packed with fiber, known to help protect against high cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels, which can safeguard against diabetes. And one type of whole grain in particular – oats – has a unique antioxidant called avenanthramides that can offer additional protection against cholesterol.

Berries

Not only are berries good for extending life – they improve the quality of later years. Berries are chock full of antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage, but one antioxidant in particular – anthocyanins – is particularly useful for brain function, balance and muscle retention.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of inflammation-reducing flavonoids, a compound that also has antioxidant properties and helps prevent blood clots. Reducing inflammation is its real longevity trick, as research shows that molecular inflammation may be responsible for much aging and cell death.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, the fat-soluble nutrient that helps to protect against some types of cancer, like prostate, lung and stomach cancers.

Beets

Beets are rich in betaine, a compound associated with lower markers of inflammation.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid associated with reduced inflammation.

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