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As guys get a little long in the tooth, we all start to look for the tools to combat the effects of aging. Forget about sagging skin—your fitness is at stake here, and that means the true enemies are slower stamina, a weakened immune system, and weight gain. Fortunately, there are various ways to help stall the reality of aging. You're already maintaining healthy lifestyle with a sound diet and workout regimen—so make sure to finish the process with these nutritious, muscle-preserving foods.
With its high antioxidant profile, this superfood does it all, from raising nitric oxide levels to preventing diseases. Pomegranates are also packed with vitamin C, helping prevent wrinkes from sun damage.
What's more, pomegranate seeds contain juice with two powerful anti-aging compounds: ellagic acid and punicalagin. Ellagic acid fights off free radicals, and punicalagin is a supernutrient that can increase your body's capacity for maintaing collagen, which makes your skin look plump and smooth.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can help improve the integrity of your skin's cell membrane, helping lock in moisture. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to reducing weight and having heart health properties, thereby promoting longevity in the long run.
Lots of dark, green, leafy vegetables contain antioxidants called phytonutrients. These compounds help protect your skin from any sun damage. Spinach, in particuar, is high in beta-carotene and lutein—two compounds that promote skin elasticity.
Green tea is the ultimate superfoood because it has been shown to offer all kinds health benefits. The catechins found in this brew can help ward off those unwanted brown spots that are caused by the sun, and the polyphenols in green tea can help reverse the effects of aging.
The "good fats'' in olive oil have a myriad of health-promoting benefits that fight aging. Specifially, olive oil's omega-3 fatty acids help to improve blood circuation throughout the body, giving your skin that rosy color. Also, the "good fats" work to raise your testosterone levels, which not only help you reach your fitness goals but also make you feel younger.
Hair loss happens as most guys get older, but consuming foods high in protein and iron can give hair follicles a boost. Protein is truly the building block for hair, and that means protein-rich beans can actually play a key role in hair maintenance by helping to thicken hair cells.
Cranberry juice has been shown to ease (and even prevent) bladder problems because of its anti-bacterial properties. Studies have also shown that cranberry juice can prevent bad bacteria from sticking to your teeth, thereby preventing plaque from forming.
One caveat: Cranberries have relatively high amounts of (natural) sugar, which can contribute to cavities if you're not careful about brushing your teath. So next time you're grocery shopping, make sure you pick up cranberry juice without any added sugar.
Avocados are loaded with monounsatured fats—also known as "good fats"—which can improve brain function and skin texture. Bonus: Avocados are high in the mineral boron, which helps to absorb calcium and is believed to improve bone density.
Flavor up a meal with this anti-aging spice. There's some evidence that turmeric might prevent cancer due to the compound curcumin, and it may even improve brain function and prevent fine lines from appearing in your skin. Heavy lifters like curcumin as a joint-frendly supplement.