Fighting the test of time just got easier—tastier, actually. Odds are you won’t be taking a page out of your girlfriend or wife’s anti-aging regimen, smearing eye creams on before bed, and we don’t blame you. In fact, we encourage you to take the natural route, working on getting your body healthy from the inside out.
Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests incorporating these five superfoods into your diet so you can turn the clock back to a younger, more vibrant looking you. Plus, you’ll enjoy some major health benefits to boot.
A powerful source of protein, they cost just pennies each. Many people think eating eggs increases blood cholesterol. Not true. Eggs contain choline, a B vitamin shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, which may lesson the chance of developing Alzheimer’s. And these protein powerhouses protect your bones and fight frailty, too. Antioxidants and other nutrients in egg yolks help prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness, and protect the retina from UV sun damage.
You know to eat your greens, but you have to eat your reds, too. Beets help dilate blood vessels, which improves blood flow throughout the body. They’re also packed with iron, which helps deliver oxygen throughout the body and ward off anemia.
A recent study out of the City of Hope Hospital found that blueberries might have the power to combat tumor growth. Its antioxidants can help fight the free radicals that cause cancer. Other purple-colored foods—such as purple potatoes, blood oranges, and eggplant—provide a similar anthocyanin benefit.
They’re packed with lycopene, a redcarotene that’s extremely protective against colon, lung, skin, and prostate cancers. It’s also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration.