9 Methods To Control Aging Using Your Food Choices

1. EAT MISO, TOFU, AND TEMPEH

Soy is one of the most effective “anti-aging foods” known. It has been proven to reduce inflammation as well as promoting healthy sex hormone levels, and all on an ecogenetic level. Both men and women will greatly benefit from adding soy products to their diets.

2. ADD THYME OLI TO YOUR ANTI-AGING ARSENAL

In a 2010 study conducted in Japan, the carvacrol found in thyme oil was shown to be a p potent inhibitor of COX-2, an enzyme believed to be linked to inflammation and aging.

3. MAKE OLIVE OIL A REGULAR PART OF YOUR DIET

A staple of the Mediterranean diet for centuries olive oil has been proven in study after study to fight diseases, such as cancer. Olive oil decreases the expression of pro-inflammatory genes in the human body. This explains in large part why there are significantly fewer instances of cardiocvascular disease, dementia, and cancer among native Mediterranean living in the region where olive oil is the main source of dietary fat.

4.CHECK OUT BOSWELLIA SUPPLEMENTS

Boswellia (also known as frankincense) is an ayurvedic herb known for it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that boswellia improves joint function, pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. It has been reported to decrease asthma symptoms by improving lung function, and inflammatory bowel disease by decreasing inflammation in the abdominal area. Talk to your healthcare provider about boswellia and see if it is an option for you.

4. ENJOY SOME BEE POLLEN, ROYAL JELLY, AND BEE PROPOLIS

What better source for anti-aging products than nature’s longevity champs themselves? Just look at the Queen honeybee. She lives nearly 40 TIMES LONGER than the rest of the bees in her hive, yet she is genetically identical to them! The only thing she does differently is that she alone consumes royal jelly, which is used to nourish the hive’s larvae. Scientists have discovered that genes associated with longevity are activated by micronutrients found in royal jelly.

6. SUPPORT YOUR MITOCHONDRIA WITH THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS

Mitochondrion are structures found within cells that serve as the “powerhouses” for producing ATP, the energy that allows our organs to function. However, as the mitochondria produce ATP, they simultaneously prodice oxidants which expose the mitochondria to free radical damage over time.
An animal study at the University of California-Berkely indicated a decline in mitochondrial function in older lab rats. The study found that supplementing the rats’ diet with the micronutrient acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) slowed down mitochondrial decay.
Although ALCAR increased specific aspects of mitochondrial function, it did not decrease oxidant production within the cells. By introducing a supplement known as N-tert-butyl-alpha-phenyl-nitrate, or PBN, to ALCAR, mitochondrial function showed improvement in free radical formation in the mitochondria.

7. ADD PLANT STEAROLS TO YOUR DIET

Plant stearols are plant cholesterols that have been shown to maintain a healthy balance of T-cells (cells which destroy infected, virus-causing cells) and to enhance cellular immunity in humans when ingested in small amounts. Good sources of plant stearols are chia seeds and pumpkinseed oil.

8. CONSUME NUTRIENTS THAT SUPPORT JOINT AND HAIR HEALTH

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic compound found in fruits, vegetables, and grains which contains sulfer. MSM has been shown to improve joint health and function and to be beneficial in maintaining normal joint cartilege, which requires sulfer for healthy and proper functioning.

9. EAT CONCORD GRAPES

Polyphenolic substances contained in foods such as Concord grapes have been shown to have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which are necessary for BRAIN HEALTH. Controlling inflammation on or near the brain is key to preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
One study has indicated that Concord grape juice helps to reduce the symptoms of dementia and to improve cognitive functioning in older adults. Concord grape juice has been shown to contain polyphenolic substances known as anthocyanins. Studies have shown that anthocyanins can permeate brain tissue which allows for quick result in brain function improvement and protection.
Scientists have further found that resveratrol found in grapes and in wines produced from grapes lowered the risk of cognitive decline in mice. Resveratrol has been shown to increase insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), which is directly involved in the production of new blood vessels and nerve cells in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls memory.

By DR. MITCHELL GAYNOR

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