10 Anti-Aging Foods From Around the World Slideshow

Time-tested foods that help you age gracefully and how to use them in your kitchen
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10 Anti-Aging Foods from Around the World

10 Anti-Aging Foods from Around the World

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Anti-aging is not so much about stopping aging from happening — that’s just impossible — as it is about growing older with grace and good health. You can do this by simply swapping some items in your refrigerator with these easy-to-buy staples. But for those who are a little bored with these foods, and would like to shake up their anti-aging diets with less common, more exotic fare, we recommend looking to the longevity secrets of cultures around the globe. We have compiled a list of 10 delicious anti-aging foods and diet hacks from all over the world.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Juice

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For younger-looking skin, Deepshikha Aggarwal, one of India’s top nutritionists, suggests diluting aloe vera juice with water and drinking it 20 to 30 minutes before your day’s first meal. We suggest drinking aloe vera with green tea.

Dandelions

Dandelions

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The dandelion is perhaps the most nutrient-rich plant in the world. Ojibwa Indians used it for heart health, as it is a blood purifier that helps prevent heartburn, heart attacks, and strokes by thinning blood and reducing cholesterol. Drink it as a tea, cook with its leaves, or use it in a salad

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto

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This Costa Rican dish is a simple, inexpensive meal of beans and rice with the usual flourishes of onion, red peppers, garlic, olive oil, and cilantro, but that adds salsa lizano, a sweet and spicy light brown sauce comparable to HP or Worcestershire. According to Dr. Oz, beans are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps reduce inflammation and abdominal fat. The catch? Eat it for breakfast.

Hemp Oil

Hemp Oil

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This health food store staple comes to us from the Guangxi province of China, where its earliest record of use is 2700 B.C. It is particularly helpful with the kind of aging problems we are shy to speak of, like hemorrhoids. Incorporate hemp oil into a delicious smoothie.

Noni Juice

Noni Juice

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The Polynesian fruit itself is comparable to the nutrients of an orange, but its juice, when rubbed against skin, is a fantastic moisturizer that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. You can buy it online here.

Red Wine

Red Wine

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It is undeniable that French women know how to age with style. Red wine, high in a molecule called resveratrol, helps extend longevity and is rumored to keep neural conditions like depression and dementia at bay. A recent study even equates a glass of red wine to an hour at the gym.

Sheep’s Milk

Sheep's Milk

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Popular in Greece and around the Mediterranean, sheep’s milk has double the calcium, phosphorus, and zinc of goat or cow’s milk. Its cheese is easier to digest than cow’s milk cheese, but it is still cheese, so consume in moderation. If entertaining, this vine leaf-wrapped ricotta is a great option.

Soursop

Soursop

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This spiky fruit, also called guanabana, is native to the Caribbean and Central America. While it does not cure cancer, as previously believed, it does have immunity-boosting properties and helps with insomnia (so you can get that necessary beauty rest). It’s also delicious, as these soursop recipes will prove.

Tofu

Tofu

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This is a wonderful food for anti-aging because it can be prepared so many ways: chilled, scrambled, or as meatballs. Women in Okinawa, known to live past 100, credit this to tofu’s saponins and isoflavones. The low fat content doesn’t hurt, either. 

Wild Blueberry Grunt

Wild Blueberry Grunt

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A maritime specialty from Nova Scotia, this blueberry grunt consists of lightly cooked blueberries (sweetened or unsweetened) and biscuits, which float atop the tart sauce like a type of stew. It’s indulgent, but packed with vitamins and polyphenol. Try it spiced.