Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Longevity Diet

12 superfoods that have anti-ageing and disease-fighting properties. They are high in antioxidants - the nutrients that reduce free radical damage to our cells caused by sun, smoke and air pollution.


Avocados contain folate, needed for cell division and blood-cell formation, essential for cell regeneration, and antioxidants.They include the antioxidant vitamin E (good for skin).


One of the most health-protective, anti-ageing foods - their vitamin C content is high and their beta-carotene means they are good for dealing with free radicals.


High in fibre, with lots of beta-carotene, folate and vitamin C to help to prevent and fight heart disease.


High in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant - we absorb more beta-carotene from cooked carrots than from raw, but since vitamin C is highest in raw carrots I'd make sure you have raw or cooked daily.


This is a wonderful anti-cancer and heart-preserving food, but you need to eat it raw to enjoy its health benefits - through a finely-chopped clove into a salad dressing or guacamole.

Ideal fo non-fish eaters, hemp oil is a good vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids. Its also rich in vitamin E, a great antioxidant, and useful in preserving youthful skin.


This contains probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifida, which are thought to help the gut produce anti-cancer substances called butyrates.


Oats are rich in soluable fibre, which can lower levels of LDL, so-called bad fats. They also have a low GI rating, which means that they help to keep your energy levels up and steady.

Onions belong to the same family as garlic and are great for lowering bad cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and thinning the blood to minimise the risk of clotting and resulting strokes and heart attacks.


Prunes mop up more free radicals than any other fruit. They are high in soluable fibre, which is why they've been used as a laxative - they gently stimulate the bowel and soften the stool, great for helping to avoid bowel cancer.

Sardines - like herrings, mackerel, salmon and fresh tuna - are very high in omega-3 fatty acids.


Tea is full of antioxidants, but only when it's served black - milk reduces its power drastically. Fountain Of Youth