Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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In the perennial quest for longevity, there are no miracle cures. But what's on your plate matters more than you think. Here are 10 foods to make sure are in your pantry -- as well as delicious recipes to use them.

Healthy Greens 
How They Help
  • They contain folate, calcium, and other nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems. Diets high in cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cabbage, help reduce risk of memory loss and cancer.
How to Eat
  • Crucifers and leafy greens like kale, escarole, and spinach make delicious additions to all manner of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, stews, and soups.
Try This: Hearty Garlic Greens
 


Whole Grains
How They Help

  • Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they're digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and diabetes.
How to Eat
  • Grains such as brown rice, quinoa, barley, oatmeal, and millet make hearty side or main dishes -- even breakfasts. They're more filling than a plain white bagel.


Berries 
How They Help
  • Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance.
How to Eat
  • Choose fresh berries when they're in season or frozen varieties year-round. Enjoy them alone as a snack, in salads and smoothies, or in cooked sauces.
Try This: Berry Pizza

Olive Oil 
How It Helps
  • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat, olive oil figures prominently in the Mediterranean diet. It may explain the lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline in people who follow this way of eating.
How to Eat
  • Take a cue from the Mediterranean diet and make olive oil your main cooking oil. Also use it in salad dressings or as a great dip for bread (skip the butter).

Tomatoes
How They Help
  • Certain red fruits -- including tomatoes -- contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps maintain youthful (heheh i like !!) skin texture and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer (especially prostate, lung, and stomach cancers) and heart disease.
How to Eat
  • For lycopene content, go for cooked tomatoes (in sauces and pastes) rather than raw. The cooking process creates a more concentrated source of this nutrient.

Nuts 
How They Help
  • Varieties such as almonds and walnuts contain a generous helping of healthy fats, vitamins, and protein that benefit cardiovascular and brain health. Nuts are also high in compounds that ease inflammation.
How to Eat
  • Snack on 1/4 to 1/2 cup of nuts, preferably almonds or walnuts, four to five times a week. Keep in mind that peanuts are not true nuts; they're legumes.
Try This: Spiced Walnuts


Red Grapes 
How They Help
  • Grapes offer an antioxidant called resveratrol that's been shown to extend the lives of lab animals. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties, which may explain why red wine and purple grape juice also help promote heart health.
How to Eat
  • Eat grapes or drink unsweetened purple grape juice. Don't start drinking alcohol for resveratrol, but if you like red wine and drink it in moderation, you'll get the benefits (utk bkn Muslim je kot ..)


Fish 
How It Helps
  • An important part of the Japanese and Mediterranean diets, oily fish provide omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation in the body. People who eat several weekly servings of such fish have a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
How to Eat
  • Choose fish that's less likely to be contaminated with mercury and other pollutants, such as wild Alaskan salmon, Alaskan black cod, and canned sardines.

Tea 
How It Helps
  • It contains EGCG, one of the most powerful antioxidants known; of the various types of tea, white and green tea contain the most. Numerous studies have linked tea consumption to lower rates of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
How to Drink
  • Choose organic tea, either loose or in bags. For the best protection, drink up to four cups daily. Avoid combining with milk, as dairy proteins may block tea's antioxidant activity. (huh, maksud TEH TARIK KING tu unhealthy la kan ???? )
Try This: 3 Wonder Teas

Herbs and Spices 
How They Help
  • Spices like turmeric and ginger contain anti-inflammatory compounds that may reduce the risk of age-related conditions like Alzheimer's. The antioxidant substances in garlic and onions may protect against heart disease and cancer; cinnamon (kayu manis) may help lower blood sugar.
How to Eat
  • Get in the habit of seasoning foods liberally with herbs and spices. Enjoy turmeric in curry dishes, and use garlic and onion as a go-to base for soups and sauces.

 









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