Foods that help prevent aging.

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Not only might there be a fountain of youth, but there is a pantry of youth.  People who stock up on the right foods can turn back the clock on aging.

Be sure to add these items to your diet:

SPINACH:  It’s loaded with Vitamin K, which helps with bone density and also lowers the risk of hip fracture.  Plus it’s the #1 source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which are nutrients that soak up harmful light before damaging the retinas in your eyes.  Spinach helps prevent macular degeneration and blindness.

STRAWBERRIES:  What a delicious fruit.  They are rich in ployphenols, which improve memory and communication by promoting signals between cells.

CURRY POWDER:  It’s full of the antioxidant curcumin, which wards off Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the growth of amyloid plaques, which are toxic to the brain cells.  In certain parts of India, where curry is eaten daily, the Alzheimer’s rate is 1/4 of that of the U.S.

TOMATOES:  Packed with lycopene, which protects skin from the oxidation that results from sun damage and leads to wrinkles.  Here’s a tip. . . add a little olive oil to absorb lycopene even better.

ALMONDS:  They’re brimming with vitamin E, which neurtralizes free radicals in your muscles and nervous system.  Almonds also enhance speed, coordination and balance.

DARK CHOCOLATE:  Has flavanols, which is a plant chemical that encourages blood vessels to relax.  That results in lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.  Besides, chocolate always makes us happy.

Source:  Dallas Morning News, 2008

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