Originally posted 2016-03-30 18:05:12.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-aging nutrients, spices and foods:
There are some many teas, spices and herbs that have powerful compounds that help fight inflammation. Some of the best spices and herbs that contain the beneficial phytochemicals are:
- Chilli pepper
When it comes to hot pepper such as cayenne peppers, habeneros and jalapenos the hotter the better because they have capsaicin and the more hot the pepper it the more capsaicin it has. The capsaicin happens to be potent inhibitor of substances within the body that are associated with inflammation. It raises metabolism and helps in burning fats as well.
As for the teas, white, rooibos, oolong and green teas have potent catechins, polyphenols and bioflavonoids that help in reducing inflammation and limiting the production of free radicals. When you make a habit of drinking two cups daily you can greatly reduce inflammation and at the same time add some powerful antioxidants in the body to fight disease and aging.
If you want to maintain a healthy skin that is free from saggy wrinkly appearance, then you must find a way to keep the connective tissues protected. Collagen makes structural part of the connective tissues, membranes and skin and it is the fibrous protein that is in skin, lung tissues, tendons, blood vessels and bones among other tissues. Aging degrades the connective tissues leading to the wrinkles and sagging.
Chicken feet and bone broth are high in collagen and you can include them in your diet to keep the skin and joints protected. You can simmer the chicken feet and bones to a delicious broth so you are able to keep your body supplied with quality collagen.
Also important to note is that Vitamin C is a great nutrient in maintaining and rebuilding collagen and it also has shown to reduce risks of arthritis. Choose foods that are rich in the vitamin such as limes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower and pineapple to make a diet that helps keep collagen levels in high thus fighting the symptoms of aging.
You cannot forget to select the right healthy fats to keep inflammation at bay. There are so many foods that are high in anti-inflammatory fats and you can incorporate them in your diet to enjoy healthy results. Some of these foods are:
- Fish like sardines, salmon, halibut, tuna, anchovies, and mackerel
- Organic eggs and grass fed meats
- Nuts like pecans, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews and pistachios, as well as macadamia nuts
- Fruits like avocados and coconuts
- Oils like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil
- Seeds like flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds
Other anti-inflammatory foods you should consider incorporating in your diet so that you age as gracefully as you want are herbal teas, cilantro, parsley, cardamom, chives, chocolate, kelp, papaya, shiitake mushrooms, black and red grapes and Brussels sprouts. Blueberries, chilli peppers, banana pepper and bone broth as well as chicken feet broth should not be forgotten. They are all super foods when it comes to fighting inflammation and aging. And the best thing about the foods is that they are not as hard to find and use in making delicious meals that you will definitely enjoy as you keep your health and aging in check.
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