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Eternally youthful

Ageing is a natural process, but a healthy dose of foods rich in antioxidants can help in delaying its effects.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:53 IST
Anjali Mukerjee

New evidence suggests that ageing can be delayed with foods that are rich in antioxidants. These foods also shield against heart diseases, hypertension and cancer.

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Antioxidant-rich foods

Dark chocolate: Cocoa neutralises free radicals, relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

chocolateOmega-3 rich fish: Salmon, mackerel and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, that prevent cholesterol build up and heart blockage.

Nuts: A good source of monounsaturated fats and hypertension-fighting compound L-arginine.

Fresh figs: Figs contain flavanols and are loaded with antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, iron and manganese, which stave off anaemia and fatigue.

Amla: An excellent source of vitamin C. Contains high amounts of polyphenols.

Nutritional tips
Cut down on fried, spicy and sugary foods.
Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, non-fat skim milk and lean meat, especially fish.
Drink 10-12 glasses of water every day.
Prefer complex carbohydrates over fast digesting carbohydrate foods like rice, white bread and refined flour pasta.
Eat lots of green vegetables and increase intake of ginger, garlic and onions.
Eat plenty of yellow, orange and red-coloured fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, mangoes and oranges.