Wine and chocolate
Next Valentine’s Day, you can feel doubly good about surprising your honey with his or her favorite treats. Good chocolate and fine wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures, and now scientists are saying that these indulgences can actually help that life last longer. (Nothing says “I love you” like helping your partner live longer!) The pair are a great source of resveratrol, a powerful compound found to reverse signs of cellular aging, according to a paper published in Cell Metabolism.
To get the full benefits of these anti-aging foods, be sure to pick red wine and dark chocolate. The main ingredient in dark chocolate—cocoa, or cacao—is loaded with flavonoids, which contain powerful antioxidant properties. “Studies show that cocoa can decrease inflammation, protect the skin against oxidative damage, and improve cognitive function,” says Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. “To maximize the beneficial effects of dark chocolate, however, it’s important to opt for a variety with a high percentage of cacao and keep your intake in moderation.” This, he explains, ensures that you’re taking full advantage of the anti-aging benefits without going overboard on the extra calories and added sugar.
From sending athletes to the Olympics to sending Persephone to hell, throughout time pomegranates have been accorded some extraordinary powers. But is all the hype true? The tart, red seeds may indeed hold the secret to, if not immortality, at least to a longer life, according to a Swiss study. Scientists say they have discovered that urolithin A, a molecule found in pomegranates, is transformed by microbes in the gut to enable muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. At best, they’re one of the tastiest ways to boost longevity; at worst, they probably won’t send you to hell.
When it comes to excellent sources of the heart-healthy fatty acid omega-3, it doesn’t get much better than salmon. “Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation and aid in the prevention of age-related conditions like arthritis, heart disease, and dementia,” explains Dr. Axe. “Salmon also contains a concentrated amount of astaxanthin, a natural pigment that’s been dubbed one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world that fight aging.” Check out these 30 anti-aging secrets that could add years to your life.