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13 Foods That Turn Back Your Metabolic Clock

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Asparagus
Each serving provides folic acid and other age- fighting nutrients.

Beets

Full of antioxidants for the skin and detoxifiers that target the liver.

Blueberries

Contain more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Researchers at Tufts University state that just one cup of blueberries daily, especially wild blueberries, quadruples anti- aging compounds that can keep wrinkles away. Dr. James Joseph of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University did a study in which “geriatric rats” regained youthful characteristics after being fed a diet high in blueberries.

Bran

Keeps your digestive system regular, preventing age-related constipation and hemorrhoids.

Citrus fruits

Packed with vitamin C to help bolster your immune system. Vitamin C has been linked to smoother skin and reduced risk of arthritis.

 

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Cherrie

Contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that fights inflammation.

Garlic

Cleanses pores from the inside out, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and con- tains anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties.

Kiwi

Contain the most vitamin C of any fruit. Vitamin C is key to maintaining smooth skin.

Romaine lettuce

Contains twice as much folic acid, six times more vitamin C, and eight times more beta- carotene than other lettuces.

Sweet Potatoes

Contain 20 percent more fiber and fewer calo- ries than regular potatoes. Contain 86 percent more potassium and zinc. It’s considered to be a real beauty food. An entire sweet potato has only 115 calories.

Tomatoes

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago state that tomatoes and tomato prod- ucts are nature’s number-one source of lycopene, an antioxidant that fights tissue-damaging free radicals.

Yogurt

Full of calcium and one of nature’s oldest health foods to fight high blood pressure. Look for yogurt thickened with live cultures rather than gelatin.

Olive Oil

Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion, and lubricates membranes.

Australian scientists discovered that people who eat a lot of olive oil are much less prone to wrin- kling and sagging than those who eat a lot of butter. Olive oil protects the collagen, elastin, and other underlying support structures of the skin. Try to have at least a tablespoon of olive oil in your diet each day.

If you’ve been buying regular olive oil, switch to extra virgin. Extra virgin is made from the first pressing of the olive and contains higher amounts of antioxidants.