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11 Anti-Aging Drinks

Eating Well - January 14, 2015



Anti-aging drinks.

Getting older, while we may not always enjoy it, is inevitable. Sadly. And there are many variables involved in how long you live. But you can also add years to your life by making smarter food choices. Keep your mind razor-sharp and body finely honed with these 11 anti-aging drinks.

Pink Grapefruit Juice

Pink grapefruit gets its pink-red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that’ll keep your skin smooth according to a study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. Researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin.

Alcohol

Moderation here is the key. Alcohol may ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As we age, brain cells die, leading to gaps that slow nerve transmission within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Moderate drinking appears to somehow prevent these “potholes.”

Cocoa

Cocoa is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.

Beet Juice

Beets are rich in naturally occurring nitrates, which—unlike unhealthy artificial nitrates found in processed meat—may be beneficial. In a 2011 study in the journal Nitric Oxide, older adults who ate a nitrate-rich diet got a boost in blood flow to the frontal lobe of their brains—an area commonly associated with dementia. Poor blood flow contributes to age-related cognitive decline. Scientists think that the nitrates’ nitric oxide, a compound that keeps blood vessels supple, helps increase brain blood flow

Green Tea

Green tea is full of potent antioxidants that help quell inflammation. (Chronic inflammation plays a significant role—as either a cause or effect—in many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases and the three top killers in the United States: heart disease, cancer and stroke.)

Soymilk

Isoflavones in soymilk may help to preserve skin-firming collagen. 

Milk

Studies show that we lose 1/2 to 1 percent of our lean muscle mass each year, starting as early as our thirties. Muscle strength also declines by 12 to 15 percent per decade. The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of muscle—and one amino acid, called leucine, is particularly good at turning on your body’s muscle-building machinery. Milk contains whey protein, which is an excellent source of leucine.

Carrot Juice

Carrots contain luteolin, a flavonoid believed to reduce inflammation that can lead to cognitive decline. A 2010 study found that those who ate a diet that included luteolin had better spacial memory and less inflammation than those who did not get any.

Coffee

Drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer. In one study of more than 93,000 women, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank 1 cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. And the more they drank—up to about 6 cups or so per day—the lower their risk. Decaf didn’t seem to offer the same protection.

Water

This may sound like a no brainer, but water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste—and can even promote cavities.

Orange Juice

Studies show that people with low levels of antioxidants are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those with higher levels. Vitamin C—which is abundant in orange juice—is one antioxidant that seems to be especially protective against the disease. 

 

 




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17 Comments so far
  1. Hal Janke - January 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Hello
    As I read your article I disagree with several of your recommendations per healthy drinks.
    Milk can be one of the worse drinks for people over 30, causes indigestion, allergies and other heart conditions.
    Soy has been found to be unhealthy for men and their prostrates, also not good for their digestion
    Orange juice is loaded with sugar and that as you know is not good possibly causing several major side effects.
    I suggest you uncover all aspects of these drinks before you post an article of this kind. Your suppose to be helpful in bringing forth good healthy articles, this could have been a good article if you did your homework as it stands its misleading. You need to consult with homeopathic doctors and other non AMA related health practitioners first to be fair to all your listeners.
    Hal J.

  2. Joann - January 19, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I am 78 years old and look and feel much younger. I only drink water and tea. Only de cafe after noon. At my last check up I had nothing wrong with me. I am 20 lobs. overweight but my doctor said “Don’t change anything, whatever you are doing is working for you!”

  3. Kay Coriell - January 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Could you comment on almond and coconut milk, now appearing on grocery shelves?

  4. Ken - January 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    You forgot lemon juice. Heat some water like for tea, fill a cup with the hot water, add the juice of a lemon. This just might be #1 above all those drinks listed, after water.

  5. Ardean Williams - January 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I’m in agreement with all of the suggestions, except grapefruit, which conflicts with one of my medicines. Keeping socially & physically active

  6. Carolyn - January 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you

  7. Catherine Wolanski - January 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Regarding the Anti-Aging Drinks; one mentioned Pink Grapefruit – I had heard that Grapefruits or the juice can affect medications one is on. I’m on a blood pressure medicine, Lisinopril. Would this be a problem?

    Catherine Wolanski

  8. Ramiro - January 20, 2015 at 1:33 am

    thank you,this is very helpful and something i can rely use

  9. Louise Garing - January 20, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Very informative.

  10. Onaje Murray - January 20, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Great information will pass this on. thanks om

  11. Marie luboyeski - January 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I liked the messages.

  12. Kathy. McGlinchey - January 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Love grapefruit but can’t have it because of cholesterole medication

  13. Gloria G. Space - January 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I agree with your suggestions of drinks. I prefer the whole orange instead of the orange juice with sugar added. Thank you

  14. Ruth - January 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I have also been told that milk is very bad for us, because of the hormones, antibiotics, and other things injected and/or fed to the milk cows, and that I should find my whey protein in a box at the health-food store. (not just for elderly, but for everyone.)

    What is your opinion on this? I am a little torn, because I like milk.

  15. Judie - February 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Buy organic milk. It doesn’t have the antibiotics or hormones in it. I buy Horizon low-fat.

  16. Allyn - March 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    At 81 years old…I have been a walker most of my life. I walk about three miles virtually every day. Recently I was invited to a diabetic health seminar that preached watch carbs and fats. I don’t drink diet soda anymore, have pretty much cut out red meats, eat only fish and chicken. I never eat butter and most of the dairy products. I have lost about 11 pounds in about a month.

  17. Eberhard Schreck - March 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I am 79 years old. People guess me around 45-50 which I am proud of. I consume NO meats (just fish and chicken occasionally), no alcohol, smokes, drugs, spices, coffee, fast foods (!), canned foods, SWEETS, salts, but love nuts, whole grain bread, fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and I dilute juices 50-50. I will do this week end my 13th LA Marathon.


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