Aging, despite all our advances in science, it is one act of nature we regretfully can not pause or rewind. As this fact of life is inevitable for all, and the fountain of youth has yet to be found (we wish!), we figured it appropriate to delve deeper into uncovering several super-ingredients that we can incorporate into our diets to give our bodies the best natural chance at slowing down the impacts of aging.
High in vitamin E, the consumption of almonds has been linked to enhancing the skin's natural repairing capabilities, encouraging the retention of moisture, and protecting skin from harmful UV rays. Easy to consume as a stand-alone snack or addition to your salad!
According to Woman and Home, walnut consumption has been linked to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This relies on the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids that are found in walnuts. These fatty acids also contribute to reducing chronic inflammation and managing metabolic rates. Due to its omega-3 potency, walnuts have also been linked to assisting in the strengthening of skin cell membranes so, say hello to stronger, less damage-prone skin!
Nutritionally, macadamia nuts are jam-packed with wonderful compounds. They are rich in vitamin A (great for skin renewal) iron, niacin, calcium, zinc and folates. They also contain antioxidants which help clean the body’s cells of free radicals. Often baked into sweet goods, these delicious nuts are hard to stop eating!
A common breakfast addition, blueberries contain significant levels of vitamin A, selenium (an essential trace mineral that assists with cognitive function and fertility), zinc, and iron. They also help boost your metabolism and promote cell renewal.
This humble little purple berry is another superfruit that goes a seriously long way to fight signs of aging. Full of vitamins C and A, it is also comprised of 3 types of B vitamins. B1, which strengthens the body's immunity, B3, which helps the skin retain moisture and B2, an antioxidant that helps the body metabolize fats and protein.
This brightly coloured fruit is another superfruit that has been used for thousands of years in medicine. Known predominantly for its antioxidant purposes, pomegranates have also been linked to preventing heart disease, reducing inflammation in the body and plumping and protecting skin cells. They are also full of vitamin C (a crucial component to collagen production in the skin! )
A super source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is great for enhancing bone and joint strength and boosting brain function. Salmon also contains vitamin D which is an essential aid for your skin’s UV protection, cell renewal and repair.
A less commonly known super-herb, it’d be remiss of us not to mention the powers of Bacopa Monnieri. A ground herb, Bacopa Monnieri helps acts as nature's very own brain tonic, enhancing cognitive function and memory recall. It is also full of antioxidants, which helps clean cells of pollution and has been linked to managing stress (we all glow more when we stress less)!
Arguably one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatories, the use of turmeric dates back centuries with many studies finding it a super-compound that aids in circulation, blood flow and fighting arthritis. Turmeric has also been linked to fighting cancer, heart disease, promoting brain activity and fighting free radicals in the skin.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine, Gotu Kola has been deemed a somewhat magic remedy for its age-defying properties. According to Ayurveda, it is believed to be to help balance the bodies doshas (energies), enhance better moods, aid in wound healing and promotes collagen synthesis.
Gotu Kola is another super-herb found in Clariti!
While it’s evident that nature has provided some seriously edible ingredients to assist in fighting signs of ageing and we could go on about the benefits of particular ingredients all day, our overall takeaway is that by incorporating as much naturally derived products into your diet you’ll be giving your body the best possible chance at, glowing, growing and getting the best of your body!
Just as Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!”