Time eventually catches up to everyone. Aging is a fact of life, and it is never too early to start preparing. A spokesperson for the American Geriatrics Society, Sharon Brangman, MD told WebMD that, “The more you do in middle age to prepare yourself for successful aging, the better.” Aging increases the likelihood of certain heal risks, such as cancers, arthritis, and reduce cognitive functions. On the cosmetic side of things, the skin takes a beating after years in the sun, and the cumulative effects of cuts and injuries sets in.
Exercise has been shown to delay some aspects of aging, and puzzles or learning another language may help brain function, but what about getting better with age through food? It turns out, there are plenty of foods that not only delay cancers, or boost the appearance of skin, but also help to manage arthritis, or heart problems, as well as prevent them. Eating the following seven foods won’t cure every aspect of growing old, but they are a tasty way to try and stay younger longer.
Want to keep your skin glowing and indulge in a delicacy at the same time? Then it is time to get cracking on that plate of oysters. Nutritionist Johanna Clark explains that the zinc in oysters can fight aging by repairing the skin. “Zinc is a key nutrient for skin health — if you’ve got slow-healing wounds, then you may need to increase your zinc uptake.” Slow-healing wounds contribute to scaring, and cause the appearance of skin to decline. One serving of oysters will exceed the daily minimum required.