Did you know that eating the right foods can help slow the signs of ageing?
Find out whether you’re protecting yourself from poor memory, eyesight or heart health, and what to eat to get that youthful glow.
Go green Green leafy vegetables are packed with antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. Sufficient intakes of these substances can help stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness later in life.
Choose heart-friendly fats Olive oil is high in healthy monounsaturated fat and low in unhealthy saturated fat. This cardio-protective fat helps keep cholesterol within a healthy range, thereby reducing your risks of stroke and heart attack.
Watch the scales Studies show that being overweight at the age of 40 shaves three years off your life; being obese knocks off seven years.
Fill up on fibre Nuts, seeds and wholegrains are good sources of fibre, which helps keep the bowel healthy. A high-fibre diet can prevent problematic digestive disorders, such as diverticular disease and constipation, both of which are common in older Australians.
Catch more fish Oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, is full of omega-3 fats that inhibit inflammation, ward off osteoarthritis and maintain joint health. A US study found that people who ate oily fish at least once a week lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 60 per cent, compared with those who rarely ate fish.
It’s true — the right diet can help you hold back the years. Take the quiz in our February issue to find out if your diet has time on its side!