Top 5 Anti-Aging Fruits for Wellness and Flavor
Since it’s summertime and bright, sweet foods are appealing to me, which gives me the opportunity to pile anti-aging fruits and berries onto my breakfasts and desserts. I love them at any time of the year, but they taste especially good right now. Since they contribute to youthfulness, healthy skin and overall wellness, all the better.
The Benefit of Anti-Aging Fruits for Seniors
As seniors, foods such as anti-aging fruits make all the more difference. We all need proper nutrition for wellness, but as seniors, we have certain concerns to keep in mind when it comes to the nutrients we eat, especially when it comes to healthy aging. Diet can make a very big difference in preventing a range of ailments while improving others. That can show on our faces, in our skin, our hair and fingernails, and even in how loud we grunt when we bend down to pick something up!
My Favorite Anti-Aging Fruits
Of course, food isn’t just medicine. It’s something to be enjoyed! So here is a list of my favorite anti-aging fruits that let us savor what we eat, while we nourish our bodies.
1 – Berries
Pretty much every berry out there can be included in my favorite anti-aging fruits their flavors and textures are all so sweet or tart and add a new delicious layer to desserts or breakfasts consisting of oatmeal, yogurt, or anything in between. Darker-skinned berries are supposed to support your memory, too, so it’s not just about glowing skin or preventing more wrinkles. The antioxidants are also great for cancer prevention, and some can also support a battle against heart disease. My favorites are:
- Haskaps (also called honeyberry or blue honeysuckle…I just tried them for the first time last week, and they’re magnificent. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it!)
I know that raspberries and blackberries are popular, too, but I just don’t enjoy their little crunchy seeds or how fast they go moldy.
2 – Papaya
This is a recent find for me. High in beta-carotine and lupeine, it’s also great for reducing heart disease and cancer risk. Vitamins C and E are also wonderful antioxidants found in these tropical fruits. They’re delicious as strips eaten all on their own, or in pieces added to my breakfasts and desserts along with berries.
3 – Kiwi
Kiwi is a terrific immune booster, chock full of vitamins C and E. These anti-aging fruits are good for supporting the body in fighting infection and bacteria. As seniors, we all know how important that defense is right now!
4 – Bananas
I’ve always eaten bananas on a regular basis. My mother always said to “have a banana” if I was hungry, because “it’s substantial.” I’m not sure if either of us knew what that really meant at the time, other than that it would fill my hunger. Now, I’m grateful because I know how high bananas are in potassium, which is fantastic for heart health, including blood pressure control. Their magnesium content works with the potassium to make them great for promoting healthy sleep, too. If you like a piece of toast with half a mashed banana as much as I do in the early evening, you’ll know that you’re sleeping better because of it.
5 – Apples
They don’t just keep the doctor away. Apples are also a great option among anti-aging fruits! Researchers have found that people who eat five of them per week have fewer lung and respiration issues such as asthma and wheezing. They believe it’s because of the flavonoids these readily available foods have in abundance.