The secret to youthfulness is a gold mine to anyone who can find it; maybe it isn’t as simple as a fix all solution. In our society, we are very much focused on our looks, staying young, healthy, and anti-aging creams and other solutions. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t quite work in the same way and inevitably start to decline in a number of different ways.

While there are a number of techniques, creams, and other potions available, there might be a simpler and easier solution: certain foods. We’ve all heard the benefits of eating well in terms of maintaining our physical health, but what if some foods could actually having anti-aging properties and mitigate against some of these age related declines in functioning?

Research has shown that we really are what we eat, and if we want to try to reduce, the effects of aging then certain foods should most definitely feature in our diets.

The foods outlined below have all been shown to have anti-aging properties.

  1. Olive oil

Olive oil is hugely popular in Greek and other Mediterranean diets, and many of these countries have a longer life expectancy. This is no coincidence. Research has now shown this is because olive oil contains particular anti-oxidants that can target and reduce age related diseases.

  1. Oats

Whether it is oats for breakfast or made into a snack, they can be hugely beneficial, particularly for your skin. Oats contain natural plant chemicals that promote cell repair and reduce skin irritation. Skin health and appearance is such a key factor in anti-aging that everyone should be eating oats in some way or another.

  1. Oranges

We already know that oranges contain vitamin C and this has many health benefits to us. Oranges are also excellent when it comes to anti-aging. As oranges contain a high portion of water they can help to rehydrate the skin and reduce the dried out and unhealthy look. Moreover, vitamin C helps to make collagen, another essential ingredient in anti-aging.

  1. Fish

Fish has been shown to be important in many body functions, and is also important in anti-aging. Fish contains omega 3, which we now know to be critically linked to heart disease and reducing clogged arteries. In terms of anti-aging, anything that keeps your blood flowing as it should and your heart healthy must be a good thing.

  1. Chocolate

While chocolate may not seem like a typical sort of anti-aging food, most types of chocolate are not. However, good quality chocolate with a high cocoa percentage has many health benefits. Cocoa is rich in flavanols that are essential for healthy blood vessel functioning. By keeping your blood vessels in good health, you reduce the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, dementia, and kidney disease.

  1. Grapes

Grapes contain high levels of Resveratrol, which must be on the list of anyone interested in anti-aging. Not only can they slow down the natural aging process, but they can also repair damage done to the skin by too much exposure to the sun.

  1. Nuts

Like olive oil, nuts contain a number of beneficial components; in places where nuts comprise a high proportion of the diet, people generally live longer. Nuts contain a number of vitamins and antioxidants, which are vital when it comes to anti-aging.

  1. Blueberries

Research has shown that blueberries have many beneficial properties, including anti-aging ones; studies in rats have shown blueberries can even increase life expectancy. Blueberries and other berries contain certain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce oxidative damage. In terms of anti-aging, this can help to reduce cognitive decline and improve memory abilities.