Everybody ages, but not everybody ages well. You can add years to your life - and life to your years -- by making smarter food choices. Here are 5 anti-aging drinks that can help keep your mind sharp and body in shape.
1. Green Tea for Inflammation
Green tea is full of antioxidants that help suppress inflammation. In fact, researchers from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center recently found that green tea can inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that may result from it.
2. Carrot Juice for Memory
Carrots contain luteolin, a flavonoid believed to reduce cognitive decline. You'll also find luteolin in bell peppers, celery, rosemary and thyme.
3. Cocoa for a Healthier Heart
Cocoa is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
4. Coffee to Prevent Skin Cancer
Did you know that drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer? It can. In one study of more than 93,000 women, those who drank 1 cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. The good news for BIG coffee drinkers is that the more they drank--up to about 6 cups per day--the lower their risk.
5. Alcohol to Protect Against Alzheimer's
Drinking alcohol - one glass a day for women and two for men - may ward off dementia and Alzheimer's disease. As we age, brain cells die, leading to gaps that slow nerve transmission within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Moderate drinking appears to prevent these holes from forming (scientists aren't sure why.) Don't overdo it, however. Too much drinking can lead to permanent memory loss. I'd tell you why, but I can't remember.