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5 Anti-Aging Drinks

By Bob on November 6, 2013 4:27 AM

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.

5 Anti-Aging Drinks

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Why Weight? is a column on diet, nutrition and making better choices so you can live a longer healthier life. The authors are not doctors and nothing here should be taken as medical advice. Always consult your physician before making any changes in diet, exercise, nutrition or cell phone provider (Let's face it doctors are just really, really smart, they know a lot about a lot of stuff). Our goal is simple: We want all Baby Boomers to live long enough to get back the money they've paid into Social Security. Remember, your children's inheritance isn't going to spend itself. It's up to you.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
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Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.

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If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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