8 Breakfast Foods that Help You Turn Back the Clock

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Foods for Breakfast

Add these foods to your breakfast menu to help keep yourself looking and feeling young.

How would you like to start your day off by helping your body turn back the clock?

Turns out there are a number of foods with anti-aging properties that you can easily add to your breakfast menu. Here are seven of them—let us know if you have more!

1. Blueberries (and other berries): You probably already know that these little guys pack a big antioxidant punch. Free radicals cause aging, and blueberries neutralize free radicals. Studies have found that blueberries slow age-related damage to brain cells and protect memory. Laboratory studies have also found that blueberries extend life span and fight DNA damage.

2. Green tea: Why not try replacing your coffee with green tea? Studies show that it helps slow cellular aging, reduces risk of dying from a stroke, protects memory and brain function, helps reduce risk of cancer, and helps maintain healthy joints. A bonus—it also may delay skin aging.

3. Oatmeal: Rich in fiber, it helps keep cholesterol levels low, which you probably already knew. A more recent 2014 study, however, found that oats also have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. All this because of a compound called avenanthramide (AVE), which may also help protect the heart. While you’re enjoying a nice, hot bowl of the stuff, consider mashing up some ground oats with avocado, honey, or both and apply to your skin. It delivers fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E, helping to moisturize and protect.

4. Grapefruit: A 2009 study found that a compound in grapefruit increased longevity in fruit flies and worms by about a third—and also helped human immune cells to live longer in a culture. A 2010 study found that grapefruit extract helped the liver break down fat and improved insulin sensitivity—helping to reduce risk of diabetes. Even better—a study from the Smell and Taste Institute in Chicago found that the scent of grapefruit made women seem younger to men—an average of six years younger.

5. Pomegranate juice: Shake up your usual orange-juice rut. Pomegranate is packed with antioxidants, and they may help you live longer. A number of studies show they actually reverse the process of atherosclerosis, or artery narrowing. So if your eating habits used to be less than optimal, this may be the breakfast juice for you. It also helps lower blood pressure, slow the progression of prostate cancer, and suppress the growth of other types of cancer cells. Pomegranate benefits your appearance, as well—some research has found it can help support the skin’s structure, reducing sagging and bagging.

6. Yogurt: You can mix this one in with your blueberries for an anti-aging double whammy. A very recent 2014 study found that consuming yogurt may reduce your diabetes risk. The probiotics in it help maintain healthy digestion and may also help reduce risk of weight gain. Several studies have also found yogurt to be protective against prostate, colon, bladder, and breast cancers; and to help prevent heart disease.

7. Fish: Instead of bacon, how about some salmon? Fatty fish oils can add years to your life, according to studies. In 2010, for example, researchers found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (plentiful in salmon) helped protect DNA in heart patients, reducing risk of a subsequent heart attack or death. A 2012 study found that overweight but healthy middle-aged and older adults who took omega-3 supplements for four months slowed biological aging. Omega-3s are also known to tame inflammation, and to help maintain youthfulness in skin by reducing photoaging and wrinkle formation.

8. Chia seeds: Add these into your morning smoothie or sprinkle them on top of your oatmeal or other hot cereal for an extra anti-aging boost. They’re rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both of which have been shown in studies to help tone down the inflammatory response. Research has also found that chia seeds may help control blood sugar levels, manage cholesterol, boost brain power, enhance energy, and help reduce the risk of cancer. Read more about chia seeds here.

Do you have other anti-aging breakfast recommendations?

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Susan Evans, “Bluberries Boost Longevity,” Life Extension Magazine, July 2012, http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/jul2012_Blueberries-Boost-Longevity_01.htm.

Chan R, Woo J, Suen E, Leung J, Tang N. Chinese tea consumption is associated with longer telomere length in elderly Chinese men. Journal of Nutrition, May 2001. 131(5):1449-1451.Br J Nutr. 2010 Jan;103(1):107-13. Epub 2009 Aug 12, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19671205.

Nick Tate, “Oats Combat Cancer: Study,” NewsMaxHealth, March 18, 2014, http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Health-News/oats-cancer-heart-disease/2014/03/18/id/560320/.

Rob Quinn, “Sperm, Grapefruit Slow Aging,” Newser, October 8, 2009, http://www.newser.com/story/71197/sperm-grapefruit-slow-aging.html.

Stephen Daniells, “Grapefruit extract shows anti-diabetes potential,” NutraIngredients, August 27, 2010, http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Grapefruit-extract-shows-anti-diabetes-potential.

“Sharon Basaraba, “Can You Smell Younger?” Longevity.About, June 5, 2013, http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongenergy/f/Can-You-Smell-Younger.htm.

“Pomegranate Reverses Atherosclerosis and Slows the Progression of Prostate Cancer,” Life Extension Magazine, February 2007, http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2007/feb2007_report_pomegranate_01.htm.

Laura M. O’Connor, et al., “Dietary dairy product intake and incident type 2 diabetes: a prospective study using dietary data from a 7-day food diary.” Diabetologia, May 2014; 57(5):909-17, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24510203.

“Yogurt: A Spoonful of Powerful Nutritional Value,” Life Extension Magazine, December 2012, http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/dec2012_Yogurt-Powerful-Nutritional-Value_01.htm.

Julie Steenhuysen, “Fish oil protects against cellular aging: study,” Reuters, January 19, 2010, http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/19/us-heart-omega-idUSTRE60I5L220100119.

“Omega-3 Supplements May Slow a Biological Effect of Aging,” Ohio State University, October 1, 2012, http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/omega3aging.htm.

Fuxia Jin, David C. Nieman, Wei Sha, Guoxiang Xie and Yunping Qiu, et al. “Supplementation of Milled Chia Seeds Increases Plasma ALA and EPA in Postmenopausal Women.” Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 2012, Volume 67, Number 2, Pages 105-110.

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story, a northwest-based writer, editor, and ghostwriter, has been creating non-fiction materials for individuals, corporations, and commercial magazines for over 17 years. She specializes in the health and wellness field, where she writes and ghostwrites books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles, and more.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” was released with Jupiter Gardens Press in September 2015. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” is forthcoming in spring 2016 from Dzanc Books. She lives in Idaho. www.colleenmstory.com


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  1. Neil says:

    At Natures Paradise, we have Chia puddings( add it to water or favourite milk overnight) available and also our breakfast green juice, much of which comes from the garden ( Kale, Collards, lemon, vitamin c, apple and filtered rainwater). Everything is organic.
    Can’t beat Aloe vera as well for anti ageing. We grow a lot and put it direct on our skin, along with an organic aloe vera drink.

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