10 Foods To Eat If You Want To Increase Your Lifespan.

With so many super foods out there how can you possibly narrow down the essential foods your family should incorporate on a daily basis?
Not everyone’s body is created equal. We are all prone to different lifestyle choices and we cannot predict the impact an illness will have.
What we can do is compile up to date research and be informed on what foods have proven to maintain, treat and optimize your bodies defenses.

1. Watercress

DNA damage may increase the risk of cancer. Research has shown that eating raw watercress aids in reducing DNA damage and may make cancer less likely. Watercress is recommended over Kale as a super food.
A University of Ulster’s study found that raw watercress eaten raw may cut cancer risk by reducing DNA damage. (WebMD)
The study centered on 60 cancer-free adults, half were smokers, who were each asked to eat 3 ounces of raw watercress daily for eight weeks. They screened the adult blood samples for levels of antioxidants and for chemical signs of DNA damage, which may increase cancer risk.
The findings “participants had higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of chemicals indicating DNA damage in their blood after their eight-week watercress feasting.” They do note that the study lasted 6 months and that cancer can take longer to develop. But the results are optimistic.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in saturated medium chain fats. Half of these saturated fats are known as lauric acids. According to research found in the US National Library of Medicine, “TC:HDL-C ratio…is significantly decreased by lauric acid.”
To sum it up, the good ‘HDL’ cholesterol is raised. The bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol is lowered. This greatly Reduces The Risk of Coronary Complications.
According to Conrado S. Dayrit, MD, coconut oil consists of about 65% medium chain fatty acids (aka MCFA). These fatty acids are metabolized rapidly. They do not turn into transport or biosynthesize into cholesterol.
Virgin coconut oil contains antioxidants, which can serve as an anti-inflammatory, fight against infections and heal wounds much faster.

3. Walnuts

According to Lef.org, more and more research points to walnuts reign the super food to combat heart issues and diabetes. Walnuts can also serve as a prevention tool for cancer and improves cognitive function.
Carley Eder gives a great overview on the benefits:
“Each walnut you crack open and eat contains loads of vitamins, phenolic acids, tannins,and flavonoids, as well as those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids, with almost 90% of the phenols being found in the skin…studies are showing that eating a handful of walnuts contains almost twice as many antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut.”
So there you have it. Walnuts should be your nuts of choice.

4. Pineapple

According to greenmedinfo.com, pineapples have many medicinal uses that have only been scientifically discovered in the past few decades. Most notably used as treatment for cancer and asthma.
Bromelain, which is concentrated compound in the stem of the pineapple, is described by Greenmedinfo.com as a , “protein-digesting enzyme extract from the pineapple plant, and has even been found to be superior to the highly toxic chemotherapy agent 5-fluorouracil as an anti-tumor agent in preclinical research.”

5. Beans

According to WedMD, “Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL “bad” cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease.”
These complex carbohydrates will keep you full and are great for your muscles, since they are an excellent source of protein and minerals. You can also rest assured because they are very low in fat and contain barely any sodium.
According to Pritikin.com, “the longest-living populations in the world are lovers of legumes…The people of Okinawa, Japan, who have the highest percentage of centenarians on earth, eat a diet rich in soybean-based products like tofu.”

6. Kiwi

Kiwifruit is another known healing fruit. According to WebMD, kiwi contains lutein, an antioxidant, which is useful in preventing loss of eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration. Kiwi may also improve asthma symptoms. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that kiwi “lowers several cardiovascular risk factors such as platelet hyperactivity, blood pressure and plasma lipids.”

7. Papaya

This super fruit has many healing benefits. Megan Ware, RDN, LD, registered dietitian and nutritionist, suggests that studies prove that an increase in papaya in your diet, “decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.” According to her research included in Medicalnewstoday.com, the antioxidant zeaxanthin, fights against macular degeneration in your eyes. It also prevents astha from developing, because it contains the nutrient beta-carotene. This nutrient also aids in preventing colon cancer. Papaya also improves calcium absorption, lowers blood glucose levels, aids in digestion and prevents heart disease.
She attributes the choline nutrient as an agent to reduce inflammation and aid in muscle movement and learning.

8-Goji Berries

Goji Berries are complex fruits. They contain carbohydrates that raise blood pressure slowly. Packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants they protect cells from breaking down when exposed to radiation or smoke.
Healthline.com provides good info on studies that found evidence that goji berries could fight the flu for elderly patients.
Elea Carey references a study in 2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, where participants ate goji berries for 14 days straight and reported significant improvements in energy levels and digestive health.
A few other items to mention is that there are claims that goji berries make arthritis less painful. Also that they can make a difference for diabetes sufferers or help with issues associated with high blood pressure.

9. Avocado

Avocados are widely known for their health benefits including anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Just ask our Worldlifestyle colleague, Leah Freeman. Her info-graphic sums it up nicely.

10. Matcha Green Tea

Get ready for this. According to Gina Aliotti with Fitnessrxwomen.com, “one cup of matcha green tea’s antioxidant and nutritional content is equivalent to 10 glasses of regular green tea.”
This antioxidant and natural immune booster appears to be very legit, with several research studies backing up the claims that it lowers certain types of cancers, lowers cholesterol promoting heart health and speeds up your metabolism for weight loss.
Gina goes on to mention heart health because of “its ability to lower harmful blood cholesterol, LDL levels. The flavonoids in green tea also relax the blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.” Thus preventing heart attacks.

(Source: http://www.worldlifestyle.com/food/10-foods-to-eat-if-you-want-to-increase-your-lifespan)