As you age, your metabolism slows down tremendously. The result is your body begins to respond differently to pressure. At this point, it is important to consider not only what foods can help you feel good, but those that can help slow down the effects of aging and prevent age-related conditions.
Your go-to at this point is antioxidant-rich foods like… dark chocolate.
While chocolate in general can have a bad reputation on the sugar front, dark chocolate, which has considerably less sugar and dairy, is a purer product with more of the benefits of the cocoa bean.
One of the health benefits of cocoa is increased blood flow which improves brain and muscle function. It’s important to note that dark chocolate also includes a hint of caffeine.
Caffeine in small doses does help with stable energy levels. The maximum acceptable amount the body can take before caffeine starts to have negative effects on anxiety is 300mg per day — equivalent to 45ml or 1.5 shots of espresso.
Fatty or oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines can do double duty of lifting your mood and promoting healthier aging. These fish are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids — essential fats for proper body function — which can only be obtained through food.
Omega-3 has been shown to lower levels of depression while supporting brain development, and it can also lower the risk of heart disease.
Other foods that help with anti-aging: avocado, broccoli, spinach and nuts.