#1 Leafy Greens
Leafy greens, like spinach, kale, arugula, mesclun, and romaine are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. In fact, in a study conducted by William Paterson University, the top 15 nutrient-dense produce were all greens. These leafy greens should be the basis of a healthy diet to combat disease-causing inflammation and heart disease. People who ate at least one serving of leafy greens a day decreased their risk of death by 15 percent, according to a study published in Experimental Biology.
Almonds are like nature’s perfect snack; they’re rich in fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. They can also help you live longer. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that those who ate the most nuts had a lower risk of dying of any disease, particularly of cancer, heart disease, or respiratory disease.
Avocados are more than just a trendy toast topping; the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats could help lower cholesterol, and stave off heart disease. These healthy fats also help you eat less by keeping you feeling fuller, longer. And there could be some powerful disease-fighting components; a study published in the journal Cancer Research found that molecules in avocados targeted stem cells of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is an aggressive cancer that kills 90 percent of people who are diagnosed over the age of 65.
Blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants, which are some of your most powerful weapons against aging. Antioxidants help ward off disease and can fight inflammation. Blueberries can also be good for your brain; one small study found that older adults who drank blueberry juice for 12 weeks scored higher on memory tests than those who were given a placebo.
An apple a day keeps the doctor — and the Grim Reaper — away. The healthy fiber from the skin can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes; a study published in BMJ found that eating whole fruits, especially apples, can lower your risk of developing the chronic disease. Plus, apples have been shown to boost your immune system, which will help you fight off disease.
#6 Green Tea
Green tea is one of our favorite foods for weight loss; it’s been shown to rev up your metabolism, squash hunger, quell stress, and shrink fat cells. In addition to keeping weight off, it also has anti-aging benefits. It can help regulate cholesterol, and prevent sun damage on your skin, leading some researchers to believe it could help slow down the growth of certain cancer cells.
#7 Hot Peppers
If you like spicy food, you may be in luck; hot peppers have proven to extend your life. A Chinese study found that people who ate spicy food three to five days a week reduced their risk of dying by 15 percent. The key ingredient is the capsaicin, researchers believe; capsaicin also has anti-inflammatory properties and can rev up your metabolism. Hot sauce may be the closest thing we have to a miracle anti-aging supplement.