Culinary Rx

The Top 16 Longevity Foods

The culinary pharmacy is open 24/7 with foods chocked full of healing properties.

These top 16 longevity foods contain an unparalleled concentration of powerful anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds, to sweep the dangerous metabolic by-products known as free radicals out of the body. These are the ones to weave into your daily diet for health and long-term wellness. And are they easy to love!

To get you started, here’s a tempting preview of benefits excerpted from The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods.

Asparagus. Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Digestive support. Glutathione is a superstar among
antioxidants, and asparagus contains more glutathione than any other vegetable or fruit. 

Avocados. Anticancer. Cholesterol reduction. If you’re worried about bad cholesterol (LDL),
look to avocados and their high levels of oleic acid for help. In addition, avocados have been shown to destroy cancerous and precancerous cells.

Basil. Antibacterial. Anti-inflammatory. Liver health. Bacteria have a lot to fear from basil: its
volatile oils have been shown to slow the growth of disease-causing bacteria such as staphylococcus, including drug-resistant strains.

Blueberries. Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Brain health. Heart health. Next time you forget where you put your car keys, try eating some blueberries. The anthocyanins responsible for blueberry’s deep color are associated with improving memory and possibly lowering depression.

Chocolate (dark). Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Blood pressure reduction. Heart health.
Eat chocolate and live longer. Animal studies suggest that the flavanols in dark chocolate can prevent coronary artery disease and reduce the impact of heart attacks.

Garlic

Garlic. Antibacterial. Anti-inflammatory. Antimicrobial. Cardiovascular health. The potent smell of garlic has an equally potent effect on numerous body systems, limiting inflammation, which may ward off heart attacks and stroke.

Green tea. Anticancer. Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Appetite suppressant. Blood pressure reduction. Cholesterol reduction. Healing properties abundant in green tea are useful in treating breast, lung, and prostate cancer, as well as lowering blood pressure. 

Kale

Kale. Anticancer. Anti-inflammatory. Cholesterol reduction. Eye health. Liver health. Like all cruciferous vegetables, kale has numerous health benefits. For example, it provides more than ten times the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, a key regulator of inflammation.

Mint. Anticancer. Anti-inflammatory. Antimicrobial. Appetite suppressant. Breath freshener. Digestive support. Heart health. Brain health. Mint can decrease appetite, and peppermint has been shown to soothe the tummy by decreasing gas and relaxing stomach muscles.

Olives and olive oil

Olives and olive oil. Anticancer. Anti-inflammatory. Heart health. Stroke prevention. Key ingredients in the renowned Mediterranean diet, olives and olive oil have been shown to help protect the heart and reduce inflammation, strokes and cancer risk.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate. Anti-inflammatory. Heart health. Helpful for cardiovascular health and slowing the
absorption of sugar into the blood, with antioxidant levels so high that Russian physicians used it to reduce the effects of radiation exposure following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

Salmon (wild). Anticancer. Anti-inflammatory. Brain health. Cardiovascular health. Joint health.
Skin health. No fish offers higher concentrations of healthful omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are credited with decreasing inflammation and improving brain, cardiovascular, skin, and joint health.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes. Blood pressure regulation. Cardiovascular health. Immune support. Sweet potatoes contain compounds that are like police dispatchers, directing the immune system to produce cells that engulf invading bacteria and escort them permanently off the premises.

Thyme. Antibacterial. Antimicrobial. Thyme contains volatile oils that excel at decontaminating foods. They have been shown to help neutralize many common pathogens, including strains of E. coli and staph that can cause serious illness.

Walnuts. Anti-inflammatory. Bone health. Heart health. A great source of omega-3s (just 1/4 cup provides nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily intake), walnuts offer tremendous heart health benefits, and reduce inflammation, bad cholesterol (LDL), and bone loss.

Yogurt. Digestive support. Immune health. Yogurt with live cultures is excellent for restoring or maintaining healthy populations of species bacteria in our guts. Consuming yogurt cultured with lactic acid bacteria can help prevent or decrease inflammation of the GI tract.