Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Anti-aging nutrients: What does that mean?

Anti-aging nutrients: What does that mean? Anti-aging nutrients are in foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Research has found that some of these anti-aging nutrients, as part of an overall healthful diet, have the potential to delay the onset of many age-related diseases. These findings have led to more research on anti-aging nutrients aimed at identifying specific components in these foods. Components such as antioxidants may be responsible for improving and maintaining one’s health.
Antioxidants are present in almost all of our foods. They are in our foods as vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and polyphenols. These anti-aging nutrients, the antioxidants, can be found in the foods with deep rich colors. The dedep reds in cherries and tomatoes, the orange of the carrots, and the dark greens in kelp, collards, and mustard greens are some examples. Though these anti-aging antioxidants are in our food, we need to supplement our diets to get the quantities we need.