We all want to live forever. Well, maybe not forever, but as long as possible, right? In order to do so, we have keep our bodies as healthy as we can in order to increase our longevity. We don’t know about you, but we’d like to live to see life on Mars, and time machines, and a bunch of other cool stuff! Lucky for us, we have access to some powerful superfoods that are conducive to longevity, and we’ve compiled a list of below so we can keep on enjoying our superfoods into old age.
Cacao paste, nibs, powder- you name it! Although a daily dose of milk chocolate isn’t the answer to the quest for longevity, cacao in its all-natural, raw form just may be. Cacao is jam-packed with more antioxidants than blueberries, and it’s known to help lower cardiovascular disease and reduce stress - no wonder it helps us live longer. Mix it into a smoothie or your favorite brownie recipe, or sprinkle over yogurt and cereal.
The smelly breath might just be worth it. Garlic is a powerful superfood, with its benefits ranging from boosting your immune system to fighting cancer. So, say goodbye to the common cold and start stocking up!
3. Coconut oil
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Health benefits include (but are not limited to) increased metabolism function and energy, prevention of depression and fungal infections, as well as ridding the body of harmful toxins. Not to mention, coconut oil can also keep you looking younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles when used as a face mask or moisturizer.
4. Goji berries
Goji berries have been linked to an increased lifespan, perhaps due to their immunity-boosting and disease-fighting properties. They prevent fatigue, improve blood circulation, support memory and mental clarity, and increase energy levels. What else could you need to feel (and remain) young? Top your salad or soup with a small handful, or add them to homemade trail mix.
Spirulina is a “super algae” usually found in freshwater lakes and ponds that has been revered for years for its medicinal healing powers by African and Asian nations. Spirulina can improve brain function and mental clarity, keeping you sharp as you age. Plus, it promotes healthy eyes, which may be helpful as we struggle with vision in older age. Spirulina is virtually tasteless when mixed in with smoothies, and its beautiful color is sure to brighten your day.
Keep in mind, superfoods alone won’t get you to your 100th birthday. Exercise, healthy sleep patterns, and the prevention and reduction of stress are also key factors to longevity. Your mental, physical, and emotional health all work together, and when we find one part out of balance, we tend to feel it.