While no food can turn back the clock, some can perk up your looks and slow the aging process.
Eating a handful of dried figs increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood for four hours, much longer than many other foods.
Red Bell Peppers:The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E make red bell peppers a skin superfood.
Watermelon:This lycopene-rich fruit provides 33 percent more protection against sunburn than other fruits. (You still have to wear sunscreen though!)
Beans:Certain antioxidants have been shown to fight cancer, boost immunity, and keep bones strong.
Beans are loaded with phytochemicals (including saponins, protease inhibitors, and phytic acid), which may protect cells from damage that potentially causes cancer, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Prunes:These wrinkly little dried fruits are rich in vitamin K and a top source of the mineral boron, and we need both for strong bones. A
Cherries:Young women tend to be oblivious to heart disease, but that attitude itself is a big risk. How you eat today helps predict how healthy your heart will be 30 years from now.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that the anthocyanins in dark cherries reduce belly fat and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Dark chocolate:Rich in flavonoids, chocolate is believed to promote heart health by reducing platelet activation, affecting the relaxation capabilities of blood vessels.
Blueberries:The neural pathways in our brains are growing and improving all the time. Eat the right foods and you'll be able to concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer.
Blueberries may improve memory, cognition, and balance. Researchers believe that blueberries reduce inflammation and can help us overcome the normal effects of brain aging.
Cinnamon:Researchers believe that cinnamon may inhibit certain Alzheimer's disease cells.
Plums:These juicy treats decrease anxiety-related behaviors, and researchers think they may protect against depression.