An article from eatingwell.com by Brierley Wright tells us that there are 11 anti-aging drinks we can add to our diet to live longer, keep our minds sharp, and our bodies in better shape. These are as follows:
- pink grapefruit juice – contains lycopene for smoother skin
- alcohol – appears to bridge over dead brain cells and ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s
- cocoa – flavanols preserve healthy function of blood vessels
- beet juice – contains nitric oxide in natural nitrates which boost blood flow to frontal lobe which may ward off dementia
- green tea – 500 mg of green tea polyphenols daily halved oxidative stress levels in one study
- soymilk – isoflavones may preserve skin-firming collagen
- milk – whey protein contains leucine which turns on your body’s muscle-building machinery
- carrot juice – contains flavonoid luteolin which leads to less inflammation and better spatial memory
- coffee – reduced risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10% for 1 cup with additional cups further lowering risk
- water – relieves dry mouth which can cause bad breath and even promote cavities
- orange juice – vitamin C is one antioxidant that seems to be especially protective against age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
I realize the list is 11 anti-aging drinks but a few of those I think would be better served with a different choice. For instance, vitamin C is present in orange juice. So is a lot of sugar which goes toward raising your post drink blood glucose levels. Um, not as good as we learned yesterday.
Milk also has a lot of sugar. Why not just use an excellent quality whey protein powder?
I would also rather eat cabbages and radishes and get the fiber as well as the nitric oxide within the naturally occurring nitrates in them rather than drink beet juice. But I’m sure beet juice is an acquired taste just as coffee and green tea is.
My list of druthers goes on and you probably have a different one. I suppose the best thing is to see what each of these drinks bring to our anti-aging diet and find a different food or supplement that delivers that anti-aging effect to us.
For instance, again, I love tea. I love to drink it. However, drinking the 4 to 6 cups of green tea that would deliver the 500 mg of “green tea polyphenols” to my body is something my stomach just cannot handle. Too acidic. That’s where a good supplement would come in handy for me. So find your own best foods for your anti-aging diet.