Another approach for longevity is to simply fill your plate with plenty of superfoods everyday. Researchers have expanded this concept into the idea of the perfect meal, called the "polymeal". Their research has found that, in theory, if someone aged over 50 has the daily equivalent of the polymeal, they reduce their chances of getting heart disease by around 76 per cent. For ment his translates to living 6.6 years longer and for women 4.8 years longer.
This meal includes 400g of fruit and vegetables, 150ml of wine, 100g of dark chocolate, 2.7g (a clove or two) of garlic, 68g (a handful or so) of almonds and 114g of fish, consumed four times a week. So, what else should you be putting on your plate? This section of my website will give you guidance that is important for your health, not only for combatting pain but living a healthier lifestyle!.
I use wild blue-green alalgae and many other superoods for excellent results with preventing illness, strengthening the organs, feeding the cells and staying fit, slim and ultra-well, during the winter I use blue-green algae to ward off colds and flu. The superfoods are the most important and powerful nutrient-dense foods on this planet and they have virtually no calories, no bad fats or nasty substances. Thus, they are powerhouses for any transformation to a slender and more healthy you. I truly believe you are what you eat and what we put into our bodies we can expect to get out, so if we eat junk food, how can we expect our bodies to fight off disease, illness and fight against pain?
- Blueberries: These brightly coloured fruits deliver high levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clotting, protect body cells and decrease the effects of brain ageing. That's why they're sometimes referred to as "brainberries".
- Broccoli and broccolini: These belong to the brassica family and are packed with nutrients like vitamins C and A, riboflavin, folate, calcium and iron. They also contain indoles, shown to block oestrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, and sulforaphane, which also kills abnormal cells.
- Chilli: We all envy people with a speedy metabolism, those who can eat what they like without getting gaining weight. If only there was an internal switch that would allow us all to rev up our metabolism as needed. Probably the best way of boosting your metabolism is keeping physically active, but there's also evidence that chilli may fire things up. Chilli contains a compound called capsaicin, responsible for its super hot status, which is thought temporarily boost metabolism.
- Citrus Fruits: A CSIRO report shows a compelling trend of protection against various types of cancers from eating citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. The greatest protection is for cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, larynx and stomach, where studies showed risk recductions of 40-50 per cent by consuming 1-2 servings of citrus fruit per day.
- Garlic: Allicin, the substance in garlic that gives it the characterisitc smell, also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and may play a role in enhancing immune function, protecting cells and lowering cholesterol levels. Add fresh garlic to winter soups and stews as well as to stir fries and pasta sauces for maximum benefit.
- Oats: Oats are the superstars of the wholegrains. Wholegrain foods are associated with reduced cardiovascular disease and several cancers, with a 68 per cent decreased risk of coronary heart disease observed in high-wholegrain diets. Oats are rich in beta glucan, a soluble fibre, and are low GI. They can help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and help with satiety (feelings of fullness). They also contain potent phytochemicals, phenolic compounds in the outer layer of grain, which act as antioxidants.
- Probiotic Yogurt: You get a great calcium boost from yogurt, but it's the probiotics that make it a superfood. Probiotics, sometimes referred to as "aBc" bacteria, are live cultures found in certain yogurt, and there are different types or strains available. Emerging scientific evidence suggests that probiotics offer a host of benefits including promoting gut health, immune protection, reduced risk of some cancers, cholesterol lowering, as well as helping treat conditions like traveller and toddler diarrhoae and atopic eczema (an itchy inflammation of the skin).
- Sardines and other oily fish: This heart-friendly, omega-3 and zinc-rich fish, makes a perfect grilled lunch, and they're also good news for osteoporosis prevention. Sardines contain edible bones with calcium and significant sources of vitamin D. Sunlight also provides vitamin D to the body, however, dietary vitamin D may be important as we "slip, slop, slap" to prevent exposure to harmful sunrays.
- Soy Beans: These beans are an excellent source of high-uality protein, containing twice as much protein as any other legume. The active ingredients are the soy protein and plant phytoestrogens (isoflavones), which have positive benefits for heart health and possibly diabetes control, cancer protection (breast, bowel and prostate) and decreasing menopausal symptoms.
- Spinach: This dark-green leafy vegetable contains a combination of phytonutrients and antioxidants including vitamin K, coenzyme Q10, folate, iron and carotenoids (lutein, xeaxanthin). Folate is especially important for women planning pregnancies, heart health and cancer protection, as well as brain health and the protection of genetic material (DNA). So i't snot just Popeye who should be getting his fill.
- Tomato: These vibrant red fruits are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which offers a host of benefits including heart health and protection against prostate cancern. Interestingly, the absoprtion of the lycopene is increased in tomatoes by cooking them in a small amount of olive oil. Great news for pasta lovers.