Seven Things to Eat To Help You Live Happier, For Longer

What To Eat To Live Longer

If life has got you contemplating your mortality, and you are unsure where to start in order to make healthier choices for your future self, this list covers eight things to eat, which can help you to live longer. Because after all, who doesn’t like the idea of a long and happy life.

  1. Fruit and Vegetables

While the advice of most health advisory boards around the world has said five fruits and veggies a day, a recent study by Harvard has indicated the perfect ratio is two fruits, and three vegetables a day. While it sounds like a lot, it’s easy to add in a handful of berries to your breakfast, include a coleslaw salad with your lunch, along with an apple, and have some sweet potato and spinach with your supper. The study noted that the benefit was found in foods rich in beta carotene along with a healthy helping of leafy greens and citrus fruits.

  1. Fish

Fish is an excellent source of protein, whether you catch it yourself or buy it fresh or frozen. Oily fish is considered to be the best option when it comes to giving humans additional longevity. The omega-3 content from the fish is far higher than other sources, and it comes with benefits such as reducing inflammation, lowering cancer risks, lowering the risk of a stroke and improving cardiovascular health. If you can’t afford the price of salmon, then herring, sardines, trout, pilchards and mackerel are all wonderful alternatives that are high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Long touted as a reason not to feel guilty eating chocolate, it seems that dark chocolate alone is the one to get since it’s antioxidant benefits are a through the roof. Antioxidants, apart from many benefits, helps to lower the risk of heart disease – one of the leading causes of death in the Western world. To reap these benefits, a single square of 70% dark chocolate is all you need daily.

  1. Garlic

Reputed to keep vampires (and your date) away, garlic is packed full of all the right antioxidants and antiviral benefits that keep it a staple in pantries all winter long. It is said to be full of immune-enhancing compounds which help to break down carcinogens that could otherwise lead to cancer, and in trials has shown that people who regularly consume it face half the risk of stomach cancer when compared to non-garlic lovers.

  1. Olive Oil

One of the staples in a Mediterranean area, olive oil comes with a nice package of not only having heart-healthy fats, but regular consumption of it can help to reduce the risk of heart diseases and strokes, due to the phenols within it which have antioxidant properties. Research has found tht people who follow a Mediterranean diet have a 20% chance of living longer than their Western counterparts.

  1. Coffee Beans

While coffee has a history of winding up on the good – and negative – side of science, studies by the University of Scranton found that coffees flavonoids can help to prevent heart disease. The antioxidants within coffee are said to help also ward off the risk of diabetes, strokes, heart diseases and cancers.

  1. Nuts

Found regularly in the diets of populations who are known for their longevity, nuts are an easy snack option for most people, since they are portable and require no refrigeration. They can be nibbled on while playing at Grand Rush Casino and come with plenty of benefits too, from brazil nuts and their high selenium content that boosts brain health, all the way through to cashews which help with fibre and heart healthy content. All kinds of nuts come with numerous benefits. Just ensure the type you choose are unsalted, to avoid raising your blood pressure.