The 7 Best Healing Foods for Anti-Aging

The 7 Best Healing Foods for Anti-Aging

Are you interested in turning back the clock on aging? Do you want to find a natural way to look your best without resorting to plastic surgery, Botox, fillers, or expensive creams?


Slowing down aging in your body starts with what you eat and drink on a daily basis. If you eat lots of processed low-nutrient foods, and sugar-filled or artificially sweetened beverages, your skin, hair, and nails will reflect these choices. My favorite anti-aging foods will provide you with the all good nutrition you need to slow down the aging process.


When you eat real foods with key anti-aging nutrients, you become healthy on the inside which is reflected on the outside by an outer glow of vibrant health that is truly beautiful! Organic whole foods which contain the following key nutrients are the best choices for fighting the aging process.


Top vitamins for anti-aging are: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and B vitamins.

Top minerals for anti-aging are: sulfur, silicon, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium.

Top phytochemicals for anti-aging are: chlorophyll, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, quercetin, lutein, and squalene.


The following list has my seven favorite whole foods for anti-aging. These wonderful foods are rich in key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, healthy fats, water, enzymes, and fiber that provide you with everything you need to slow down aging and get the glow!


 The 7 Best Healing Foods for Anti-Aging


1. Leafy Green Vegetables

Kale, spinach, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, arugula, watercress, red and green oak leaf lettuce, and romaine lettuce are excellent leafy greens to eat on a daily basis to age proof your body. These leafy greens are packed with water, amino acids, phytochemicals, enzymes, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and fiber which detoxify, alkalinize, and nourish the entire body. Leafy greens contain high levels of chlorophyll which builds up blood and increase the levels of oxygen in the body. A clean body=radiant skin, hair, and nails.


2. Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries, acai berries, and camu camu berries help cleanse the body of toxins and fights chronic inflammation resulting in beautiful, healthy skin, hair, and nails.  Berries protect against the oxidative stress which causes premature aging due to the high levels of vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that they contain.


3. Avocados

Avocados contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that moisturize your skin from the inside out. Avocados are rich in anti-aging nutrients including high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and fiber. Avocados contain important carotenoids including beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene, and zeaxanthin that fight chronic inflammation and free radical damage which causes your body to age quickly.


4. Allium Vegetables

Onions, garlic, leeks, chives, and shallots are all members of the allium family. These wonderful vegetables contain high amounts of sulfur an important mineral that helps rebuild keratin and collagen, along with purifying the liver. Onions are also rich in quercetin an antioxidant that fights free radical damage.


5. Sprouted or Raw Nuts and Seeds

The best nuts and seeds to fight against aging include: almonds, walnuts, coconuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds. All of these nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, protein, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help neutralize free radicals; fight inflammation; and repair cellular damage. Nuts and seeds contain fatty acids like GLA that are potent anti-inflammatory fats and also important for keeping your skin moisturized.


5. Olives and Olive Oil

Olives and olive oil are rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, and amino acids which repairs connective tissue and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Olives contain squalene an unsaturated fat, antioxidant, and oxygen carrier that helps smooth and protect your skin. Olives and olive oil are high in monounsaturated fats that have anti-inflammatory properties. The heart healthy fats in olives and olive oil are also important for keeping your skin, scalp, and hair moisturized.


6. Red and Black Radishes

These tiny root vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that keep your skin, hair, and nails in top condition. Radishes contain silicon, sulfur, and vitamin C. Silicon also known as silica, strengthens connective tissues and keeps your skin smooth and glowing. Silicon also helps make your hair thick and strong.


7. Turmeric

Turmeric is an amazing root vegetable with anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that purify the blood and support the liver. Having clean blood helps to keep your skin smooth and soft.


If you include these healing foods into your daily diet you will reap all the anti-aging benefits they provide and start enjoying the glow of radiant health.


Important Note: To protect your skin from premature aging it’s also important to look at the personal care products you use on your skin. This fantastic post from The Crunchy Moose has over 50 homemade non-toxic recipes for lotions, body butters, and creams from some of my favorite bloggers.

The Holistic Health Herbalist will show you how to make homemade rose water which is great to use for a skin toner or as a base for homemade skin care creams or lotions.


Are any of your favorite foods on this list? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.


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  1. Love this! Feels good to know we are eating almost all of the named ingredients each day 🙂 Love healthy Life!
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  2. Hi Shelley,
    that salad in the picture looks sooo appetizing!

    Thank you for all the great information.
    After reading about radishes I will make a point to get some.

    What are your thoughts on sprouted garlic and onion?

    To Well Being at any age!
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  3. You didn’t, say how much of each food to eat in a day

    • Linda, I did not put recommended amounts to eat every day because each person’s nutritional needs are unique. Some people need more nutrients then others depending on their age, weight, health, and dietary requirements. The key is to eat from this list of foods every day to enjoy the benefits that each food from the list offers. For example you can enjoy a salad with 3 cups of baby spinach and romaine mixed together, 1 small cubed avocado, 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced, 4 radishes, and 6-7 olives with a vinaigrette made with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and basil. Check out some of the recipes on my site for inspiration.
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  4. Hi Shelley,

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I am delighted to say I include many of these foods in my diet including berries and avocados.

    Many thanks for your advice .

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  5. I strongly agree upon the point that the the leafy green vegetables are one of the awesome eatable to keep the aging signs away. Though aging can’t be restricted but the symptoms on face can be delayed for a long time when we consistently eat the leafy, green and pure vegetables.

  6. HI Shelley!! Of course we all want to look and feel younger 🙂 I am pretty conscious about what I put into my body and do eat everything on your list except I really never knew about Turmeric?? A root HUH? So How do we prepare this? On salads? Raw? Cooked? I will look for this.. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂
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    • Chery, You can purchase turmeric fresh and the root looks similar to ginger. You can also buy it in a powder form or in capsules as a supplement which you take on a daily basis. I like using the fresh root grated in my recipes like smoothies. I also use the powdered form when I don’t have the fresh root. It’s great in curries, vegetable dishes, in teas, and smoothies. The flavor is strong so try small amounts first and work your way up.
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  7. This is an awesome list, thanks for sharing. I haven’t tried the red and black radishes yet, I wonder how they differ with the white radish I buy from the grocery? I tried boiling the turmeric root before and drink the juice like tea. I like it, it just so happened that after doing it everyday for like a week, my blood pressure started going down, below normal. Maybe I shouldn’t do it everyday, but I haven’t tried it again after.
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    • Cherrie, Radishes of all colors have powerful nutrients for healing so you can’t go wrong if you include them in your diet on a regular basis. Turmeric has some fantastic health benefits and it’is great that you made it into a tea. You can also add it to smoothies. I really like when I can get the fresh root.
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  8. Lynn Jones

    Shelley, Of course we all want to age gracefully. Love your post and how it encourages us to eat real food. I love all the foods you mentioned and eat many of them daily, but have never taken a liking to radishes and have never eaten a black one. Hmmmm. I have heard of the wonderful things about turmeric and should figure out how to add it to my diet. Do you use it in spice form or just root form. I have never seen it sold as a root. After all clean blood is very important!
    Thanks a bunch!
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    • Thanks Lynn! I use turmeric in both the powdered spice form and as a fresh root. You can usually find the fresh root at the farmer’s market or at Asian grocery stores. I’m glad you’re eating many of the healing foods on the list and I know that you are aging gracefully. Try the watermelon radish it’s mild and really delicious and the inside is pink and white like a watermelon.
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  9. Paying attention to balanced nutrition and taking an anti aging supplement such as My Favorite Multi- Learn More is the best way to make sure you are getting a healthy skin diet of the superfoods, getting the protein you need, and to help ward off health and skin problems.
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  10. Oh my, where have you been! LOVE your website and the info as well as education! I have been looking for healthy, natural, raw (maybe) recipes , and you wrote a book! That’s awesome – congratulations!!!! Thankfully I like the 7 foods mentioned here for anti aging. I use olive oil in my food and on my body. No lotions, etc. You have a wonderful site.. I’ll be back, and thank you…
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  11. We are very thankful to your blog because it’s really helpful for us.

  12. Thanks for these tips on anti-aging foods … I have never seen of heard of a black radishes! I must be leading a sheltered life!! Love all the other food that are in this list so there is hope for my wrinkles!! 🙂
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  13. Hi Shelley,

    Thanks for this great post letting us know all the healthy types of foods we should be consuming, I never realised tumeric was an anti aging food.. Is that what they use in indian food?
    Thank you again,
    Regards, Jessica.
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  14. Yup, Tumeric is amazing spice. I am certian that it helps hold back the ageing process. In any case I love cooking and eating Indian food so it is always on my shopping list.
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  15. Great list! I would add Ginger root to it…a great reminder for what to eat every day:)
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  16. The turmeric is an interesting angle for me. I don’t know that I’ve ever used it! Can you tell me a little more about it? Would I be able to add it to a green smoothie? What’s the taste like? The rest of these, minus the radishes, are all in my diet. I’ll have to add radishes to my list next time I go to the grocery stores 🙂

    • Steve, Turmeric is a rhizome and member of the ginger family that can be eaten raw or in powdered form. It’s rich in antioxidants and the active ingredient curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps support the liver and purify the blood. I use it all the time in smoothies and have several recipes on my blog with turmeric. Check out the Anti-Inflammatory Orange Smoothie and the Post Workout Recovery Strawberry Chia Smoothie to see how to add it into smoothies. It has a earthy taste that blends well with fruits and leafy greens.
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  17. Nita Taylor says:

    Wow Wow love what you do! I agree with your 10 Top anti aging foods….great wisdom.
    Nita x

  18. Healthy foods and a delicious way to fight the aging process, nutrition plays a very important roll in anti aging and overall health as we all now.

  19. This is a wonderful recipe that I posted to my own blog and tweeted to the universe. I love pineapples and this is a great way to stay young and so perfect for the summer.
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  21. Hi there Shelley, of course this piece of writing is genuinely pleasant
    and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic
    of aging. thanks.
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  22. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across
    a blog that’s equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The aging issue is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I found this in my hunt for something regarding this.
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  27. Although, I found this post a bit late. But, the points mentioned here are beneficial for me. I will forward this information to others as well.

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