Foods for a Longer Life

Whether you call them “superfoods” or “longevity foods” (their trendy 2017 title), the New Year is set to deliver some new foods into your diet that promise to help you live a longer, healthier life. Get ready, because soon you’ll be seeing these three everywhere:

Avocado Oil: With the skepticism surrounding coconut oil’s many health claims, avocado oil, which is extracted from the flesh of avocados, is poised to steal the spotlight. Avocados contain a variety of essential nutrients and important phytochemicals. Eight preliminary clinical trials show that avocado consumption helps support cardiovascular health. In addition, avocados are a good source of potassium, which may promote blood pressure control in adults.

Black Garlic: Produced by keeping regular garlic bulbs at low temperature in a humid environment for weeks, black garlic is less sharp and sweeter than regular garlic bulbs and, therefore, perhaps more palatable to some people. The potential benefits of garlic include cardiovascular health, as well as possible cancer-preventive effects.

Maca Powder: Derived from a Peruvian plant that grows in the Andes, maca appears to be promising in the prevention of several diseases, including reducing the risk of hypertension since it is high in potassium. Research also suggests that maca may be an energizer.

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