Nothing can stop the aging process, it catches up with us all. However, a diet that includes plenty of vegetables such as aubergines, red peppers and Brussels sprouts, can help a person look and live longer and reduce the risks of some common effects of aging.
It has been a long-held view that vegetables are an essential part of a diet as they are vitamins and minerals rich. They also help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, some cancers among other illnesses.
There are three vegetables that have been identified to help reduce the risks of dementia, arthritis and wrinkles, these are aubergines, Brussels sprouts and peppers.
Aubergines help fight cancer spreading but the nutrient responsible for the purple colour of the skin, nasunin, also combats dementia.
New research shows that nasunin may slow Alzheimer’s disease developing by stopping free radicals damaging neurons.
Red peppers contain more vitamin C (60%) than green peppers and it is vitamin C that stimulates production of white blood cells that help the body fight germs and bacteria.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said that people who had a diet containing high- levels of vitamin C were less prone to developing wrinkles.
Brussels sprouts usually eaten at Christmas should be eaten all year round as they contain sulphur compounds that help the body’s tumour-surpressing genes by blocking the enzymes that promotes tumour growth.
The sulphur compounds could also treat rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and active cartilage-protecting proteins.