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The antioxidants in blueberries neutralize free radicals, protecting cells from being attacked and damaged. Tops in antioxidant activity, blueberries may also slow age-related mental decline and reduce harmful LDL cholesterol.
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Applying a sunscreen—even if you’re not spending much time outdoors—prevents premature aging and skin cancer.
Toss ground flaxseeds in yogurt, salads, or cereals to fight disease-causing inflammation. A diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is found in flaxseeds, may cut the risk of recurrent heart disease in half, according to the American Heart Association.
Simply listening to a Mozart sonata for 10 minutes can temporarily raise your I.Q., research shows.
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A quick fix for any rumbling tummy, ginger also eases arthritis pain. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories slow aging—and ginger is packed with both.
Everyone wins with bingo: A study from the University of Southampton in England found that bingo players score higher than non-bingo players on tests measuring mental speed, memory, and the ability to scan surroundings for information.
Rosemary, Sage, and Lemon Balm
Season your food with rosemary, sage, and lemon balm. These herbs have compounds that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is diminished in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Protect your bones
Load-bearing exercise like walking or jogging is a critical component of bone protection.
Garlic protects against certain cancers, lowers blood pressure, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Add one clove a day to your diet.
In as little as two 45-minute sessions per week—pairing 15 minutes of strength training with a brisk 30-minute walk, for example—you can maintain muscle tissue and preserve metabolism and bone density; this deters both weight gain and osteoporosis as you age, plus it helps refresh your appearance and boost your self-esteem.