7 DNA Repairing Superfoods

Fight Aging the Natural Way!

Getting older, feeling older, and looking older are all very different. You can feel old while being young, get older while feeling younger– but what everyone wants is to look young as they get older.

For decades, studies have shown the health benefits of a balanced diet at a cellular level. Over time, DNA, the body’s encoded blueprints, takes on damage from internal and  environmental factors like stress, pollution, inflammatory foods (A.k.a. any processed and sugar laden fare). This all can lead to a number of what we call “age markers” — things like wrinkles and cognitive decline

A healthy diet than can protect your cells from degrading includes antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fatty acids, and proper proportions of vitamins and minerals . We’ve collected seven of our favorite DNA repairing superfoods to add some color to your plate and glow to your skin!

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A Word of Caution:

This isn’t the Benjamin Button diet. You’re not literally going to age backwards, if that’s something you were worried about or looking forward to. DNA repair is a natural process that occurs after our cells receive damage from things like UV light, toxins, processed fats, smoke inhalation, alcohol consumption, or simply their own reproduction. Unfortunately, over time these processes become less effective. As these repair chains “age,” the cells they operate within are more likely to stop functioning, pass down mutated genes that can develop into cancer, or die altogether. This is where many internal and external signs we associate with age come from: inflammation, sun damage, wrinkles, heart problems, mental decline, ect.

Through trial and study, scientists from Oxford, Harvard, and numerous research entities have found correlation between certain foods and an increase in DNA repair activity. Antioxidants have been linked to youth-evoking health benefits like smooth and resilient skin, better blood flow, and reduced risk of degenerative mental health diseases like Alzheimer’s.  Encouraging or reinvigorating your reconstructive processes with the following seven DNA repairing superfoods can keep you looking and feeling younger! Just don’t expect to literally age backwards.

Kiwi

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Tangy and texturally complex, the kiwi often goes overlooked when talking about superfoods. They’re packed with vitamins C,E,K, as well as folate, fiber, potassium, and the digestive aid actinidin. Their vitamin C content stimulates cologen growth in addition to reducing oxidative DNA damage.

More health benefits of kiwi fruit→

Salmon

Nutritious and delicious, salmon is a great dietary choice for a number of reasons. It’s a great source of protein, which helps the body repair damaged tissues and keep a healthy metabolism. The natural omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin (an antioxident) have been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease, mental decline, and bring a youthful glow to skin.

More health benefits of salmon→

Watercress

A cruciferous vegetable like cabbage, brussel sprouts or broccoli, this majestic microgreen boasts massive stores of vitamin k, which supports bone density and blood clotting. Watercress has one of the most unique antioxidant profiles, with over 40 different phytonutrients, and as such is one of the most robust superfoods for cancer prevention. The Isothiocyanates and glucosinolates contained within can prevent colon, lung, prostate and skin cancer.

More health benfits of Watercress→

Avocado

You avoca-do need to be adding more avocado to your diet. This high-fiber inflamation fighter has been the “it” superfood for a few years now, and it’s not for nothing. Like salmon, they’re full of fatty acids that support skin health, reduce oxidative cell damage, and support your immune system. Because of this, they also help your system process fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K).

More health benefits of Avocado →

Tumeric

While less filling than most of the other superfoods on this list, tumeric has emerged as a leading superspice both in bold flavor and health benefits. Curcumin,the primary active ingredient of tumeric, has been proven to both neutralize free radicals before they damage cells and to support natural DNA repair. 

More health benefits of tumeric→

Chocolate

Dark chocolate, not Wonka bars. You’re ideally shooting for above 80% cacao, the raw chocolate itself, which contains the flavanoids linked with DNA repair. While the science is still out on some of the more bold claims, certain flavanols contained in cacao have been proven to protect from and absorb UV damage and increase bloodflow to the skin.

More on health benefits of chocolate→

Blueberries

Blueberries are perhaps the most touted antioxident-dense superfood, but that’s for a good reason: they contain the subcatagory of phytonutrients called anthocyanins, which are notably effective at protecting DNA from free radicals. 

More health benefits of blueberries→

Good For You

From the Cells Up.

These DNA repairing superfoods aren’t GMOs or super-science. These are natural plants and animals human beings have evolved alongside for millennia– long before we understood what DNA was, or how the daily damage it suffers comes to create what we think of as aging. Our understanding of DNA repair is growing constantly, and as it grows we see that what many cultures had always known is true– certain herbs, vegetables, and fruit with bright colors and powerful flavors have immense healing properties.

While we can’t turn back time, we can always do our best to repair the damage it’s done by making healthy choices towards the future.

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