For the secret to a longer, happier, and healthier life, look no farther than your local grocery store. That’s right—superfoods are high in antioxidants and have anti-aging and disease-fighting properties. What’s more, they are low in or completely free of harmful trans fats and refined sugars, which can contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions.  Let’s take a look at eight essential foods you should be adding to your shopping cart . . .

Eat your way to longevity with these eight life-extending foods:

Avocados. Yes, they’re high in calories and fat—but its monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower harmful LDL cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in folate, a mineral that is essential for cell regeneration, and the antioxidants lutein (which helps to prevent eye diseases), vitamin E (which keeps the skin youthful), and beta-sisterol, a plant compound that stops cholesterol absorption and helps to reduce cholesterol levels.

Blueberries. These dark-colored berries are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of which protect the body from aging damage caused by free radicals. They also have lots of potassium, a mineral that helps to regulate blood pressure.

Broccoli. Broccoli is packed with fiber and beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C, all of which help prevent heart disease. Additionally, the crunchy vegetable contains phytochemicals, substances that help the body fight cancer.

Carrots. High in the antioxidant beta-carotene, carrots are also rich in vitamin C and best eaten raw for maximum health benefits.

Oats. These grains are rich in soluble fiber, which can lower levels of LDL cholesterol and keep you feeling full and satisfied. Their glycemic index is also low, making them a powerful source of energy.

Onions. These roots contain cancer-fighting flavonoids that also help the body combat colds and flu. Additionally, they help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Prunes. High in antioxidants and soluble fiber, prunes have been traditionally used as a laxative—they gently stimulate the bowel and soften the stool, and are great for helping to prevent bowel cancer.

Sardines.
Like herrings, mackerel, fresh tuna, and salmon, sardines are very high in omega-3 fatty acids and are one of the best weapons against heart disease and stroke. Sardines may also help to prevent some cancers and reduce arthritis symptoms, as well as age spots, wrinkles, and other visible signs of damage caused by free radicals.

Next time you’re at the supermarket, make sure to stock up on these age-fighting superfoods. You have nothing to lose . . . and years to gain!

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