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10 Delicious Anti-Aging Foods That Are Proven To Make You Look Younger

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Scientists are nowhere close to discovering the fountain of youth, but there are some foods out there that are magical in its own right.

Here are 10 anti-aging foods that might add years to your life, and the cherry on top is that they're also delicious!

1. Wine & Chocolate

Life is unimaginable without these two, so it's reassuring to know they have some health benefits! Red wine and dark chocolate are a great source of resveratrol, which has been found to reverse signs of cellular aging.

2. Sweet Potatoes

You'll want to make sure the sweet potatoes you choose look more purple than brown. The purple variety contain high levels of anthocyanin, a compound that is found to increase lifespan.

3. Carrots

The more orange a carrot is, the more carotenoids it has, which has been found to have anti-aging properties. Foods that are rich in vitamin A restore and regenerate damaged collagen, and they also possess incredible cancer-fighting properties.

4. Coconut

These tropical fruits are the most talked about beauty ingredient in the last few years. Coconuts contain healthy fats that protects DNA from damage.

5. Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants that help keep your skin young. We're quick to spit out those hard pomegranate seeds, but they're actually loaded with compounds that help your body preserve collagen.

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6. Olives

Many people are not a big fan of this little fruit, but they're great when added to pastas, pizza, wraps, or salads. They're rich in polyphenols and other phytonutrients that protect your DNA and keep you looking young.

7. Blueberries

Blueberries have more antioxidants than other fruits, so make sure you eat handfuls of these to protect your skin against damage from sun exposure, stress, and pollution.

8. Oatmeal

A good wholesome breakfast is incomplete without oatmeal. Whether it's steel-cut or rolled, oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates that boosts your feel-good hormone, serotonin. You already know that you feel your best when you're happy.

9. Watermelon

This is by far the best news you can hear, that a slice of watermelon will help keep your skin young. Not only does this delicious fruit keep your skin hydrated and plump, watermelon also has enzymes that work as a natural sunblock, which protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.

10. Nothing ...

That's right. A study published in Nature found that the best thing you can eat to extend your lifespan is actually not eating much at all. Now, this doesn't mean you should start starving yourself, but a calorie-restricted diet that lasts for only a few periods at a time has longevity benefits.

Which of these anti-aging foods are you favorite?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.