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Yulia Berry   
Thursday, 10 December 2009
The Long Life ListIf you are the type of person who thinks that becoming a octogenarian is only the beginning, then this list is for you. Here are some foods that you should include into your daily diet if you plan on living for a long time.

Dark Fruit

Red or purple fruits are packed with valuable flavonoids and Vitamin C which will help maintain your blood vessel elasticity. Black Grapes, blueberries, black cherries, blackberries and bilberries are all good examples of dark fruits.

Whole Grains

Whole grains keep your bowels regular and  prevent liver processed toxins from re-entering the blood stream. They are also great sources for Vitamin E and Vitamin B which benefit your nervous system.  Good sources of whole grain are brown rice, porridge, and whole meal bread. Brown rice also contains a substance called methionine  which forms a free radical fighting enzyme.


Cabbage family members are packed with chemicals that helps the liver break down toxins and pollutants that can cause cancer. They are also rich in free radical fighting carotenes as well as Vitamin K which helps bone repair and prevents osteoporosis. Broccoli, brussel sprouts and winter greens are all good examples of the cabbage family.

Oily Fish

Oily fish are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are all important for keeping red blood cells from clumping and clogging up the blood vessels. They are also rich in zinc which can help prevent prostate problems in men.  Sardines, mackerel, herring and sardines are all good examples of oily fish.

Soy Beans

When fermented or digested, soy beans release genistein and daidzein which are substances that can help fight off cancer of the breast and prostate. They are also rich in plant estrogens, which make them invaluable as a natural hormone replacement for women undergoing menopause. Fermented soy products such as miso and tempeh are especially good for you and you can also get what you need from tofu, soy yogurt, soy flour, and soy milk.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts are one of the best sources of selenium that you can find. Selenium is a mineral that your body need in order to make  the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which helps protect your cells from free radical damage.  Studies have indicated that a selenium rich diet can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and help the kidneys filter toxins from your blood more efficiently. Aside from Brazil Nuts, other selenium rich foods include  whole grain cereals, seafood and seaweed.

Celery Juice

Juiced celery is a great way to reduce the over-acidity that can come with eating meat. Celery juice is also considered one of the best ways to prevent osteoarthritis. One to two glasses a day is recommended, but you can drink more if it seems to be helping.

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium, zinc and calcium which are all essential ingredients needed to maintain health bones throughout your life. Mix them with your foods, or use tahini (sesame seed paste) instead of butter.

Organic Liver

Liver is packed with the anti ageing nutrients Vitamin A and Zinc which help prevent hormone deficiencies. Liver is also loaded with B Complex Vitamins including Folic Acid which can help prevent heart attack and keep Alzheimer’s at bay.  Liver is also rich in chromium which can help keep your blood sugar down.  If you are not much of a meat eater, there are desiccated liver tablets available (although they are hard to find in organic form). Pregnant women should stay away from liver due to its high retinol content.


Staying hydrated is important, especially in a world full of stimulants like coffee, tea and alcohol which can dehydrate us and put stress on our kidneys. We need at least 8 glasses of water a day to help flush out toxins, keep healthy and stay hydrated.  If you exercise a lot, you may need to drink even more.

Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books 'Aloe - Your Miracle Doctor' and 'Pharmacy in Vegetables'. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry's new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic to be released soon.

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