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5 Foods That Fight Age-Related Disease

Posted: 09/07/11 09:26 AM ET

Most of us have been touched by age-related disease -- cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and the like. Watching those around us degenerate is both tragic and ultimately inevitable. And although we cannot fight age itself, we can absolutely give our bodies a fighting chance to thrive into our later years.


What's diet got to do with it you may ask? Quite a lot! According to Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, "The easiest and least expensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is just by eating a healthy diet." In fact, researchers say that up to 60 percent of the disease could be prevented if people were to adopt healthier lifestyles (i.e. diet and exercise). I don't know about you, but we think those odds alone are worth the effort it takes to eat healthfully (we love doing it anyhow!). Here are some of the healthiest foods that help to fight off these heartbreaking diseases as we grow into our well-earned golden years.

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Wonderfully rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins -- which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone and balance -- berries are the quintessential anti-aging food. And, of all the berries, blueberries are the richest in cancer-fighting compounds.
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