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There's no special food that can delay aging. Rather it's the overall eating habits or diet that can reduce, delay or even prevent signs of aging. Individual genetics play the most important role in determining how one becomes with aging. We can't play scrabble with our genes but we can control our diets to delay aging.

Eating to maintain your weight is important. If you must diet to slim, do it gradually. Persistent changes in weight causes skin to lose its elasticity. The next time may be the last time your skin copes with fitting you. The extra skin sags and the person looks aged prematurely.

Eating to delay aging means selective eating for quality. Choose organic or greens over fast foods or meats. This is value for the same amount of calorie input.

Aging decreases your skin's moisture of sweat and oil. This gives the dry, prune look. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin. Coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and alcohol dehydrates the body and wrinkles the skin.

Boost your immune system to fight diseases. Take supplements like multi-vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants fight against oxidants which oxidize the skin and wrinkles it.

A big enemy of aging is heart disease. Meats contain saturated fats which encourage the formation of disease causing cells like cancerous cells. Cholesterol is also a culprit in causing heart disease. Eat magarine instead of butter. Take monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

Ever wonder why older people loose height? Aging causes thinning bones. Some women age before their time when they fall victims to osteoporosis. Menopause decreases the female hormone estrogen. This has the chain effect of decreasing calcium absorption. Eating to delay aging means increasing calcium consumption as age increases. Love your dairy products, sardines, salmon and other calcium enhanced foods.

We can't eat to prevent aging totally. We can watch our diets to delay the effects of aging.