There are certain foods that reduce stress and aging exceptionally well. Magnesium is a well known anti-stress mineral. Look for it in whole grains, beets and raisins. Lower your blood pressure with vitamin C-rich citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit and potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados and yogurt.
Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidantslike tomatoes, blueberries, carrots and broccolican boost your immune system and help your body fight off the negative effects of stress.
What are antioxidants exactly? The body has cells called mitochondria, which function like power plants producing energy. When they're healthy, they function without much waste, called oxidants. As the mitochondria age and are mismanaged, they become less efficient and produce oxidants. These oxidants promote aging. "The body, as it always does, has an antidote to the problemit's called antioxidants," Dr. Oz says. "But if you don't have enough antioxidants in your bloodstreambecause you're not getting it in your food or if you bring in too much oxidationyou fall behind."