Highest Rated Sirtfoods

sirtfoodsThese are the highest-rated 20 Sirtfoods for a Sirtfood-rich diet  and how you can incorporate them into your daily meals.

  1. Bird’s eye chilli Also sold as Thai chillies, they’re more potent than regular chilis, and also more packed with nutrients. Use them to set off sweet or sour recipes.
  2. Buckwheat Technically a pseudo-grain: it’s actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb. Also available in noodle form (as soba), but make sure you’re getting the wheat-free version.
  3. Capers In case you’re wondering, they’re pickled flower buds. Sprinkle them over salad or roasted cauliflower.
  4. Celery The hearts and leaves are the most nutritious part, so don’t throw them away if you’re blending up a shake.
  5. Cocoa The flavonol-rich kind improves blood pressure, blood sugar control and cholesterol. Look for a high percentage of cacao.
  6. Coffee Drink it black – there’s some evidence that milk can reduce the absorption of sirtuin-activating nutrients.
  7. Extra virgin olive oil The extra virgin type has more Sirt benefits, and a more satisfying, peppery taste.
  8. Green tea or matcha Add a slice of lemon to increase absorption of sirtuin-producing nutrients. Matcha is even better, but go Japanese, not Chinese, to avoid potential lead contamination.
  9. Kale Includes huge amounts of sirtuin-activating nutrients quercetin and kaempferol. Massage it with olive oil and lemon juice to serve it as a salad.
  10. Lovage It’s a herb. Grow your own on a windowsill, and throw it into stir-fries.
  11. Medjool dates They’re a hefty 66% sugar, but – in moderation – don’t raise blood sugar levels, and have actually been linked to lowered rates of diabetes and heart disease.
  12. Parsley More than just a garnish – it’s high in apigenin. Throw it into a smoothie or juice for the full benefit.
  13. Chicory Red is best, but yellow works fine. Include it in a salad.
  14. Red onion The red variety’s better for you, and sweet enough to eat raw. Chop it and add to a salad, or eat it with a burger.
  15. Red wine You’ve heard of resveratrol: the good news is, it’s heat stable, so you can get benefits from cooking with it (as well as drinking it straight). Pinot noir has the highest content.
  16. Rocket One of the least interfered-with salad greens available. Drizzle it with olive oil.
  17. Soy Soybeans and miso are high in sirtuin activators. Include it in stir-fries.
  18. Strawberries Though they’re sweet, they only contain 1tsp of sugar per 100g – and research suggests they improve your body’s ability to handle sugary carbs.
  19. Turmeric Evidence suggests the curcumin in it has anti-cancer properities. It’s difficult for the body to assimilate alone, but cooking it in liquid and adding fat and black pepper increases absorption.
  20. Walnuts High in fat and calories, but well established in reducing metabolic disease. Smash them up with parsley for sirt-flavoured pesto.

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