Fact or Fiction: Anti-aging Foods

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Most experts pinpoint omega-3 fatty acids as the key to fighting aging.

Neither -- although selenium is close. Selenium is an antioxidant: a substance found in food that destroys free radicals, which are chemically unstable compounds that damage cells in the body. Cell damage is the cause of many signs of aging, including wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.

Vitamin A is one of the most important antioxidants.

Vitamin E is an anti-aging powerhouse. In addition to making free radicals inactive, it can actually protect cells from damage.

Vitamin C, lycopene and beta-carotene are all excellent antioxidants.

Keep that lycopene on the list! That's what is found in tomatoes.

Whole-grain bread has more antioxidants than white bread does.

Yes, whole-grain products do pack more antioxidants than those made with refined flour.

Avocados contain a lot of useful anti-aging vitamins and minerals, but their high fat content cancels out those benefits.

Avocados are amazingly healthy, no matter how fatty (and it's monounsaturated fat, which is good for your cholesterol). They're high in the antioxidant vitamin E and potassium, and they contain 20 other important vitamins and minerals.

B complex vitamins are great for keeping your digestive organs running smoothly, which is one battle in the fight against aging.

Low levels of B complex vitamins, especially biotin, could cause dry or irritated skin. Look for biotin in bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice.

You can find biotin in bananas, eggs, oatmeal and broccoli.

Almost. Bananas, eggs and oatmeal are rich in biotin, but broccoli and dairy products aren't. Rice is another good source.

One easy way to get more antioxidants into your body is to eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Yep, when in doubt, reach for a red pepper or some blueberries or an orange -- colorful fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants.

The residents of Yuzuri Hara, Japan, have an unusually high life expectancy. According to a story on '20/20,' the reason is vitamin E.

Ten percent of the population of Yuzuri Hara, Japan, is 85 or older (as opposed to only 1 percent in the United States). The villagers' diets are unusually heavy on root vegetables, which are a good source of hyaluronic acid.

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids do seem to have it all -- fish and walnuts are two excellent sources.

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