The U.S. market for anti-aging products – estimated at about $80 billion – is expected to climb to more than $114 billion by 2015. But perhaps mid-lifers who have that “forever young” mindset should save their money. Experts say you can eat your way to a younger, healthier you. In general, you should replace fattening starches with whole grains and cover at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Exercise doesn’t hurt too – as we know, it does quite the opposite. Interested in the fountain of youth? Read below for foods that will help you find your way there. As provided by Dr. Suneil Jain of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics, the following foods have anti-aging qualities:

• Blueberries – incredibly rich in an antioxidant called anthocyanin which may help protect against free radicals that damage cell wall and DNA that can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; anti-inflammatory properties protecting against heart disease and cancer; very hydrating for the skin and body due to high water content; rich in fiber and manganese


• Kale – the most nutrient dense food that’s rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, lutein, iron, beta-carotene, manganese and Vitamins A, C, and K; contains over 45 different flavonoids; antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits protect against heart disease and cancer; rich in Omega 3 fats


• Avocado – one of the most nutrient dense foods; rich in monounsaturated fat, oleic acid, lutein, fiber, folate, potassium, Vitamin E, magnesium and one of the most important antioxidants, glutathione; keeps skin healthy, protects against heart disease, cancer, degenerative brain diseases


• Chia seeds – “chia” meant “strength” to the Mayans; this nutrient dense seed is rich in Omega 3 fats, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, potassium, sulphur and zinc; excellent source of energy; regulates blood sugar, thus, curbing appetite; great for hair, skin and nails


• Quinoa – this gluten-free grain is both fiber rich and a complete protein (contains all nine amino acids); it contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as B6, magnesium, folate, iron and phosphorus; has anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and small amounts of Omega 3s helping to prevent diabetes and heart disease