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Dr Amir Khan says eating one type of food is key to 'living longer and looking younger'


Dr Amir Khan, a regular face on This Morning, Good Morning Britain and ITV’s Lorraine, has revealed the secret to longevity – and it’s something many of us sprinkle on our breakfast cereal.

Speaking on the Private Parts podcast on YouTube last year, Dr Khan emphasised the importance of “good quality sleep” and “good quality food”.

However, he singled out one food group as being particularly beneficial for those wanting to live longer and look younger.

He said: “So, it’s all the things we’ve talked about – good quality sleep, good quality food. If you want a food that’s really going to make you live longer and look younger, what you need to eat more of is berries.

“Berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. They are full of antioxidants, and we always hear this term, antioxidants. What do they do?”

He continued:¬†“Part of ageing is degrading of our DNA through something called free radicals, which float around in our body.”

He explained that antioxidants “neutralise” these free radicals so they can’t damage our DNA and age us as well as they “normally do”, so he advised people to “eat more berries if you want to live longer and look younger”.

Dr Khan also reassured listeners that “you don’t need to worry about the sugar content” as there’s “so much fibre” in berries that it slows the sugar absorption, and the “darker the berry the better”, reports¬†Gloucestershire Live.

Johns Hopkins Medicine has highlighted the importance of antioxidants, found in a variety of vibrant fruits and vegetables, with berries being a particularly versatile source of phytonutrients.

The institution also advises consuming a range of berries due to their unique qualities, but unlike Dr Khan’s approach, it suggests moderate consumption due to their sugar content.

Registered dietitian Kathleen Johnson has endorsed all berries for their health benefits, but she singles out black raspberries as potentially the most nutritious due to their high antioxidant levels, closely followed by blackberries and marionberries.

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