For generations, we've seen certain aspects of aging as inevitable, and even felt there was little we could do to preserve our health and happiness as the years go on. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that we have more control over aging longevity than we ever imagined. From rejuvenating treatments like hormone pellet implants that can actively turn back the clock to the dietary choices that can protect you from countless age-related ailments.

In fact, according to an international study published by the Journal of Nutrition this week, simply incorporating polyphenol-rich foods in your diet could be the key to a longer, healthier life. ScienceDaily reports that researchers reviewed data from a 12-year investigation into the effects of nutrition on men and women over 65 in Tuscany.

"This methodology makes a more reliable and accurate evaluation of the association between food intake and mortality or disease risk," said Professor Cristina Andrés Lacueva of the Department of Nutrition and Bromatology of the UB and study coordinator.

The researchers found that men and women who regularly consumed fruits, vegetables, legumes, tea and other items with high polyphenol content saw a 30 percent lower mortality rate within 12 years.

Polyphenols have documented antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, making them a nutritional powerhouse that can help protect your body from various disease and environmental toxins. Contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston today to learn more about how your diet can influence your ability to age gracefully.