Anti-aging and Health Benefits from Thai Food: Protective Effects of Bioactive Compounds on the Free Radical Theory of Aging
Keywords:Thai Food, Anti-aging, Healthy Diets, Free Radical Theory
Traditional food is an important representative for each country. Thai dishes are appreciated not only by people in Thailand but also worldwide. The unique flavor, meticulous preparation, and dish decorations of Thai food certainly reflects the background, culture, tradition, and characteristics of Thailand. In addition to its deliciousness, Thai food is also recognized as a healthy and functional diet. Various healthy ingredients, such as local vegetables, home-grown culinary herbs, and spices are usually contained in Thai dishes. The biological activities of ingredients in Thai foods, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects suggest that the appropriate consumption of such a diet can influence the anti-aging process. Hence, the recipes of selected famous Thai dishes are described regarding their ingredients, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, and biological activities associated with anti-aging effects. Furthermore, the free radical theory related to aging and the possible role of Thai food in health benefits are also discussed for a more comprehensive explanation of the anti-aging effects of Thai diets.