There are certainly a lot of health foods out there that swing both ways when it comes to benefits for both men and women. We should all be paying attention to what we eat and making sure we are eating a varied nutritious diet. However, it is true that there are some foods that should be specifically payed attention to by each of the sexes. Researching these superfoods, a combination of The Mayo Clinic and WebMD has helped me put together these 6 major superfoods every woman should add to their meal plan!
- Low-Fat Yogurt:
Doctors love the benefits low-fat yogurt has for women because they are so varied. Any fermented dairy product (like yogurt) has probiotics and calcium for strong bones and a boosted immune system. There is even strong evidence to suggest that yogurt can help reduce the risk of breast cancer and help with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Be careful with the brands you buy because a lot of commercial yogurts pack in sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Organic and natural flavored options are best!
- Fatty Fish:
Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, offers a massive boost of heart healthy Omega 3 in every serving, in specific two very precise kinds called DHA & EPA. These fatty acids help to prevent and decrease the risk of heart disease, Alzheimers, and lupus to name a few, but also help to protect the membrane of every cell in your body. Almost literally, fatty fish helps to protect you all over!
Beans are already naturally low in fat, but they also provide a famously
large amount of fiber and protein. In addition to these killer components, beans can also help women fight against heart disease and breast cancer. Nutritionist Susan Krause, MS, RD also says that beans can play a major role in stabilizing female hormones. If that’s not enough for you, this superwoman-food is considered one of the healthiest things a woman can eat, lowering cholesterol and fighting disease while tasting delicious.
- Tomatoes (or watermelon, red grapefruit or naval oranges):
With these foods,it’ll about the high levels of lycopene! As well as a powerful antioxidant helping to prevent heart disease, recent research has shown that lycopene can help protect against breast cancer.
- Vitamin D Fortified Low-Fat Milk (or Orange Juice): Nothing like that Vitamin D. The countless benefits preached to us since we were kids makes a pretty bold statement for keeping women healthy as they get older as well. Recent research at the University of San Diego suggests that Vitamin D could help to prevent almost half of the breast, colon, and ovarian cancer in the U.S.
Similarly to wine, without the alcohol detriment, berries are packed with anti-cancer nutrients called anthocyans which help repair cells. Doctors especially preach the importance of berries during pregnancy for their high amounts of Vitamin C and folic acid which is vital for women in their childbearing years.
While all these foods are a great addition to any person’s diet, the evidence of their health benefits for women make them a sure hit in adding them to your own personal nutrition.
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