Health is wealth!
Although the weather outside is telling us otherwise, Winter should be ending soon, which means that Spring is slowly but surely approaching, which means that Summer is right around the corner as well. With that said, it’s about time you get your Summer body cooking and we all know that health and fitness starts in the kitchen. Check out 10 foods that you should add to your diet that provide great health benefits for women of all ages.
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Plain greek yogurt
Yogurt is a great way to get calcium, and it’s also rich in immune-boosting bacteria. But next time you hit the yogurt aisle, pick up the Greek kind—compared with regular yogurt, it has twice the protein (and 25% of women over 40 don’t get enough). Look for fat-free varieties like Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt. Plain yogurt also contains lactobacillus acidophilus, which helps balance your pH levels.
Don’t take soy supplements, which contain high and possibly dangerous amounts of isoflavones. Edamame contains natural soy, which contributes to the prevention of heart disease and breast cancer.
Flaxseed is the most potent plant source of omega-3 fats. Studies indicate that adding flaxseed to your diet can reduce the development of heart disease by 46%—it helps keep red blood cells from clumping together and forming clots that can block arteries. It may also reduce breast cancer odds.
Avocados helped increase the absorption of specific carotenoids, plant compounds linked to lower risk of heart disease and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Avocados are packed with heart-protective compounds, such as soluble fiber, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. Great source of good fats.
Garlic is a flavor essential and a health superstar in its own right. The onion relative contains more than 70 active phytochemicals, including allicin, which studies show may decrease high blood pressure by as much as 30 points. High consumption of garlic has been proven to lower rates of ovarian, colorectal, and other cancers.
Figs are one of the best fruit sources of calcium. Six fresh figs have 891 mg of the blood pressure-lowering mineral, nearly 20% of your daily need—and about double what you’d find in one large banana.
Blueberries may very well be the most potent age-defying food—they’re jam-packed with absorbable antioxidants. Research shows a diet rich in blueberries can help with memory loss, prevent urinary tract infections, and relieve eyestrain.
They look weird, but a French study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lychee has the second-highest level of heart-healthy polyphenols of all fruits tested—nearly 15% more than the amount found in grapes
Oysters are very rich in zinc, a mineral necessary for immune and DNA health, as well as fetal development. Oysters are also a rich source of iron—a nutrient many vegetable-centric eaters don’t get enough of. Too little iron can lead to red blood cell deficiencies, fatigue, headaches, and other ailments. Just 1 raw oyster contains nearly 3 milligrams of iron.
Bursting with vitamins A, K, and C, kale is also a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.