Super Foods for Women’s Health

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Eating should not only be for a full stomach but also for the general well-being of our body. Unfortunately, not all foods are created to provide us with the right nutrients that we need. However, you can choose foods that will make you better, smarter and stronger as a whole. For women, it is important to choose foods that are rich in benefits right from the bones to fighting diseases.  So in order for you to know what delicious and nutritious food you should be looking for in the grocery, here are the best ones to choose from. Check it out!

Brussels sprouts

Yes, they smell a bit funky but trust me, they contain the good stuff. Brussels sprouts have allyl isthiocyanate which can help in getting rid of precancerous cells. Eating these babies at least once a week can reduce the risk of getting colon cancer. They are also rich in fiber as well as Vitamins C and A. For best varieties, buy ones that are locally grown and don’t boil them when you are cooking. The best way to eat this vegetable is by roasting with olive oil and curry.

Dark chocolates

You might think that chocolates are bad but not all. Dark chocolates contain flavonoids that may prevent clogged arteries and at the same time reduce the risk of heart diseases. Eating 3.6 ounces on dark chocolates every day is as effective as taking beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors. It helps in lowering blood pressure too and a good source of calcium. So the next time you look for chocolates, choose dark ones, preferably with 60% cocoa.

Red tomatoes

Tomatoes are known for being a good source of lycopene. This component is great in lowering the risks of heart attacks and cancer as well as macular degeneration. Although red tomatoes are specifically the choice, you can also try eating orange or gold-colored heirloom tomatoes. A cup of orange tomatoes is said to be 338% RDA for Vitamin A.

Whole grains

Eating whole-grain oatmeal each day is the best way to lower cholesterol. The fiber found in oatmeal is helps in slowing down the body’s absorption of cholesterol in the body by forming into a gel. Topping the oatmeal with fruits is the best way to start a hearty breakfast.

Coffee

Coffee is rich in antioxidants that help in protecting your cells and DNA. It also helps lower the risk of having Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It also helps in preventing colon and liver cancer. Drinking five to eight-ounce cups of coffee daily can do the job. However, too much caffeine can have its consequences so make sure to watch the number of coffee you drink every day.

Pistachio nuts

For those who are health conscious about nuts, pistachios are said to be the best kind. They are high in protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats which all help in slowing the carbohydrate absorption in the body. Three ounces of these nuts can help raise the good cholesterol too. Not only that they are also rich in copper and Vitamin B6.

Curry spice

According to research, curry may be as well called the spice of life curcumin. The color of this spice is actually the antioxidant found in it. It is said to destroy cancer cells and tumor growth in the body. It also helps in preventing lymphomas, myeloma, breast, pancreatic and ovarian cancers. Although it is unclear as to how exactly curry helps avoid these diseases, it is recommended to be included in our diet.


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