We talked about foods with particularly great benefits for men, now it’s the women’s turn.
Any of these foods can have great health effects for either gender, but these superfoods below offer some potent wellness boosts for women (don't forget to check out our superfoods menu at the bottom!):
Flaxseed. With a powerful punch of B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and the phytochemical, lignans, flaxseed has been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDLs) and strengthen cell membranes. And there’s more good news: a study published by the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment indicates that the lignans in flaxseed may reduce tumor growth.
Quinoa. This food is a main stay on superfood lists because of its high protein content complete with all nine essential amino acids, but it’s also been found to fight off PMS symptoms and lower blood pressure, especially for postmenopausal women.
Shiitake Mushrooms. Native to East Asia, shiitake mushrooms have been shown to lower cholesterol and strengthen immune system health. This mushroom’s greatest benefit? Its high levels of vitamin D, an essential vitamin that an estimated 42 percent of the American population is lacking, including 80 percent of pregnant women.
Spinach. Yes, good old spinach! This salad and green smoothie friendly veggie is loaded with antioxidants and is linked to lowered risk of ovarian, breast and colon cancers. It also helps to keep the mind sharp as you age.
Walnuts. A bit of walnuts each day has been shown to drop cholesterol, prevent heart disease and reduce stress. Plus, a new study revealed that walnuts lowered the risk of breast cancer in mice.
Beef. This one may surprise you. Grass-fed, lean beef contains conjugated linoleic acid which researchers are finding may fight cancer. Other nutrients include: iron, protein, zinc and B vitamins. Be sure to pick a lean, high-quality cut and stick to one or two servings a week.
Broccoli. Grabbing a spot on both genders’ lists, this dinner table staple has been proven to combat estrogen excess which may help prevent breast cancer and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, calcium, iron and potassium.
Dark Chocolate. This sweet treat is filled with antioxidants, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol and increases blood flow to the brain. Perhaps most importantly, dark chocolate can lower the risk of stroke, which afflicts almost a half million of U.S. women each year.
Whenever possible, choose organic, non-GMO foods.