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6 Super foods for Women


Green Tea - one of the super foods

Nature expects a lot of women. We endure fluctuating hormones, produce babies, make money, bake brownies, shuttle children (and ourselves) to endless activities. With all these demands, we can certainly use a few nutrition heroes on our side. Here are six of the best. To reap their benefits, include two to three servings of each in your weekly meal plan.

1.Flaxseeds: Rich in lignins, compounds that naturally modulate estrogen levels, flaxseeds help to protect against breast cancer and promote regular ovulation. Their full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein for lasting energy.

2.Blueberries: Fresh or frozen this berries burst with antioxidants that are especially important for focus and brain function. They also protect against cancer and heart disease.

3. Leafy Greens: Kale, chard, spinach, and their cousins offer calcium to build bones and reduce osteoporosis risk. They’re also high in folic acid, which is key for pregnant women and which also may help thwart cervical cancer

4. Green Tea: Well studied epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) seems to be especially powerful in reducing breast cancer risk.In addition, research indicates that green tea increases alertness, fends off fatigue, and aids weight loss by boosting metabolism.

5. Pomegranates: These sweet-tart fruits and their juice help protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow to the heart, and preventing hardening of the arteries.

6. Sardines: These little fishes are a superb and eco-friendly source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help prevent menopause-related depression and mood changes. Omega-3s also reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and protect the arteries from damage, so they’re heart-healthy as well.

Article by Lisa Turner Delicious Living Magazine October 2010