Monday, April 1, 2013

7 healthy foods every woman must eat

 Here are some foods that every woman must include in her diet...

Flax seeds

Have flax seeds daily for overall good health. They are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and are
known to reduce the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. They also have anti-inflammatory
properties that prevent arthritis, apart from digestive properties which help ease irritable bowel


Certain studies over the years have found a link between eating cranberries and how it reduces the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Also, they
have the ability to prevent and cure urinary tract infections. Have a glass of cranberry juice every other day.

While this might not be a much-loved food, spinach is packed with a host of vitamins, minerals and high amounts of magnesium. And magnesium is
known to help reduce the physical symptoms of PMS like swelling, breast tenderness, bloating and weight gain.

Experts say that walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols — all important in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The high
omega-3 content also helps bone health, arthritis and depression. Walnuts also comprise nutrients like calcium, magnesium and folic acid.

Oats are bursting with health-boosting nutrients, great for female health. They keep your heart healthy, are great for digestion, keep blood pressure
levels in check and also contain vitamin B6, which helps prevent PMS and mood swings. Another component — folic acid — prevents birth defects in
babies and is essential for women during and after pregnancy.

Calcium deficiency is one of the major health concerns that affects women worldwide. Milk is an absolute must for women at any age. A great source
of calcium, milk, when combined with vitamin D, is one of the best ways to keep osteoporosis at bay. Milk is also helpful in preventing symptoms of the
dreaded PMS.

A carotenoid that is essential for good health is lycopene, which is a pigment found in tomatoes. And several studies have said that lycopene can help
prevent breast cancer. Apart from this, there is also evidence that suggests that it reduces the risk of heart disease.
(Compiled by Zeenia F Baria)
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