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Women have a lot to think about when it comes to their health. Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure down is key, while improving blood sugar levels, getting more calcium and adding fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein to the diet are all important, too. There’s no “one magic formula” for supercharging health, but “superfoods” will fill many roles in one convenient package. Here are 10 so-called superfoods that women will want to consider adding to their diet.
Not only does it have more than 135 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C, it has been shown to have cancer-destroying power. That’s a big wow factor!
Omega-3 fatty acids are a great way to improve your good cholesterol, and fatty fish like salmon (especially Alaskan salmon) has it in spades!
Eating beets, preferably raw, or drinking raw beet juice, is an excellent way to reduce blood pressure. Plus, beets have a high amount of fiber and vitamins
There was once a big scare about the cholesterol in eggs; however, it's been shown that in reasonable portions, eggs are a great source of protein and can actually improve your good cholesterol. Use these instead of higher-fat meats for a great protein source.
Blueberries are a superfood that has been shown to have many “powers.” From improving memory to reducing blood sugar to adding fiber to your diet, blueberries are a great add-in for smoothies, yogurt, salads or just to eat alone.
A little less straightforward than some of the others on the list, turmeric has been shown in early research to treat conditions as varied as inflammation, digestive problems, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
Don’t let carbs be a dirty word. Oats are a great source of fiber, help reduce cholesterol and can give you a feeling of fullness that more refined carbs simply do not. Try refrigerator oats if you don’t like traditional hot oatmeal.
Kale is excellent for the heart and has also been shown to do a number on cancer, and it has vitamin C. Try it in a salad instead of your same-old iceberg for a healthy twist.
All nuts are a good heart-healthy protein choice, but walnuts may be the best. They have large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid.
In addition to being very trendy, avocados are a superfood for sure. Avocados are a highly nutrient-dense food, compared to most others, and contain nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals.
If you can fit a couple of these foods into one meal (such as a smoothie or a salad), you’ll reap twice the benefits. Just remember that no matter what, eat a well-rounded diet and work with your doctor to make sure you’re nourishing your body properly. If you do that and take advantage of a few superfoods, you’ll be way ahead of the game!