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Top 5 Foods for Women

I just came across this list of 5 superfoods all women should include in their diet - I bet most of you already do.

Cranberries - These help fight off nasty Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). About 10 oz of juice a day (the unsweetened kind) is all you need to kick that infection out the door.

Not only that, but cranberries are high in antioxidants, so they can help fend off colds, stomach bugs, and certain types of cancer. Drinking cranberry juice can also prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. You can add unsweetened cranberry juice to smoothies or dried cranberries to salads and baked goods.

Walnuts - These are rich in Omega-3s, which help increase the good cholesterol (HDL) levels in your body. These are the "healthy" fats.

They may even help with depression and reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Top your salad with 1/4 cup or try them in pesto. I like to add them to my oatmeal.

Beans - These little legumes are great sources of protein, and they may also prevent heart disease. Rich in two heart-friendly phytochemicals, beans are packed with magnesium, potassium, folate, and fiber. Choose hummus over dip (it's made with garbanzo beans), and add beans to salads, burritos or soups to get your fill.

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Fish - Fish are the best sources of Omega-3s because they are high in two particular fatty acids that are crucial to good health, DHA (docosohexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These two fatty acids are important in preventing heart disease and cancer.

Women who want to get pregnant, are already pregnant, or nursing should eat fish low in mercury - that means no Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish. Everyone can safely eat up to 2 meals (total of 12 oz) of fish a week.

Tomatoes - These gems are loaded with the antioxidant lycopene. Women with lycopene-rich diets can have as much as a 50% lower risk of developing breast cancer. This miracle antioxidant can also lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels (LDL), and may even reduce your risk of getting macular degeneration (problem with your eyes) and a host of cancers.

Raw tomatoes aren't your only option. Cooked tomato products like tomato sauce count too. 1 cup on your pasta will give you 32 mg of lycopene, which is your RDI.


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