The majority of age changes are a result of the ever-altering hormones in the female body. Unfortunately, these fluctuating hormone levels are unavoidable, and they affect all aspects of our lives including sleep, mood, energy level, and overall outlook. The good news is that there are a few super foods that are proven to make these changes more bearable for women over 50.
Leafy greens-It’s no big shocker that greens are good for our bodies, but they are exceptionally good for those over 50, as they are jam-packed with lutein and other carotenoids that have precursors of vitamin A, which is known to delay the onset and progression of macular degeneration associated with age. The best part is that greens can easily be disguised and added to a variety of meals.
Berries-not only do these bits of sweetness cure your cravings, but they provide major perks for cardiovascular function. They are powerful sources of phytochemicals and antioxidants that keep your digestive tract healthy and rid your body of inflammation associated with aging.
And get this…according to studies, blueberry intake is linked to Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
Fish-there are so many benefits to this omega-3 packed protein that it’s a wonder why we don’t eat it for every meal. While these fatty acids are excellent for all ages, they are exceptionally beneficial for those over 50, who are more likely to suffer from potential heart disease. The properties in the fatty acids are heart-protecting and allow for cognitive function while also keeping your blood pressure in check. Not to mention the protein that helps maintain muscle mass. Salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are all good options.
Cruciferous vegetables-all those veggies that are part of the cabbage family are packed with properties that prevent cancer. Cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale are rich in folate and vitamins C, K, and E, which naturally combat inflammation and boost your immune system.
Soy-Foods such as edamame and tofu contain isoflavones, which are compounds that copy the structure of estrogen and assist with regulating hormone levels as you age. Because of this, isoflavones have been known to reduce the risk of certain breast cancers. They also provide heart-health benefits, as long as they are unprocessed. This is a great option for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.
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