The many changes we experience as we age can be as subtle as needing a thicker jcaket to battle the morning chill. Or as blatant as slowed and limited movement. Aging and all the “sensational” transformations that go with it are said to begin around the age of 25.
Not the exciting news we all wanted to hear, eh?
Truth be told, while getting older is certainly inevitable, aging isn’t something any woman should “suffer” from! Aging isn’t a disease. Sure, metabolism slows. Our skin won’t look as supple. And the energy we once had is all but a memory. The changes are sure to happen. What we can do to seize the ill effects it has on the body is to prep ourselves with the right diet and lifestyle. Oftentimes, what we put on our plates isn’t responsive to the changes that occur in our bodies.
Here are Seven Super Foods Sure to Keep Age Related Health Issues at Bay
WALNUTS – Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, known to help reduce inflammation, lower anxiety and depression, as well as improve heart health. Walnuts (as well as pecans and almonds) are also known to be a great source of vitamin E. Studies show that women who consumed the most vitamin E reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by a whopping 67%.
GREEN TEA – If you’ve managed to sneak green tea into your daily routine when the fitness craze began, then good for you! In addition to weight management support, green tea has been found to contain anti-inflammatory effects. Substances present in green tea may halt the progression of arthritis by blocking pro-inflammatory cells from damaging cartilage.
BROCCOLI – An excellent source of vitamin K, broccoli helps slow the progression of osteoarthritis by blocking enzymes that cause joint damage. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin C (which helps build collagen which in turn aid in the formation of body tissue and bone) as well as various antioxidants that protect the body from dangerous free radicals.
SOY – Struggling with symptoms of menopause? Include more soy in your diet. Science has proven that soy isoflavones (plant estrogens) mimic the structure of the female hormones. Not only does this help regulate estrogen, it can calm hot flashes, as well. What’s even more amazing? Women who consume soy products such as soy milk, edamame beans, or tofu during and after menopause have fewer chances of developing breast cancer.
TURMERIC – Elderly people in India have long been found to have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers theorize that a good reason for that is the turmeric found in their diets. They consume lots of it through food and drink (turmeric tea). A 2009 study found that consuming turmeric twice a week helps prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Another benefit worth noting is that turmeric can act as a natural pain killer. Curcumin, an active ingredient, is found to be just as good as Ibuprofen when it came to relieving knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
SEA BUCKTHORN – The beneficial property of this super food helps what many women tend to keep under the sheets (pun intended) – vaginal dryness. Sea Buckthorn is native to the regions of Europe, China, and India. It’s been around for centuries and is known by a few names, seaberry, sandthorn, sallowthorn, and siberian pineapple. While it's been known to help alleviate a number of health issues including (but not limited to), ulcers, high cholesterol, dull brittle hair, and problematic skin, it’s been making waves when it comes to easing discomfort caused by being dry “down there”. The Sea Buckthorn berry produces two types of oils; fruit oil and seed oil. The fruit oil is where you’ll find the rare omega 7. It’s this elusive omega that makes all the difference when it comes to alleviating vaginal dryness and all its annoying (often painful & irritating) symptoms. While the oil produced from the seeds contains zero omega 7, it does carry a great source of vitamin E and omega 3.
LEAFY GREENS – Turns out mother and nana were right all along. Many women above the age of 50 don’t get enough folic acid. And no, folic acid isn’t just for expectant women. Women need to increase their intake of folic acid because it helps reduce the level of homocysteine, an amino acid that has been found to lead to vascular disease. So fill your plate with spinach, kale, and cabbage!