7 Best Superfoods For Women For Weight Loss, Hormonal Balance, And Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer

By Alexa Sooter | 13 September 2019 492 views
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If you have researched nutrition in the last ten years or so, then you have certainly come across the term “superfood.”

There is no single definition for the term. For the most part, it’s a shorthand way to say “foods that are really good at doing one thing.”

And, for this article, that “one thing” is promoting a woman’s health.

And while just about any food can be called a superfood if you try hard enough, there are a few that stand out above the crowd. These foods are packed with fiber, nutrients, and calcium.

Eating these foods not only reduces your intake of less desirable foods, but also gives your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs the most.

The superfoods on this list are foods that specifically impact conditions that affect women more often than they affect men.

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Of course, some diseases, like breast cancer, can happen regardless of your sex. But women are still more likely to develop the condition, which is why cancer-fighting superfoods are so important.

None of the foods mentioned here will cure cancer, of course. But all of them have shown promise in keeping your body’s cells functioning properly. And proper cell function is a good way to reduce your risk of not only cancer, but several chronic diseases.

You might be familiar with most of the foods on this list. Many common foods – particularly whole and natural foods – became popular because they make people feel good.

If you’re not sure about a new food, however, just look for the recipe linked in the food’s description for a delicious way to give it a try.

1) Leafy Greens

This isn’t so much a single food as a category of food. Leafy greens like spinach and kale always make the superfood lists because they’re packed with iron, fiber, and folate.

And while these might not seem like something you need more of, there’s a good chance you’re still a little short on your suggested daily servings.

As a general rule, people who menstruate need more iron than people who don’t. This means that, if you’re someone with a cycle, you might not be getting enough iron to make up for what you lose each month.

And while leafy greens might not be your first idea for an iron source, they offer a nice boost without packing any fat.

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Leafy greens also offer nutrients like Vitamin K, which supports bone health when used alongside calcium and Vitamin D. They also contain servings of Vitamins A and C, both of which help your body maintain healthy functions.

Greens like spinach and kale are the best options. Both of them work well in salads or as part of soups. They also work nicely in layered dishes like casseroles and this delicious Superfood Lasagna.

2) Asparagus

Asparagus might not have the best reputation… but the vegetable’s unpleasant side effects only impact some people. And even those most afflicted with the unfortunate aromatic effects might find it worth dealing with, considering all that asparagus has to offer. 

Like leafy greens, asparagus is packed with both Vitamin K and folate.

And while you might not think folate is important unless you’re pregnant, several studies now suggest its effects are more widespread. Folate can help your body burn carbohydrates more effectively, which means you need fewer carbs to power you throughout the day.

Asparagus is great in a baked vegetable medley or as a side dish to just about any meat. My favorite recipe, however, can almost be eaten by itself. It’s hard to resist Asparagus with Parmesan Almond Pesto!

3) Beans

This entry might not fit every diet, especially if you’re trying to eat low-carb. But when you reach for carbs, consider reaching for beans. They’re low in fat – leaving you plenty of room for the healthy fats listed further down – and high in fiber. 

Not only does fiber keep your digestion moving along, but it can help lower your blood sugar too. Beans can also lower your blood pressure and heart rate, depending on how they’re prepared.

And all of this together means that they might reduce your risk of heart disease which, at the moment, is the leading killer of American women.

Beans are also a great source of protein that are almost always cheaper than meat. So if you’re on a budget and looking for an affordable option that nearly has it all, reach for whole beans. You can add them to soups, tacos, or work them into an omelette

4) Edamame

Soy has gotten a bad reputation in some circles over the last few years. But recent studies have found that most of soy’s negative effects are related to how the soy is eaten, rather than the plant itself.

The more processed a soy product is, the more likely it is to cause problems.

Edamame, on the other hand, are whole soy beans. Usually, they’re even still in the pod.

You can’t get much less processed than that! Because edamame is still a natural form of soy, it carries all of the benefits and few of the risks.

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So what does this mean for you? Well, if you’re currently going through menopause, it could mean relief from some of your symptoms. Soy contains isoflavones, which mimic the way estrogen performs in your body.

This might not be good news if you’ve had breast cancer or are currently taking thyroid medication. If you fall into either category, consult your doctor before you add soy to your diet.

If you aren’t part of these groups, however… those isoflavones could reduce the impact of your hot flashes as they help balance your estrogen levels. 

For those not in menopause, edamame offers fiber and healthy fats. It’s usually inexpensive and easy to prepare, as well.

Boil the beans – in or out of their pod – and then throw on some salt and call it a day! If you want to get creative, you can even add them to an avocado salad for a one-two superfood punch.

5) Avocado

What superfood list would be complete without an entry on avocado?!

If you feel like you can’t get away from these jolly green morsels, it’s for a good reason. They are packed with benefits… and aside from sometimes being a little on the pricey side, have very few drawbacks.

An avocado’s biggest benefit is all the healthy fat it contains. Healthy fats keep your hair and nails looking good. But, more than that, they give you an energy boost and may help improve brain function as you age.

Avocados are also loaded with fiber and Vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. They also contain traces of other important nutrients such as riboflavin, niacin, and folate.

And, on top of all that, they’re a great source of potassium with a ton of versatile uses.

6) Beef & Beef Liver

You might be surprised that beef is the first meat option to make this list… but it all comes back to iron.

Both beef and beef liver are absolutely packed with iron. And, as mentioned before, that’s really important when you lose quite a bit during your period.

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Liver also contains a heavy dose of folic acid and folate. So while it might not be your first choice, you might want to add liver to your grocery list if you’re low on either one.

After all, liver can be delicious if you move beyond liver and onions

7) Sardines & Shrimp

You might have expected to see salmon on this list before either sardines or shrimp.

And while salmon is indeed a fantastic fish, it usually gets all the glory. And there is a lot to be said for these other two seafaring superfoods.

Though both sardines and shrimp have their benefits, they make this list for two very different reasons. Shrimp are packed with protein but have very little fat. A normal-sized shrimp contains about 90 calories, and most of that is wrapped up in protein.

Sardines, on the other hand, are loaded with fat. But, even packed in olive oil, the fat is the healthy kind.

Each tiny fish is loaded with fatty acids, in addition to vitamin D and calcium. Of course, you might be cringing at the thought of eating a whole fish.

But never fear, because Alton Brown of Good Eats has you covered! Just give his sardine avocado toast a whirl and see how wonderfully these two superfoods complement each other.

The Takeaway

These superfoods might not seem all that exciting. Fiber and fatty acids aren’t exactly breaking news… but if you can find the foods that fit your health needs, even the most familiar food can become revolutionary.

As evidence mounts that everyone’s ideal diet is unique, you might find yourself fine-tuning what sorts of food you eat. This task may seem monumental, especially if you’re just getting started. 

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This list of superfoods, however, is a great place to start.

So pick a food or two and work on increasing its presence in your diet. Use this as a chance to replace less healthy options with ones that will help you feel better.

Just remember to be patient with yourself and your results. Because, at the end of the day, your diet is supporting your health and your happiness.

 

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The “Super Macronutrient” You Need To Burn More Fat

While all of these superfoods are absolutely packed with vitamins and nutrients…

You might notice that several of them have one macronutrient in common: protein.

That’s because your body NEEDS protein.

It’s essential for building muscle… repairing tissue… and losing weight.

In fact, one study found that people who increased their protein intake by just 15-30% burned an average of 441 MORE calories every day!

Plus, protein helps you feel full longer…

So you’ll eat less processed foods…

And lose even more weight.

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