5 Foods To Fight Female Illness

Moms rule the world! It’s a good time to remind our Moms, or female loved ones, of the foods to keep in their diet that will help protect against common female illness and disease. Here are my top five.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers have strong antioxidant properties that help defend against free radical damage. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron, a mineral that's commonly deficient in females and can lead to fatigue. Add a chopped bell pepper to a fresh spinach salad.

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Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a great source of magnesium, calcium and vitamin K, three nutrients that are vital in bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis. Try sautéing some swiss chard in coconut oil and adding garlic and onion for flavor.

Flax Seed

Flax seed is not only a great source of fiber, but it contains phytoestrogens that help balance estrogen in the body. Balanced estrogen levels are critical in the prevention of female cancers like breast cancer. Freshly ground flax seed is best, and is perfect to add to a morning smoothie.

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Garlic

Garlic has sulfur-containing compounds that can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It can also slow the growth of arterial plaque, and all of these factors are closely linked to heart disease. Add a clove of minced garlic to a salad dressing for some extra kick.

Salmon

In order for the body to produce collagen, which keeps the skin looking young and firm, it needs protein. Salmon is an excellent source of protein, and is also high in omega-3s, which are anti-inflammatory and can help protect against arthritis. Top salmon with some fresh dill and lemon and bake in the oven at 425F for 25 minutes.

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