The dietary requirement for women differs to that of men, thanks to the differing hormone balance. Amongst other things, women experience monthly cycles, pregnancy, and post natal depression, all of which require certain nutrients to allow the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
Recent research has shown that cauliflower is a vital vegetable for women, particularly those who are intending to have children or are already pregnant. This is due to its high folate content. Medical research has shown that a deficiency in folate in pregnant women may cause severe neurological conditions in the unborn baby and therefore plentiful quantities are deemed essential for the complete and healthy development of unborn babies.
Cauliflower is also rich in vitamin C which improves your immune system, helping you to avoid frequent colds and infections. On top of this, cauliflower’s high vitamin K and calcium content helps to strengthen your bones. This is crucial due to women’s higher risk of osteoporosis.
Salmon is rich in omega 3. This fatty acid helps lower cholesterol levels and therefore decreases the risk of developing heart disease. Add to this salmon’s proven effectiveness against post natal depression.
Next in line is Greek style yogurt. This yogurt is high in protein, calcium and vitamin B2 which have been shown to increase bone strength and help in weight loss. On top of this, Greek style yoghurt has been linked with slowing the signs of aging, leaving skin looking both younger and healthier.
Flax seed comes from a plant with bright blue flowers in western Canada. It is particularly beneficial for women as it contains the extremely high quantities of lignan. This substance mimics oestrogen’s chemical pathways and therefore helps maintain a healthy hormonal balance. It has also been shown to prevent the development of breast cancer in women.
Flax seeds also contain large amounts of magnesium which works on reducing the activity of overworked nerve cells and therefore relieving the tension that causes headaches and muscle aches. This seed is also a good source of omegas 3, 6 and 9 and therefore helps reduce inflammation which is characteristic of many serious diseases including arthritis, asthma, and cancer.
Walnuts contain high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, the benefits of which include protection against cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome as well as breast cancer.
Women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to the shorter urethra of the urinary system. Cranberry juice prevents the development of UTIs in women thanks to its diuretic properties. It works by effectively flushing out the bladder making it less likely for bacteria to remain inside the body. As well as this, cranberry juice contains a cocktail of vitamins including vitamins C, K and A. These vitamins help in the removal of bodily toxins.
Finally, tomatoes are one of the most effective protectors against cancer in women. One tomato a day protects against both cervical and breast cancers. Also, thanks to its high fibre content, tomatoes help reduce cholesterol levels and therefore protect against cardiovascular diseases.
These seven foods can be easily integrated into your diet. Their dietary content will serve and nourish your body well, helping you to effectively protect yourself.