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11 Anti-Aging Foods for Women

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11 Anti-Aging Foods for Women

Famed actress and octogenarian Bette Davis said getting older isn’t for sissies. Those of us over 50 know that, while the second half of our lives can be a time of emotional stability, mental acuity, wisdom, and power, the physical fact of aging is undeniable. And the risk of age-related disease increases with each passing year.

There’s not much you can do to stop the inexorable march of time; but you can protect your health, and age more gracefully, with the following foods:

1. Flax seeds are high in lignans, especially important for women; lignans help protect the body from xenoestrogens–toxic compounds found in plastics, hormones in meat and dairy, and pesticides, that mimic natural estrogen and can increase the risk of breast and hormonal cancers. Lignans also protect against other cancers, including colon cancer.

2. Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and arugula contain di-indolylmethane (DIM), a compound that protects against breast and hormone-related cancers.

3. Kale and other leafy greens are high in folic acid, a type of B vitamin that protects against cervical cancer and cervical dysplasia. Kale is also a member of the crucifer family, so it offers added protection against breast cancer.

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Lisa Turner

Lisa is a chef and nutritionist with more than 30 years of professional experience and formal training in food, nutrition and product development. She’s written five books on food and nutrition and is the creator of The Healthy Gourmet iPhone app, and has been a featured blogger for many national sites, including Huffington Post and Whole Foods Market. Lisa is a faculty instructor at Bauman College of Culinary Arts and also teaches food and nutrition classes and workshops to individuals and corporations. She's a black belt in Ninjutsu, an active volunteer in the Boulder Valley school lunch system, and an avid wild food forager.


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9:16AM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

Thank you for sharing:)

2:52AM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

Thank you

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8:27AM PDT on Mar 15, 2015

Very informative article, thank you.

3:00PM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

I am physically a mess .But I eat all these foods-a lot. I love cauliflower,carrots,cabbage,onions,celery,eggplant,green peppers, green onions,beans,peas,avocados and all fruits and berries. We're growing blueberries and strawberries and raspberries and have other fruit trees. Green tea,romaine,parsley,chinese cabbage,broccoli,apricots,legumes,almonds,peanuts,dried peas for snacks. I grant you fast food makes me feel worse-but seriously,if you are already taking major pain pills,you can do everything else right and it doesn't matter.

5:26AM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

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7:33AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

This yard has plum, mulberry & apple trees, which I eat a lot of because they are chemical free. Also currants and rhubarb.

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