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.