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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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7:01PM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thx

1:05AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thank you :)

3:50AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks for info. Is it true that white flax seeds are much better for women's health than the brown ones? Or there is no difference?

11:54AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thanks, sharing!

8:03AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Gee i should have started packing these into my tummy years ago...Thanks for the great info!!!

11:44AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you.

10:35AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Many thanks.

11:08AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

thank you

5:59PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Ob, I'm sure these are good for males as well, it's food and it's not guaranteed on the anti-aging stuff so enjoy.

12:53AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thanx.

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