Priya Prakash, Certified Nutrition Coach and Co-Founder of Naturally Yours strongly believes that women are the best multitaskers. From seamlessly transitioning between multiple roles–one after the other and sometimes juggling everything together simultaneously. A woman also shapeshifts in the role of a daughter, sister, mother, wife, colleague, grandmother, friend….. well, honestly, the list is endless,” says Priya. And as we grow older, the burden and struggles only become harder, from maintaining work-life balance to sometimes even our physical self which involves
For our benefit, Priya has put together a list of food products that are a must-have for all especially for women to efficiently deal with several matters concerning nutritional deficiencies, reduce terminal diseases, heart-related ailments and so on. From strengthening your bones to reducing menopausal symptoms to even boosting your immune system and reproductive health, here are nine
“One of the most advantageous constituents in flaxseeds is OMEGA-3 fatty acids, which plays a pivotal role in shielding us from a number of big health threats such as
An Indian household staple, lentils are commonly found in most Indian kitchens. Lentils are a good source of protein and fibre and studies have shown that they help to build protective barriers against heart disease and breast cancer. Suffering from low cholesterol, whip up your favourite dal, since it has a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, lentils can help fight your battle against cholesterol. The superfood attributes its richness to a nutrient known as isoflavone which aids in the regulation of hormones and can even help with menopause symptoms.
Who doesn’t like to pop a few berries for snacking or simply season them on your breakfast smoothie bowl? “Berries in any form– strawberries, blueberries raspberries, cranberries and goji berries are a good source of antioxidants,” says Priya. These antioxidants play a major role in cell repair and regular consumption reduces heart-risk and other heart-related diseases. These superfoods are commonly found to be high in vitamin C and folic acid. Did you know? Studies show that cranberries can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in women.
5. Dark Chocolate
Most of us are guilty of bingeing on chocolates during PMS, “On days when you really need a mood boost, eating dark chocolate can help you feel better as it releases endorphins and triggers relaxation, producing a happy high,” explains Priya. However, indulge your chocolate cravings with dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content, she warns since it aids in controlling high blood pressure and balancing your cholesterol levels.
Popeye’s trusted armour can now be yours, this leafy vegetable is a known superfood for essential nutrients needed for women of any age. Power-packed with the goodness of vitamin K, magnesium and calcium, the fierce combination of these three elements help in deterioration of bones once you get older. Spinach also includes folate which is essential during pre-natal and post-natal care in women. Along with this, other benefits include boosting immunity, muscle efficiency and regular consumption of spinach also improve eye health.
“Phytoestrogens are a substance found in chickpeas that mimics the female hormones – estrogen,” informs Priya. Once added to your daily diet, chickpeas will help to restore hormonal imbalance during menopause since it is a good source of protein. Common side-effects of which, daily hot flushes and vaginal dryness can also reduce considerably.
Quinoa is a nutrient powerhouse. According to Priya, since it contains high bone-boosting minerals such as copper, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. The excellent source of protein and manganese also is a specialist against PMS-related distress.
Mother nature has loaded doses of vitamins and minerals into smaller nuts such as almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts etc. Snacking on these can help lower bad cholesterol and improve good cholesterol in your body invariably fighting against any heart-related ailments. So what are you waiting for? Pop a few and let these superfoods work its magic.
“While these foods won’t cover all your nutrient bases, incorporating them into your diet as often as possible can help give you a wide range of protection,” she concludes.