10 Things Every Woman Should Eat More Of

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In general, we’re pretty aware of the foods we should avoid (or at least limit). You know, candy, soda, anything processed—the usuals. But we weren’t totally aware of all the foods we should be eating more of. As it turns out, there are certain ingredients that especially important for women to incorporate into their diet. From preventing bone loss and balancing hormones to boosting energy and lowering cholesterol, here are ten healthy foods that boast tons of benefits to women in particular.

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Onions are incredibly healthful (they’re anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, rich in vitamins B and C, and more), but they’re especially good for ladies because they help prevent bone loss, which leads to osteoporosis.

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Red-Pepper Flakes

In addition to being a good source of vitamin A, red-pepper flakes are naturally thermogenic, meaning they produce heat in the body and stimulate the metabolism. They also may help curb appetite and hinder fat storage.

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Swiss Chard

A more than suitable alternative to kale, Swiss chard is a low-cal source of phytoestrogens, plant steroids that help maintain hormonal balance. It’s also an excellent source of iron, calcium, folate and vitamins B, C, E and K.

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Brussels Sprouts

The same compound that makes brussels sprouts smell (allyl isothiocyanate) causes precancerous cells to self-destruct. Just try not to boil them, since boiling reduces their anticancer properties. (Roast them instead.)

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Packed with protein, fiber and omega-3s, walnuts can help you lower your cholesterol, boost your brainpower and make you sleep better, among other things. Some studies have even shown that walnuts lowered the risk of breast cancer in mice

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In addition to fiber, iron and vitamin C, raisins contain energy-boosting carbs and special phytochemicals that help fight tooth decay.

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Pumpkin Seeds

Similar to chocolate, pumpkin seeds are a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid that’s a natural mood elevator.

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Tart Cherries

These guys are loaded with antioxidants and help fight memory loss, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. Plus, drinking the juice is proven to help you sleep.

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Wild Blueberries

Like a natural wrinkle cream, blueberries (wild ones are best) have anti-aging properties and also help prevent memory loss, improve motor skills and lower blood pressure.

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Green Tea

Not a food, but you should probably be drinking more of this miracle tea, which has tons of antioxidants, compounds that improve brain functioning, boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning.

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.