January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to raise awareness and empower all of us to take charge of our health and adopt habits that promote a long, happy life. While there are many preventive measures a woman can take to protect herself against illness and chronic disease, few are as simple – and powerful – as fueling up on a nutrient-rich, whole foods diet.
Here are five foods that support female reproductive health:
Avocados offer powerful free-radical fighting compounds in their oil. They can help fight against free-radical attacks at the cellular level.
Eggplants are a rich source of phenolic compounds, including chlorogenic acid, which has antimutagenic (anti-cancer), antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and antiviral properties.
Pears help lower insulin resistance and the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. The fiber in pears also helps bind with bile acids and reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
White Vegetables have anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory nutrients that boost the immune system. Examples of white veggies include garlic, onions, cauliflower, and daikon radish.
Omega-3 Fats are important to help fight inflammation. You can get a good dose of Omega-3s from flax seed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, and oily fish such as wild caught salmon, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.
What are your favorite foods, teas, or supplements to protect your health?