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Spinach is one of the most versatile foods that we can have. It is easily used in soups, salads, smoothies, etc. without much fuss. You can have it raw but cooking the same increases your benefits. Since the iron is more easily absorbed in cooked spinach.So here are some more reasons for adding spinach to your diet-

Reduced risks of cancer

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Loaded with flavonoids, which double as antioxidants, Spinach is known for protecting the body from free radicals. Cancer is often the result of these free radicals and in particular, especially for skin cancer in women. In fact, it has been seen that there are at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as anti-cancer substances and it also includes reduction of breast cancer risks.

 

Vitamins to maintain weight and boost fertility

There are an array of vitamins in spinach like C and A, which are essential for the body and are known for reducing cholesterol and boost metabolism. Additionally, being rich in fibre, it also helps in triggering weight loss. Women are prone to facing fertility issues because of obesity. Spinach helps manage weight. 

 

Rich in Iron

iron rich spinach

A lot of women suffer from poor blood count or anaemia due to the lack of red blood cells. Iron is one the most contributory factors here that boosts RBC and thus combats anaemia. Spinach is a food rich in folate that boots your RBC count. Women suffering from anaemia are recommended to have more of spinach in their diets. 

 

Reduces risk of arthritis and osteoporosis 

spinach for arthritis

A common problem that women face apart from the above is weak and poor bones, which is caused because of lack of calcium. No, spinach might not be very rich in calcium, but it is rich in minerals like iron, which facilitate the absorption of calcium in the body. Furthermore, there are nutrients in spinach that contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are known for healing and alleviating the pain caused because of these two. So rather than complaining, start eating that bowl of spinach. 

 

Improves uterine health

uterine health

Iron found in spinach is known to boost the health of women, especially uterine functions. The iron found in spinach is a vital part of haemoglobin, which takes oxygen to different parts of the body cells. Lack of blood in the body is a major cause for irregular periods and even stoppage of periods altogether. Eating spinach boosts blood count and transfers oxygen to the uterus too, thus regulating your menstrual cycle. 

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tofu

Tofu - before you sneer up your nose and complain about all the things that you cannot do with it, read through this amazing list of home remedies and benefits it has, especially for women. In particular, vegan and vegetarian women should be thinking about having more of tofu in their diets. And just spice things up for additional benefits! Here’s how-

 

High protein content

tofu and protein

Proteins are the building blocks of our body. Be it for muscle building, healthy cell function or almost anything else that you can think of. If you are trying to lose weight and build muscles, then make tofu a part of your meal. Women tend to lose muscles faster than men. This means quicker weight gain and heavier structures, which gives rise to health problems and obesity. Protein helps in building faster muscles for women, which aids in reducing fat - a common cause for uterine disorders and early menopause.

 

Get stronger bones

get stronger bones

Post pregnancy and during the phase of menopause, women tend to lose out drastically on their overall calcium deposits. This leads to weaker bones and increased risk of arthritis and other bone related disorders.Tofu has about 10 grams of protein per cup, which includes a high doze of calcium and iron. It is this combination that is quickly absorbed by the body and hence goes straight to your bones. With fewer calories and more of calcium you hit your weight goal and reduce risks of these diseases. 

 

Fight breast cancer

breast cancer

Until a few decades back tofu was not recommended for women suffering with breast cancer. On the contrary it was assumed that women who have breast cancer story should avoid the same. But research by the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study reveals the opposite. Tofu and soy reduce your risks of breast cancer. So think of tofu in pure forms or even as cheese. 

 

Reduces menopause symptoms

reduce menopause symptoms

If you are suffering from hot flashes, tend to get mood swings and also have a temper going in all directions, do make tofu a part of your everyday diet. Even one bowl mixed with other veggies or soy milk works here. There are fluctuations in the woman's oestrogen levels as they are hitting menopause. The nutrient rich Tofu contains natural ingredients and elements that helps in striking the right balance of the same, thus alleviating these symptoms. 

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lychee

Fruits like lychee are perhaps one of the most convenient health solutions for women. Along with being high on nutrients, fibres and natural juices and sugar, they are also easy to consume and can be eaten as a fruit, added to heath drinks, dehydrated or frozen and even in some exotic Asian dishes. Here is a sneak peak into why this awesome fruit works wonders for women-

 

Reduces bloating and constipation during pregnancy

pregnancy constipation

Being natural rich in fibres, this fruit is recommended for pregnant women as it helps in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the muscles in the small intestine. As a result, gastric juices are released and food is passed without exerting much pressure on the anal area, which is one of the most common cause of haemorrhoids too. Even in general, heavier women who suffer from constipation issues can benefit with the same.

 

Enhances speedier recovery after STD

lychee for immunity

Whether it is a viral infection or some other infection like STD, the richness of vitamin C in Lychee is known to increase white blood cells in the body. Hence if you are suffering from low immunity, which is often a problem that underweight women face, eat more of lychee. In particular, pregnant women should consume this considering the benefits pass on to the baby too.

 

Reduced risk of cancer

 

There are chemical compounds called polyphenolic compounds and proanthocyanidins present in lychee, which are known for neutralising free radicals. Hence, they offer protection from certain types of cancer like uterine cancer. Also, the fruit is known to protect the skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays, which also reduces risks of skin cancer.

 

Prevents risk of candida and Herpes

lychee for herpes

There are some viral and fungal infections that women are very prone too. Lychee is rich in proanthocyanidins and Litchitannin A2 compound, which is largely known to reduce and prevent the outbreak of the same. In particular, herpes simplex virus , candida and coxsackie virus, risks are drastically reduced here.

 

Manage preeclampsia

Manage preeclampsia

Being rich in minerals like potassium, lychee is known to reduce the risks of preeclampsia in women with previous history of the same. The balance of fluids through metabolic functions with potassium as the vasodilator, eases pressure on blood vessels and helps release stress too. This helps in minimising risks of preeclampsia during pregnancy. 

 

Fights Anaemia

fight anaemia

The minerals found in lychee include copper, which is known for forming red blood cells and increase oxygenation, especially suitable for anaemic women.

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There was a time when green tea was unheard of. But now you can find green tea in any corner of the world. You can consume it in warm or regular tea forms, have it as a iced drink and even use it for cooking your favorite meats and desserts. The green tea is known for benefiting women in more than one ways, especially against deadly diseases like cancer.

 

Minimize breast cancer risk

Breast cancer risks

Over the years researches have shown that polyphenols found green tea actually helps in killing the cancer cells, especially of breast cancer. A recent study of 472 women suffering from breast cancer revealed that women who consumed more of green tea, at least 3 cups a day, were able to curtail the disease. Women drinking 5 cups of tea during early stages of breast cancer were able to cure the disease completely, combined with other therapies. A similar study in women revealed that even uterine cancer could be cured and restricted by healthier consumption of green tea.

 

Green tea contains EGCC, which is known for inhibiting the production of urokinase. Urokinase is an enzyme that all kinds of cancer cells require for growing. Green tea further helps in stimulating programmed cell death procedures that is also known as apoptosis, in cancer cells.

 

Fights UTI

green tea

UTI causes and symptoms may vary and often not be understood, but those who suffer from recurrent problem of the same should consume at least 2-3 cups of green tea. Not only will it help in clearing the urinary tract and get rid of the infection completely, it is also known for reducing the swelling of the bladder, which further triggers off infection. As a result, even the chronic forms of UTI can be healed. Women who consumed green tea on a regular basis had 40% lower chance of getting a repeat as compared to those who didn’t.

 

For healthier pregnancy and fertility

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Drinking green tea is considered as safe for all times, even when you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy. It reduces stress and depression, while boosting your overall health. Furthermore, green tea aids in weight loss and fights obesity. Being good for your uterine health it enhances your chances of conception. And you can sip away the same during your pregnancy too.

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blackerry

Blackberry is a bush fruit that is packed with all kinds of goodness for your health. For centuries, blackberries have been catering to healing a lot of problems related to women health. In particular, they are known for boosting immunity. Here is how blackberries can provide you with a boost-


Managing your weight for enhancing fertility

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Obesity is the biggest hindrance to fertility. Women struggle with shedding off those extra kilos to ensure they maintain a good BMI. Consumption of blackberries in fresh form, at least a cup a day, is known to provide you with fibres that keep you filler along with a low-calorie sugar called Xylitol. This sugar is known for boosting energy and also steadies your existing sugar levels.

 

Fights free radicals causing uterine and breast cancer

blackberries

Studies revealed that blackberries are rich in promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants. These include Lutein, zea-xanthin and many others, which are known for preventing many different kinds of cancer. ORAC value or the oxygen radical absorbance capacity of this fruit is quite high. This measure of anti-oxidant strength is almost 5347 µmol TE per 100 grams.

In particular, women with family history of breast cancer should increase their blackberry content in daily diet. You can mix it up with smoothies or even salads and as desserts. Other elements found here that are known for restricting cancer growth and even preventing the same include phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals like anthocyanins, ellagic acid and tannin). 

 

Improves levels of haemoglobin

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Being rich in different kinds of nutrients, this fruit is also known for its high mineral content. These include potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. On the whole, these are minerals, which are a crucial part of producing both white and red blood cells. In particular, red blood cells that reflect your haemoglobin levels and with additional benefits like pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folic acid, you get the best of both worlds. These minerals are needed for enhancing the process. With higher haemoglobin levels, your menstrual cycle is regularised, especially absence of cycles in highly anaemic women can be treated through regular consumption of these blackberries.

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grapes

The easy to consume grapes are probably one of the best health fruits around. In particular,  you can pick from a range of types like black, red or green grapes to suit your palette. Though some nutrient differences can be there based on colour or type, grapes on the general provide you with these health benefits-

 

Prevention against breast and uterine cancer

cancer and grapes

Increasing rates of uterine and breast cancer in women is alarming and often owed to lack of intake of foods, which contain rich antioxidants. Grapes are rich in different kinds of vitamins, especially C and K, which is known for your blood vessels health. The antioxidants found here protect the body against different kinds of free radicals, which make you risk-prone to diseases like cancer. As per research, about 1 cup of green grapes contain at least 5 milligrams of vitamin C and K. So go ahead and have a bowlful.

 

Mineral-rich for boosting fertility health

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One of the most crucial components found in grapes is potassium and iron. Basically potassium provides you more than just healthy muscle and cell function. In particular, women who tend to suffer from irregular cycles, poor haemoglobin levels, etc. should consume grapes on a regular basis as it increases RBC levels in the body and regulates menstrual cycles. In fact, 18 milligrams of potassium is suggested for women on a daily basis and grapes contain about '.55' milligrams of the same.

 

Some of the other benefits that you get from the mineral rich fruit towards fertility and menstrual heath include-

  • Magnesium-rich grapes are known for reducing cramps. Not just during period but also enhances fertility levels and reduces cramping during natural birth. 
  • It flushes out toxins from the uterine area, which is known to prevent risks of cysts and tumours.

 

Pregnancy health

Grapes are rich in fibres and hence a good source to keep bowel movements regulated during periods. Along with this, it boosts immunity being rich in tannins and flavonoids. But it its also known for reducing stress and hypertension thanks to its high potassium content. Hence, it gives you an overall boost and manages healthy hormonal levels too, which keeps you happier during this period. Vitamins E and K found in grapes are known to aid blood congeal, which is useful for inducing labor. Consumption of grapes has anti-inflammatory benefits too, which is known to fight swelling and pain during pregnancy.

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