A recent article in the British publication the Daily Mail took research from scientists at Harvard Medical School and other expert sources to come up with a list of the five superfoods that are the healthiest for women to eat as they age. The researchers advised that you should have an overall healthy diet filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables, but these five foods seem to be especially beneficial:
Oranges. One of the most popular fruits in the world, they're an excellent source of Vitamin C (containing up to 93 percent of the daily requirement), fiber, folate and B1 along with other nutrients including copper, potassium and calcium.
Apples. You don't have to eat one every day as long as you're incorporating other fruits into your diet, but 2-3 times a week is ideal. They have phytonutrients that help regulate blood sugar and they have a positive influence on bacteria in the digestive tract.
Pears. To get the most benefits, consume both the skin and the flesh. The have around 22 percent of the daily fiber requirement and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.
Walnuts. Packed with nutrients and more protective antioxidants than other nuts, they can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer and Alzheimer's along with lowering cholesterol and easing stress levels. Some studies suggest that eating just six walnuts a week can help aging bodies become less frail.
Romaine Lettuce. It maximizes the health benefits of any salad because it's the most nutrient-dense. It's packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.