There’s no question that certain foods benefit everyone. Fish, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protect against heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression and joint pain. Berries, brimming with flavonoids and antioxidants, repair cells, slow the affects of aging and offer rewarding doses of vitamin C. Similarly, tea, dark chocolate, fiber and calcium help both men and women maintain healthy, fully functioning bodies. However, that’s not true of all foods. Some are better for men while others offer women the maximum benefit. But, which ones?
For women, the primary concern is preventing heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis, so the best foods will target those conditions. Keep these in mind the next time you’re in the grocery store:
• Low-fat yogurt – one serving offers both calcium, which strengthens bones, and live cultures, which protect against breast cancer, stomach ulcers, vaginal infections and digestive disorders.
Men have slightly different goals. While heart disease is again the leading concern, prostate cancer and muscle mass replace breast cancer and osteoporosis. Therefore, the following foods are best:
• Oysters – the food of love creates more than mood. It stops the cellular damage that leads to prostate cancer.
No six or seven foods can stop all ailments, but adding the above to your list is a good start. While you’re at it, incorporate some exercise and you’ll be on your way to a fabulously healthy life.
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