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25 Super Foods For Women

Health     First Posted: 02/25/11 08:46 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

You love to eat, but you also love to feel great. You can do both if you choose foods that make you smarter, leaner, stronger -- and then use them in tasty new ways.

We've made that easy to do with Health's top 10 superfoods for women. They were selected by our panel of experts for their mega benefits -- from bone building and energy boosting to fat busting and disease fighting.

What's even more delicious: When you mix and match these America's Healthiest choices, you get super combos with even more power -- a breakfast that's good for your heart, a dinner that fights cancer, a sweet treat that helps keep your tummy calm and mind sharp. Plus, we've rounded up 15 delicious, benefit-packed runners-up, too. So read on (and start eating) for a super you.


Wild Alaskan Salmon
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"It's all about omega-3s," says health guru Andrew Weil, M.D., explaining why fish like sockeye top his must-eat list for women. All of our experts agreed: wild salmon packs a wallop with two kinds of heart-healthy omega-3s, including DHA, a fatty acid essential for a healthy pregnancy.

Omega-3s also boost mood, fight depression, and may protect against Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Add in salmon's lean protein and vitamin D (a critical nutrient many women lack), and you've got yourself a near-perfect food.

How much you need: Eat at least two servings of a fatty fish like salmon a week, the American Heart Association recommends. Can't find it fresh? Canned wild Alaskan salmon is almost as good, says Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx and SuperHealth.

More from Health.com:
20 Healthy Salmon Recipes
6 Cancer-Fighting Superfoods
Foods to Boost Your Mood


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