As you move toward menopause, changes in your hormones can cause upheaval in everything from your sex life to your cholesterol to your memory. The following foods -- loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats -- will help ward off the effects of aging and keep you feeling like you’re in your prime for years to come.
To cut back on sodium and keep your blood pressure in check, use herbs and flavorings like basil, cilantro and ginger instead of salt, Koff advises. Fresh ginger in particular has compounds that can enhance sex by increasing blood flow to the genitals, Grotto adds.
Since age-related eye issues can start developing in this decade, Barth recommends protecting your peepers by tossing kale into your cart. It’s packed with antioxidants -- as are spinach, bok choy and other dark, leafy greens -- that help keep vision sharp.
Dark red, purple or blue foods contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that reduce wear and tear on your joints caused by inflammation. Grotto suggests cherries, berries, pomegranates and beets -- and even sips of red wine in moderation.
Omega-3 fats help keep your joints oiled up and healthy. “They can also help boost your mood by enhancing brain function and improve sagging libido by revving up sex hormones,” Grotto says. Concentrated sources include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines.
Extra-virgin olive oil
It's essential to cook with heart-healthy, omega-3-rich EVOO (Rach's fave!) in your 40s, instead of inflammation-triggering soybean, corn and sunflower oils.
Antioxidants in this tea can decrease your risk of aging-related memory problems, Grotto says. "It may also help boost your metabolism and fight age-related weight gain," Barth adds.
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