Best Summer Superfoods for Women

Which superfoods will make your summer — and the rest of your life — healthier? We have an expert-approved list just for you.

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Women have unique needs

When it comes to nutrition, the needs of men and women overlap in many areas. But there are also differences. For example, women need more iron than men. And pregnant and breastfeeding women have many specific nutritional needs. They need more of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, vitamin B12, iodine and zinc, than the average adult. There are many more differences in nutritional needs, which is why experts weighed in to create this list of summer superfoods handpicked especially for women.

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Cherries

These red gemstones are optimally available in the summer. “Cherries contain anthocyanins, the compound that gives cherries their rich red color,” says Rahaf Al Bochi, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Anthocyanins are flavonoids with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which help reduce the risk of chronic disease.” Add fresh cherries to cherry oatmeal, cherry mint salsa or protein French toast. (To include more inflammation-fighting foods in your day, follow the nutritional rules of an anti-inflammatory diet.)

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