Women over 40 lose up to 1 % of bone density annually, which can lead to increased risk of fractures and decreased mobility. The delicious fix: prunes! These sweet, fiber-filled gems are loaded with boron, vitamin K, potassium and magnesium, nutrients that work in tandem to significantly enhance bone formation for women over 65 years old. And it doesn’t take much, according to researchers at San Diego State University. Their study-proven Rx: 5 prunes a day.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).