Your Guide: 7 Essentials for Women Over 40

If you’re a woman over 40, thousands of products and ideas are being marketed directly at you every day. To help navigate the cluttered over-40 marketplace, Dr. Oz has pared everything down to the 7 essentials every woman needs the most.

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In the Kitchen: Nutrition Over 40

Once you turn 40, you need to take new look at your diet to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition. At this age, women can suffer from fatigue, and also gain weight more easily, which is partly due to decreasing muscle mass, which causes you to burn fewer calories.

 

Essential #6: Iron

All women, especially those over 40, need adequate amounts of this essential nutrient. Iron enriches your blood and fights fatigue. Spinach and leafy greens are classic iron choices, but you can also get your daily dose with healthy snacking. Dried fruits such as apricots, figs and raisins are hidden gems of iron. Try tossing them into recipes for salads, rice dishes and more. Also, be sure to buy dried fruits that don’t contain added sugar.

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Essential #7: Lean Protein

Lean protein helps build muscle mass and also helps you stay full longer. Most people think chicken when it comes to lean protein. For a change, try a tasty plant-based source such as freekeh, seitan or quinoa.

Click here for a recipe for quinoa salad with grilled mixed veggies and feta cheese.