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10 Sensational Spring Superfoods

Nettles—Most people are not aware that this common garden weed is a powerhouse of nutrition and an excellent addition to soups or stews.  Nettles are proven to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms (check out my book Allergy-Proof for more information), and reduce water retention, while strengthening the liver, adrenal glands (the glands that deal with stress and boost energy), and kidneys.  If you’re picking them yourself, be sure to find an experienced herbal guide and to wear thick gloves.  Cooking destroys the stinging part of the plant. It is an excellent addition to soups and stews.

Artichokes—Studies show that artichoke helps with irritable bowel syndrome, eases digestive disturbances, and lowers high blood pressure.  Globe artichokes contain a phytonutrient called cynarin that supports healthy liver function and boosts the detoxification of harmful chemicals.  Recent studies show that artichoke helps with digestive troubles, irritable bowel syndrome, and lowering high blood pressure.  To cook artichokes, choose ones that feel heavy, trim off the outer leaves and use only the “heart” or inner portion.

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Garlic—Revered as sacred by the ancient Egyptians, garlic has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and even anti-cancer properties.  Over 1000 scientific studies uphold garlic’s healing status, due largely to its natural chemical component, allicin.

Rhubarb—Did you know that only one cup of cooked rhubarb contains 348 mg of calcium, making it one of the best sources of usable calcium?  Due to its high calcium content, rhubarb helps maintain strong bones and teeth.  But, it is also been shown to be helpful against some forms of cancer and for maintaining healthy heart function. Eat only the stems since the leaves are toxic. Stew rhubarb by cutting it into 1-inch pieces, adding a bit of water, and cooking until soft. Sweeten with a bit of stevia or honey.

Leeks—Compounds known as allyl sulphides found in leeks are protective against many types of cancer, especially prostate and colon cancers.  The same compounds also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, while lowering high blood pressure.  Leeks also contain zeaxanthin and lutein—two phytonutrients that help prevent macular degeneration and other eye disorders.  They are also high in vitamins A and K, and the minerals iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Adapted from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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3:54AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Thanks.

7:17AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

yum

11:25AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

I am type 2 diabetic with polycystic kidney disease. In March I started drinking nettle tea and dandelion tea. Because my kidneys can't filter out toxins as well as they used to, I looked for herbs that help purify the blood and these two are said to do that along with boosting liver function. Seems they work. In 2 months time my creatnin decresed by .6 points and my BUN decreased by 16 points - all I changed was drinking these teas daily, sometimes together, sometimes alternately. My diabetic neuropathy is better and my kidneys, back, and joints don't have pain like they used to.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

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6:59PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

TY

9:59PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

These all look pretty good, except the rhubarb. I simply don't like it and don't think I ever will.

3:51PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Great we have plenty of fiddle head ferns and dandelions and soon will have asparagus and peas. Thanks.

11:33AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

aspargus are good.... T.U

2:46AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

I love asparagus! I hope to put in a patch this year.

8:18PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Thank you

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