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Top 10 Spring Superfoods

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Top 10 Spring Superfoods

Spring is finally here and along with it starts the cascade of vibrant superfoods.  Obviously, some take a little longer than others, but here are my picks for the top 10 spring superfoods.  Enjoy!

Artichokes—A medium-sized artichoke is loaded with fiber (about 10 grams) and vitamin C. It also contains plentiful amounts of the heart- and muscle-health minerals magnesium and potassium. It’s also high on the ORAC list of foods that have high antioxidant values. High amounts of antioxidants translate into reduced free radicals linked to aging and disease.

Asparagus—An excellent source of nutrients like vitamin K which is necessary for bone health and folate, asparagus also contains good amounts of vitamins C, A, B1, B2, niacin, B6, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. Its high folate content makes it especially good for pregnant women who have higher folate needs than most people.

Chives—Potent in antibacterial, anti-yeast and antifungal compounds, chives has many similar properties to its relatives garlic and onion. Chives also help boost glutathione levels in the body. Glutathione is a powerful detoxifier and anti-cancer compound.

Collards—Research shows that collards are among the best foods for lowering cholesterol levels due to its superior ability to bind to bile acids in the intestines. Collard also shows excellent anti-cancer properties thanks to its naturally-occurring components, including: glucoraphanin, sinigrin, gluconasturtiian, and glucotropaeolin.

Kale—Proven to lower the risk of bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancer, kale is among the best superfoods available. Great for building healthy bones largely due to its high calcium content, kale also improves the body’s detoxification systems by increasing isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from the vegetable’s glucosinolates. Researchers have identified over 45 phytonutrients in kale, including kaempferol and quercetin, giving it impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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11:24PM PST on Mar 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:10AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

love all except rhubarb (which I have never tried)

2:17PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Just had my first white asparagus of the season.

2:11PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Got to get those asparagus while I can. Strawberries are on the way!

2:04PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

ok

1:51PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

How Nice!

1:09AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

fruits and vegetables are all magic foods!

11:04AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Thanks for sharing this!

2:39AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Great info--just wish cooking methods and recipes came with them.

2:03AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

thanks

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