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Top 10 Spring Superfoods

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Dandelion Greens—While most people scoff at these pervasive weeds, in many cultures they are revered for their nutrition and taste.  They are excellent liver and kidney tonics that help reduce the body’s toxic burden.  Their innate bitterness stimulates digestive juices, helping to improve digestion, particularly of fats.  They also encourage bowel regularity.  Avoid picking dandelion greens near road sides or in areas that have been sprayed with pesticides.  Pan-fry them in a little water, olive oil, and garlic.  Cover until cooked (usually just a few minutes) and remove from the heat.  Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle a little sea salt over them for a delicious side-dish.

Garlic—Ancient Egyptians held garlic as sacred perhaps because of its impressive anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and even anti-cancer properties.  Over 1000 scientific studies demonstrate the value of garlic, particularly due to its natural chemical component, allicin.

Leeks—Sweeter than onions, leeks contain allyl sulphides that help protect against many types of cancer, particularly colon and prostate cancers.  They significantly reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease and lower high blood pressure.  Leeks also contain the powerful phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent macular degeneration and other eye disorder.  Not enough reason to eat them?  They are also a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and K.

Lettuce—Greens of almost every variety are among nature’s greatest foods.  Packed with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, and enzymes, they deserve a place in every person’s diet.  The darker the color, the more intense the nutritional value.  Most greens contain high amounts of calcium and magnesium needed for strong bones, muscles, and a relaxed nervous system.  Avoid smothering greens in high-sugar, preservative-filled dressings which negate the value of these superfoods.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

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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1:41PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

good to know

10:32AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

thanks

7:08AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

thanks for the info

7:00AM PDT on May 26, 2011

Lots of good stuff in this list

3:00AM PDT on May 26, 2011

Thank-you.

10:24AM PDT on May 24, 2011

thanks.I teraslated it for nutritional magazine.

8:23AM PDT on May 24, 2011

Good info!

12:56AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Good stuff.

8:12PM PDT on May 18, 2011

good info

12:08PM PDT on May 18, 2011

ty

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