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Top 10 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.  Wear thick gloves when picking them if you’re picking them yourself.  The cooking process destroys the stinging portion of the plant, making them safe to eat.  Also, make sure you find an experienced herbal guide if you are picking them yourself.

Peas—Packed with important nutrients like vitamins A, B1, B6, C, K, folate, and beta carotene, as well as the minerals iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, and it’s not hard to understand why peas make the Top 10 Spring Superfoods list.  Add them to soups, stews, curries, or eat them fresh by snapping them out of their pods as a snack.  Peas are excellent bone-builders, and their combination of nutrients helps reduce dangerous homocysteine levels that are linked to aging, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health conditions.

Rhubarb—One cup of cooked rhubarb contains 348 mg of calcium—that’s one of the best sources of calcium you can eat.  That makes rhubarb an excellent choice for maintaining strong bones and teeth, and for preventing osteoporosis.  It helps maintain healthy heart functioning and protects against some forms of cancer.  While it is naturally tart, avoid using excessive amounts of sweeteners with this superfood.  And, only eat the stems, not the leaves, since they are toxic.  Stew rhubarb cut into 1-inch pieces with a little water until soft, and sweeten with a bit of honey for a delicious, calcium-packed treat.

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

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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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