As spring fever gives way to rising temperatures,
nature’s new blooms and crops fill our markets with an abundance of seasonal
produce. Come out of hibernation and take advantage of the bounty of this
season’s superfoods that will boost your energy and reduce your waistline!
Weigh Less With Watercress
Don’t underestimate these small, leafy greens the next
time you hit the grocery store! Watercress has been linked to a reduction of
DNA damage caused by free radicals, and a reduction in blood triglycerides. As
a member of the cabbage family, watercress boasts an incredible nutrient
profile that includes vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, as well as calcium, iron,
magnesium, zinc and the potent flavonoid, quercetin, which serves as a natural
anti-inflammatory. A natural diuretic, watercress can draw excess fluid from
your body, which can help you fit into your new spring wardrobe.
Antioxidant Boost With Apricots
You may be familiar with dried apricots, which are
available all year round. However, once the sun starts shining longer, fresh
apricots will start to dot your produce aisles with their golden glow. As you
bite into their velvety skin, your taste buds will get a burst of tang, while
your body benefits from its rich supply of vitamin A, C, and carotenoids.
Carotenoids are phytochemicals that give the apricot both its color and
antioxidant-rich properties, which can help protect against heart disease and
cancer. To enjoy the full health benefits of this tart fruit, enjoy them when
they are fully ripened.
Liven up your dishes with some color and taste by adding some chopped fresh
apricots to your muffin or pancake batter, oatmeal, or vegetable stew.
Green And Lean With Asparagus
These delicious green spears can emerge as early as
February and are the perfect side dish for your spring meals! Chock full of
vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium, asparagus is
also rich in the prebiotic inulin. Prebiotics, not to be confused with
probiotics, are non-digestible carbohydrates that promote a healthy living
environment for your gut flora. Prebiotics can be found in fibers from fruits,
vegetables, grains, and legumes. Probiotics, on the other hand, are found in
fermented foods. Just one cup of asparagus provides you with 3 grams of dietary
fiber, which may lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Food for Thought:
To preserve the nutrients, it is best to steam the asparagus or quickly sauté
it and add to your favorite salad, omelette, or pasta. For a kick of flavor,
grate some lemon zest over these tasty spears and serve with a drizzle of extra
virgin olive oil.
Bonus Tip: To
further improve your digestion, try Abundant Energy-Digestion Formula,
specially blended to stimulate digestion and improve nutrient absorption.
Artichokes To Your Liver’s Rescue
It goes without saying that if we want to live far into
the future, we need livers that function properly. Most people have livers that
are burdened by chemical overload and do not function optimally. Artichokes can
help. This delicious vegetable is a powerful liver protector because it
contains a flavonoid called silymarin, a strong antioxidant. Studies on animals
have shown that silymarin may be helpful against liver toxicity and cancer.
When they are in season, steam and eat artichokes regularly to keep your liver
performing at its optimum.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.
To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com.
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