Spring Season’s Picks For Longevity: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013, 9:39:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

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.

Tasty Tip:

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 contact@taoofwellness.com. To subscribe to his

tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com.

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