Enjoy the seasonal colors and tastes of spring with these five fresh picks with outstanding health and disease-fighting benefits.
Blossom blossom, spring is upon us. And with one of our favorite seasons, the fruits and vegetables that have risen to the top of the list come with their time-tested health benefits backed by science. Spring Offers Fruits and vegetables In rainbow colors, including apple, apricot, avocado, banana, broccoli, carrot, celery, kale, kiwi, lemon, pea, rhubarb, strawberry and many more.
Here are five foods we’ve handpicked from the USDA’s Seasonal Production Guide[i] As one of the healthiest choices for this season.
single medium shaft asparagus It contains only 3 calories,[ii] But its magic lies in the amino acids and minerals, which researchers suggest enable the asparagus extract to protect liver cells from alcohol-induced toxins.[iii]
Asparagus is also known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties: traditionally used to support increased excretion of water by the kidneys without affecting electrolyte balance, it shows anti-inflammatory activity to help increase kidney cell metabolism.[iv]
Promising research from Rutgers University has also studied two phytochemicals rich in asparagus believed to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in leukemia as well as colon cancer.[v]
grated cup cabbageEquivalent to 70 grams, a good source of fiber, potassium and calcium.[vi] Cabbage is a key ingredient in kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean food known for its abundance of benefits including anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-constipation, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties, along with helping to balance cholesterol and boost immunity.[vii]
humble gear They may be best known for their rich and refreshing margaritas and lime pie, but they contain an enormous list of health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. Lemon juice helps to increase the clearance of malaria when combined with the standard drug treatment of the parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes, for example.[ix]
Lemon juice may also treat bacterial agents in food. A study found that ceviche, which may contain pathogens from fish, can be completely disinfected with lemon juice.[x] Lime may also help people who want to quit smoking for good. A clinical trial comparing nicotine gum with lemon juice extract concluded that fresh lime could be useful as a “smoking cessation aid.”[xi]
earthy and delicious, mushroom It is a favorite addition to many spring dishes. However, they do more than just have fun cooking. Thanks to their high quality of proteins, unsaturated fats, minerals, sterols, and other components, mushrooms are highly prized for their role in protecting against conditions such as immune deficiency, cancer, high blood pressure, infections, and obesity, to name a few.[xii]
Besides offering refreshing tropical spring flavours, Pineapple It has wonderful healing properties. bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme extract from the plant, was found in preclinical research to be superior to the chemotherapeutic agent 5-fluorouracil as an antitumor agent.[xiii]
Bromelain may also have notable potential applications against allergic airway diseases, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, influenza, and lung cancer.[xiv]And the[xv]And the[xvi]And the[xvii]And the[xviii]And the[xix]
Both bromelain and fresh pineapple juice have been tested and found to be helpful in the early stage of recovery in acute crushed Achilles tendon injury.[xx] A separate study reports that bromelain can alleviate electrolyte imbalances in chronic injuries of narrowing of the sciatic nerve, offering hope against neuropathic pain.[xxi]
[i] USDA Seasonal Production Guide https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide
[ii] USDA.gov, Seasonal Production Guide, Asparagus https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide/asparagus
[iii] Kim B et al Effects of asparagus officinalis extract on hepatocyte toxicity and ethanol metabolism. J Food Sci. 2009 1 September. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.1263.x
[iv] Darch P et al “Effect of asparagus on cell metabolism in transplanted kidneys and cells that cause inflammation” Phytother Res. 2008 Nov; 22 (11): 1477-81.
[v] Shao Wei et al Steroid saponins from asparagus officinalis and their cytotoxic activity. Med Factory. 1997 Jun; 63 (3): 258-62.
[vi] USDA.gov, Guide to Seasonal Production, Cabbage https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide/cabbage
[vii] Park K et al “Health benefits of kimchi (Korean fermented vegetables) as a probiotic food” J Med Food. 2014 Jan; 17 (1): 6-20. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2013.3083.
[viii] Wang D and others “Phenethyl isothiocyanate regulates death receptors 4 and 5 and inhibits proliferation in human cancer-like cells” BMC . Cancer. 2014; 14 (1): 591.
[ix] Adegoke S et al Effects of lemon juice on the removal of malaria parasites. Phytother Res. 2011 Oct; 25 (10): 1547-50. Epub 2011 Mar 17.
[x] Mathurand P et al Effect of lemon juice on the inhibition of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella enterica during preparation of a raw fish dish ceviche. J Food Pro. 2013 Jun; 76 (6): 1027-30.
[xi] Rungruanghiranya S et al The effectiveness of fresh lime in smoking cessation. J Med Assoc Thai. 2012 Dec; 95 Supplement 12: S76-82.
[xii] Ma G et al A critical review of the health-promoting effects of mushroom nutrients. Sci Hum food well. 2018 june; 7 (2): 125-33.
[xiii] Báez R et al Antitumor activity in the stem of pineapple (Ananas comosus) bromelain. Med Factory. 2007 Oct; 73 (13): 1377-83. Epub 2007 Sep 24.
[xiv] Secor E et al Bromelain exerts anti-inflammatory effects in an ovalbumin-induced rat model of allergic airway disease. Immunol cell. 2005 Sep; 237 (1): 68-75. Epub 2005 Dec 6.
[xv] Secor et al Oral bromelain attenuates inflammation in albumin-induced asthma in mice. Evidence-Based Supplement Alternate Med. 2008 March; 5 (1): 61-9.
[xvi] Onken J et al Bromelain treatment reduces secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines by in vitro colon biopsies. Clean Immunol. 2008 March; 126 (3): 345-52. Epub 2007 Dec 21.
[xvii] Smirnova Io et al “Influenza virion as a substrate for proteolytic enzymes” Björg Khim. 2008 May – June; 34 (3): 409–15.
[xviii] Bahdi R et al Bromelain improves liver microcirculation after warm ischemia. J Surg Reis. 2007 May 1; 139 (1): 88–96. Epub 2007 Feb 8.
[xix] Patkin S et al “Anticardiac effect of bromelain with or without its proteolytic and anticoagulant activity” J Cancer Res Clean Oncol. 1988; 114 (5): 507-8.
[xx] Aiyegbusi A et al A comparative study of the effects of bromelain and fresh pineapple juice on the early stage of recovery in acute crushed Achilles tendon injury. J Med Food. 2011 April; 14 (4): 348-52. Epub 2011 Jan 23.
[xxi] Bakare A et al Bromelain reverses electrolyte imbalance in the chronically narrowed sciatic nerve of Wistar rats. Nonin Schmidbergs Arch Pharmacol. 2019 Oct 26. Epub 2019 Oct 26.
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