Recharge With Spring Superfoods, Feel your best with these in-season picks.
Feeing a little puffy? Eating six stalks of asparagus each day could cut your risk of bloat and gassiness by 55% in 10 days, French researchers say. Thanks go to compounds called fructooligosaccharides that fuel the growth of healthy, digestion-boosting probiotic bacteria in the intestines.
Savoring turnips three times weekly cuts your risk of sluggishness by 55%, plus restores your stamina within one week if you’re feeling weary. That’s the word from Norwegian scientists, who say these hardy veggies have compounds (indoles) that activate detoxification enzymes in your liver.
You’ll lose weight 50% faster on any diet if you add 1 ⁄ 2 cup of cooked mushrooms to your daily meals. University of Minnesota researchers say mushrooms are brimming with appetite-taming fiber and protein, plus they contain a group of carbohydrates (polysaccharides) that stabilize blood sugar, preventing dietsabotaging cravings.
When you’re getting tense or anxious, crunch on two radishes, and you could feel 50% happier in two minutes. Radish compounds (glucosinolates and myrosinase) combine when you bite into them to produce their spicy kick, and scientists at Northwestern University say that strong flavor punch prompts your brain to release calming, anxiety-ending hormones called endorphins.
DELICIOUS IDEAS: For an appetizer, top radish slices with cream cheese, chives and onion. For a salad, toss sliced radishes with diced onion and cucumber. Top with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Enjoying four artichokes (or eight artichoke hearts) weekly can reduce your risk of tiredness by as much as 60%, Swedish investigators report. Credit silymarin, a unique compound that boosts the absorption of fatigue-fighting minerals like potassium and magnesium, plus switches on the enzymes that help your muscles convert food into energy.
Munching on a cup of sweet, crisp sugar snap peas a cross between green and snow peas increases your focus by 30% for three hours. Scientists at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut say 25% of a sugar snap’s calories come from amino acids, the building blocks of the brain-stimulating hormone dopamine.