With spring upon us there are lots of options for fresh fruits and vegetables in season. We know that they are good for us, but what are the real benefits inside some of the tastiest fruits and veggies? Here is a list of 5 spring fruits and vegetables and the health benefits they provide for your body.
- Asparagus: This green veggie is packed full of nutrients to help keep your body strong. Vitamin D is one of them, which helps with bone strength. Asparagus is also high in vitamin K which helps with blood clotting, and studies have shown it to have anti-cancer properties as well. Asparagus is also high in phytonutrients called saponins which help lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as helping to reduce inflammation in the body.
- Cherries: These guys are packed full of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure, and get rid of excess sodium in the body. Also, if you are needing a little extra help getting to sleep at night, drink a glass of tart cherry juice which contains melatonin, a hormone that helps to make you sleepy. There are under 100 calories in one cup of cherries and 3 grams of fiber, making these a great choice for a quick snack to keep you fuller longer.
- Rhubarb: If you are looking for a sweet treat and something that is good for your body look no further. Rhubarb is quite tart, but when partnered with a little sugar and fruit (such as strawberries) it is delicious. When cooked for 20 minutes it increases its cancer-fighting antioxidant, known as polyphenols. Polyphenols have been shown to kill and prevent growth of cancer cells.
- Sugar Snap Peas: About 1 cup of sugar snap peas contains just 35 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of natural sugar and are fat free. 1 cup of these peas also provides more than half the recommended daily intake for vitamin C, and are a great source of B-complex vitamins which help to convert your food into energy. These are a great option to add to a salad or eat as a quick snack.
- Strawberries: This sweet and juicy fruit has more to it than you might think. Strawberries contain flavonoids which help lower the risk of heart disease. They are also packed full of biotin which helps build strong nails, hair and bones. They help with inflammation, are high in fiber and contain potassium and vitamin K which help with bone strength.
All of these fruits and vegetables are great options if you are looking for something to snack on or add to your favorite meal. Eating healthy contributes to your whole body health including your feet. When we are taking care of the rest of our body, or feet with benefit from the results as well.
At the office of Dr. Evan Merrill we are here to help you achieve the best care possible for your feet. Check out Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle today. Make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338 or request an appointment online.