Six of Spring’s Best Body/Brain Boosters

What’s best for your body after a long winter stuck indoors? Healthy food—like these in-season fruits and veggies that offer fresh nutrients.

By
Chrystle Fiedler

“All of the berries are number-one foods to eat in the spring,” says Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, board-certified nutrition specialist and author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (Fairwinds Press).

Some veggies, too, hit their stride during the spring season. For the best health results, eat both fruits and veggies. And click through our slideshow to see just what benefits you're getting in every bright and colorful mouthful.

Blueberries

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Help prevent Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Help prevent plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Improve brain function and protect memory.

Serving size: ½ cup
Calories:
40
How to eat: raw/cooked

Cherries

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Help ease asthma and allergy symptoms.
  • Help prevent colon, liver, pancreas, skin and stomach cancers.
  • Reduce uric acid, which can help relieve gout.

Serving size: 1 cup
Calories:
74
How to eat: raw/cooked

Strawberries

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Help prevent breast and cervical cancer.
  • Help protect brain function and memory.
  • Support immune health.

Serving size: ½ cup
Calories:
25
How to eat: raw/cooked. Choose organic to avoid pesticides.

Asparagus

  • Anti-cancer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Builds strong bones and aids blood clotting.
  • Helps protect blood vessels.
  • Inhibits growth of leukemia cells.
  • Strengthens heart health and muscles.
  • Supports gastrointestinal health.

Serving size 1 cup
Calories: 40
How to eat: steamed

Carrots

  • Antioxidant
  • Help prevent cancers of bladder, breast, cervix, colon, esophagus, larynx and prostate.
  • Help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Help protect against heart disease.
  • Immune booster

Serving size: 1 cup
Calories:
52
How to eat: raw/steamed

Spinach

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Builds strong bones.
  • Helps prevent anemia
  • Helps prevent breast, prostate and colon cancer.
  • Helps prevent cataracts and supports eye health.
  • Helps protect against heart disease.
  • Lowers blood pressure.

Serving size: 1½ cup
Calories:
40
How to eat: raw/steamed

Published
April 2013