Easy to Grow Plants for Inflammation, Blood Pressure and Pain Relief
Vegetables are one of the easiest thinks to grow – making them perfect for beginners – and are the most diverse when it comes to healthy eating. There is a wide choice available, from simple carrots to kale and bamboo shoots, so you can cater to your eating habits. Generally speaking, most vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals (including calcium). Of course, some vegetables can have plenty of fat and starch, so try not to grow too many potatoes and diversify your intake!
Brain Power Herbs
Fresh herbs do more than offer a little seasoning. Studies have shown various herbs can have additional benefits, such as improving brain performance or helping you to relax. A healthy body needs a healthy mind, so why not improve both? I can tell you from personal experience that herbs – whether it’s rosemary, peppermint, thyme or whatever you like the most – are all easy to grow due to their small size and simple needs.
Improved Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Generally speaking, all fruits, vegetables and organic foods will help relieve blood pressure and cholesterol. After all, eating these healthy greens means you’re not eating junk food. However, if you really want to improve these areas of your health, look no further than garlic. Garlic, specifically members of the allium family, can do all of this and help fight against heart disease. Garlic bulbs are a great way to grow this in bulk, but even garlic greens provide a simple, healthy addition to your meals.
Vitamin C and Antioxidants
Both fruit and vegetables are a great way to gain antioxidants, but fruits often have the added benefit of vitamin C. Lemons, for instance, are a perfect addition to both your diet and your garden. Lemon trees aren’t as big as apple trees, for instance, and the fruits themselves can also offer a great natural source of vitamin C. Just remember that fruits such as lemons and tomatoes benefit from plenty of sunlight, so find a well positioned part of the garden (or consider a greenhouse). Make sure to water them properly though.
When most people think about fiber in their diet, they often think of meat and other well known sources. Yet the fact is fiber can be grown in your own garden. The two sources that stand out for me are fruits, again, as well as mushrooms. Both of these have plenty of fiber and other vitamins/nutrients, making them an effective part of any well rounded diet. Wild mushroom species can often take care of themselves, too, as well as giving you something to eat in the winter season when your fruit bearing plants aren’t as active.
Vitamin A and Anti-inflammatory Agents
Vitamin A isn’t an ingredient many consider, but it’s important against heart disease and inflammation. For your garden, there are a number of easy sources of Vitamin A, such as adding Basil (which also has eugenol oil as well) to your herb bed. If you’re looking for additional anti-inflammatory support, tomatoes are a great source of lycopene and antioxidants. Similarly, I have a soft spot for various salad greens, such as cabbage. Those big green leaves aren’t just for show! These plants grow easily, offer a lot and, of course, offer a great source of Vitamin A.
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The Various Benefits of Spice
Similar to herbs, spices are known for their multitude of health benefits and are relatively easy to grow. The exact advantages will vary depending on what you’re growing. While all spices will offer antibacterial support, cayenne pepper is also great at improving your circulation and even offers increased pain relief. These spices and peppers, just like herbs, fit easily into any garden and can accompany any meal to create a well-rounded diet that takes care of your internal systems.
Growing these sort of plants in your garden can help lead to a rich, full diet that supports both your body and mind. Furthermore, growing these plants yourself can help to save you money and provide a little physical exercise along the way. What do you think of these plants? Do you have any tips for getting the most out of these crops or are there any plants you also like to grow for health reasons? Share your thoughts and let us know!
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