2. Green Beans
Bush Green Beans are super easy to grow and keep growing after each harvest. Green beans also have a little secret: two types of carotenoids called lutein and beta-carotene. Both have the ability to absorb the sun’s harmful rays, acting as a sunscreen for the eyes and skin.
The body needs beta-carotene to convert into vitamin A, an essential vitamin that is not naturally made by the body. Vitamin A is necessary for the immune and circulatory systems to run properly.
Green beans are also a great source of vitamins B1, B2, C, K, folate, fiber, and manganese.
3. Green Onions (Scallions)
Green Onions contain the flavonoid quercetin, a strong antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that can cause damage to the body through oxidation. They lower cholesterol, contain vitamin K for proper blood coagulation, reduce inflammation, and stabilize cells that release histamines–helping to reduce allergy symptoms.
Green onions also contain biotin (vitamin H)–which is good for the skin–potassium, fiber, copper, vitamin C, and manganese. They also have the beneficial effect of increasing bone density and may help those suffering from osteoporosis.
Kale is being heralded as one of the top superfoods today. It is chock full of antioxidants and vitamins that provide more than just your minimum daily supply. Kale can have a very bitter flavor, depending on the variety, so choose the type that will match your taste.
Kale is rich in vitamins K, A, C, B, E, fiber, copper, tryptophan and even has omega-3 fatty acids and protein. This cancer-fighting vegetable is an anti-inflammatory that helps build collagen for healthier skin, shinier hair, and even helps to balance out hormones.
Chives belong to the onion family and have a mild onion-like flavor. They date back to the Middle Ages when they were known to help with sunburn and throat infections by the Romans.
Chives contain a phytochemical called allicin; this anti-bacterial helps the immune system fight off illnesses like the common cold or flu. Chives also contain vitamin K for bone health and folate, an essential vitamin for pregnant women to reduce the risk of birth defects.
Growing your own garden is good for your mind, body, and soul. Not only does a garden offer a piece of serenity in this busy world, it offers nourishing food necessary to your body’s health.