Nutrition growing in the veg patch..

Some of my faves are carrots, beetroot, broad beans and courgettes and in my garden it seems to grow very well.

Carrots are high in betacarotene, a powerful antioxidant, which as a type of vitamin A, helpful to eye health, reproduction, skin and growth and development. Carrots are also rich in minerals and B vitamins, which help the metabolism.

Beetroot is full of phytonutrients that have a high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. These phytonutrients help the liver with detoxification and have high levels of iron, vitamins A, C and B9 and magnesium, potassium and betacyanins.

Broad Beans a great mood food, broad beans contain a precursor to dopamine so will help you feel more positive. They are also a good source of protein, vitamin C and iron which makes them helpful for immunity and energy levels.

Courgette Hydrating and high in potassium, carotenes and vitamin C – which are helpful for the skin, immune system and helpful to gut health.

You will also find the following growing in my garden…. (some things like Brussel Sprouts just don’t grow v sadly!, you have to work out what likes your soil)…..

Purple sprouting broccoli and broccoli  A member of the cabbage family, broccoli contains glucosinolates, which help the excretion of oestrogen from the body and are also antibacterial. The lutein in broccoli may be helpful in age-related macular degeneration. Broccoli is also high in vitamins C and A, folic acid, potassium and fibre.

 

Cabbage (if the caterpillars don’t get it!)‘King’ of the cruciferous family. Cabbage contains the notable phytochemical that is thought to have anti-cancer properties: indole-3-carbinol. The glucosinolates increase antioxidant protection and help to detoxify harmful chemicals and hormones. Cabbage juice is great for peptic ulcers and ‘leaky gut’ because of the glutamine in it.

Spinach Useful for blood building and alkalizing the body, it is also helpful to detoxification and for the nervous system. Contains vitamins C, B (1, 2, 3, 6, 9), carotenes and iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese.

Kale and Cavolo Nero A nutrient powerhouse, it is great for bones as it has a high calcium to phosphorus ratio. It is also an excellent source of chlorophyll and carotenes, betacarotene and lutein and contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B6 and E, manganese, copper, iron and calcium.

Cucumber Very hydrating, it has a good amount of vitamin K and antioxidants and is high in potassium and low in sodium. Cucumbers contain silica, which is good for joint pain. Also skin hydration?

French Beans Thought to be helpful for macular degeneration and a good antioxidant that is also supportive for cardiovascular health. They contain carotenoids including quercetin, kaempferol, catechins, vitamin C, betacarotenes and manganese. They have a small, but good amount of omega 3 alpha linolenic acid.