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People could grow their own medicines

Spring would finally be here after a tiring and long winter, and many of us might think about getting those planting gloves and shovels and indulge in gardening — either in our backyards or in community spaces or parks. Growing our food, free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, is an excellent way to ensure that people are getting themselves and their families to consume a healthy diet, particularly when people consider the fact that a diet fortified with fruits and vegetables is a proven way to reduce the vulnerability to cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

What are some foods that possess health benefits?

Luckily for us, our country is known for rich soil, plentiful farmland and plentiful farmers markets. But if people want to grow their own, a few garden veggies are convenient to produce and fortified with nutrition.

Tomatoes: An excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, tomatoes assist in combating free radicals known to cause cancer. They also promote cardiovascular health, protects muscles, limits kidney stones, help tackle diabetes and are excellent for the eyes and skin.

Kale: This leafy member of the cabbage family is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Kale is fortified with antioxidants and carries a wide range of vitamins. When cooked, it is perfect for reducing cholesterol levels, but it is also beneficial when juiced or consumed raw.

Bell peppers: Whether people choose red, orange, yellow or green (which are unripened), peppers are a great source of minerals and vitamins. A single serving could provide 169% of the suggested daily consumption (RDI) of vitamin C.

Basil: People should not forget to add herbs to their garden regime. Basil is excellent for digestion and has robust anti-inflammatory qualities. These protect us against various ailments and disorders, including cardiac diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel issues.

Mint: Peppermint and spearmint are recognised for their dynamic flavour and could assist in easing indigestion, perk up irritable bowel syndrome and improve brain function. Though it is generally consumed in small amounts, some salad recipes demand more mint — and make the most of its nutritional advantages.

Apart from all the plants mentioned above, several other plants could provide health benefits. However, it depends on the type of soil and other factors as well. People should monitor all these factors before planting their medicines in their gardens.

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