Despite the rise in processed food and health supplements, scientists continue to find more advantages to eating fresh fruit and vegetables. Not all foods are created equal, however. Some super foods contain more nutrients than others or have medical effects that reach far beyond nutrition.
Ten top super foods to grow.
Broccoli: Contains vitamins C and K and anti-oxidants.
Carrots: Rich in fibre and contains vitamins A and C.
Spinach: Contains vitamin A and C, folic acid and magnesium which helps reduce heart disease and stroke risk, blocks free radicals and prevents osteoporosis.
Mushrooms: Contain vitamin B2. Some varieties have anti-viral properties.
Tomatoes: Rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Stimulates immune function and may slow degenerative diseases.
Strawberries: Rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
Blueberries: A good source of anti-oxidants and vitamin C.
Garlic: Contains vitamins B6 and C and anti-oxidants. May lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Citrus fruit: Contains bioflavonoids and vitamin C, which helps your body fight cancer.
Chillies: Chillies contain anti-oxidants and increase the metabolic rate, helping us to burn more calories.
The next meeting of the Lismore Garden Club will be on the second Thursday in February at the Lismore Workers Club. The next social outing is to the water-wise garden of Tom and Gloria Dunbar of Koonorigan next Thursday, October 26, at 2pm. Travel will be by car pool and we will depart from the Lismore Shopping Square bus stop at 1pm. You dont have to be a club member to come along. Anyone requiring transport should phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.
Arrangements are still being made for a coach trip to Tenterfield on November 19 to visit the outstanding five-acre garden of Carolyn Robinson, take in a few of the lovely rose gardens around Tenterfield and visit Loganlea Nursery. The cost will be around $32 per person. Book early on the above numbers.
Finally: The roses of today exhaust all our powers of admiration, our finite appreciation of the beautiful. The roses of tomorrow can do no more. Samuel Reynolds Hole (1870)
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