It is so wonderful to know that you can heal yourself with the foods that you grow in your own garden. Antioxidants are what you need to fight cancer, premature aging, and heart disease. You can create your own diet and stick to it by eating solely from your own crops. Not only is it more economical, but you have control of all the unnecessary chemicals that are used in growing produce. Basically, you know what you are eating. Here is a list of the highest antioxidant foods you can grow in your garden.
Wild blueberries have a higher antioxidant level than the cultivated kinds. They grow well under acidic conditions and it will take 6 years to produce an abundant crop. This plant is great for growing indoors too.
Believe it or not, broccoli has more vitamin C than citrus and it can lower your risk of cancer. If you plant them in the fall they will yield in about twelve weeks.
Choose a bean that grows best in your local area, but pinto beans, kidney beans, and dried red beans are the highest in antioxidants.
Studies show that vitamin C from plums will help the body to absorb iron more efficiently. They also contain vitamin A and vitamin K. Black plums are the ones to get and they are low maintenance when growing.
They provide lycopene which is an antioxidant that is not found in many other foods. They will grow almost anywhere. Give them plenty of sunlight and water and they will produce nicely.
This wonder food will provide you with vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc, and selenium. My family never went without garlic in the house and neither should you. I never liked the taste when I was young, but as I got older and learned what all it could do, I got over the taste. Plant these in the fall and they will be ready in the summer.
Apples are the most common antioxidant foods and easy to grow yourself. Granny Smith and Red Delicious are the varieties with the best source of antioxidants. It is always nice to have an apple tree around. Grow more than one for cross-pollination and place them high in the sun. They will require pruning but the hard work is all worth it.
Pecans & Walnuts
I am from the south and we always had pecan and walnut trees everywhere. Pecan is the nut with the highest level of antioxidants, but you can still get a lot from other nuts too. These trees take years to produce a major harvest, but if you have a big yard you can use it for a swing while you wait. Once they start producing they will continue for years to come. Ours have been in the family for generations. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.