Creating an anti inflammatory garden

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I have never had any interest in gardening until I met Mick. The only plant i had managed to keep going was a succulent (which is still taking over much of mum’s garden). My nana (who was born with not just a green thumb an entire hand!) has been guiding me along the way as I experimented over the last 6 years with different things. My successes to date are pineapple, paw paw, beans, cauliflower, pumpkins and chillies.

Now that I’m going through one of the longest flare ups I can remember I’ve started researching what plants are anti-inflammatory, that can actually be grown here on the Sunny Coast and which may be a bit tougher to withstand me ‘killing them with kindness’, as my nana so politely  put my garden skills (or lack there of).

So I’ve discovered there are quite a few plants that have anti inflammatory properties and the ability to reduce free radicals therefore assisting the body to repair itself.

According to an article 7 Summer Foods to Fight RA, “The main food groups that will help reduce inflammation are the well-known antioxidants — vitamin C, E, beta carotene — flavonoids, and polyphenols” and it is beneficial to eat fruits and vegetables from every colour of the rainbow. The article also goes on to say that calcium depletion can also cause issues with sleep so I’ll look to factor in calcium rich sources into the garden as well.

So from my research the following fruits and vegetables are worth having in my garden.

  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Turmeric root
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Pineapple (from experience pineapples are finicky and take around 4 years to grow)
  • Beans
  • Garlic Chives (apparently very high in Vitamin C – often a vitamin that arthritic people lack)
  • Lychees

We might start with that list and expand from there. I already have 4 lychee trees going strong, apparently they produce 200 kg of fruit each season if they are cared for properly (which would be handy as they sell for between $7 and $11 a kilo here when in season- it may help me fund the rest of the project).

Time to start researching the best times to plant and go from there! Will post my progress 🙂

Now I just have to find someone who can teach me how to cook fish!

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