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Vitamins for health and longevity
If dill, parsley, sorrel and another 5-6 types of green crops are mainly grown on our beds, and this is the limit, then in Japan they are grown about three hundred.
These are such valuable sources of beta-carotene (provitamin A) as yellow-fruited tomatoes and sweet peppers, various types of lettuce, varieties of cabbage - leafy, broccoli, Savoy, red cabbage, Peking, Brussels sprouts, colored, daikon, which is eaten not only by root vegetables but also leaves.
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Moreover, hundreds of varieties of this useful plant are grown there. And also leafy mustard, watercress, spinach, artichoke, chicory, edible chrysanthemum, asparagus, celery, katran, parsnip, rhubarb. And it is no coincidence that the highest average life expectancy is noted in Japan. Currently there is a carrot boom. In order to prevent cancer, the Japanese consume carrots in unlimited quantities. This is a serious concern of the nation for its health.
Scientists have found that more than 50% of malignant tumors arise from poor nutrition. There is a direct link between the daily menu and the incidence of cancer. Improper nutrition - infection (infection), a decrease in the body's resistance - all this leads to the appearance of diseases.
The lack of a sufficient amount of essential elements such as magnesium, calcium, vitamin A (beta-carotene), C and others, along with an insufficient intake of vegetables and fruits, leads to a decrease in the protective functions of the body, and then to serious diseases.
Beta-carotene and vitamin A enhance the work of enzyme systems in the body, which neutralize toxic substances that come with food. Lack of vitamin A contributes to the formation of stones in the urinary and gall bladders, the occurrence of diseases of the digestive tract, which leads to serious problems in the body. In the advanced countries of the world, the main attention is now paid not to the treatment of diseases, but to their prevention and strengthening the resistance of the immune system.
In addition to carotene, green crops contain vitamins, amino acids, microelements, phytoncides, which are equally important for the body, necessary for good nutrition. Therefore, gardeners on their land plot should pay special attention to the cultivation of plants such as dill, parsley, celery, anise, basil, mushroom herb, snakehead, marjoram, thyme, shambhala, chervil, coriander, in which the beta-carotene content reaches from 10 to 20 mg per 100 g wet weight.
Up to 10 mg of beta-carotene per 100 g of raw mass contain such herbs as catnip, lemon balm, savory, tarragon, caraway, sage, rue, fenugreek, goat's rue, hyssop, oregano, marshmallow, as well as leafy vegetables - spinach, sorrel, mustard, clover, mint, watercress.
One of the earliest vegetables all over Russia is grown chives. It is known that onions contain up to 2 mg of beta-carotene per 100 g, while the types of perennial onions that are still little common in our country - batuna, leek, shitt-onion, allspice, juicy, bear (wild garlic) contain up to 6 mg this vitamin. Regular consumption of green crops helps to prevent serious diseases, including cancer.
Serious scientific research abroad has proven that beta-carotene, found in carrots, yellow and orange tomatoes and sweet peppers, as well as in green crops, inhibits the development of cancer in 75% of cases (this explains the carrot boom in Japan). The use of beta-carotene at a dose of 30 mg per day helps a healthy person stay healthy and maintain immunity to cancer.
In the summer-autumn period and even in winter, green crops are the main source of vitamin A. The possibilities for growing them are truly endless. In spring and summer, these plants can be sown as compactors to the main crops: to cucumbers - collard greens and dill, to cabbage - dill, celery, onions, lettuce, Savoy and Peking cabbage, to onions - radish, daikon, spinach.
It is recommended to add celery to cabbage, as its smell scares away the cabbage fly. Strawberries and tomatoes can be thickened with spinach, watercress, parsley, savory, and essential dill. Kohlrabi and radish get along well with cabbage and lettuce salads, spinach. Carrots grow well with parsley, onions, spinach, broccoli and marjoram.
In autumn-winter and early spring, many green crops can be grown in the room, on the balcony. For this, lettuce and cabbage salad, Peking cabbage, watercress, spinach, garden quinoa, cucumber herb, dill, anise, coriander, basil, marjoram, savory, leaf mustard are suitable. To grow these crops indoors, you will need any container (crockery or box) and free space on the windowsill. And you will be provided with fresh greens all year round.
Indoors, you can also get fresh greens from root plants by digging - onion bulbs, parsley root crops, sorrel, perennial rhizomes - batun, stnitt-onion, chicory and others. For an inquisitive gardener, the possibilities for creativity with these crops are truly inexhaustible.
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Valery Brizhan, experienced gardener
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