Close To Plants 1

Plants is just amazing organisms. Quiet still standing (most of them) creatures that are so important for our lives. We call it The Blue Planet, but we should rather call it The Green Planet. Maybe then we would respect them a little more and know that without them……..there would be nothing.

Below a little poem about the process from the plants that we are so depending on and since I am a schoolteacher in Biology, well then it is inevitably ;O)

When it comes to food you can just feel how good plants are for you. One of my favorite doings is to go around in my garden and talk to my plants…….Ok ok well not talking, something like feeling their energy and making the life conditions perfect for them, so they can grow and develop in the best possible way. This especially when it comes to my “food plants”.

Each morning I go my “Vegan Round” and eats these lovely plants.

Raspberries is one of my favorites….well they all are in their own way. With their rich color, sweet juicy taste, and antioxidant power, it is no wonder raspberries remain one of the world’s most consumed berries.

Raspberries can range in color from the popular red and black varieties to purple, yellow, or golden. Each color berry has a unique composition of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Above and below you can see two types of currants. Above the redcurrant and below the whitecurrant (i hope that is the true name for it in english) and the blackcurrant. All three called Johannisbeere in german.

Contain Anthocyanins: Blackcurrants contain a high amount of anthocyanins, a phenolic flavonoid phytochemical. Studies have shown that because of this phytochemical, consumption of blackcurrants can impart potential health benefits against aging, neurological diseases, inflammation and even cancer.

High Antioxidant Content: The antioxidant value (ORAC – Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of blackcurrants is 7950 Trolex Equivalents per 100gm which is 4th highest after chokeberries, elderberries and cranberries.

High in Vitamin C: Blackcurrants are rich sources of vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant too. If you consume 100gm of fresh blackcurrants you get more than 300% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Studies show that eating fruits containing Vitamin C in high amounts helps body to fight against infectious diseases and also remove free radicals from the body.

Vitamin A and Flavonoids: There is also a small yet significant amount of vitamin A as well as flavonoid antioxidants like zea-xanthin, beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin in blackcurrants. All these compounds act as antioxidants too. Vitamin A is also essential for keeping up integrity of skin and mucosa, and also for the health of vision. So also, eating natural fruits high in flavonoid antioxidants provide protection against cancers of lungs and oral cavity.

Rich in Vitamins: There are several essential vitamins in fresh blackcurrants like vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). These are essential vitamins, which means that our body needs them from outside sources (body doesn’t produce them) for a healthy metabolism.

Rich Source of Iron: Blackcurrants also contain a significant amount of iron. 100gm of blackcurrant gives you around 20% of the daily recommended dose of iron. As you know, iron is extremely essential for the formation of RBCs (red blood cells) that are produced in the bone marrow. It’s an important cofactor in cytochrome oxidase guided cellular metabolism.

Many other important minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and potassium are also provided by blackcurrants.

This blackcurrant above is called “Big Ben” because of it´s big berries. Very tasteful and juicy.

Above is my red gooseberries. This is the first year that I actually are getting some from it. They are very tasty and healthy.

Flavonoids and phenolic acids in gooseberries are found to be beneficial against cancer, diabetes, inflammation, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The fiber content in gooseberries (about 4.3 grams) may decrease colorectal cancer risk. Gooseberries also contain a healthy dose of scurvy-preventing vitamin C, and are home to phenolic compounds.

A wide array of other nutrients, plus protein, superoxide dismutase (in some gooseberry varieties35,36) and omega-3 fatty acids make this little berry exceptionally nutritious. Gooseberries are home to folate, and vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B5 (pantothenic acid that’s essential for healthy adrenal glands38)39 and B6 (pyridoxine).

There are also minerals in gooseberries, such as calcium (to inhibit osteoporosis), magnesium, potassium (to help balance blood pressure levels and maintain your body’s acid-base balance), iron (for reducing the risk of anemia), copper, phosphorus and manganese.

All these compounds are beneficial to the human body, as they may work in slowing down the aging process (mainly because of superoxide dismutase and phenolic compounds), strengthening eye health and reducing risk for optical problems like macular degeneration, cataracts and night blindness (thanks to vitamin A).

Thank you for reading about my plants and my garden. Hope you will be back tomorrow for “Close To Plants 2”. I have a lot more to tell you. Plant stories from my garden. See you and have a fantastic day.


Love, Health And Wisdom


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