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4 Joint-Health Staples to Grow in Your Garden

Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: gardening!

Why not tailor your home-grown goodies to meet your health needs? This month, we’ve taken an extensive look at the importance of joint health—from exercise to chiropractic to nutrition. But let’s get a little fun with it!

Here are four delicious and easy-to-grow, joint-health heavyweights to add to your garden.

Red Peppers

Red bell peppers are packed full of Vitamin C—a huge component of collagen production! Collagen plays an important role in the health of your cartilage, tendons and ligaments, which help cushion your joints.

Tip: Red peppers have a fairly long growing season, so it’s best to start them indoors!

Kale

Leafy greens like kale and collard greens are rich in nutrients and antioxidants known to impact joint health. Think: beta carotene and Vitamin C. They’re also excellent sources of calcium, which helps keep your bones healthy and strong.

Tip: Kale tastes best when it’s allowed to mature in cooler temperatures.

Ginger

Known for its anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties, studies suggest that ginger may also help reduce joint swelling for folks with rheumatoid arthritis. And don’t let this one intimidate you—ginger root is actually super simple to grow!

Tip: Ginger is easy to grow inside as well as outside—all you need is a warm, sunny window!

Onions

An easy addition to any garden, onions are considered by many to be a great anti-arthritis food. Onions contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which may help reduce inflammation.

Tip: When growing onions outside, keep the area surrounding them weed-free to make sure your onions aren’t competing for nutrients.