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Spinach – Anti-anaemic, remineralising. May help in lowering blood cholesterol. Alkaline.

Parsley – High concentration of antioxidants, A, C and calcium. Good for heart and immune system. May help to lower blood pressure. Great in juices.

Dandelion – Dandelions have twice as much vitamin A in a one-cup serving as most vitamin pills. They also have more calcium than most other vegetables. Many wild foods are to be found in your garden, as long as we do not coat our lawn with weedkillers.

Avocado – The creamy avocado is suitable for use in salads, dressings and dips. It is also a great moisturizer. Try rubbing the remains into your skin. A good source of vitamins A, B, E and selenium. The Aztecs believed that avocados were a sexual stimulant. When avocados were being harvested, all the young women were made to stay indoors!

Sprouts – There are seed sprouts such as alfalfa, sunflower and broccoli– these are easiest to digest; then there are pulse sprouts such as lentil, mung bean and chick pea, and finally grain sprouts such as wheat, rye and buckwheat. Sprouts are a very economical way to incorporate living foods into your diet. Kids love them and the high enzyme content assists in digestion.

Sea Vegetables – are great sources of minerals. Nori sheets (black ones are raw), dulse and wakame are the most popular.

Lemons – Lemons are the best mucus dissolver in your body. Mix them in all salads and dressings and enjoy with water first thing in the morning and throughout the day.

Broccoli – Contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and calcium. May help to ward off ulcers, protect the heart and speed up the removal of estrogens. Helps regulate blood sugar levels through chromium content. Broccoli contains around 30 cancer fighting nutrients. Broccoli or broccoli sprouts lose much of their goodness when steamed or cooked. A super raw food. Great dipped in tahini.

Paw Paw (Papaya) – Source of vitamin A and potassium; can help digestion and stimulate tissue recovery. High in quality enzymes

Macadamia Nuts – High in monounsaturated fats that can help in lowering blood cholesterol levels and so reduce the risk of heart disease. Maccas, as they are commonly known in Australia, are also a good source of amino acids, calcium and potassium.

Tahini – Sesame seeds are bursting with goodness. They are high in calcium, amino acids, iron, niacin and thiamin. Tahini is ground sesame seeds. Organic is best. Unhulled sesame seeds are very alkaline. Hulled sesame seeds are very acidic.

Blueberries – According to research currently underway at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, blueberries top the list of some 40 fruits, juices, and vegetables in their antioxidant activity. Blueberries are low in calories, virtually fat free, and a good source of fibre, but blueberries especially are like Super Vitamins filled with dozens of other disease-preventing substances.

Carob – Carob is a legume. It is a chocolate substitute. You can eat it from the pods or use the dried powdered form. Carob contains a highly absorbable form of calcium and protein.

Beetroot – Contain B vitamins, C and rare trace elements and Anti-septic and remineralising properties.

Oranges – A balancing food rich in vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3, B6, E, amino acids and pectin..

Lemongrass – is a perennial herb widely cultivated in the tropics and subtropics. There are two different species: East Indian, Cymbopogon flexuosus (DC.) Stapf, and West Indian, Cymbopogon citratus (DC. ex Nees) Stapf. East Indian lemongrass, also known as Cochin or Malabar grass is native to India, while West Indian lemongrass is native to southern India and Ceylon. The lemongrasses are cultivated commercially in Guatemala, India, the People's Republic of China, Paraguay, England, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Indochina, Africa, Central America, and South America (11.1-73). The plant grows in dense clumps up to 2 metres in diameter and has leaves up to 1 metre long.

Wheatgrass – Studies suggest that foods containing chlorophyll can halt tooth decay. If you have a tooth problem, chew on some dark green leaves, such as wheatgrass, as if it were chewing gum

Celery – Celery is a great source of organic sodium and bioavailable calcium. It may lower blood pressure. Use in salads and as a base for your juices instead of apples or carrots.

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