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Why Swiss Chard Should Be a Staple in Any Garden

Swiss chard is an essential vegetable to plant in your garden.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of growing this phytonutrient, cruciferous vegetable you are missing out.

Besides being low in calories, the vegetable is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.  Regular consumption has been said to prevent osteoporosis, anemia, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

Swiss chard has beta-carotenes which are quickly changed to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is only achieved from plant and animal sources. The vitamin helps act like an antioxidant to boost immunity, protects you from infection and may help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. It is also great source of Magnesium and potassium which are essential for balancing blood pressure levels.

If you are lactose intolerant, you might find this fact interesting: One cup of Swiss chard gives you 78% of your daily Vitamin K.

The only reason I could think of for not consuming this healthy vegetable is if you are taking medication to prevent blood clots.  I know that nutrient Vitamin K should be limited when taking Coumadin and Warfarin.  Vitamin K lessens the effectiveness of the medications.

It is extremely simple to grow.  Even in the hottest heat of summer, Swiss chard will out-perform any variety of lettuce.  Where the lettuce droops and wilts the Swiss chard stands tall, proud and strong.

Purchase Swiss chard seed packets at any local nursery. Soak the seed in warm water for 15-20 minutes to speed up germination.  Plant the seed directly in the garden a ½-inch deep in 50 degree or above soil. If you would like to get a jump start on your growing season, plant indoors and transfer to the garden.

You can enjoy picking fresh chard anytime during the summer growing season.  The tender leaves are good in salads and the mature leaves and stems are wonderful steamed or lightly sautéed.

Do some research on your own?  Check the health benefits; see if I can make you a believer.

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