Health Benefits of Microgreens and Sprouts:
Microgreens are seeds grown in soil and harvested within 1-3 weeks. Sprouts are seeds grown with only water, and ready in about a week. Both are eaten at their peak in nutrient levels. These little vegetables can have 40 -100 times more vitamins and nutrients then regular sized vegetables. This is because they need these extra enzymes for their rapid growth and cellular health. They are also high in Chlorophyll, which is what makes plants green, and contains light energy. Chlorophyll helps build and oxygenate blood, reduces inflammation, calms the nervous system, detoxifies, revitalizes tissues and balances ph levels. They are good for weight loss, energy, and digestion. Great in salads, juices, and smoothies.
25% protein, high in zinc which helps balance hormones and increase fertility. High in B vitamins, especially folate, which combats stress, improves circulation and the health of the nervous system. High in Vitamins D, A, E, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and Linoleic Acid. Also high in antioxidents that aid in heart health and fight free radicals.
High in folate, antioxidants and carotene which aid in cancer prevention reduce inflammation. As well as chlorophyll, 38 minerals, and all essential amino acids. 1 cup contains 66% daily value of Vit. K, important for bone health, 35% DV of Vit. C, a powerful antioxidant, which helps combat the signs of aging, prevents cancer, is crucial to wound healing and supports the immune system. and 15% DV Vit. A.
Eaten with sunflower microgreens forms a complete protein.
Rich in rutin, seen in their pink stalks, which helps combat hardening of the arteries and strengthens the walls of capillaries. Rich in lecithin which helps in mental clarity and stress management. Also high in manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc, and contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which plays a key role in collagen production and fights viruses.
When chewed, or added to juice and smoothies, it gels up and can coat the intestine, soothing inflamed tissues and helping aid digestive issues and IBS, much like slippery elm does.
Radish is an expectorant that removes mucous from the respiratory tract. High in Magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, A, B6, C, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Pantothenic acid, Potassium, Riboflavin, and Thiamin. Helps prevent cold sores and fight viruses.
High in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and D. 20% protein. Helps boost immunity.
Broccoli and Kale Sprouts
High in Sulforaphane, which has powerful anticancer properties. Extensive studies have shown that Sulforaphane kills cancer cells, reduces cancer risk, reduces inflammation, and prevents DNA damage and mutations. It also has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-aging, neuroprotective, and anti-diabetic properties, and has been shown to reduce symptoms of autism, aid in weight loss, help digestion, improve kidney function and blood pressure. Sulforaphane is up to 100 times greater in these sprouts than in the mature vegetables, with broccoli being slightly higher than kale. Sulforaphane content doubles when sprouts are frozen and I recommend adding them to your smoothie.
For women it helps balance hormones, used to increase milk production for nursing mothers, reduces hot flashes, increases fertility, and can increase breast size. For men it's a testosterone booster and helps regrow hair. Also used to detox and cleanse the lymphatic system.
High in vitamins C, A, B, K. It contains plant estrogens which can help with symptoms of PMS, menopause, hot flushes and fibrocystic disease. Also high in genistein, and isoflavones, which prevents the formation of new blood vessels in cancer tumors.
Sprouted Beans are easier to digest because sprouting reduces phytic acid by 90%. Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient that can cause gas and digestive upset, and binds to magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron in our bodies. Sprouting also increases the content of many nutrients and amino acids in the beans. Best eaten raw or lightly steamed. Can be added to salads and soups and are a great source of protein.
1 cup contains 31 calories, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber, plus B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and calcium. They can help lower high cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Contains 20% protein.
1 cup contains 82 calories and provides 36% daily value of iron, 14% of Vit C, and contains vitamins A, B1, E, molybdenum, folate, tryptophan, manganese, phosphorous, copper, and potassium. Contains 35% protein.
1 ounce contains 103 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, the equivalent to 2.5 lbs of vegetables. It's especially high in vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K. It is 70% chlorophyll and high in protein. It boosts the immune system, builds blood, increases energy, helps balance blood sugar, aids in weight loss, and is a powerful detoxifier. It can also be applied topically to treat skin disorders, acne, wounds, prevent wrinkles, and grow and give shine to hair.
Pets also love wheatgrass and eat it to induce vomiting, eradicate intestinal parasites, because they are deficient in vitamins, or just because they like the taste, so leave a square down for your pets and they will appreciate it!
Juicing is a delicious way to get the more nutrients from these plants.
A special wheatgrass juicer is best for making wheatgrass juice, but if you don't have one you can still make it in a regular blender by adding wheatgrass and water and blending well, then straining out the pulp. It's best to drink it immediately and best to start out drinking small amounts, a shot or two a day. If you drink too much you can feel detox symptoms. Also, the shorter the wheatgrass is, the sweeter it tastes, and if you have trouble drinking it straight, it can be mixed with other juices.