Sprouts and microgreens have the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie of any food. They are the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein, and provide us with substantially greater health benefits than raw fruits and vegetables.
Sprouts are germinated seeds, and our clients typically grow these in the glass jars included with our sprouting kit. They grow for 2-5 days depending on the seed. We sprout broccoli, alfalfa, kamut, rye, oats, chickpeas, adzuki beans, mung beans, lentils, plus more. Sprouting magnifies the nutritional content of the seed, more than tripling vitamins A, B-complex and C. The vitamin content of some seeds increase by up to 20 times the original value after just a few days of sprouting.
The smaller seeds, such as broccoli, alfalfa and radish, contain up to 100 times more of the incredible phytonutrients than their mature counterparts. What this means is that just a handful of broccoli sprouts can provide you the same nutritional benefits as a bucket full of mature broccoli. The larger seeds, such as the grains (kamut, oats, rye) and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans), provide us with the energy (calories) we need to function. In addition to boosting the antioxidant, vitamin, essential fatty acid, and enzyme content, it’s been well documented that the soaking and sprouting process also increases the quality and quantity of fiber and protein. Sprouting is simply the best way to prepare grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It activates enzymes, releases anti-nutrients, and improves our digestion and absorption of beneficial nutrients, allowing us to get the most health benefits from our food. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that sprouts can be grown on your kitchen counter every day of the year, and with minimal effort.
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Microgreens are sprouts that are grown for a longer period of time, typically between 1-2 weeks, and are usually planted in soil and grown vertically until their first set of leaves appear. Both sprouts and microgreens are essentially baby plants, with microgreens being further along in the growth process. Microgreens, when grown properly and for the right amount of time, are unbelievably rich in important plant chemicals, and also contain many times the nutrients than their mature counterparts.
“The micro-greens were four, to forty fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” said researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland. “When we first got the results we had to rush to double and triple check them.”
Microgreens deliver nutrients that are important for eyes, skin, bones, healthy digestion, reducing inflammation, preventing cardiovascular disease, fighting cancer, and strengthening the immune system. Sunflower greens are one of the most complete foods on earth and the most nutritious of all sprouts. Pea shoots are second in overall nutrition. For even greater health benefits, we juice several pounds of microgreens to create the juice cleanse that our clients enjoy on a weekly basis.
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Finally, the key to maintaining a healthy body weight is to consume foods that are low in calories and extremely rich in a complete range of nutrients, and nothing fits this profile better than sprouts and microgreens. To learn how to order our high quality organic sprouting seeds and microgreens please click here.