To create more nutrients filled and flavor meals that help the body to cleanse, detox, rebuild and heal itself I began investigating sprouts. You can find limited varieties of sprouts in stores but I recommend getting them from a local grower at a farmer’s markets. They will have a large variety so you can select a mixture to enhance specific health benefits and build the overall immune system. Sprouts are antioxidant rich, especially important because they are essential for the proper function of the immune system. The presence and balance of amino acids makes protein much more digestible than animal protein. All sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and fiber. When exposed to light, several become rich in chlorophyll, which helps cleanse and oxygenate the blood. Enzymes aid in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and contribute to the body’s life force.
Few of us realize that a very simple and inexpensive solution to dramatically improving our overall health is easily within our reach, and that that solution is sprouts!
Much has been written about the cancer-inhibiting properties of broccoli, but very few people know that Broccoli Sprouts actually contain 20 to 50 times the amount of the cancer-inhibiting chemicals as broccoli. It is abundant in a variety of very strong anti-oxidants like quercetin, glutathione, beta carotene, indoles, vitamin C, lutein, glucarate and sulphoraphane. This synergy of anti-oxidants make broccoli a very good food for anti-cancer activities, particularly against cancers of the breast, cervical, prostrate, colon and lung. The rich anti-oxidant compounds protect sperms and prevents them from genetic damage and possible birth defects. Low in calories, broccoli is especially rich vitamins A, C, K, B6 and E, calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium.
Fenugreek is attributed with being a blood cleanser and a lymphatic cleanser. Another attribute of fenugreek is it’s apparent capacity to create a protective coating over inflammation in the gastrointestinal areas of the body
As a member of the allium family, onion sprouts are rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Trace Elements and Amino Acids. People who follow a raw food diet have found onion sprouts to be an integral part of their nutritional intake. Sprouts also can be substituted for certain greens and added to salads.
Radish sprouts are rich in vitamin C and trace elements zinc, helps to enhance immune function and enhance resistance to disease. In mustard oil they can promote gastrointestinal motility, increased appetite and help digestion. To help the absorption of nutrients sprout enzymes break down starch in food starch, fat, so be fully absorbed. In addition, radish sprouts contain a variety of enzymes that can break down the nitrite carcinogenic amines, has anti-cancer effect.
Sprouts from all beans and/or seeds are so high in highly digestible nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be considered true multi-ingredient natural supplements. Mung bean sprouts are a source of readily available energy and other nutrients, which are particularly helpful in fighting the signs and symptoms of mental and physical stress and tiredness. Regular consumption of mung bean sprouts can help prevent many age-related skin changes, including elasticity and moisture loss. They are rich in phytoestrogens, are also effective in counteracting menopause-related osteoporosis. The effect is beneficial to the heart and vessels; it helps prevent the development of cardiovascular disease. As with other types of bean sprouts they are rich in iron and Vitamin C, which play a key role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, thereby helping prevent or treat anemia.