Sprouts and microgreens are immature versions of the vegetables they would grow into. And like their full sized versions, they are packed with nutrients such as vitamins A and B, minerals, trace minerals, health boosting compounds and phytochemicals. One of the benefits of eating greens in this early stage of development is that the digestion process is a fraction of what it would be otherwise to assimilate their goodness.
Sprouts and microgreens differ only in the way that they are harvested. Sprouts are germinated seeds that are eaten seed, root and shoot. Microgreens are edible immature greens, the tops of the young plants, that are harvested with scissors less than a month after germination.
Both are high in mineral salts that aid neurotransmitter chemical production while supporting the brain. Sprouts and microgreens pull toxic heavy metals from the brain and repair and strengthen neurons, which helps the body to reverse Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain fog and memory loss. These greens are wonderful for skin repair, preventing infection, and halting unwanted cell growth, such as cancer.
Sprouts and microgreens are a great source of elevated biotics that are critical to the body’s production of B12, and their phytochemicals supercharge the body. They are one of the most powerful foods for renewing an exhausted reproductive system. Sprouts and microgreens rebalance and restore hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. After giving birth, these greens regenerate hormone production in the adrenal glands, thyroid and endocrine system.
Different sprouts have different properties. Broccoli has a strong flavor and strengthens the digestive system. Radish sprouts purge the liver while red clover sprouts cleanse the lymph and blood. Fenugreek sprouts balance cortisol production and regulate the thyroid while supporting emotions and the endocrine system. And lentil sprouts are high in protein that the body can assimilate easily. Basically, every seed and bean can be sprouted. Sunflower seed sprouts are one of my favorites!
Sprouts and microgreens should be consumed raw, for maximum benefits. Try radish, broccoli, fenugreek, kale and sunflower sprouts or microgreens at lunchtime, to support energy throughout the day. Bean and lentil greens should be eaten at dinnertime because they relax the nervous system.
I’m excited to try growing my own sprouts and microgreens. Sprouting seeds can be purchased online or at health food stores and health conscious grocery stores. I have mason jars that can serve as incubators. I just need to make sprouting lids with cheesecloth or a craft screen. Watch for an upcoming blog post about how easy it is to grow sprouts and microgreens at home!
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