Raw sprouts, also known as shoots, contain amazing nutritional value. The dry seeds contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, and I’m sure many nutrients yet to be discovered. It’s said that soaking and growing fresh shoots boosts the nutritional qualities by 300 to 1200 percent, and they contain great easily digested protein content as well. They’re easy to grow at home and can provide a great source of fresh live foods even for those who don’t have space for a vegetable garden.
Sprouts have a high content of available enzymes which makes them easily digestible, except perhaps for some of the legumes can be difficult to digest without steaming. Some people do not eat young alfalfa shoots because they think they contain carayanine a substance suspected of causing ill effects by those that consume it. Green buckwheat sprouts, not the sprouted seeds, contain a substance called fagopyrin which is said to affect some people in a negative way. It can increase sun sensitivity and make people feel out of sorts. This is no reason not to enjoy the sprouts that agree with you as so many people around the world do.
They have 10 to 30 times the nutrients than the vegetables they grow into which is why they are considered a true natural super food. The amazing thing is that sunflower sprouts and wheatgrass juice are said to have 30 times the nutrient value and life force of any other sprout. Now we’re at a whole other level of super foods. The Hippocrates Health Program is based largely on consuming fresh shoots and wheatgrass juice.
According to Dr. Brian Clement, “Wheatgrass juice is almost pure chlorophyll, and chlorophyll functions similarly to red blood cells, thus helping to clean out our arteries. The nutrients and oxygen that chlorophyll naturally contains help flush out toxins from the human body while stimulating bone marrow to produce new cells. The foods with the highest chlorophyll content also have the highest amount of phytochemicals which aid in protecting us against disease. Of all these foods, wheatgrass has the highest content of both chlorophyll and phytochemicals.
Adzuki – rich in protein, vitamin C vitamin B1, iron, niacin, magnesium, zinc, calcium,
Alfalfa – heart health, lower cholesterol, highly nutritious, blood builder, all 8 essential amino acids, complete protein, beta carotene, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, K calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, trace minerals
Barley grass - a super food, It is believed that the cultivation of barley’s young leaves first took place as early as 7000 BC. Barley grass is said to be the only vegetable on Earth which can supply all the nutrients which the human body needs from birth to old age. Alkaline, repairs DNA, high amounts of enzymes, including the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD), high amounts of antioxidants, essential and non-essential amino acids, high amounts of carotenoids, including beta carotene, B complex, high vitamin C, high calcium, and iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, chlorophyll
Broccoli – high in phytonutrients, anti cancer, vitamin C, folate, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron , manganese, potassium, calcium, selenium, sodium, zinc , sulfur
Buckwheat (unhulled) – blood builder, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, demulcent, diuretic, nutritive, tonic beta carotene, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, K, P, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA, boron, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon
Cabbage – anti-cancer, rich in minerals and vitamins beta carotene, vitamin C
Chick Pea (aka garbanzo bean) – folate, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin K, , copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, omega 6
Fenugreek – good for digestive system and pancreas, help balance blood sugar, rich in iron, beta carotene & protein
Green pea – high beta carotene content, antioxidants, protect eyes, rich in protein, minerals, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C
Kale - anti-cancer, digestive aid, rich in calcium and sulfur
Lentil – complete protein, minerals, B vitamins
Mung beans – complete protein, easily digestible, vitamin C, beta carotene, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, zinc, minerals
Onion – anti-cancer, immune builder, cleanses digestive tract and digestive organs
Radish – vitamin C, potassium
Sunflower - super food, rich in minerals, fats, complete protein, immune builder, vitamins D, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
Wheat –vitamin, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, minerals, complete protein
Wheatgrass – a super food, extremely high levels of chlorophyll & phytonutrients, cleanser, purifier, detoxifier, anti bacterial, blood builder, liver cleanser, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, entire B complex including laetrile (B17),calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, contains 92 of 102 trace minerals recognized as available in plants.
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