Many of you gardeners out there know the joy of watching those spring vegetables send up a bright green sprout.
This first sign of life is full of the promise of a large summer harvest, full of broccoli, beans, peas and maybe even a sunflower or two.
But are you aware of the amazing healing potential and nutritional value in the sprouts? Well keep reading …
Sprouts have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids, enzymes, phytoestrogens, antioxidants and trace minerals. Some sprouts also are a great source of chemo-protectants, which resist cell mutations. All this in a little sprout!
Alfalfa sprouts are one of the richest food sources of saponins. Saponins have been shown to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides while allowing the ‘good’ cholesterol, HDL, to remain high. This makes alfalfa a key nutritional component for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
Broccoli sprouts are a great way to increase the potent anti-cancer compound sulforophane into your daily diet. This sulfur dense food increases your liver’s detoxification of harmful estrogens as well as decreases their activity. 1 oz of broccoli sprouts have the same amount of this important cancer fighter as 1 ½ pounds mature broccoli!
Radish sprouts are chalked full of vitamins and minerals! These spicy sprouts have four times more vitamin A and 29 times more vitamin C than milk. Radish sprouts have 39 times more vitamin A than it’s mature counterpart. Also, radish sprouts have 10 times more calcium than potatoes!
Soybean sprouts are surprisingly high in protein, 5.4 grams per 100 grams of raw sprouts! These sprouts are also rich in essential fatty acids, fiber, folate, and potassium which make it a great heart healthy addition to your diet.
So go ahead … toss some sprouts on a salad or sandwich. Add sprouts to coleslaw or stir fry them up with other vegetables. They even blend nicely into a smoothie or fresh juice.
Don’t stop at the delicious sprouts discussed above … try sunflower, clover, mung bean, lentil and pea, as well.
For more information on diet rejuvenation and detox for spring, stop into Medical Age Management and set up a free 15-minute consult with Dr. O’Connell.
International Sprout Growers Association article: Good Sprouts News
Harmony Health Care Center article on sprouts
Article on Chemoprotective glucosinolates and isothiocyantes of broccoli sprouts; metabolism and exretion in humans.