Benefits of Sprouts
Sprouts are great to eat and are an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamins B and C. You probably cannot find a less expensive way to get these vitamins than from low calorie sprouts. Green, leafy sprouts are a good source of Vitamin A. They contain enzymes that aid in digestion. In addition, sprouting destroys the seed's natural preservative enzymes, which inhibit digestion. Sprouts contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging. It wouldn't be inconceivable to find a fountain of youth here; after all, sprouts represent the miracle of life.
There have been numerous studies on Broccoli sprouts for their cancer preventing AND cancer fighting sulforaphane content. There is over 25 times the nutrition in a serving of broccoli sprouts than in full grown broccoli. They also have been found to aid in cognitive functions, combat depression and block fat absorption.
Studies on alfalfa have demonstrated benefits for pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers. Plant estrogens are also abundant in sprouts. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis. They are also helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS and fibrocystic breast tumors.
Alfalfa sprouts are one of our finest food sources of another compound, saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies prove their benefit in arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the unsprouted seed.
Wheat grass is high in chlorophyll and is a blood cleanser. It has been shown to improve many body functions and is a natural beauty treatment.
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