SUPER FOOD & SUPER MEDICINE: TINY MICROGREENS ARE MIGHTY RICH IN NUTRIENTS
icrogreens are an exotic genre of edible greens of some 25 herbs and vegetables, harvested in 7-10 days when 2 to 4 inches tall depending upon the species. Researches by scientists of global universities, US Deptt of Agriculture and nutrition experts have concluded that Microgreens contain 10 to 20 times more nutrient contents than their mature plants.
For example Broccoli Microgreens have 20 times more nutrients than mature broccoli which means a 50 gram of it substitute equivalent to one kilgram of mature broccoli in terms of nutrient value. A combination of some popular mMicrogreens like Arugula (TARA MIRA), Mustard, Sunflower, Peas, Broccoli, Kale, Radish, Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage), Wheat Grass, Fenugreek contains all the nutrients and anti- oxidants required for the body and substitute the consumption of synthetic supplements. Micro greens should be consumed raw as cooking heat destroys the most part of nutrients.
Its been established by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF is a global organisation of research in Nutrition Cancer) that consumption of synthetic supplements should not be done without the specific advise of doctors due to their serious adverse effects on health. Research have shown that overdose of vitamins, and antioxidants through supplements can increase the risk of cancer of lungs, colon and prostrate.
Over dose Supplements increase risk of lung, prostrate and colorectal cancer. Safe and best option is plant based foods and microgreens are concentrated natural source of plant based food, hence called SUPER FOOD AND SUPER MEDICINE. It is observed that polyphenols, sulforaphanes, and other bio compounds in micro greens CAN EVEN REVERSE THE MALIGNANCY OF CELLS THEREBY PREVENTING CANCER.
EXPERTS ON MICROGREENS
Prescription for Nutritional healing By James f. Balch, Healing with vitamins By Editors of Prevention Magazine Health Books, Colgan the new nutrition – Medicine for the Millennium and Journal of agriculture and Food chemistry – ACS publications USA
MICROGREENS COULD BE GROWN FROM SEEDS OF: Arugula, Broccoli, Kale, Mustard, Sunflower, Cabbage, Radish, Peas, Wheat grass
WHAT’S READILY AVAILABLE FROM CONSUMPTION OF 100 GRAMS OF MICROGREENS:
Vitamin A (Betacarotene/Retinol, Vitamin B1(Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin/Nicotinic acid), vitamin B5(Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin), Vitamin B7 BIOTIN, Vitamin B9 folic acid, vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), Vitamin B8 (inositol)
REGULAR FOOD MAY NOT GIVE ALL KEY NUTRIENTS
For good health body requires complete food which includes proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and bio compounds in our daily diet. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are available in most foods consumed on daily basis and they also substitute each other for energy source .Where as these foods may not supplement all vitamins , minerals , amino acids and antioxidants for which organic fresh , green , raw vegetables , fruits , green leafy salads, Microgreens are said to be vital source in addition to other foods.
OTHER NUTRIENTS IMPORTANT FOR BODY:
PROTEINS, FATS and CARBOHYDRATES are body’s main source of energy, while proteins also build and repair tissues and fats also help body absorb and retain certain vitamins. VITAMINS (A, B, B2, B3, B5, B6, B, B9, B12, C, D, E, K) are required to maintain good health, ward off disease, and virtually every bodily function. Water soluble Vitamins like C and B vitamins are stored in the body for a brief period and eliminated through kidneys in the form of urine, must be consumed on daily basis .Though FAT soluble vitamins A, D, E, K stored in the liver stay longer, yet need to be replenished through food consumed regularly.
MINERALS (Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium , Zinc ) are vital for several metabolic functions and are components of enzymes that act as catalysts in chemical reactions that occur in the body and regulate the normal function of muscles, tissues and organs.
AMINO ACIDS assist in building and maintaining all bodily tissues like skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, bones, blood, hormones and enzymes and regulate growth, digestion and immune system. Essential amino acids are not produced in the body and are extracted from foods consumed. Non essential Amino Acids are produced by essential amino acids or normal breakdown of proteins.
ANTIOXIDANTS are substances that can prevent or slow damage to body cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environment and other pressures .Free radicals are linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, respiratory diseases, parkinson and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions. Antioxidants are said to neutralise free radicals and this is thought to boost overall health.