Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Feast On Sprouts: An Inexpensive Powerful Superfood!

Sprouts have a long history.  Sprouts are a highly medicinal and nutritious source of food.  Ancient Chinese physicians recognized and prescribed sprouts for curing many disorders over 5,000 years ago.

Two of the easiest and most efficient ways to optimize your vegetable intake is to juice your vegetables and add sprouted seeds to your meal plan.

I eat sprouts daily! Here are some that I sprouted myself (mung bean, lentil and chickpea)

Sprouts are a "superfood" that many overlook.  Sprouts are easy to grow, and grow all year round regardless of the weather.  Seeds can be sprouted in a jar with water, or for greater nutritional content, in a seed tray with a little organic soil.  I like to soak my lentils, mung beans and chickpeas in water for twelve hours, in a glass jar, with net covering to breathe.  I then rinse it once per day, leaving it out for three to five days.  It takes five days to reach two leaf stage.  A final rinse in water and a little apple cider vinegar can protect against bacteria growth.

When these superfoods  are grown to the chlorophyll rich two leaf stage, it has been shown they have been effective in overcoming protein-deficiency anaemia.

The Power of Sprouts:

  • They contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables, allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat
  • The quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves when sprouted
  • The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Depending on the sprout, the nutrient content can increase as much as 30 times the original value within a few days of sprouting. 
  • Sunflower seed and pea sprouts top the list of all the seeds that you can sprout, they are 30 times more nutritious than organic vegetables you can even harvest in your backyard garden
  • During sprouting, minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, bind to protein, making them more bioavailable
  • Sprouting denatures protein into the amino acid building blocks so that we can digest them in half the time of cooked foods.

You can sprout a variety of different beans, nuts, seeds and grains.  Sprouts in general have the following beneficial attributes:
  • Support for cell regeneration
  • Powerful sources of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that protect against free radical damage
  • Alkalinizing effect on your body, which is thought to protect against disease, including cancer (as many tumors are acidic)
  • Abundantly rich in oxygen, which can also help protect against abnormal cell growth, viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment

The supply of vitamins (B complex and C) existing in seeds can be increased by the sprouting biochemistry over several days by 100% to 2000%.  This biochemistry modifies the array of minerals in sprouts so that they are in a chelated form which is more easily assimilated in the body.

"Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules needing an electron to stabilise their entropy (chaotic state). By stealing electrons from healthy cells the causal effects of this are the breakdown of vital biological structures and the alteration of DNA and RNA (a process called per oxidation).  Once this has occurred, the affected cell will only reproduce the altered version. These superfoods are a powerful source of antioxidants (minerals, vitamins and enzymes) which assist in protecting against this damage.  A healthy body is alkaline (i.e not acidic).  Bio-genic foods have an alkalising effect on the body." ~

Raw foods contain oxygen and regular consumption of raw bio-genic foods with their abundant oxygen is valuable to health.

Plant estrogens are abundant in sprouts. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis. They are also helpful in controlling hot flushes, menopausal and PMS symptoms, and fibrocystic breast tumors.

Sprouts are the ultimate locally-grown food, and can easily be grown in your own kitchen, so you know exactly what you're eating.  Sprouts are very inexpensive, so there is no excuse to avoid them. You can find the seeds at health stores.  I buy my organic seeds at Shongweni Farmers Market.

Get Sprouting for super health and energy now!

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