SPROUTS FOR HEART
A sprout is a seed that has germinated and grown for generally 4-7 days. It is grown with water only, as the seed contains all the nutrients it needs to grow the infant plant to that age. After that, it needs to absorb nutrients from its environment. They are generally eaten raw, root and shoot. If exposed to light they will green up. Almost any grain or legume can be sprouted, and become much more nutritious when sprouted, plus more digestible.
Sprouting seeds and beans ‘pre-digests’ their nutrients making them easier for the body to absorb. They are superfoods with a high protein, enzyme, vitamin and mineral content. Sprouted beans produce much less intestinal wind than whole beans, and when potentially allergenic reaction. Sprouts nourishes the body. Sprouts are also an excellent source of fibre, manganese, riboflavin, and copper, along with smaller but significant amounts of protein, thiamin, niacin, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Mung beans are probably the most commonly sprouted beans. Sprouted mung beans contain powerful phytochemicals including coumestrol, which studies have shown to be antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory. These sprouts may also protect against cancer & moderate the negative effects of the hormone estrogen.
Eating sprouted foods not only boosts the antioxidant vitamin C content, but also increases the chlorophyll content (a good thing), which creates a hostile environment for harmful bacteria and detoxifies your body while boosting your oxygen and immune system levels.
Sprouts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and although these are technically a form of cholesterol, they are considered “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and can actually reduce the amount of harmful cholesterol in your blood vessels and arteries. The omega-3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory in nature, so they reduce the stress on your cardiovascular system as well. The potassium content of sprouts also helps to reduce blood pressure, since potassium is a vasodilator, and can release the tension in arteries and blood vessels. This increases circulation and oxygenation while reducing clotting and lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
They contain an unusually high number of enzymes. Enzymes are an important part of the digestive process, and they help break down food effectively and increase the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Sprouts are one of those foods that are very high in nutrients but very low in calories. This means that you can eat them without worrying about compromising your diet.