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One Of Our “Must Have” Foods…

Sprouts!

As a family, we used to grow our own sprouts from Certified Organic seeds in our home kitchen but since we’ve found Sprouts grown to order locally, we now eat the freshest sprouts every week with less fuss for us, giving us more time for our gardens and our business.

The health benefits of sprouts make up quite an impressive list and they include the ability to improve the digestive process, boost the metabolism, and increase enzymatic activity throughout the body.   When paired with a diet rich in Organic raw foods, they prevent anaemia, help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, prevent neural tube defects in infants, protect against cancer, boost skin health, improve vision, support the immune system, and increase usable energy reserves.  Did you know that they also increase the amount of breast milk in a nursing mother?

The label “Sprouts” refers to a number of different vegetable or plant beans in the period of time after they begin to grow. The most common sprouts that people regularly eat are Sunflower, Alfalfa and Mung Bean sprouts but here in the Clarence Valley, you can also buy Almond and lentil sprouts.

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The reason that so many people turn to sprouts as a source of food is that they represent a much more significant amount of vitamins and nutrients than they do in an un-sprouted form. Typically, a week after sprouting, the sprouts will have the highest concentration and bioavailability of nutrients.  All seeds contain a packed storehouse of all the important nutrients that a plant will need to grow in its initial days and it has been found that these important organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals can also be used by our body.

All of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of sprouts are derived from their impressive vitamin, mineral, and organic compounds content.  Sprouts contain a significant amount of protein and dietary fiber, as well as Vit K, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and riboflavin.  In terms of minerals, sprouts contain manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium.  Many of these component nutrients increase dramatically as the sprout continues to develop.  Along with all of those components, sprouts are also a rich source of enzymes that are essential for health.  The high number of enzymes that they contain helps boost the various metabolic processes and chemical reactions within the body, specifically when it comes to digestion.  Enzymes are an important part of the digestive process, and they help to break down food effectively and increase the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Furthermore, the dietary fiber found in sprouts makes it a very important boost for digestive functions.  We all know that efficient and effective digestive function is a foundation of true health.

Sprouts also contain a significant amount of protein, which is the essential part of food that allows our body to perform all of its chemical functions. Protein is necessary for almost all bodily processes, particularly the creation and maintenance of cells, organ repair, skin regeneration, bone growth, muscle development, and a number of other very important aspects of health.  This means that sprouts are an easy and delicious way to improve the overall functioning and development of your body.

The important thing to remember is that much of the nutritive value of sprouts is lost when they are heated. In other words, although they are a very important source of nutrients, they should always be added to a meal in their raw form to guarantee that they have the most impact.

 

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