Sprouts are germinated seeds of legumes or grains. They are considered a wonder-food because of their high nutritional value. Sprouts ensure blood purification and strengthen the immune system to protect against several diseases. In Naturopathy, sprouts are referred to as a medicine.
Benefits of including sprouts in our daily diet
1. Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables. Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions. Extracting more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat ensures that your body has the nutritional building blocks of life to ensure every process works more effectively. Sprouts improve blood circulation and strengthens and repairs capillaries to get strong and thick hair. It helps to generate new blood vessels and increases circulation to the scalp and follicles. A healthy blood supply is a good stimulant for hair growth. It also helps to heal the wound at a faster pace and replace damaged tissue. It lightens skin discoloration like freckles and age spots to get a clear and flawless skin.
2. The quality of the protein in the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains improves when it is sprouted. Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving its nutritional value. The amino acid lysine, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system increases significantly during the sprouting process.
3. The fiber content of the beans, nuts, seeds, or grains increases substantially. Fiber is critical to weight loss. It not only binds to fats and toxins in our body to escort them out, it ensures that any fat our body breaks down is moved quickly out of the body before it can resorb through the walls of the intestines.
4. Vitamin content increases dramatically. This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans, or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting. The high amounts of vitamin A in sprouts stimulate hair follicles and encourage the scalp to produce more hair. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry scalp, roots and strands, leading to hair loss. Sprouts contain Vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin which builds protein in the scalp to maintain strong roots and strands. The presence Sprouts contain a decent amount of vitamin C, which is proven to promote healthy hair growth. It destroys the free radicals in the body which makes the hair weak, brittle and thin. It also prevents a variety of hair disorders like alopecia, hirsutism and even male pattern.
5. Essential fatty acid content increases during the sprouting process. Most of us are deficient in these fat-burning essential fats because they are not common in our diet. Eating more sprouts is an excellent way to get more of these important nutrients.
6. During sprouting, minerals bind to protein in the seed, grain, nut, or bean, making them more useable in the body. This is true of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and others than help us to balance our body chemistry for weight loss and better health.
9. Sprouts are alkalizing to your body. Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body. Free radicals are caused by the constant exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution. The antioxidants in sprouts kill the free radicals to protect the skin from sun damage and skin cancer.
10. Sprouts contain abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging. Now that’s something that all girls should take a note off.
Sprouts are inexpensive. People frequently use the cost of healthy foods as an excuse for not eating healthy. But, with sprouts being so cheap, there really is no excuse for not eating healthier.