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Sprouts (or microgreens) are a unique superfood that for some reason has relatively little popularity. Germinated seed is the phase of maximum biological activity of the plant. Enzymes contained in seedlings break down the storage proteins, fats and carbohydrates of these seeds, making it easier for us to assimilate them, and continue to work in the human body, saving its internal strength. The total content of antioxidants and vitamins increases many times during germination, they are built into the organic system of the living tissue of the plant and work interconnected, supporting and strengthening each other's action.
Broccoli sprouts are one of the most popular among healthy lifestyle adherents. They are very different from the inflorescences we are accustomed to in both taste and appearance, however, they are many times more useful. If we talk about the active substances contained in sprouted broccoli seeds, it is easier to list those that are not there, because the vitamin composition is really impressive.
What is the benefit?
Microgreens are a real storehouse of vitamins A, C, E, K and PP and several vitamins of group B. The high content of vitamins C and E endows seedlings with powerful antioxidant properties. They protect the body's cells from free radical damage, which helps slow down the aging process and strengthen immunity. The active ingredients in the greens have a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin, increasing its elasticity and protecting it from dryness.
Cruciferous plants are used in detoxification programs, and it is broccoli sprouts that contain especially large amounts of sulfur compounds important for detoxification. In addition, they are rich in vitamin K, which is responsible for the health of bones and blood vessels by preventing calcification and destruction.
Potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are also found in sufficient quantities in the sprouts, improve cognitive function, strengthen the heart muscle and normalize blood pressure. Lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene improve eye health, and kaempferol fights inflammation and prevents allergic reactions
How to eat?
Unlike full-fledged broccoli inflorescences, which many do not like because of their specific taste, forgiven seeds practically do not have it. They taste more like lettuce, without a pronounced taste and aroma. Therefore, microgreens are a great ingredient in any vegetable salad, cream soup, or smoothie. The main thing is to add a little vegetable oil or a couple of nuts to the dish - the fat-soluble vitamins that sprouts are rich in cannot be assimilated otherwise.