Sprouting is SO easy and has such great nutritional value that I’m left a bit dumbstruck as to how I only became aware of it recently. Since then, I sprout regularly, ensuring that a constant supply of a variety of organic sprouts is always ready and waiting in my kitchen. I add these wonderfully nutritious health powerhouses to salads, soups, veggie dishes, smoothies… actually I add them to just about everything I eat (except maybe oats :-))
They are also included in the five-a-day Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) food packs prepared for my clients.
Sprouting means growing something, which means you are enhancing the nutritive value of the food. Sprouting enhances the antioxidants, phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals in food. It seriously increases the nutritional value of food and enhances digestion.
Sprouts have 10 to 100 times glucoraphanin, the powerful nutrient that becomes the much needed and beneficial sulforaphane.
Glucoraphanin/sulforaphane protects the body from cancer-causing agents. Further, sprouting provides anti-oxidants and increases the activity of chlorophyll which helps in detoxifying your body by boosting oxygen levels.
Sprouting increases the level of minerals and vitamins including Vitamin D that are made available to the body. In the book, Diet & Nutrition – A Holistic Approach, author Rudolph Ballentine explains that most of the gas-producing starches can be eliminated by sprouting. Sprouting also increases the protein content of legumes. During the process of sprouting, some of the stored starch in the legume is used to manufacture Vitamin C.
While the number of nutrients may not change, the quality of the nutrients can definitely improve in case of sprouting lentils and legumes.
Here are some health benefits that will convince you to grow and consume organic sprouts daily:
Sprouts contain an unusually high content of beneficial enzymes. These enzymes help to boost your metabolic processes and improve chemical reactions within the body, specifically when it comes to digestion. Enzymes help break down food effectively and enhance the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract.
Sprouts also have a lot of dietary fibre which regulates digestion. Fibre feeds our healthy gut bacteria, increasing the production of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) that are powerful anti-inflammatories. Fibre also bulks up the stool, making it easier to pass through the digestive tract.
Sprouts help in boosting your blood circulation by maintaining your red blood cell count with significant amounts of iron and copper. This further helps in supplying oxygen to various organs and cells to optimise their performance. Organic sprouts also repair capillaries.
Sprouts are one of the best foods to help with weight loss. They are high in nutrients but have negligible calories which means that you can consume sprouts knowing that you are gaining significant micronutrients without having to worry about the scale. Furthermore, sprouts contain a high amount of fibre that makes you feel full for a longer period of time. Sprouts also inhibit the release of ghrelin, a hunger hormone that stimulates us to eat more.
Sprouts have a high vitamin C content that makes them a powerful stimulant for the white blood cells in the body to fight off infections and diseases, thus building your immune system. Sprouts also have abundant Vitamin A which has a number of antioxidant properties that make a great source of immune system strength.
Vitamin A has been associated with the improvement in vision health. Due to the presence of Vitamin A, sprouts also help to improve vision and eyesight. They also have antioxidant agents to protect the cells of the eyes from damaging free radicals.
Sprouts have omega 3 fatty acids which help in boosting good cholesterol (HDL) levels and reduce the amount of harmful cholesterol in your blood vessels and arteries. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the excessive stress on your cardiovascular system. The presence of potassium in sprouts also helps to reduce blood pressure, further reducing the risk of any cardiovascular problem.
Sprouts are alkalising to the body. They help regulate and maintain the pH levels of your body by reducing the level of acidity. It is known that many illnesses including cancer are associated with excess acidity in the body.
Sprouts have been proven to have an abundance of highly active antioxidants that help prevent premature ageing. Sprouts are known to prevent the DNA destruction that is also a cause of ageing. The antioxidants present in the sprouts help combat cell-damaging free radicals that can cause premature ageing.
Sprouts contain antioxidants that are responsible for fighting cell-damaging free radicals in the body and further protect the skin from getting damaged. Vitamin C present in sprouts promotes a clear skin through the production of collagen.
Vitamin C also provides elasticity to the skin making you look more youthful. The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation in the body further reducing the risk of developing acne and other skin problems.
Organic sprouts contain silica, which is a nutrient that regenerates the skin’s connective tissues. It is also responsible for removing toxins from the body which cause lifeless and dull skin.
BIO: Chantal is a B.Sc.Hons Allied Health with an international diploma in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. Chantal is a passionate Gut Health advocate & holistic Lifestyle Coach, specialising in the improvement and management of the chronic diseases of lifestyle, the illnesses and diseases associated with dietary excess and their relationship to leaky gut and dysbiosis (imbalance) of the gut microbiome. These conditions include IBS, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight, obesity, acne, eczema, depression, anxiety, auto-immune, hormone imbalance, cognitive decline etc.
Over her 25 year career, Chantal has held various positions within the health and wellness industry – including 10 years as the Executive Head of Vodacom’s corporate wellness & mobile health programs. Chantal is the owner/ founder of the DripBar which offers vitamin and mineral drip therapy in improving micronutrient deficiencies. She is also the founder/owner of a Kombucha brewery which produces the brand of organic green tea ‘booch’ called theFarmacy.
Chantal is a competitive cyclist, a plant strong vegan and mom to two grown up girls.
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