Microgreens contain up to 40 times the nutrients of their mature counterparts, according to a study done at the University of Maryland. This is because they have all of the nutrients and vitamins that the full plant has just compacted into a smaller package. Microgreens can help boost your vitamin and mineral intake quickly and easily.
This means that including just a few servings of microgreens into your diet alongside balanced nutrition can ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need to maintain optimal health.
Polyphenols are natural chemicals found in foods and also contain powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help prevent the buildup of harmful free radicals, which are highly reactive compounds that form in the body and can cause damage to cells as well as chronic disease.
Research suggests polyphenols have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Most vegetables are high in health-promoting polyphenols. Some studies have also found that the microgreen versions of these vegetables are similarly high in polyphenols and have a more broad array of polyphenols than their adult vegetable version.
Improve Your Overall Health
Statistics show that heart disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for an estimated one in six deaths in the United States. Making dietary modifications is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent coronary heart disease and maintain heart health.
Studies show that eating more vegetables is associated with reduced heart disease risk factors and a lower risk of heart disease. Some studies have also found that including microgreens in your diet could help decrease certain heart disease risk factors.
One animal study fed rats a high-fat diet supplemented with red cabbage microgreens. The microgreens reduced weight gain by 17 percent, slashed bad LDL cholesterol by 34 percent and cut triglycerides by 23 percent.
Coupled with a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity, incorporating a serving or two of microgreens into your day could help keep your heart strong and healthy.
Fast and Convenient!
Microgreens are so easy to grow on your own, with little needed to start! The turn around time from seed to your plate, is 5-14 days depending on which microgreen is grown! Grow your own with a starter kit from us, just add water and sunlight!
Sources: Microgreens article and studies.