Updated: Jun 29
Who would have thought that a 1/4 cup of most microgreens can contain from 4 to 40X the nutrition of their full grown counterparts?
On top of the nutritional value they provide, microgreens are packed with antioxidants to help prevent and fend off disease.
Lets go over some of the compounds found in Microgreens below and which ones might be beneficial to you!
Sulforaphane - is a potent cancer-fighting and antibacterial compound found in cruciferous vegetables and sprouts. More specifically, sulforaphane is part of a group of plant-based disease-fighting phytochemicals called isothiocyanates. In the body, sulforaphane stimulates the production of important enzymes that neutralize free radicals. Since inflammation and free radicals get the blame for many types of cancer, this is a big deal. Isothiocyanates also seem to block certain cancer-activating enzymes in the body, creating a double protection.
Broccoli Microgreens contain upwards of 73 milligrams of sulforaphane glucosinolate. Per 100-gram serving.
Polyphenols - a class of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Animal studies show that microgreens may lower triglyceride and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Antioxidant-rich foods, including those containing high amounts of polyphenols, may be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Beta-carotene - like all carotenoids, is an antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules; it protects the body from free radicals.
Free radicals damage cells through oxidation. Eventually, the damage caused by free radicals can cause several chronic illnesses.
Several studies have shown that antioxidants through diet help people’s immune systems, protect against free radicals, and lower the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
These are just a few examples of how microgreens are beneficial! We at Leaf Sweets are committed to growing our Organic Microgreens right here at home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Studies and research have shown that no matter what, getting your greens as part of a balanced diet is crucial to a healthy diet. So if you are someone looking to add a little green to your table or menu, reach out to us, we would be more than happy to educate you on which Microgreens might suit you and your family best!