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Sprout Your Way to Good Health

I have always been a fan of sprouts (specifically Alfalfa Sprouts) ever since I was young boy. My mother would put Alfalfa Sprouts on my sandwiches instead of lettuce and it would always add nice crunch as well as change the overall flavor. Back then I had no idea that what I was eating was so healthy and if I did I might not have eaten it.


Sprouts are relatively cheap but they are even cheaper if you grow them yourselves. It is not only simple but it is fun to do as well and if you have children, they will love it. Each day they look a bit bigger and kids always get a kick out of watching them grow. (a link for instructions on growing sprouts at the bottom)

One pound of Alfalfa Seeds produces 10-14 pounds of sprouts. (I think I paid about $10 for a pound)

Hear are some of the heath benefits to eating sprouts:
1) An excellent source of nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids and trace elements. They contain 35% protein.

2) Sprouts like alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover and soybean contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that can protect us against disease.

3) C
anavanine, an amino acid analog in alfalfa, has demonstrated benefit for pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers.

4)
They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis.

5) They are helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS and fibrocystic breasts tumours.

6)
Sprouts contain Saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon.

7)
Contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging.

8)
Spouts contain oxygen and oxygen is important for healthy cells, to allow cells to live and breathe. (do not cook the Sprouts or you will destroy the oxygen and other good nutrients)

9) Sprouts are alkaline and have an alkalising affect in the body. which is key to a healthy immune system.

10) Sprouts provide us with whole foods, full of living enzymes.

11) Sprouts are a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA). Fatty acids are essential to life, perform many vital body functions and play a major role in immune defenses

12) Sprouts are one of the highest food sources of fiber.

13) The chlorophyll content of sprouts and seedling microgreens, can perform the remarkable action of converting light energy into chemical energy, a process called photosynthesis. The green chlorophyll pigment of plants closely resembles hemoglobin, the pigment that gives human blood its color and oxygen-carrying capacity. The difference between the two pigments is that chlorophyll has a core of magnesium and hemoglobin a core of iron.

Chlorophyll-rich foods are our most powerful blood cleansers and blood builders. Sprouts grown to the chlorophyll-rich two-leaf stage have been shown to be effective in overcoming protein-deficiency anemia. Some women have found that including chlorophyll-rich foods in their daily diet has given relief from hot flushes of menopause, and also supported hormonal function.

14) Sprouts provide the best nutritional value for money. They are the most economical food we can eat, at just a few cents a serve.

15) Sprouts provide a good source of protein. Many people use sprouts as an alternative to meat protein.

How to grow Sprouts:

http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com/sprouts.html
or
http://naturalpapa.com/food/sprouting/how-to-grow-sprouts-at-home/

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