Apr 19, 2009

Sprouts

Hi everybody,  This newsletter will talk about sprouts and their health effects.

We all know that consumption of fruits and vegetables in big quantities is very beneficent  for prevention and treatment of multiple conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, ADD, and can give us a lot of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, but to fulfill recommended intake of nine to thirteen fruits and veggies a day it is not realistic task, that  why we taking good quality supplements, very important that this supplements were made from whole food,  if not , we are taking isolated nutrients, which can deliver some vitamins and other goodies but  will not give us whole food healing properties, they do not contain enzymes and natural  ratio will be changed.

Plant sprouts were known in many cultures as sours of high quality potent antioxidants and according to  research, their use may be warranted.

Studies show that plant sprouts contain a far superior amount of vitamins, proteins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals , far superior then mature vegetables.

For example, 20 grams of broccoli sprouts contain the same amount of nutrients as 1 kilogram of broccoli. The high concentration of nutrients in sprouts may make them very handy tool in the flight against chronic disease.

Broccoli sprouts

 Broccoli sprouts widely used in many parts of the world, they contain a lot of isothiocyanates, which are a class of preventive agents, have been found to significantly inhibit bladder cancer development and prevention. In some studies it was shown that broccoli isothiocyanates were effective in prevention and treatment of breast and skin cancers.

Buckwheat sprouts

Buckwheat sprouts are concentrated source of phenolics, quercitin, rutin, malic, oxalic, ascorbic, citric , tartaric acids- all have been shown antioxidant capacities, also ability to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in animal studies.

Wheat sprouts

Wheat sprouts are a high quality source of phosphates and several enzymes and were shown as a highly potent antioxidants that may inhibit development of colon cancer.

Consumption of wheat powder has prevented or delayed the onset of senile cataracts in animal studies.

Consuming sprouts

Sprouts can be added to salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and vegetables dips. Some of them are  available in supermarkets, they also can be grown at home or in the garden.

For more information go to www.sproutpeople.com or www.isga-sprouts.org and just remember, that it is difficult to clean them, so take extra care when using them to prevent the spread of bacteria.

I wish everybody Happy Passover and Easter, it is summer in front of us and I want all our plans and dreams come true.

And it is a time to seed the lettuce, lettuce is not afraid of cold nights.

Dr. Natalie


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