Microgreens, which look like little sprouts, are types of vegetables that pack a big nutrient-filled punch. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the best part about microgreens is that they can be up to 40 times more potent in phytochemicals than their mature counterparts.
Check out below some of the best microgreens that we can add to our diet.
Watercress contains over 50 vital vitamins and minerals. Gram for gram, it contains more folate than bananas, more calcium than milk, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more Vitamin E than broccoli. It has high levels of nitrate which help lower blood pressure and enhance the body’s use of oxygen.
This little-green wonder also possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties.
Regular consumption of it has been associated with improving eye health, fighting certain types of cancer, lowering blood pressure, maintaining a strong immune system, and improving bone density and health.
Arugula microgreens are considered a superfood. It is packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, iron, and manganese. This all-round food also contains around 25 percent protein.
Due to its high levels of antioxidants, it can help reduce stomach acidity and protect against ulcers.
Broccoli microgreens (10-14 days old) contain the highest amounts of a chemical called sulforaphane as compared to almost any other food available.
Sulforaphane has been proven to help alleviate chronic inflammation, protect against certain types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and neurogenerative diseases, as well as brain stroke.
The microgreens of the red cabbage are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, and key vitamins. Its benefits to the body are both exciting and amazing. Its beneficial compounds known as S-Methylmethionine can help reduce inflammation and aid gastrointestinal wellness. It can protect our immune system, help manage diabetes, lower our risk of Alzheimer’s, prevent the growth of cancer cells, and help maintain a healthy weight.
These microgreens have a high concentration of lutein/zeaxanthin and violaxanthin, and beta-carotene which are fat-soluble antioxidants important for organ function and protecting cellular structures from damage. They contain 3 times more beta carotene than the mature leaves.