10 Things About Microgreens You May Not Have Known
For falling sick in this age of cut-throat competition, one does not always need a virus, bacteria or protozoa. Work-related tress, hectic work schedules, junk food, erratic meal times, binging, social obligations and intense traveling – all of these are enough to build up lifestyle diseases that leave our health systems fragile and drug-dependent.
High blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, back ache, low immunity, obesity, heart disease, hypertension – all of these are modern day ailments that many a time have their roots in our physical and mental health systems.
To counter this increasing incidence of lifestyle-related ailments and health problems, people are today trying out different routines, fitness regimes, food habits, work schedules, etc. for. Among dietary innovations, Microgreens have emerged as one of the most effective and fruitful sources of nutrition with great health benefits.
What are microgreens? They are basically embryonic seedlings of herbs and vegetables that are used for consumption before they grown to their full size. Microgreens retain a lot of nutrition and other naturally beneficial elements within them. Let’s look at the health benefits provided by these microgreens through some lesser known facts about them:
- One of the all-time favorite microgreens is broccoli. This fine flavored microgreen is not only delicious but also a vital source of vitamin C, and nutrients like sulforaphane, which is an anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic agent with anti-microbial effects.
- Similarly, pea shoots are yet another microgreen that are sweet and tender and can be munched raw right out of the plant. They are rich in enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins.
- One of the unusual microgreens, Red Amaranth is a great source of nutrients like thiamine, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, potassium, and niacin.
- As it is gluten-free, Red Amaranth is a great source of protein for people suffering from celiacs disease. It also helps in relieving hypertension and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
- Microgreens are rich in polyphenols; an antioxidant that helps in heart diseases and high cholesterol levels.
- Antioxidants found in microgreens also help fight against Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the impact to a significant extent.
- Consumption of microgreens reduces the stress that otherwise leads to less supply of sugar in cells and ultimately causes high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Similar to broccoli microgreen, several other microgreens are also rich in sulforaphane and polyphenols that reduce the risk of various types of cancer.
- Besides their health benefits, microgreens are comparatively easier to grow and maintain than their fully grown counterparts. With just a generous amount of sunlight, soil, and water, you can make your own microgreen garden in your home. The germination duration is also quite short as just in 14 days, the plants are ready to harvest.
- Unlike most of the other vegetables, microgreens can be grown throughout the year and without making any extra effort.
Also, weather is not much of an issue while cultivating microgreens as they can be grown in almost all kind of weathers as long as there is no extreme environment, even though they can withstand heat and cold to a significant extent.
Add freshly harvested microgreens to your daily diet. The effect will make you feel healthier, fitter and more energetic.