Nutrition has always been a key issue for health and wellness. When faced with the immediate deterioration of nutritional content once produce is harvested, it is not hard to imagine how compromised the nutritional content of “fresh” produce that must be stored and consumed in the inner cities and food deserts of our urban society. Without access to freshly harvested produce, the only certainty is an accelerated downward trajectory of nutritional content.
"A 2010 study published in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science reported that young lettuce seedlings, harvested 7 days after germination, had the highest antioxidant capacity as well as the highest concentrations of health-promoting phenolic compounds, compared with their more mature counterparts.
A few years later, a team of scientists from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed the nutrient composition of 25 commercially available microgreen varieties. They discovered that in general microgreen cotyledon leaves had considerably higher nutritional densities than their mature counterparts (cotyledon leaves refer to the first leaves of a seedling). This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."
Micro Greens/Herbs have the potential to deliver all the nutritional goodness of fresh produce in a concentrated "package" right in your home. From the research it has been shown that these micro plants can deliver anywhere from 4-40 times the punch of their fully grown produce. Or put another way a small amount added to your food can introduce the same vitamins and antioxidants as full servings of the same crops. Thus by consuming a varied intake of essential nutrients, these little powerhouses can supplement and add to your daily nutritional intake without resorting to pills and extracts. Let your food by thy medicine!!!
By simply adding Micro Greens/Herbs to your daily intake, natural and fresh vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can be consumed and thus added to diets that are normally lacking. Because the units grow out a live crop, the time from harvest to plate is now measured in minutes rather than weeks or months. Peak nutrition delivered and grown right on your countertop.
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