Only within the last 20 years have scientists been able to unlock the interplay of specific phytonutrients found during the early growth period of plants.. We now have a basic understanding of how they ineract with our bodies, combatting inflammation with antioxidants, and protecting DNA from damage.
Back in 1967, a team of scientists from Yale University showed that young pea seedlings contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E). The Yale study also found that seedlings started to produce large amounts of vitamin K when exposed to light and during photosynthesis.
More than 15 years ago, Dr. Paul Talalay, a Johns Hopkins scientist, discovered that three day old broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times more cancer-fighting compounds than corresponding amounts of mature broccoli. He built a business based on his findings, putting broccoli sprouts on the shelves of large grocery stores across the US. His research also showed cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts, are a rich source of enzymes that have proven health benefits throughout life.
Dr Talalay observed that the seeds of these vegetables contain high concentrations of vital nutrients. Couple that with the earlier findings by the Yale researchers and the picture finally starts to become clearer why microgreens have more nutrients than sprouts. The act of “greening” the cotyledon leaves creates the first instance of photosynthesis and starts the production of chlorophyll (the green element of leaves).
A 2010 study published in the Journal of 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 conterparts.
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. This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Our new Microgreen Wellness Kits will feature various crops that are mentioned above and others shown to have an impact on wellness. To reap the greatest health benefits of microgreens, they should be eaten immediately after harvest. Microgreens, like most other superfoods should consumed fresh, as they lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest.
With the addition of our Full Spectrum trace minerals, we offer you a unique and potent combination of fresh, live food that can help you on your personal journey to wellness.
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