Sprouts truly are the best locally-grown food, yet not enough people eat or grow them. Sprouted grains, legumes and beans are believed to be very nutritious and healthy.
Sprouting may look like an easy process but it needs the right technique and precision to extract all the goodness.
When seeds are soaked in water for a certain period of time, they germinate, causing their outer layers to tear open and allowing a young shoot to blossom.
1. Have a huge number of required enzymes
Experts estimate that there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in sprouts than uncooked fruits and vegetables.
These can absorb more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat ensures that your body has the nutritional building blocks of life to ensure every process works more effectively.
(Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions.)
2. Rich source of proteins
The quality of the protein in the beans, nuts, seeds or grains improves when it is sprouted. Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving its nutritional value. The amino acid lysine, for example, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system increases significantly during the sprouting process.
3. Chemical-free food
The advantage of sprouts is that they can be grown locally which helps make them completely free of chemicals.
When you grow them yourself, you ensure that you are not getting unwanted pesticides, food additives and other harmful fat-bolstering chemicals that thwart your weight loss efforts.
4. Helps in digestion
Once the sprouts have sprouted, they can work wonders in aiding your digestion process.
Enzymes in sprouts help break down the food effectively and enhance the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Sprouts also have a lot of dietary fiber which regulates digestion.
Fiber rich sprouts binds to fats and toxins in our body to escort them out, it ensures that any fat our body breaks down is moved quickly out of the body before it can resorb through the walls of the intestines (which is the main place for nutrient absorption into the blood).
5. High vitamin content
The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting, specially vitamins A, B-complex, C and E.
6. Improves eyesight
Deficiency in Vitamin A is often associated with poor eyesight.
Due to the presence of vitamin A, sprouts also help in improving your vision and eyesight. They also have antioxidant agents to protect the cells of the eyes from free radicals. So load up on more sprouts to ensure seeing a bright world out there.
7. Builds your immune system
Sprouts contain high levels of Vitamin C which makes them a powerful stimulant for the production of white blood cells in the body which are known to fight off bacteria, diseases and infections.
Vitamin A has a number of antioxidant properties, which make them a great source of immune system strength.
8. Helps in weight loss
Sprouts are high in nutrients but have negligible calories which mean that you can consume sprouts without worrying about the weighing scale. As sprouts contain fibers,it makes you feel full for much longer so you won't even feel the need to eat too often.
9. May prevent premature aging
Sprouts are said to be super high in antioxidants which can help get rid of toxins from the body and can also prevent the onset of premature aging.
These are also known to prevent DNA destruction that is also a cause of aging.
10. Helps in healthy hair growth
Sprouts have a rich source of Vitamin A which is known to stimulate hair follicles and can boost hair growth. Vitamin A deficiency may lead to thinning of hair, dry scalp and excessive hair loss.
Vitamin A can also help add volume to your locks.
11. Excellent for skin
Sprouts contain antioxidants that are responsible for fighting cell damaging free radicals in the body and further protect the skin from getting damaged. The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation in the body further reducing the risk of developing acne and other skin problems.
Vitamin C present in sprouts promotes clear skin through the production of collagen.
It is also responsible for removing toxins from the body causing a lifeless and dull skin.