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Sprouting: A cheap way to improve body and brain health

Sprouts are easy-to-grow vegetables that are tasty and cheap. However many people are not aware of what these microgreens can offer to one’s health. Growing sprouts is cost-efficient because large bags of seeds can be bought for a low price yet they contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifying, and other beneficial properties once sprouted.

Moreover, sprouted food from beans, legumes, and grains contain a significant amount of protein and other salient vitamins and nutrients which are more beneficial compared to mature food forms.

Here are some sprouts you can grow at home and the benefits they offer:

Broccoli

Broccoli contains neuroprotective quality which preserves the strength and function of neurons; its sulforaphane content is also useful as it stimulates the brain that may minimize injury to the nerve cells.

Mung Beans

Isoflavones compound in mung beans (aka monggo) is an antioxidant that can help lessen cholesterol. Aside from this, it also contains detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are rich in various nutrients and vitamins that help most of the systems in a human body. Its sprout contains a high amount of calcium that helps in improving muscle and bone systems. While its magnesium content assists in maintaining vessel and brain health. Its omega-3 fatty acid content lessens the risk of stroke and heart attack. Aside from these, chia seeds are also rich in fiber that provides good bowel movement and helps promote stable blood sugar levels.

Red clover

Red clover contains phytoestrogens which are plant-based compounds responsible for imitating natural estrogen in the body. These phytoestrogens fight against symptoms and conditions related to estrogen deficiency which usually happens with women who are in their perimenopausal or menopausal stages.

Lentil

Lentil is a type of legume that is rich in thiamine. The thiamine is an important component in the process of breaking down food into products that are needed by the body. Amino acids in lentils such as cysteine and methionine are important plant-based sources of protein.

Radish

Radish is rich in antioxidant compounds that support immunity and reduce inflammation. The hint of spiciness flavor in radish plays an important role in losing weight as it gives a sense of fullness and contributes vitamins for metabolism.

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    1. Hi. I’m interested to learn about organic farming, especially how I can do it while living in the city. Our family have a small vacant lot that I’m thinking to convert into an organic farm. I hope you can help me to have access on helpful resources and lessons so I can see this plan come true.

      1. Hello! Our magazine and website has a lot of articles on starting your own urban garden. You can also contact your local DA or ATI for information. Good luck!

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