Sprouts are tiny live plants grown from germinated seeds of legumes or grains. Because of their tremendous nutritional value, they are considered superfoods. Sprouts offer a variety of health and beauty benefits.
Seeds offer the highest nutritional value when they first burst forth as seedlings. At that time, they contain their greatest concentration of vitamin E, potassium, iron, antioxidants, phytochemicals, bioflavanoids, chemoprotectants and protein. Some of the other important nutrients in sprouts are folic acid, zinc, niacin, riboflavin, copper and magnesium.
Sprouts can be started from a variety of beans and seeds, including alfalfa, sunflower, gram, soybean, peas, wheat, mung, fenugreek, black beans, kidney beans, and others. Mung is one of the easiest beans to sprout, and the sprouts have a nutty, pleasant flavor. Fenugreek sprouts are spicy and a bit bitter. Sunflower seeds have a very fresh, light taste.
Sprouts are rich in vitamin C, known to promote healthy hair growth. Vitamin C destroys free radicals, which can weaken and thin hair, making it brittle. This vitamin is thought to play a role in preventing disorders like alopecia, hirsutism and even male pattern baldness. Brussels sprouts are particularly useful for hair health.
Sprouts also contain high levels of vitamin A, which stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. A deficiency in vitamin A often manifests in dry scalp, roots and strands, which can cause hair loss. Sprouts support good blood circulation and strengthen capillaries, resulting in thick, strong hair. A healthy blood supply is an excellent stimulant for hair growth.
The antioxidants in sprouts reduces premature graying of hair, and the vitamin K in sprouts builds protein in the scalp for healthy roots. The generous amounts of iron in sprouts supports the supply of oxygen to the scalp, roots and the hair itself. Low levels of iron are known to contribute to hair loss.
The zinc in sprouts supports the production of sebum in the scalp, which keeps the scalp and hair hydrated. The selenium in sprouts helps kill fungus on the scalp. The omega 3 fatty acids nourish the hair follicles, and combat brittle, dry hair and reverse hair loss. The biotin in sprouts supports hair growth.
One of the main causes of hair loss in women is hormonal imbalance. Sprouts facilitate hormonal balance, and supports vitality in the hair. Balanced hormones also keep skin glowing and beautiful.
In general, eating healthy is the gateway to glowing skin. The nutrients in sprouts help maintain supple, clear bright skin. The antioxidants in sprouts fight the free radicals that damage skin and lead to skin cancer.
The vitamin C in sprouts support the production of collagen, to keep the skin youthful and elastic. Collagen has been described as “protein-like cement,” to support and hold tissues and organs safely in position. The omega 3 fatty acids decrease inflammation, reducing the likelihood of acne, scaling and psoriasis. The silica in sprouts rebuilds and regenerates the skin’s connective tissues.
Sprouts detoxify the body, removing the toxins that enter the bloodstream causing a multitude of problems that impact health and beauty. The antioxidants in sprouts prevent the destruction of DNA, protecting us from degenerative diseases and the aging process.
For health and beauty, enjoy sprouts raw or cooked. There is one exception: If you are pregnant, stick to cooked sprouts to avoid any potential bacterial infection. Always make sure sprouts are clean, green and fresh.