We all know what microgreens are and how well they can be grown, harvested and stored. In this article, we will focus on the health benefits of microgreens.
We all know that microgreens are micro herb or aromatic greens that are now gaining popularity due to their nutritive value. One should not go by their size. Though they contribute less by volume, they improve the nutrition quotient of your diet. In fact, to your
surprise, they are more wholesome and healthy than adult vegetables.
Which Ones to Grow?
You can grow microgreens by using seeds from the following plants that belong to the respective plant families:
- Brassicaceae family: watercress, radish, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, arugula
- Amaryllidaceae family: onion, leek, garlic,
- Amaranthaceae family: quinoa swiss chard, amaranth, beet, spinach
- Asteraceae family: chicory, lettuce, endive, radicchio\
- Apiaceae family: Dill, celery, carrot, fennel
- Cucurbitaceae family: Melon, cucumber and squash
You can also grow some cereals into microgreens. These included rice, corn, oats, wheat, and barley. Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and beans can also be sometimes grown into microgreens.
In case you plan to grow your microgreens, do not hunt for them. GNG offers some amazing microgreens that you can grow and that can add to your taste and also nutrition levels. These include microgreens of cabbage, radish, turnips (salgam), chana, mustard leaves (sarso) and spinach (palak).
Benefits of Microgreens:
1. Power House of Antioxidants
Some microgreens have high levels of polyphenols; polyphenols have antioxidant properties. These prevent development of free radicals. A lot of free radicals can damage body and can make you prone to chronic diseases – cancer, heart disease,
Alzheimer’s disease. Microgreens rich in polyphenols are cabbage, mizuna, red and purple mustard green, turnip
In some people, the dietary sugar is not properly up taken by body cells. This result in high blood sugar levels also called as diabetes. Antioxidants prevent this and helps the sugar to properly enter cells. Research studies have shown that microgreens of fenugreek enhance cellular uptake of sugar by 25–44%. Antioxidants also prevent aging.
2. Protects Your Heart
Microgreens reduce weight, lowers cholesterol levels (LDL), and reduces triglycerides. They have anti-inflammatory properties
3. Has Diidolylmethane (Dim)
Some microgreens have diidolylmethane (DIM) which helps in maintaining good hormonal balance in both men and women. It also prevents cancer and helps in detoxification.
4. Not Less Than Mature Leaves
A few servings of these tiny leaves can offer 40 times more nutrients compared to fully grown vegetables.
5. High-level of Beta-carotene
- Most of the microgreens are rich in beta-carotene
- This nutrient is a kind of carotenoid.
- Beta-carotene prevents eye related diseases and also keeps away type-2 diabetes.
- Other types of carotinoids such as Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in these tiny
- Veggies; they avoid cataract and macular degeneration in eyes.
6. An abundance of Vitamin C and Vitamin E
According to a study published in 2012, even the smallest amount of microgreen have enormous amount of vitamin C i.e. 20 mg.
Even small quantity of radish microgreens have around 15 mg of vitamin E ortocopherol
7. Easy to Grow
It’s easy to grow. No need of huge plot or bigger area to grow them. Leaves are tiny. Start your microgreen garden with just water, seeds, soil and very little area and some sunlight.
Enjoy it quickly; harvest them within 7 to 14 days after seeding the plant.
8. They Can Flourish Wherever You Want Them to
If your growing microgreens indoor, you are free to grow them throughout the year. Weather doesn’t matter! Do not wait for sunlight! Use the inexpensive grow light in case needed.
9. Pesticide Free
We know how nutritious these microgreens are. But, we cannot miss out on the most important benefit. Microgreens require No Chemicals! And as you grow them on your own, the toxicity and purity of the product is completely in your hands.
Now that you know all about these little ones, importantly about the healthy tint that they add to your diet and help you stay fit, you should plan to grow them on your own. It not only helps you get the best but also encourages you to feed on the best. Grow green and eat green!