They may be tiny but microgreens punch well above their weight when it comes to nutrition.

Well respected peer reviewed studies have found that many microgreens contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts, making microgreens one of the densest nutrition sources available.

Microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested less than 14 days after germination. They are usually about 1-3 inches long and come in a rainbow of colors, which has made them popular in recent years as garnishes with chefs.

Although many nutritional claims are made on the Internet about a great many things, widely respected studies have concluded that microgreens are in fact highly potent nutrition.

“The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. “When we first got the results we had to rush to double and triple check them.”

For example, red cabbage microgreens had 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage. Cilantro microgreens had three times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro.

Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry Study:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267354000_Microgreens_Assessment_of_Nutrient_Concentrations

 

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass appears as a simple grass but in fact is actually among the most powerful natural detoxifying agents and is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll and live enzymes. In fact, it has been said that one ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 2 pounds of leafy green vegetables. From diminishing the appetite, to reducing body odors and preventing cancer, wheatgrass has a place in your diet. Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

• Diminishes appetite. Taking a wheatgrass shot every morning on an empty stomach prevents overeating
• Stimulates circulation: apply wheatgrass juice on skin to dilate blood vessel and activate circulation
• Improves digestion
• Alleviates arthritis. Its chlorophyll fights the inflammation
• Reduces fatigue
• Helps get rid of bad breath and body odors
• Treats skin wounds
• Prevents tooth decay
• Cleanses the liver
• Treats sunburns
• Stabilizes blood sugar level
• Clears sinus congestion
• Helps in regenerating skin cells
• Helps in acne treatment
• Prevents cancer
• Boosts immunity
• Natural expectorant
• Antioxidant
•Helps prevent heart disease

 

Sunflower

Sunflower microgreens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. It is one of the best food to add to your diet for overall health and wellbeing. It has a strong stem and green leaves. The taste is fresh and crunchy. Delicious eaten as a snack or in any salad, sandwich, wrap or culinary creation. Sunflower microgreens are low in calories and high in nutrition, making them ideal for any natural and healthy fat loss program. They are a great source of valuable nutrients including proteins, enzymes, folic acid, selenium, lecithin, minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc as well as vitamins A, C, Complex D and E.

HEALTH BENEFITS

• Contains lecithin which helps break down fatty acids
• Activates cells in the immune system
• Helps build skeletal, muscular, and neurological systems
• Boosts your fertility
• Aids in stress relief
• Helps eliminate accumulated cholesterol in arterial walls
• Improves regeneration of blood supply
• Revitalizes tissues
• Calms inflammation
• Activates deodorizing the body
• Natural expectorant
• Antioxidant
• Helps prevent heart disease

 

Radish

Radish is well known all around the world. The radish microgreens are very nutritious and popular. Many varieties of radish are available with different colors from ranges of red-pink-purple to yellow and green. The radish microgreen is crispy, and its taste is sweet and pleasantly peppery also. The radish microgreen is a good source of vitamin C, energy and carbohydrates. It also contains zinc, potassium, folate, manganese, copper, sodium, phosphorus, dietary fiber, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B1 & B6, calcium, iron, magnesium and so much more.

HEALTH BENEFITS

• Natural diuretic
• Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
• Detoxifying food
• Has anti-inflammatory properties
• Helps prevent lungs cancer
• Recommended in jaundice treatment
• Contributes to purifying the blood
• Beneficial for weight management
• Proven to be beneficial in urinary disorders
• Helps with constipation
• Helps cleanse the body
• Soothes the digestive system
• Relieves congestion, good for allergies, infections or colds

 

Pea, Green and Snow

Peas are a powerhouse of nutrition and strong anti-oxidants. Peas have such high-quality protein that they are now added to many meals and commercial protein products. In taste, pea tendril microgreens are slightly sweet, with a mild bitter aftertaste, and they have a nutty undertone. The leaves have a texture similar to spinach, although not as delicate. Pea tendrils add freshness and a little crunch to dishes with rich and earthy flavors. Peas microgreens are low fat but high everything else. They contain protein, fiber, omega-3 and micronutrients. Rich in folate, carbohydrates, vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6.

HEALTH BENEFITS

• Antioxidant
• Helps prevent stomach cancer
• Slows aging
• Prevents wrinkles
• Enhance the immune system
• Helps protect from Alzheimer
• Protects from Osteoporosis
• Contributes to regulate blood sugar level
• Prevents arthritis
• Reduces bad cholesterol
• Beneficial for weight management
• Helps keep bones healthy
• Relieves constipation
• Has anti-inflammatory properties

 

Basil

Basil is a common aromatic herb in the mint family, the same plant family as other nutrient-dense, beneficial herbs, including mint, oregano and rosemary. The taste is sweet, but savory, and just like the smell, it is peppery, yet ever so slightly minty. Basil, of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may surprise you is the many benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties and is one of the most important medical herbs known today. Basil has vitamin A, K, C and manganese.

HEALTH BENEFITS

• Contains disease-fighting antioxidants
• Anti-inflammatory
• Fights cancer
• Antibacterial Properties
• Antimicrobial Properties that fight viruses and infections
• Combats stress
• Fights depression
• Promotes cardiovascular health
• Supports liver function and helps detoxify the body
• Helps alkalize the body and improves digestion
• Acts as a natural aphrodisiac
• Protects from diabetes and metabolic syndrome