Sprout Your Way to Better Health

April 15, 2015 Updated: April 21, 2015

Have you ever wondered why sprouted foods are considered “nutritional powerhouses”?  For starters, they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, contain more micronutrients per unit than any food known to man, are easy to digest, and they taste great with just about anything!

Here’s all you need to know about these amazing foods and why they’re such an important part of your menu.

Sprouts are raw, natural, and unprocessed, and many varieties have enough essential amino acids to be considered complete proteins. This living food is the most reliable year-round source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and many B vitamins—all of which are usually in short supply in colder climates around the Northern Hemisphere. Sprouts are also highly alkalizing, which help to bring the body’s pH back into balance, and are very useful in neutralizing acidic states in detoxification.

Varieties of sprouts such as alfalfa, mung bean, chick pea, red clover, dandelion, sunflower, wheat berries, wheat, buckwheat, spelt, and other nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains are the most commonly found.

They can be eaten alone, in salads, as breakfast cereals, and made into wholesome dips, breads, and bars.

Sprouted mung beans (Shutterstock)

During the sprouting process, a chemical process releases enzymes, making the food naturally easier for you to digest, therefore making the nutrients in each sprout more bioavailable to your body.

Sprouts are highly efficient that way; you can eat less food but have more nutrients received by your cells. Such rich enzyme concentration can increase enzyme activity in your metabolism, leading to regeneration of vital organs and blood and helping to decrease nutritional deficiencies.

Sprouting almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia all help break down the hard to digest enzymes and release important nutrients into the bloodstream.

Also, sprouted grain breads are extremely helpful for anyone who has issues digesting wheat as the sprouts help break down the gluten content and improve vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, vitamin E, and fiber content. 

Sprouted foods help increase energy, boost stamina, elevate immune response, improve brain function, decrease inflammation, and help digestion.

Sprouts are extremely inexpensive, easy to cook, and a great way to boost your health status. Start sprouting today!

Katrina Bertol is a registered holistic nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and Pilates instructor. She has an undergraduate degree in fitness and nutritional sciences and an advanced diploma in holistic nutrition. This article was originally published on NaturallySavvy.com.