The nutritional marvel of microgreens

Rick Hein, managing director of MicroThumbs, a leading supplier of microgreens, explained: “Consuming a small amount of microgreens can provide far more nutrients than the average vegetable. Just one bite delivers a mighty dose of health benefits.”

According to Hein, the quality of produce grown on farmland soil is diminishing, resulting in a decline in micronutrient content. Studies have shown that mineral levels in vegetables like cabbages, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes have drastically decreased over the past 50 years.

Even if you maintain a healthy diet, supplementing with microgreens can help ensure optimal micronutrient intake. “Different microgreens contain specific antioxidants, such as vitamin E in Brassica family microgreens (e.g., broccoli) and vitamin A in Asteraceae microgreens (e.g., lettuce),” said Hein.

The phytochemicals found in microgreens can effectively reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Microgreens are not only an easy and affordable way to boost your well-being, but they also offer a convenient solution to address nutrient deficiencies.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that microgreens contain significantly higher levels of vitamins and minerals compared to their mature counterparts. For example, red cabbage microgreens were found to have six times more vitamin C and 40 times more vitamin E than mature cabbage. This nutrient density makes microgreens an excellent addition to a balanced diet.

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