Supplements in a Plant: Sprouts and Their Health Effects
Due to their potent antioxidant activity, plant sprouts have been touted as a health food in many cultures—and, according to research, their use may be warranted. Studies show that sprouts contain a far superior amount of vitamins, proteins, minerals, enzymes and phyto-chemicals than mature vegetables. The high concentration of nutrients in sprouts may make them a handy tool in the fight to prevent chronic disease. Here are a few highlights from studies:
- Broccoli sprouts have been found to significantly inhibit bladder cancer development and show promise for bladder cancer prevention and treatment.
- In animal studies, buckwheat sprouts show potent antioxidative capabilities, as well as the ability to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Wheat sprouts have been shown to contain highly potent antioxidants, which may inhibit the development of colon cancer.
Sprouts can be added to tossed salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches and vegetable dips. While some types of sprouts are available at supermarkets, they can also be grown at home or in a garden. Remember that sprouts are hard to clean, so take extra care when using them to prevent the spread of bacteria.