Sprouts – Fenugreek
Fenugreek microgreens have a nutritional advantage as the sprouting process enhances their nutritional content and digestibility. Fenugeek is a legume that and their microgreens contain various nutrients but they are particularly rich in fibre (50g circa 6g), protein (circa 30%) and iorn (50g circa 8 milligrams).
Fenugreek yields a medicinal gel that helps combat diabetes, digestive disorders, asthma, allergies, and even body odor. Used as a spice in Indian food and as a digestive aid fenugreek is a very fragrant, super nutritious microgreen.
“Reducing the sugar level of the blood, Fenugreek is used for treating diabetes in conjunction with insulin. It also lowers blood pressure. It relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion, and loosens and removes excess mucus and phlegm. Fenugreek is also an excellent source of selenium, an anti-radiant which helps the body utilize oxygen. Fenugreek is a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine. Fenugreek contains mucilagins which are known for soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues. Fenugreek stimulates the production of mucosal fluids helping remove allergens and toxins from the respiratory tract. Acting as an expectorant, Fenugreek alleviates coughing, stimulates perspiration to reduce fevers, and is beneficial for treating allergies, bronchitis and congestion. In the East, beverages are made from the seed to ease stomach trouble. The chemical make-up is curiously similar to cod liver oil, for which a decoction of the seed is sometimes used as a substitute. Many other properties are ascribed to it in India and the East and not surprisingly include aphrodisiac.”(The Epicentre. 2003).
Fenugreek is great for general breast health, including helping to prevent breast cancer and also increasing breast feeding mother’s milk. In fact, certain studies have associated fenugreek with increases in milk production of as much as 900%. Men please don’t worry- there is no evidence that men who eat moderate amounts of phytoestrogens experience any feminizing effects. In fact, recent studies have suggested that typical Asian diets, which have always been much higher in these substances than Western diets, appear to be associated with a significantly lower risk of prostate and colon cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of heart disease and osteoporosis. Phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds which have a similarity to human estrogens, help the body restore its hormonal balance by acting as both agonists and antagonists.
Nutritional info: Vitamins A, B, C, E, Choline (a fat controller), Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Silicon, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Trace Elements, Amino Acids, Fiber (high level of soluble fiber), Protein: 30%