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The world's tiniest veggies with the biggest health benefits

                           Understanding the underestimated value of micro-greens!

While micro-greens may not be considered a mainstream super food, they have some serious health benefits. Most commonly desired by chefs for their colorful stems and sprouts, micro-greens have been used for years as garnish to finish off a high-class dish. Don't get me wrong, micro-greens are quite delicious but they have spent far too long as a duet when they should be starring solo. 

THE BENEFITS

Microgreens contain a high amount of antioxidants which can help your body fight off diseases and stay healthy. They also provide an enormous amount of Vitamin K which promotes healthy bones. You can count on them for a good source of Vitamin C that helps your body produce skin tissue, healing wounds and scars. Microgreens also contain a fair amount of Vitamin E which can help your body produce red blood cells. Lastly, these tiny greens contain an abundance of carotenoids which give certain vegetables, like carrots and tomatoes, their intense color. These pigments found in micro-greens help your body fight diseases related to the eyes.

In addition, since these young greens spend so little time in the ground, there is little-to-no risk of consuming chemicals like fertilizers or pesticides.

 

Long term, eating plant-based foods in general can reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. They can also promote a longer life expectancy, increased energy and a clearer complexion.

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#2 Vitamin C is Abundant in Microgreens

Young edible , an antioxidant that helps protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals.  The 2012 study on microgreens reported that even the microgreen sample that had the lowest levels of vitamin C contained a whopping 20 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams - that's almost twice the amount of vitamin C found in tomatoes.  Red Cabbage microgreens had the highest levels of vitamin C among the tested varieties, with a 100-gram portion providing 147 milligrams - or 245% of the daily value of this vital nutrient.  For comparison, an equivalent-sized serving of mature raw red cabbage contains 57 milligrams of vitamin C according to data provided by the USDA.

# 3 Many Microgreens are loaded with Beta-Carotene

Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are thought to reduce the risk of disease, particularly certain types of cancer and eye disease.  Carrots are famous for being rich in beta-=carotene, but turns out that many microgreens are also a good source of this important nutrient.  In fact, some microgreens appear to contain even more beta-carotene than carrots: 12 milligrams per 100 grams compared to 8 milligrams tin boiled carrots.

# 4 Microgreens are a good source of Vitamin E

#5  Microgreens, even if in small quantities, contain Vitamin K

Vitamin K offers health benefits for humans by promoting normal blood clotting and preventing excessive blood clotting and preventing excessive bruising.  Vitamin K also plays an important role in maintaining strong and healthy bones.

Fact 1: Microgreens Provide

More Nutrition Than Mature Leaves

A 2010 study published in the Journal of

American Society for Horticultural Science                                                         

reported that young lettuce seedlings,

harvested 7 days after germination, had the

highest antioxidant capacity as well as the

highest concentrations of health-promoting

phenolic compounds, compared with their

more mature counterparts.