The seeds to sprout exist in different forms and are all good for health: we find cereals with wheat, oats, rice, corn …; vegetables with onion, broccoli, parsley, beetroot …; oleaginous fruits with almonds, hazelnuts …; legumes with beans, green mung beans, peas and more; oilseeds with sunflower and sesame for example and finally the mucilagineux with rocket, watercress, mustard … You will understand the sprouted seeds are multiple and all have many benefits that we will discover together.
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The nutritional qualities of sprouted seeds
Sprouted seeds and sprouts are much more filled with micronutrients and vitamins than the seeds themselves such as lentils or peas. In order to have maximum effect on your body and your health, it would be more advisable to eat the sprouts rather than the seeds collected before the germination process.
Sprouted seeds and young shoots correspond to seeds that are in the process of germination.
You should know that these small sprouts contain many more good things than you might think. Indeed, they are extremely rich in vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K), in proteins, in minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, …), in trace elements, in enzymes, in essential fatty acids and amino acids or antioxidants, which allows them to have many benefits especially when you consume on a daily basis.
The benefits vary depending on the different seeds germinated, but they generally allow a strengthening of the immune system and the heart to prevent cardiovascular risks, an improvement in digestion and therefore the digestive system, a decrease in cholesterol, maintenance of muscles and bones or a filling of nutritional deficiencies.
Where to buy sprouted seeds? How to make them sprout?
If you want to eat sprouted seeds, you can find them everywhere or just grow them at home. In supermarkets or in organic stores you can find bags filled with seeds (chia, sesame, sunflower …).
If you want them to germinate at home, simply soak the seeds in warm water for up to 4 hours, the time varies according to the different seeds. Then you have to drain them and let them sprout. The germination time also varies depending on the seeds you buy. It can go from a few hours to several days. The germination time is often written on the package of seeds that you buy as well as the technique to make them germinate properly.
How to consume them?
For consumption, it is very simple and you can vary the pleasure. You can put on your salad, in your vegetables, a little everywhere in all your dishes, think about it in your buddha bowl! Sprouted seeds will make your dishes more aesthetic and so good for your health.
If you love sprouted seeds they can also serve as a salad base!
In any case, it is better to eat them raw and therefore not to cook them otherwise they will lose a lot of their nutritional qualities as well as their benefits.
Some seeds of germs and their benefits
As has been mentioned previously, there are seeds to germinate in different forms: cereals, vegetables, oleaginous fruits, legumes, oleaginous and finally mucilaginous. For each of the categories, we have selected some sprouted seeds and their virtues.
Athletes consume a lot because it is a very good general fortifier and helps promote appetite and digestion through its composition of phosphorus, iron, calcium and other mineral components. In addition, this seed has a reputation for making lean people fatter and for mass sportsmen to gain weight.
Its amino acids and vitamins allow better blood circulation, stimulate the pancreas and cleanse the liver.
With its taste reminiscent of wheat, slightly sweet, spelled is a cereal that contains a lot of good virtues. Like the fenugreek seed, it is highly appreciated by athletes after their physical efforts rather intense, especially that it is very digestible. With its wealth of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and calcium, it is excellent for athletes and to give you energy when you have a slack. They also have many other benefits such as strengthening your heart and bones. This sprouted seed is easily mixed with many salty or sweet dishes, as well as with a snack.
Buckwheat seed and chia seed
These two seeds have almost the same virtues. They are very rich in vitamins of group B and also in minerals such as phosphorus, calcium or iron, this will help stimulate the growth of your good intestinal bacteria and thus promote your digestion. In addition, buckwheat seed and chia seed do not contain gluten which is perfect for gluten intolerant people. Its nutty taste, fresh and sweet is very appreciated.
A delicate flavor that is both crunchy and refreshing, alfalfa goes very well with other sprouted seeds with a more pronounced taste such as fennel. Very rich or mineral, vitamins, proteins and fibers, this seed is considered the most complete sprouted seed. Alfalfa seed is good for the heart and is also recommended for its toning, detoxifying and anti-stress benefits. In addition, it lowers the cholesterol level in your blood and therefore a decrease in certain cancer cells.
A spicy-flavored seed that tastes better than an adult vegetable that may fight against certain cancer cells and tumors. Indeed, it is a seed rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, K and mineral: phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper. Its content of sulforaphane which is a micronutrient would cause the decrease of these cancerous cells and these tumors.
Mung bean seed or green soy
With its pea-like taste, the green soybean is packed with vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals, which helps lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. In addition, mung bean seed has the benefit of treating cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure. It goes well with salty dishes and Asian cuisine in general.
The sprouted seed of chickpea
With a sweet flavor and crunchy texture, sprouted chickpea seed is very energetic. A regular and rich consumption of chickpea seeds would lead to a decrease of the cholesterol in the blood which would be beneficial to avoid all types of cardio-vascular diseases. In addition, its high concentration of minerals and vitamins B and E leads to therapeutic effects on the urinary tract and diseases that are related to the urinary tract.
The watercress seed
The watercress seed is recognizable by its very pronounced taste and it is contains a natural antibiotic. Its rich content of vitamins, minerals and trace elements are especially beneficial for the digestive system as well as for your skin, hair and gums by strengthening them. In addition, mixed with honey, the watercress seed is perfect for gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhea, constipation or colic.
With its texture of dried fruits and its very sweet taste, it is one of the best-known sprouts. Perfect for cardiovascular diseases and headaches thanks to its high amount of unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In addition, the presence of phytosterols in sunflower seeds helps fight bad cholesterol and thus prevent cardiovascular disease.
Of course we give you benefits here, but nothing beats tasting them to get your idea and discover what are your favorites.
Do not hesitate, dear Fuzzy, to tell us what kind of sprouts you prefer and consume. If you want to know other benefits of the superfoods we eat, such as garlic or turmeric, you can find all our articles on the virtues of some selected foods.