Apart from looking like tiny trees, broccoli deserves more credit than it’s given for its powerful nutritional punch and the variety of ways it can be prepared. But transportation of vegetables, how you cook your broccoli and even long-term storage can all result in a loss of nutrients, so by the time the broccoli makes its way in to your body, it’s not quite as powerful as a freshly grown crop.
Luckily, broccoli microgreens are an excellent alternative, and have a range of other benefits that’ll have you incorporating it into your daily diet in no time.
1. Supports cardiovascular healthInflammation of the arteries is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease and illness. Both sulforaphane and glucoraphanin are found in broccoli microgreens, and studies have shown a potential to reduce the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.
2. Boosts brain functionWho doesn’t love food that not only tastes delicious, but can also improve brain functionality? The high amounts of vitamin E and sulforaphane in broccoli microgreens have been linked to decreased oxidative damage and improved cognitive deterioration in baby mice that were exposed to lead. Human studies are currently underway.
3. Anti-aging propertiesAging is a natural part of life but a powerful combination of nutrients and vitamins in broccoli microgreens have been linked to slowing the ageing process. Vitamins A and C found in the vegetable can help eliminate wrinkles and age spots while sulforaphane activates heat-shock proteins in the body, the way a sauna does.
4. Anti-carcinogenic propertiesMicro broccoli has an excellent source of Glucobrassicin compared to its mature counterpart, with a 10:1 ratio per 100 grams of dry weight. Pair that with sulforaphane and you have yourself a powerhouse micro-veggie able to put up defences against cancer.
These four health benefits are just the skimming the surface of what microgreens like broccoli can do, and the research is ongoing. While the change to broccoli microgreens may be small, it will make a giant difference on both your health and the environment, as micro-farming facilities like April Sun’s utilise 95% less water than in traditional farming!.