Give Your Immune System a Boost With Healthful, Plant-Based Foods.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted communities around the world, many people have wondered whether there are steps they can take to stay healthy.
There is evidence that nutrition and other lifestyle measures influence immune strength and susceptibility to infectious diseases. Whether these measures do or do not influence susceptibility to COVID-19 or its clinical course is not yet known. However, there is every reason to put what we do know about foods and immune defenses to use.
Health Benefits of Snarky Microgreens Capsules
Ingredients: Kale, Pea Shoots, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Orach, Amaranth, Red Cabbage
Microgreens give you is a concentration of nutrients.
In some cases, but not all, microgreens are more nutritious than their full-grown counterparts. This means that you can get the benefits of a whole salad with a small number of microgreens added to your meal.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of eating microgreens:
The nutrient profiles differ between plants, but in general, microgreens are high in
We hear a lot about antioxidants and how they can help fight or reduce your risk of cancer. Raw vegetables and other foods are the best sources of antioxidants, and microgreens have them in abundance – a higher concentration than the same amount of mature plants.
Because the nutrient content of microgreens is concentrated, they contain more vitamins and minerals.
Some research suggests than microgreens can have up to forty times the levels of nutrients as mature greens, and a wider variety of antioxidants and something called polyphenols than seasoned vegetables.
Antioxidants & Polyphenols
We hear about antioxidants and free radicals all the time. However, do people know what they’re talking about?
Not all antioxidants are equal! For instance, since antioxidants are promoted so often, you may think the more you get the better.
Although you can find antioxidant supplements at nutrition stores, these can lead to some serious problems. The truth is that your body needs both free radicals and antioxidants in balance.
And the good news is that microgreens contain antioxidants in their most bioavailable form (hint: food).
A free radical is just a molecule that has lost an electron and is therefore unstable. We think of free radicals as bad because if left unchecked, they would destroy our bodies cell by cell.
However, our bodies contain many free radicals. Our immune systems use them to kill bacteria.
What antioxidants do is to donate an electron to a free radical, thereby stabilizing it.
With the proper balance of these two molecular structures, our bodies can fight off infection and remain stable.
But poor health habits promote too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants.
Polyphenols are micronutrients our bodies need, and they are high in antioxidants. As you will see below, they have been shown to be critical to our body’s ability to fight off heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Microgreens’ Effect on Diseases
As you may know, eating vegetables lowers your risk for many diseases because of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial things they contain.
Polyphenols are a class of antioxidants that have been linked in studies to a lowered risk of heart disease. Animal studies have shown that microgreens could reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.
Additionally, studies have also shown that polyphenols and other antioxidants may lower the risk for certain types of cancer.
Studies on diabetes show that certain types of stress can prevent sugar from properly entering your cells. Lab studies on fenugreek microgreens show enhanced cellular sugar uptake by up to 44%. Antioxidants help to reduce the stress leading to this problem.
Foods rich in antioxidants can also lower your risk for Alzheimer’s.
While none of these studies have been done yet on humans, it’s evident to anyone who has ever dieted before that an increase in vegetable consumption usually leads to better health.
What’s impressive about microgreens is their ability to give you a high dose of what’s good for you without the high volume needed by mature plants. These nutrients also come in a highly bioavailable form, which means that your body can easily absorb the nutrients in microgreens because they are food, and easily digestible. You can’t get that same benefit from a supplement off of a shelf.