Nutrition and Chronic Illness and Disease

One SFMB Microgreens Capsule A Day Can Build Resistance to, and Quite Possibly Reverse, Some Chronic Illness and Diseases.

Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts of Microgreens

Microgreens added to your daily diet will ensure that you are giving your body the nutritional value that it needs to thrive.  Scientific research now proves that these tiny seedlings harvested at the cotyledon leaf stage and eaten when they are just a few inches tall are a real superfood packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients

Nutrition 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.

Qin Wang, Gene E. Lester and colleagues point out that microgreens have gained popularity as a new culinary trend over the past few years, especially in upscale markets and restaurants. Those seedlings of spinach, lettuce, red cabbage and other veggies are usually 1-3 inches in height and harvested within 14 days of germination. They enhance the color, texture and flavor of salads, soups, sandwiches and other foods. Despite their growing popularity, no scientific information existed on how nutrients in microgreens compare to those in mature plants. To fill that gap, they analyzed vitamins and other phytochemical's in 25 varieties of microgreens.

They found that microgreens generally have higher concentrations of healthful vitamins and carotenoids than their mature counterparts.

Nutrition Fact 2

Vitamin C is Abundant in Microgreens

Young edible seedlings are a superb source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals.

Nutrition Fact 3

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.

These super-nutritious greens also provide other carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Nutrition Fact 4

Microgreens Are a Great Source of Vitamin E

Back in 1967, a team of scientists from Yale University showed that young pea seedlings grown in light contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E). Similarly, the researchers responsible for the 2012 microgreen study found substantial amounts of tocopherols in the tested greens.

Nutrition Fact 5  

Microgreens Contain Vitamin K

Vitamin K functions as an electron acceptor when chlorophyll – abundant in all green plants including microgreens – absorbs sunlight to produce carbohydrates and oxygen during photosynthesis. Vitamin K also offers health benefits for humans by promoting normal blood clotting and preventing excessive bruising.  Vitamin K also plays an important role in maintaining strong and healthy bones.

The amaranth microgreens have the highest level of vitamin K.

Chronic Illness & Disease

1 in 2 American adults live with at least one chronic illness, and 3 in 4 American adults live with more than one chronic illness.

80% of older Americans (65 and older) have at least one chronic illness Life expectancy by year (both sexes)

1930 - 59.7
1940 - 62.9
1950 - 68.2
1960 - 69.7
1970 - 70.8
1980 - 73.7
1990 - 75.4
2000 - 77
2010 - 78.7
2020 - 79.5*

* Census Bureau projection

What is Chronic Illness?

A chronic disease is one that is long-lasting and can be controlled but not cured. Diseases that can be chronic include:

ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)

Muscle weakness in one or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing; twitching (fasciculation) and cramping of muscles, especially those in the hands and feet; impairment of the use of the arms and legs

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Difficulty in a range of mental functions, including memory and perception; forgetting details; swallowing problems; incontinence


Joint pain and progressive stiffness that develops gradually


Coughing, especially at night; wheezing; shortness of breath


Fever; fatigue; weight loss

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Persistent cough; shortness of breath, especially during exercise; coughing up mucus

Cystic fibrosis

Persistent cough that produces mucus; wheezing; breathlessness; decreased ability to exercise; repeated lung infections; inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose


Increased thirst; frequent urination; extreme hunger; unexplained weight loss or gain; blurred vision; slow-healing sores

Heart disease

Shortness of breath; palpitations; faster heartbeat; weakness or dizziness; nausea; sweating


Breathing disorders; depression; diabetes; high blood pressure; high cholesterol


Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra; loss of height over time; stooped posture; bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected

Sickle-cell disease and other hemoglobin disorders

Unexplained episodes of severe pain, such as pain in abdomen, chest, bones or joints; swelling in the hands or feet; abdominal swelling; fever; pale skin or nail beds; yellow tint to skin or eyes

Heart Disease

600,000 Annual deaths from heart disease, accounting for 1 in 4 U.S. deaths

Heart disease has been the single biggest killer of Americans every year since 1920.

920,000 Heart attacks annually in the U.S.


Diagnosed - 18.8 million

Undiagnosed - 7.0 million

Pre-diabetes - 79 million

Percentage of adults diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 3.5% in 1980 to 9% in 2011

The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. 

Cancers that are diagnosed among those 55 and older


Lifetime risk of cancer

Men 1 in 2  Women 1 in 3

Five-year survival rate

Today - 68% 1949 -  49%

An Ounce of Superfood My Body Nutri-Mix Prevention 

Many chronic conditions have a root in lifestyle decisions, many of these conditions can be treated - or even prevented by changing behavior and adding proper nutrition to your diet.

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