Alfalfa Sprouts – Those White and Green Stringy Things!
When you order a “fresh greens” salad at a fancy restaurant, or you peruse the salad bar at your favorite all-you-can-eat restaurant, do you ever see those stringy white and green things and wonder, “What ARE those?!” Chances are very good that what you are seeing are alfalfa sprouts!
Full grown alfalfa is used primarily as a feed for livestock, but the plant in its sprout form has been consumed by humans for centuries as a food source and even as an herbal remedy. The staggering amount of health benefits that alfalfa sprouts can offer you is unique to this particular sprout. Although sprouts in general offer more nutritional value than any plant in its mature stage, alfalfa in particular blows the rest away!
Here are some of the main benefits a person can expect to receive from consuming alfalfa sprouts:
· High in many nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, folic acid, zinc, and phosphorus · A large variety of vitamins ranging from A, B, C, E, and K · High in antioxidants, which have been shown to help fight cancer causing agents · Great source of fiber, which lends to healthy digestion · High in bio-available enzymes, which help in digestion
When it comes to the use of alfalfa sprouts as an herbal remedy, I cannot say for sure if this sprout makes a difference, but I can tell you that it has been used to treat or prevent:
· Heart Disease · Osteoporosis · High Blood Pressure · High Cholesterol · Many types of Cancer · Memory Retention · Immune System health
It is amazing to me that modern society is just now starting to learn (or relearn?) and understand the health benefits of sprouts-it seems our ancestors have known it for years! In addition to the health benefits sprouts can offer, we cannot forget the simple fact that they are a quick, easy source of food which can come in very handle if one were to be faced with a survival situation.
I encourage you to look into growing your own sprouts and to experiment a bit. I think you’ll find it is very easy and inexpensive to grow your own sprouts. For more information, be sure to check out http://www.survivalsproutbank.com/
Article Author: Jerry Greenfield