It is said that microgreens were first introduced in the 1990s by three chefs working in California! Since microgreens are still fairly new when it comes to the culinary world, we are constantly learning about the amazing things they have to offer.
Much of the research that has been done however, has supported the idea that microgreens are and will be a true “superfood” in the culinary and health world! One research study for example found that red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E, respectively.
Since microgreens can have anywhere from four to 20 times more nutrients as their mature plants, one ounce of a broccoli, kale, and cabbage microgreen mix contains the amount of sulforaphane found in 1.5 pounds of raw broccoli.
There is a lot of research in regards to sulforaphane and the benefits it can have for diseases such as certain cancers, alzheimer's and even autism.
Microgreens have the potential to reduce the risk of many treatable diseases, including:
Cardiovascular Disease: Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US, and high cholesterol is a major risk factor. Among findings published in the December 2016 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red cabbage microgreen supplementation lowered circulating LDL levels in animals fed a high-fat diet, and reduced liver cholesterol, triacylglycerol levels, and reduced high-fat diet-induced weight gain.
Chronic Kidney Disease: Chronic kidney disease is considered a ‘lifestyle-related disease’ and represents a global problem. Doctors usually recommend a restriction of high-potassium foods to patients suffering from the disease. In a June 2018 study, chicory and lettuce microgreens were grown using a nutrient solution without potassium and with low potassium concentrations. It was possible to obtain a useful reduction of potassium in the microgreens, without negatively affecting the quality.
Mineral Deficiencies: Mineral malnutrition, including iron and zinc, impacts over two-thirds of the World’s population. A 2017 study suggests that broccoli microgreens have the potential to be a rich source of minerals that individuals can produce, even in urban home settings. Regardless of how they were grown, the broccoli microgreens had twice as many quantities of Mg, Mn, Cu, and Zn than its mature vegetable.
Moreover, growing your own microgreens from home with Hamama can have some positive effects on mental health too. Not only is indoor gardening a satisfying and fulfilling experience, it can also help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer's, dementia, stress, and depression, and improve cognitive function.
Indoor gardening has been shown to improve life satisfaction and significantly decrease the perception of loneliness for older people living in nursing homes.
In children, interactions with plants helps develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their social and biophysical environments. “Green time” is often used as an effective supplement to traditional medicinal and behavioral treatments. This can help encourage imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development - including reduced symptoms of ADD, and improved social relationships.
Learn more about the incredible mental health benefits of growing microgreens from home here.
Getting started on your microgreen growing journey is so easy with our Hamama Microgreen Kits.Start taking advantage of the amazing benefits these tiny greens have to offer.