Minerals And Trace Elements In Sprouts
Dietary minerals are our lifeblood. They serve as the foundation for
the body's overall metabolism - the vital chemical and physical processes
that keep the body functioning smoothly. Minerals figure in the formation
and function of all body enzymes, and also keep the proper alkaline
electrical charge in all the body cells, guarding them against acidic
degeneration and invasion from harmful microbes that live on acidic
substances in the body.
To meet your body's needs for minerals such as calcium, potassium,
iron, phosphorus and magnesium, I recommend you get them from sprouts and
other living foods in the form of organic mineral salts. This is the way
humans have been fulfilling mineral needs for millennia.
Sesame sprouts are an exceptionally good source of calcium, having
about as much of this vital mineral as cow's milk and more than almost any
other plant food. Almond, sunflower, alfalfa and chick pea sprouts are
also excellent sources of calcium in organic form.
Potassium is sometimes called the 'youth mineral' because it helps
the body to maintain smooth and tight skin and a balanced bodyweight. It
also helps to maintain the proper alkalinity of the blood. Almond, sesame,
sunflower, mung and blackeye pea sprouts supply more potassium than many
fruits and garden vegetables.
Alfalfa, fenugreek, lentil, aduki and mung sprouts are good sources
of the iron required for red blood cell formation and the transport of
oxygen from the lungs to the cells. Sprouted seeds are also rich in iron.
Even though some of our iron is recycled internally, we need to get
additional iron in organic form from our foodstuffs. This is especially
true for women who may develop iron deficiencies due to menstrual blood
In general, sprouts are excellent sources of trace elements, such as
iodine, zinc, selenium, chromium, cobalt and silicon. Alfalfa sprouts and
sprouted pumpkin seeds are especially potent sources of zinc, which is
essential for the synthesis of protein, for many liver functions and in the
healing of cuts and wounds, and of course vital in the health of the
prostrate area. Selenium, which is now being tested for anti-cancer
properties, is also supplied by many sprouts, especially alfalfa. I have
personal experience of improved cancer-resistance with this mineral, and
also from germanium.
I hope I have given you all many reasons for accessing the numerous
benefits of sprouting seeds, pulses and grains and trust you will use them
imaginatively in your food preparation.
Pat Reeves, practitioner of nutritional and functional medicine,
Available for consultations and seminars. -
www.foodalive.org - email firstname.lastname@example.org
tele 01384 270270.
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