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Microgreens are small shoots that grow from seeds and are harvested about 10 days after germination. Broccoli microgreens are the earliest stage of growth in which the broccoli plant begins to produce leaves, and the first pair of real leaves have emerged. That can happen between 7-and 10 days.
Microgreens from this family of plants are best known for their anti-cancer benefits due to their high levels of cancer-fighting nutrients like glucosinolates and sulforaphane.
They are also a wonderful source of fiber which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system.
Considering their tiny size, these super-small plants pack more nutrition than their full-grown counterparts and are some of the most nutritionally dense plants to consume. In fact, broccoli microgreens contain up to 40 times the nutrients in mature broccoli. 100 grams of broccoli microgreens can offer about
Broccoli microgreens are also rich in nitrates and various bioactive antioxidant compounds like carotenoids (Lutein and zeaxanthin), polyphenols, anthocyanins, and, as mentioned earlier, sulforaphane.
Surprising Benefits of Eating Broccoli Microgreens
High fiber content in broccoli microgreens aids digestion by promoting regularity and preventing constipation. Their high amounts of insoluble fiber help clear out the digestive tract by sweeping through it and collecting unwanted materials such as toxins and undigested food material.
In addition, studies show that broccoli microgreens boost gastric juices and bile production, making digestion easier. However, this benefit is enhanced when you eat both broccoli microgreens and regular broccoli together.
Broccoli microgreens can also prevent stomach ulcers and protect against infections such as E. coli, salmonella, and shigella.
Broccoli microgreens are a natural energy booster. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Iron deficiency can cause fatigue and lead to anemia, which can be prevented by consuming broccoli microgreens regularly.