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The article Sprouted Seeds: "Forgotten Food" points out that sprouts enhance the immune system and rejuvenation.

During WWII, when the United States was concerned about a possible meat shortage, the scientific community advised the government that the consumption of germinated seeds was the best and the cheapest alternative to proteins in meat. Today, the increasing tendency to avoid eating meat means that sprouts are taking a serious place in modern culinary approach.

The value of sprouts is becoming more and more accepted among many in the scientific community today. Sprouts are found to be a complete protein. Untampered natural sprouts assist in the building of nerves, tissue, bones, and blood. Dr. Ann Wigmore, founder of the Ann Wigmore Foundation in Torreon, New Mexico, dedicated her life to confirming the healing properties of sprouts. For the past 30 years, the foundation and four related institutes have treated people for different disorders. Sprouts were found to contribute extensively to the immune system, and were shown to be excellent detoxificants.


Studies at Washington University have shown that a shortage of metabolic enzymes can jeopardize our health....Research, such as that done by the Wigmore Foundation, has shown that there are 10 to 100 times more enzymes in sprouted seeds than in vegetables or fruits, depending on the enzyme and the seed being sprouted. Sprouted seeds are also a great source of vitamin C, carotenoid A, B vitamins, and minerals.

There are a variety of sprouted seeds which can be added to one's diet. Some of the most nutritious are rye, fenugreek, wheat, mung bean, lentils, and alfalfa. The increase of vitamins in sprouts is tremendous during the sprouting period, compared to the unsprouted seed. Studies from India and Asia show increases in carotene and vitamin A, Dr. C.W. Bailey of the University of Minnesota showed, in a study attempting to establish the importance of enzymes in the human body, that vitamin C value increased by 600 percent in sprouted wheatgrass.

All that's needed is a container of clean water and seeds from your local health food store to get a fully-grown, crispy, tasty vegetable. In addition, there are some automatic sprouters available for individuals who do not have the time to soak and rinse their sprouts a few times a day. Adding sprouts to your favorite salads, soups, sandwiches, etc., will make a world of difference to your health.

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