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Microgreen Spotlight: Peas

Microgreen Spotlight: Peas

Subtly sweet, remarkably beneficial and often overlooked, pea microgreens otherwise known as pea shoots boast a truly impressive nutritional profile.

 

Pea microgreens are super rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, antioxidants, iron, phytoestrogens1 and other nutrients that help reduce inflammation, improve digestion, maintain a healthy immune system, and lower the risk of chronic conditions, including diabetes and health disease.




What are the key nutrients in peas?

Pea microgreens are miniature but potent sources of essential nutrients vital for optimal health. Here are some of the key components of pea microgreens.




Vitamins in pea microgreens

Pea microgreens are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C (7 times more than blueberries2), vitamin A, vitamin E, and folate, the natural form of B9. Vitamin K helps us make different proteins that are crucial for blood clotting and bone building processes.3 Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy vision and a strong immune system,4 while Vitamin C and E act as antioxidants that help protect the body from oxidative stress.5




Minerals in pea microgreens

Most notable minerals in pea microgreens include iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.6 Iron is important for healthy blood and energy production. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and maintain proper fluid balance in the body. Zinc enables our immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses, it is necessary for making proteins and DNA, and plays a big role in our sense of taste and smell. Calcium and magnesium are crucial for strong bones and teeth.7




Antioxidants in pea microgreens

Carotenoids, flavonoids, and phenolic acids are the main antioxidants in pea microgreens, and they have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anticarcinogenic, and cardiovascular-protective properties.8




Phytochemicals in pea microgreens

Phytochemicals are substances that protect the body from inflammation, oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals.9




Protein in pea microgreens

The protein concentration in pea microgreens is 2 to 2.5 times higher than other commonly consumed greens like lettuce, kale, spinach, mustard greens, and Swiss chard.10 This is high-quality plant-based protein, containing all the essential amino acids needed to build and repair tissues.




Experience the benefits of pea microgreens

Smaller in size and lower in calories, microgreens are nutrient dense seedlings that offer impressive health benefits and pack a nutritional punch that surpasses that of their mature vegetable counterparts, providing the same benefits at much lower quantities.11 Consuming them regularly is associated with a wide range of health benefits, including enhanced immune function, improved digestion, and reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.12




The tastiest way to get your pea microgreens

Daily Elements microgreens powder offers a delicious and convenient method to give peas a chance. This powerful blend of microgreens, which includes broccoli, kale, and red cabbage in addition to peas, provides all the necessary nutritional benefits in just one tiny scoop. Super easy to use, it quickly dissolves into a variety of drinks and foods, requiring minimal effort and time. The gentle freeze-drying process we use to create the powder ensures maximum absorption within your body, so you can get all the greens you need in one go.




Sources:
1. Washington State University
2. Idaho State University
3. Harvard University
4. National Institutes of Health
5. Harvard University
6. Food Research International
7. National Library of Medicine
8. National Library of Medicine
9. National Library of Medicine
10. Washington State University
11. National Library of Medicine
12. University of Florida