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Microgreens: The Most Nutrient-Dense Food on Earth

Microgreens: The Most Nutrient-Dense Food on Earth

Looking to get more greens into your diet? Microgreens are about to become your new health hack.

 

Ounce for ounce, no other superfood comes close to matching their nutritional punch. Those health benefits go right to the gut—improving energy, reducing blood pressure, and improving skin and eye health.

 

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are the young sprouts of the regular greens we know and love. They’re harvested early—when they’re about the size of a watercress, but leaves are identifiable.

Microgreens can come from a huge variety of vegetables, grains, grasses, and herb seeds, providing a wide variety of taste and nutrition. As long as the plant sprouts tender green leaves that can be harvested, it’s considered a microgreen.

 

The major benefits of microgreens

Don’t be fooled by their size; microgreens pack a massive, concentrated nutritional punch of antioxidants and vitamins—up to 40 times higher than mature greens.1 The exact mineral nutrients vary depending on the types of greens, but typically include copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, alongside a host of polyphenols (antioxidants that protect the body's tissues against cancers, coronary heart disease, and inflammation).

Microgreens also have high probiotic and fiber content, which help keep your digestive system running smoothly. New research into further health benefits of microgreens is promising: eating microgreens could lower the risk of chronic Western illnesses such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancer.

 

The food of the future

Aside from comets and constellations, one of NASA’s biggest areas of research is nutrition. How do you get astronauts their nutrients as they float through space? The space agency has identified microgreens as an excellent option for long-term space missions.2

We can see why. Not only can microgreens be harvested sooner than adult greens, they also grow well in hydroponic systems. Microgravity-grown microgreens could offer space-station astronauts a steady, concentrated, compact supply of fresh vegetables… while floating 62 miles above the surface of the Earth.

 

Daily Elements is the convenient superfood fix

Daily Elements contains 100% non-GMO, pesticide-free microgreens—gently freeze-dried to lock in 98% of the nutrients of the raw plants. Our greens are grown in the USA in a fully-controlled indoor farm, with zero additives, pesticides or sweeteners. Our microgreens mix is a rich blend of micro pea, micro kale, micro red cabbage, and micro broccoli, for a super-concentrated burst of the nutrients you need to improve your health. Because of our gentle freeze-drying process, Daily Elements contains a subtle flavor that makes your daily serving of greens easy to mix into your favorite foods and drinks.

 

Sources:
1. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2012)
2. NASA Technical Reports (2019)