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Wheatgrass

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass is one of the richest, most natural sources of chlorophyll. The "blood" of plants is said to be useful as an anti-inflammatory, purification, and renewal. The anti inflammatory part of chlorophyll called Superoxide Dismutase plays a vital role in reducing inflammations throughout the body. The purification attributes stop the growth of bacteria in wounds, eliminates odors of the body, bad breath, and removes chemicals from your body through
detoxification. The renewal and rebuilder of blood is due to the similarity of chlorophyll to hemoglobin.  They are virtually identical, with the exception of the central atom. Chlorophyll contains magnesium in the central atom, and hemoglobin contains iron.

Protein

With the way animals are raised today, it is important to have a healthy consistent source of protein. Wheatgrass contains 20 percent protein, (Meat has an average of %17 and eggs have %12).  Protein in grass is in the form of poly peptides, shorter and simpler chains of amino acids which are deposited more efficiently into the bloodstream and blood tissues. Protein is essential to build and repair tissues, and is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartlidge, skin, and blood.

Detoxification

Wheat grass contains enzymes which digest the toxins in your body. The toxins accumulated in your body are from foods not able to rid or digest themselves. Superoxide Disumates (SOD) and P4d1 are part of the digestive enzyme that play vital roles in slowing the cell deterioration process thus slowing the aging process.  P4D1 also serves as an anti inflammatory. Using wheatgrass you will experience a cleansing process, don't panic, this means it's working!

Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene consumes most of the carotene found in green plants.  Beta Carotene is an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is useful towards strengthening your immune system which reduces your chance of infection..  Vitamin A is an important aspect of a functionally correct metabolism, it is said to enhance the production of RNA which is essential in renewal, protects your body from viruses, builds and repairs bones, strengthens skin and nails, and strengthens mucous membranes. Too much of Vitamin A from animals (retin) may be toxic, your body stores any amount of vitamin from plants (beta carotene) until it is needed.

 

 

Nutrients in Wheatgrass

 

Amino Acids
Tryptophan, Glutamic Acid, Alanine,
Methionine, Arginine, Lysine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine.

Vitamins
Vitamin C, vit E (succinate),
Beta-Carotene (Vit. A) Biotin, Choline, Folic Acid, B1-Thiamine, B2-Riboflavin, B3-Niacin, B6-Pantothenic Acid, Vit. K

Enzymes
Peroxidase, Phosphatase, Catalase, Cytochrome Oxidase, DNase, RnaseSuperoxide, Hexokinase, Malic dehydrogenase, Nitrate reductase, Nitrogen oxyreductase, Fatty Acid
Oxidase, Phosolipase,  Polyphenoloxidase, Dismutase,
Transhydrogenase. Phytochemicals:
Chlorophyll, Bioflavonoids.

Minerals and Trace Minerals
Primary Minerals: Zinc, Selenium,
Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium,
Boron, Chloride, Chromium, Cobalt,
Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium,
Manganese, Nickel, Sodium, Sulfur.

Fatty Acids(Essential)
Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid.

 Vitamin and Mineral Chart for Wheatgrass

 

Per 100 grams

 

Grass

Protein

g

25%

Fat

g

7.980

Calcium

mg

321.00

Iron

mg

24.9

Magnesium

mg

112.00

Phosphorus

mg

575.00

Potassium

mg

3,255.00

Sodium

mg

18.800

Zinc

mg

4.870

Copper

mg

0.375

Manganese

mg

2.450

Selenium

mg

2.500

Vitamin C

mg

214.500

Thiamin

mg

0.350

Riboflavin

mg

16.900

Niacin

mg

8.350

Pantothenic

mg

0.750

Vitamin B-6

mg

1.400

Folate

mcg

1,110.00

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.800

Vitamin A

IU

513.00

Vitamin A, RE

mcg

2,520.00

Vitamin E

mg

9.100

Chlorophyll

mg

543

  

Sunflower sprouts and greens

 As there is some confusion regarding terminology, it is best to begin by specifying sunflower sprouts as hulled sunflower seeds that have been soaked and sprouted for a day or so. Sunflower greens are the baby plants that result when unhulled seeds are grown in soil, generally for 6-10 days.

One can think of the sprouts as pre-digested seeds. Unsprouted sunflower seeds are high in fat and protein. However, sprouting activates the seed, with many changes as it sprouts: dramatic increase in enzyme levels, seed fats are converted to essential fatty acids and carbohydrates, proteins are converted to essential amino acids and/or sugars, and vitamin levels (on a dry basis) increase substantially. Due to their activate enzymes, sprouts are much easier to digest than dry seeds. Further, as the seed sprouts its flavor is enhanced - sunflower sprouts have an earthy flavor and are very popular.

While the sprouts are pre-digested seeds, the greens are a tender baby vegetable, high in chlorophyll, and can be a substitute for lettuce and other greens. Sunflower greens have a slightly salty taste that some compare to watercress. They are rich in chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, proteins, and the most important "nutrient", the life force. Some writers report the greens are a rich source of lecithin and Vitamin D. Additionally, unlike most expensive freeze-dried supplements such as spirulina and algae, sunflower greens that you grow are alive up to the time you eat them (most freeze-dried items are dead).

Sunflower greens are a delicious addition to salads. Additionally, they can be juiced and used in green drinks or added to carrot juice. If you find the juice too strong by itself, you can mix it with celery juice or fennel juice (can juice green fennel tops). I like to make green smoothies with about 2 handfuls of sprouts, one fruit, water, and a piece of ginger if you’re feeling adventurous! Alternating both type of fruit and type of green daily. Ex: sunflowers and mango one day, pea shoots and strawberries the next.

 Sunflower greens can be grown indoors, without soil (in jars or trays). However for highest nutrient/life force content, it is suggested that they be grown in soil, and in natural sunlight (or if that’s not possible, full spectrum grow lights).  Sunflower seed sprouts and greens can be a nutritious and delicious part of a raw/living foods diet. Enjoy!

Black Oil Sunflower - In Hull

Seed to Green in 6 - 12 Days

Yield = 2:1

Seed Shelf Life at 70° = 1 - 3 years

Greens Shelf Life = 1 - 3 weeks

Nutritional info:

Vitamins A, B, C and E

Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium

Amino Acids = Protein: 20-25%

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Considering that sunflower seeds are almost 25% protein, it is no wonder that sunflower sprouts and greens, grown from these seeds, are nutritional super foods with few rivals. A mere 3.5 ounces of sprouted seeds contains a whopping 22.78 grams of protein! The same amount of chicken breast meat contains just slightly more protein at 26.25 grams. Sunflower sprouts and greens are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, D, and E and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.  In addition to these vitamins and minerals, sunflower sprouts and greens are a rich source of lecithin which helps break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water soluble form, and chlorophyll which benefits many functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, activating enzymes, and deodorizing the body. Sunflower greens are not only good for you, but they taste good as well. They are known for a crisp nutty flavor.

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 Pea Shoots

 

Snow or Other Great Shoot Producing Pea A fantasticly delicious and versatile plant that grows from any and all Peas.

 Seed to Green in 10 - 14 Days

Seed Shelf Life at 70° = 4 - 5 years

Greens Shelf Life = 4 - 6 weeks

 

Nutritional info:

Vitamins A, B, C and E

Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium

Amino Acids

Protein: 20-25%

 

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 About Pea Shoots

Five reasons to try

 * 1. They taste great: the leaves are fresh, juicy and tender with a distinctive pea

          flavor.

* 2. They are good for you: 100g of Pea Shoots have seven times more vitamin C than

          blueberries and four times more vitamin A than tomatoes.

* 3. They are versatile: eat them hot or cold, in a salad or as a tasty ingredient in other

          dishes.

* 4. They are fresh and local: grown in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, FL.

* 5. They are easy to buy: once only found as a garnish in top restaurants, Pea Shoots

          are now available here!

 

Pea shoots are a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and protein.

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