Health Benefits

Microgreens aren’t just attractive, flavourful small plant, they are also packed with nutrients.

Why can they be so much more that that?

Microgreens have a great nutritional profile and represent, today, one of the most interesting innovations in the market of fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Because microgreens are harvested right after germination, all the nutrients they need to grow are there. If they are harvested at the right time they are very concentrated with nutrients, and the flavor and texture is also good.”
Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland.

A study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows how “microgreens contain a higher concentration of vitamins and mineralswhen compared with the mature, fully grown vegetables or herbs.”

More specifically,
microgreens have high levels of:

  • Phytonutrients
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Enzymes

They are considered « superfood » as, in addition to the intake of nutrients, they can also provide bioactive compounds able to improve some functions of the organism and/or reduce the risk of diseases.

The stronger the taste of the leaf is and the higher the content of phenolic components.
Phenolic compounds act as antioxidants in the body. So, the more strong-tasting microgreens we consume, the more antioxidants ourbodies receive.

Sulforaphane is an antioxidant that is considered to play an anticancer role. Tests revealed that its concentration in broccoli microgreens was ten times higher than in the adult plant.

“The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,”
Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland.

For instance, in the case of Red cabbage, comparing the amount of Vitamin C, E and K, with those of of the same species harvested at a regular ripening stage, microgreens showed average content of Vit. C 6 times higher, a four hundred times higher value Vit.E and a sixty times higher content of Vit.K.

Considering the daily intake levels recommended for Vitamin C (60mg), Vitamin E (13mg) and Vitamin K (70 microgram) for an adult of medium weight, given the content of Vitamin C, E and K estimated in the same study, for some of the species analyzed, it is possible to demonstrate that even few grams of microgreens can entirely satisfy the recommended daily intake of these three vitamins.

For example, for an adult of medium weight, the cumsumption ofabout 41 g of red cabbage microgreens would be enough to fulfill the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, or 15g of green radish microgreen would satisfy the daily intake of Vitamin E and just 17 g of Amaranth microgreen would be enough to fulfill the intake of Vitamin K.

Table 1- Contents of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K in some species of microgreens and relative amount of Microgreens necessary to satisfy the recommended daily intake of each vitamin for an adult.

Vitamin Table