Sprouted food and Zinc

Sprouted food and Zinc

Sprouting food can significantly enhance the absorption of essential minerals. But I am getting ahead of myself. 

Each day, the body requires energy, which comes from calories. But equally important, perhaps even more so, it needs micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins.

If you don't absorb your food adequately, even the best nutrition programmes can fail. Therefore, anything that helps with the absorption of food is very useful.

Hence the usefulness of sprouted food. Let us use Zinc as an example to understand.

Zinc is critical for health. It plays a pivotal role in numerous biological functions. It is essential for immune system function, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division.

Zinc is crucial for proper growth and development, particularly during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence. Its antioxidant properties help combat oxidative stress, thereby contributing to the overall maintenance of cellular health.

Despite its importance, zinc deficiency remains a global health issue, often leading to impaired immune function, stunted growth, and cognitive difficulties.

So where does sprouting come in?

The process of sprouting involves soaking seeds, grains, or legumes in water, allowing them to germinate and start growing.

This simple yet effective method activates various enzymatic processes within the seed, significantly altering its nutritional composition.

One of the primary benefits of sprouting is the reduction of antinutrients, compounds that can hinder mineral absorption.

The antinutrient phytotic acid, which is present in seeds and legumes, forms insoluble complexes with zinc and other minerals that the body finds difficult to absorb.

During sprouting, the enzyme phytase is activated, breaking down phytic acid and releasing the bound zinc. Voila, you get more zinc absorption. 

Incorporating sprouted foods into your diet is a practical way to improve your zinc intake and ensure you receive adequate levels of this essential mineral.

If you want your children to grow, make sure they eat sprouted food along with good sources of zinc.

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