You probably already know that broccoli contains potent antioxidants that can play an important part in protecting the body from cancer. Well, baby broccoli is even better!
In my post on raw food, I explained how raw foods are so much better for us than cooked food because they are actually living, meaning that we absorb all of the enzymes and nutrients they contain that help to promote health within us. The body has its own natural source of enzymes but as we age, this becomes depleted and relies on us to replenish it by eating well. Cooking food over 112 degrees fahrenheit destroys all of its enzymes, for example; B vitamins are reduced by between 50-97%!! So, if we continue to cook away all of the enzymes in our food, without replacing what we have used, the body begins to use and run out of its own natural reserves. The cooking process also gives our body a lot of work to do, which is why it is recommended you consume a ratio of at least 50:50 raw to cooked food so the enzymes in the raw food can help break down the cooked foods, giving your body less work to do.
Our body is a bit like a bank account – we need to make regular deposits to keep us going into the red! Additionally, by eating enough enzymes to help break down our food, we gain MORE energy and they slow down the ageing process. Yes you read right – enzymes from raw food keep you looking young as well as giving you a higher resistance against stress and illness – get me a bucketload!!
People who eat a mainly raw diet tend to experience improved mental focus and clarity, mood improvements, more energy and they tend to need less sleep. There’s a whole lot more I can say on this subject but I will cover that off in another post.
Today I want to talk baby broccoli. Or more accurately, broccoli sprouts.
I hear you asking…”what are sprouts?” Sprouts are what you get when you soak nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. They all possess a natural enzyme inhibitor which soaking removes. They then begin their life, greatly increasing their nutritional value and enzyme content making them far easier to digest.
Sprouts resonate at 150MHz. (If you’re not sure what I mean by this you may want to read More Raw). Below 50MHz the body starts to become diseased so to keep us healthy and our energy high, it is important that we eat things that give us the nutrients and enzymes our body needs to work efficiently.
Broccoli (the mature heads you can buy in supermarkets) resonate at 300MHz!! (Broccoli is technically a flower which is why it is so much higher than ordinary sprouts). I don’t know the exact energy level for broccoli sprouts but you can bet your bottom dollar it is higher than this considering they are at the beginning of their life. They also contain the phytochemical sulforaphane (which is 20 times higher in sprouts than in mature broccoli heads) which is believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer, like colon and rectal cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens and the enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals.
Sprouting is extremely easy and many sprouts can be made from a few pennies. Literally. Just one teaspoons of alfalfa seeds yield approximately 2 pounds of sprouts!