Sprouts – Powerhouses of Nutrition

Sprout-1Sprouts account for 50% of the raw living food diet served at Hippocrates Health Institute because of their high levels of nutrients and enzymes and the ease at which they can be digested. This allows the body to direct the excess energy toward other beneficial functions like cleansing, regulating and building the immune system, and healthy cell creation. Even compared to eating other raw foods, you will experience a greater sense of vitality and energy after a meal of sprouts. Hippocrates takes the extra step to incorporate sprouts such as wheatgrass and sunflower into the drinks served each day thereby maximizing the health benefits gained from both food and drink.

The importance of nutrition in bringing vitality to the body is not a new concept practiced at Hippocrates Health Institute. Going back 5000 years records exist of Chinese physicians prescribing sprouts to treat illnesses.

sproutsSo why are sprouts so nutritionally beneficial? The answer lies within the seed which is full of nutrition and enzymes. When a seed gets water, air and suitable temperature it germinates and it’s enzymes become activated, and there is an explosion of nutritional activity – on average vitamin A will increase 300 percent and a 500 to 600 percent increase in vitamin C. In addition the starches are converted into simple sugars, thus making sprouts easy to digest. After sprouting the enzymes become the ‘lifeforce’ that facilitate the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body.

 

 

Attributes of a sprout:

  • 100 times greater enzyme activity than fruits and vegetables within the first 7 days after germination.
  • Easier to digest carbohydrates, as its starches are converted to simple sugars.
  • Contains easily digestible fatty acid soluble compounds, in place of fats.
  • The complex proteins of the seed are converted to easily digestible simple amino acids.
  • Vitamin production increases 300% to 1200%.
  • Minerals become bonded to amino acids making them easily assimilated into the body.
  • Its cell walls are more delicate allowing nourishment to be released more easily.
  • High in phytochemicals and antioxidants powerful in fighting disease and provides anti aging properties.
  • Abundant in Chlorophyll – having purification, anti-inflammation and regeneration qualities.

At Hippocrates Health Institute the statement that’s often heard, “It’s not the food in your life – it’s the life in your food”, refers to these sprout powerhouses. Never in a plants life will the nutrition and enzyme levels be as high as during the sprouting phase.

IMG_1423There is a wide variety of sprouts to choose from offering different flavors and textures, as well as nutritional and health benefits. Some of the salient benefits are as follows:

Sunflower – up to 30% protein, contains 8 essential amino acids, and vitamin D (Approx. 92 IU per 100g or 16% RDA). Also high in trace minerals making it good for bones, muscles, tissue tone and red blood cells.

Sweet Pea – Rich in protease inhibitors that act against viruses and chemicals that promote cancer. Reduces bad cholesterol or LDL in the blood.

Buckwheat – good for circulation, digestion, and neutralizing the effects of radiation due to its anti-plaque properties.

Clover – Purifies the blood. High in calcium and contains plant estrogens that balance hormones. Contains anti-cancerous isoflavones.

Broccoli – High in sulfophane known to protect cells becoming malignant, containing up to 100 times more than in the mature plant. Promotes the bodies’ production of glutathione that neutralize carcinogens, before they can damage the cell DNA.

Radish – Good for clearing mucous from the respiratory tract. De-worms the body and builds good intestinal flora. Mung, Lentil and Adzuki – High in soluble fibers that lowers the bad LDL cholesterol in the blood. Help in regulating insulin and blood sugars.

Fenugreek – Reduces inflammation and benefits the digestive system by soothing the mucous membranes. Contains a fat controller chorine, thus helping weight loss.

Sprouts offer a very viable and economic solution for many regions facing food shortages. They require virtually no soil, very little space and water relative to the nutritional content they provide. When we see the burden to the planet caused by modern diets of meat, dairy, fish, and large monoculture farming practices, growing sprouts could potentially provide an economical and environmentally sustainable alternative. The health benefits form a high sprout diet witnessed by Hippocrates Health Institute should not go without mention. A world where people ate mostly sprouts would be a healthy and thriving one!

 

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How Phytonutrients Benefit Us

Hippocrates Health Institute Organic foodsFor over fifty years Hippocrates Health Institute has been studying food, in particular raw foods and their effects to promote wellness. All foods have nutrients in some degree or another, but there are certain nutrients that are more abundant in certain foods that have a dramatic positive impact on health. Relative recently scientists have discovered natural compounds called Phytonutrients that are found in foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes that work with other essential nutrients to promote good health.

Phytonutrients act as powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories preventing among other things, aging. Their anti-aging abilities come about by their ability to neutralize free radicles in the body – and free radicals are what cause cellular damage that leads to wrinkles, and dry sagging skin i.e. aging. As a note of interest, free radicles come from alcohol, air pollution, radiation, stress, coffee and cooked foods to name just a few. So as you can see its not so easy to totally avoid free radicles, which makes the presence of phytonutrients all that more important. Inflammation and swelling occurs from infection or injury, when the body’s immune system responds by sending more blood to the affected area with components needed for recovery. At the Hippocrates Health Institute we have witnessed numerous occasions where introducing a diet high in phytonutrients to somebody having inflammation, result in a dramatic reduction of the swelling and degree of inflammation.

More than 25,000 different phytonutrient compounds have already been identified by scientists! Phytonutrients often give vegetables their distinctive colors such as green in spinach, orange in carrots and red in bell peppers. The following list is just a few of the most typical phytonutrients, and the plants they can be found in, together with associated health benefits:

  • Chlorophyll – wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and all leafy greens. Good for healthy blood, brain, all bodily tissues, detoxing, lowers blood pressure, glowing skin.
  • Beta-carotene – carrots, yams and green leafy vegetables. Good for Healthy eyes, skin, hair, bones, teeth and sex.
  • Lycopene – tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruits and apricots. Good for boosting the immune system and fighting various cancers.
  • Selenium – brazil nuts and walnuts. Boosting the immune system especially for people dealing with colds, flus, AIDS/ HIV, and tuberculosis. Excellent for the thyroid and it is anti-aging!
  • Diindolylmethane – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and collard greens. Strengthens the immune system.
  • Allyl Sulfides – garlic, onions, and shallots. Strengthens the immune system, and good for allergies, colds, and flu.
  • Curcuminoids – Turmeric. This phytonutrient has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pro-digestive, and anti-infectious properties.
Green Juice

Green Juice

Hippocrates Health Institute has known about the health benefiting properties of plant foods since it’s founding in the 1960’s, and has always encouraged organic on top of this. We now know that organic fruits and vegetables contain much more phytonutrients than non-organic plants. When plants are sprayed with artificial, chemically synthesized pesticides and fungicides they become dependent on this artificial ‘protection’, and consequently stop producing the natural phytonutrient antibodies normally used to deal with these challenges.

One of the reason why Hippocrates health Institute promotes a raw, living food diet is because cooking vegetables over 115 degrees F destroys the sensitive phytonutrients. Therefore the Hippocrates diet consists of organic fresh, ripe and living whole fruits, vegetables and sprouts, full of active phytonutrients and immune system enhancing properties.

Available from Hippocrates health Institute online store

Available from Hippocrates health Institute online store

Hippocrates Health Institute also produces a phytonutrient-enhanced supplement called “LifeGive Phyto-Enhanced+” containing curcuminoids extracted from turmeric to help those who may find it difficult to consume sufficient qualities of raw foods.

 

 

 

Your Enzyme Account

Living foods at Hippocrates health Institute

Living Foods

Health promoting enzymes found in living plant-based foods are particularly prone to molecular destruction by cooking. Hippocrates Health Institute places great emphasis on the valuable beneficial enzymes available in living foods and have witnessed the health promoting effects through the enzyme-rich Hippocrates diet.

When we are born our bodies are provided with a limited supply of enzymes used to keep our system in healthy working order for our entire lives. Replenishing this stock is possible through the foods we eat, but cooking foods above 115 degrees F kills enzymes! Each time we contract a diseases such as a virus or a common cold, encounter stress, or even breath polluted air we are withdrawing from our digestive enzyme account. This account is not replenished and eventually the body may face enzyme bankruptcy!

When the body hits rock bottom enzyme levels it goes into an emergency mode robbing enzymes from glands, muscles, nerves and blood to assist the troubled digestive process. As this trend continues, all other critical areas also become depleted of enzymes and this is now widely believed by many scientists to be the cause of various allergies and diseases. At Hippocrates Health Institute we have noticed enzyme shortages in people suffering from skin disorders, obesity, and heart disease.

Digestive_systemWhen enzymes are introduced back into the system via living foods, notable improvements can be found with blood coagulation, inflammation, wound healing, and tissue regeneration to name just a few. These enzymes replenish and reestablish normal blood-serum enzyme levels, and this process can actually be tracked by adding radioactive dye to enzyme supplements and trace them through the digestive system. Researchers discovered the tagged enzymes making their way into the liver, spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs, duodenum and urine.

The living foods diet encouraged by the Hippocrates Health Institute’s Life Transformation Program achieves two important functions relating to our enzyme account. Firstly by consuming a diet rich in nutrients, oxygen, phytonutrients, enzymes, chlorophyll, and essential nutrients, the immune system is bolstered and stops the unnecessary waste of enzyme energy. Secondly a living food diet is naturally rich in enzymes that are deposited into your enzyme account on a daily basis, keeping you richly supplied with metabolic enzymes that are responsible for building, cleansing, and regenerating the body.