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OrVana Paper Summary: Microgreens: Nutritional Powerhouses and Their Health Benefits

Potential Effects Of Microgreens
Potential Effects Of Microgreens

The paper reviews various extraction methods for bio-functional components from microgreens, highlighting their food applications and health properties. Here are the key benefits of each type of microgreens mentioned in the paper:

1. Kale Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Rich in phenolic acids, flavonoids, and vitamins.

- Health Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, anti-allergic, antiviral, and anti-ulcer properties.

2. Spinach Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Contains glucosinolates, chlorogenic acid, and hydroxycinnamic acid.

- Health Benefits: Antioxidant and anticancer activities.

3. Quinoa Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Rich in nitrogen-containing compounds, terpenoids, and steroids.

- Health Benefits: Antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.

4. Onion Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: High in rutin, quercetin, and quercetin glucosides.

- Health Benefits: Antidiabetic, anti-obesity, cardiovascular protection, and neuroprotection.

5. Brassica Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Alpha-tocopherol, phylloquinone, anthocyanins, and ascorbic acid.

- Health Benefits: Anticancer, neuroprotective, anti-amnesic, antidiabetic, and immunomodulatory properties.

6. Red Beet Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Carotenoids, nitrates, betalains, and ascorbic acid.

- Health Benefits: Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant.

7. Radish Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Rutin, ascorbic acid, anthocyanins, and quercetin.

- Health Benefits: Strong antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

8. Mustard Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Anthocyanins, flavonoids.

- Health Benefits: Protect cardiovascular diseases, lower cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

9. Cauliflower Microgreens:

- Bioactive Compounds: Glucosinolates, polyphenols, flavonoids, kaempferol, vanillic acid, and coumaric acid.

- Health Benefits: Strong antioxidant capacity, anti-inflammatory properties.

The review underscores the diverse nutritional and health benefits of microgreens, making them valuable functional foods that can address various health issues, including chronic diseases, cardiovascular health, and metabolic disorders.

Aqeela Sehrish, Iqra Majeed, Eliasse Zongo, Hudda Ayub, Hamad Rasul, Muhammad Abdul Rahim & Fahad AL-Asmari (2023) A review on various extraction and detection methods of bio-functional components from microgreens: food applications and health properties, International Journal of Food Properties, 26:2, 3082-3105, DOI:10.1080/10942912.2023.2272564

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