Did you know…
The lungs exist in an oxygen-rich environment, which requires balance between the toxicity of free radicals and the protective qualities of antioxidants. It is known that an increase in oxidative stress, caused by free radicals, can initiate dysfunction of the lungs. It is this process that makes cigarette smoking (or breathing smoke from the fires) so dangerous for the respiratory system, because it creates an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Antioxidants are the lungs’ first line of defense against free radicals. Microgreens that have antioxidants are Arugula, Basil, Beets, Buckwheat, Cilantro, Kale, Mustard, Peas, Sorrel, Sunflower, Swiss chard, and Wheatgrass.
Vitamin C is arguably the most important water-soluble antioxidant found in the respiratory system. Arugula, Basil, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Mustard, Nasturtium, Peas, Radish, Sorrel, and Sunflower microgreens contain large quantities of Vitamin C.
Vitamin B6 is another nutrient that is beneficial for those dealing with lung health issues. it supports overall lung function and decreases the severity of wheezing and chest tightness even though no deficiency is apparent. Microgreens with loads of Vitamin B6 are Broccoli, Kale, Mustard, Peas, Sorrel, Sunflower, and Raddish.
Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 biochemical processes in the body and is critically important to the contraction/relaxation state of smooth muscle. Low magnesium enhances the contraction of smooth muscle tissue, while higher magnesium levels promote relaxation. Because the muscles of the respiratory system impact how the lungs expand, therefore, the capacity to trap air, it is important to provide these muscles with adequate amounts of magnesium. Studies show that dietary magnesium intake is directly related to lung function and the occurrence of airway hyperactivity and wheezing. Broccoli, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Cilantro, Leeks, Sorrel, Sunflower, Swiss Chard, and Wheatgrass.
See you at the market,
Gary & Ashley