Germinated Foods and Autism Spectrum Disorders
There are few natural products on the market today that have as synergistic effect on the body as germinated seeds, grains and pulses. Consider the amount of stored energy (nutrients) a tiny seed requires growing into a mature plant, over a period of a few months.
Germination has been widely used for centuries to improve the nutritional value of seeds, grains and pulses. It ideally fulfills the nutritional principles of whole-food nutrition.
Research has shown that when compared to raw seeds, germinated seeds have a greater nutritive value due to a better quality of protein, a more favorable distribution of amino acids, a higher content of polyunsaturated fats, an increased bioavailability of essential minerals and trace elements, and a higher concentration of vitamins. In addition, germination reduces the content of antinutrients that inhibit digestion and nutrient absorption.
When we germinate a seed we grow it until that energy peaks, and until the chemical changes that convert the proteins, fats and carbohydrates occurs. We then low-temperature dehydrate it, locking in all of those converted nutrients. There is no food more naturally, nutritionally perfect.
For the past 25 years, we have researched the nutritional impact of germination on seeds, grain and pulses. Based on this research, we have developed products from inputs that have a long history of use and proven nutritional benefits. We have developed proprietary methods of germination and dehydration that naturally maximize nutritional density and stability.
The consumption of certified organic germinated seeds, grains and pulses addresses many of the chronic problems that children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face daily. There is no exposure to additives, preservatives, pesticide, chemicals or genetically modified ingredients. The “pre-digestibility” factor is extremely important to guts that are inflamed and damaged. The increased bioavailability of all nutrients is highly beneficial, given that many children with ASD are vitamin and mineral depleted. The positive impact on the blood-brain barrier is important and can play a protective role. Germinated foods in the diet of an individual with ASD allow the body a reprieve from the assault from many modern over-processed foods, and hopefully will assist with the healing process.
The inclusion of certified organic, gluten-free, germinated seeds, grains and pulses in the diet is more important than ever before, given the state of our current food system. In addition, it has the potential to address many of the chronic issues individuals with ASD deal with daily.
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