These Super Green are potent nutraceuticals that assist with alkalisation and detoxification with research indicating that they also have a role to play in weight management and satiety. Some studies have indicated that they may also help to regulate cholesterol and reduce arthritic symptoms.
Super Greens are also a good source of fibre which assists with bowel regularity and satiety with the key ingredient common to all of the Super Greens being chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a super nutrient that acts as a blood purifier, system alkaliser and heavy metal detoxifier. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help in the treatment of common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and is the perfect alternative to coffee to provide a natural energy boost. It is often recommended before exercise to help with both strength, performance and endurance.
Spirulina is a phytonutrient rich, microscopic freshwater plant that is reported to be the richest whole food in nature. It has been harvested from lakes for thousands of years in many parts of the world. It contains over 100 bioavailable nutrients and is 60 70 per cent protein by weight. There is 50 times more bioavailable iron in Spirulina than spinach and it’s beta carotene content is 25x that of carrots.
There’s more nutritional good news in that it is 3x richer in Vitamin E than wheatgerm and best of all it is absorbed up to x16 more effectively than synthetic multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. It is high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a beneficial fatty acid and contains phycocyanin, which is a pigment that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.
Spirulina is prescribed to support liver health, lower cholesterol, manage weight and to help to reduce allergic reactions.
Triticum aestivum : Wheat Grass, provides an array of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and fibre. With 300% the calcium of milk, 800% more iron than spinach, 200% more fibre than bran this is one of the most popular Super Greens available. It is 24% protein and contains the major 18 vitamins, 20 minerals and 8 basic proteins. Wheat Grass is high in beta carotene and chlorophyll and is high in SOD super oxide dismutase.
Wheat Grass is used clinically to remove toxic metals from the cells, to cleanse the lymphatic system and to boost immune function.Â
Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare) has 500% more Vitamin C than oranges, 200% more Calcium than milk, 500% more iron than spinach and 200% the fibre of bran. Barley Grass provides a wide range of nutrients including beta carotene, vitamin C, B-complex , magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains beta-sitosterol, chlorophyll, pectin and flavonoids. It naturally detoxifies and like Wheat Grass it contains the enzyme SOD superoxide dismutase a powerful antioxidant that protects cells against free radicals damage and cellular ageing. Barley Grass is an excellent antioxidant and free radical scavenger and is commonly used to improve stamina, libido, mental performance as well as skin ailments. It also naturally hydrates the body with organic electrolytes.
Chlorella vulgaris is a nutrient dense microscopic freshwater plant which contains more chlorophyll than any other known plant. It is well known as a heavy metal detoxifier and has been shown to be effective against PCB’s, dioxin and uranium.
Chlorella contains a compound called Chlorella Growth Factor which has been shown in research to promote normal cell growth and boost the immune system. Therapeutically, chlorella is used to improve digestion, to enhance mental clarity and to promote a healthy acid / alkaline balance. It also contains high levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids making it a good choice to treat any problem skin conditions.
All of these Super Greens can improve energy levels, balance blood sugar, help decrease appetite and can promote fat loss which is why so many people use them to help with their weight management programs.
About the writer
Rick Hay is a resident nutritionist for Xnergy, aÂ distributer and retailer of authentic superfoods, complementary supplements and paraben and chemical free, skincare and haircare. To find out more, please visitÂ www.xynergy.co.uk.