For a healthy heart and healthy body, welcome to the world of green superfoods. Green represents a healthy lifestyle and so do green superfood supplements. Superfoods are those foods which contain higher amounts of nutrients per serving – these superfoods are rarely known and are often neglected.
Green superfoods have high concentrations of vitamins and minerals as well as essential elements, and also have decent levels of muscle-building protein. They are easy to digest and contain good bacteria that is beneficial for tissue growth and development.
The green color is due to the presence of a compound known as Chlorophyll. The structure of chlorophyll is similar to blood and when chlorophyll interacts with the blood cells, it increases the rate of hemoglobin production. A high concentration of hemoglobin in Red blood cells is required to transport oxygen to the organs.
Wheatgrass is produced from the common wheat plant (Triticum aestivum). The wheatgrass plant grows from the cotyledons of the seed of the common wheat plant – the seedling grows up into a plant having green leaves which if not harvested for a certain time produces wheat .
Though being a part of wheat family, it does not contain gluten. Wheatgrass packs in a rich set of nutrients – studies show that wheatgrass contains twice the amount of Vitamin A than carrots and more amount of Vitamin C than oranges.
Wheatgrass is a good source of protein, amino acids and contains a range of B vitamins. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. 20% of its calories come from protein and the aminos are in the form of short-chain poly-peptides. This property of amino acids helps the body to absorb them quickly.
Wheatgrass is also rich in selenium, Vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, iron, copper and zinc.
- Serves as a detoxifying agent: Due to its rich enzyme and mineral profile, wheatgrass detoxifies the whole body especially the liver and blood. Wheatgrass helps in neutralizing toxic body waste and all the heavy metals residing inside the body.
- Cleans blood: Our blood plasma has the similar structure as that of the chlorophyll. Chlorophyll does expedite hemoglobin production and as well as cleanses blood.
- Increases physical activities: It increases the amount of oxygen that is transported to the cells .During this process, carbon monoxide and smog levels decrease therefore promoting more endurance in physical activities.
- More nutrient profile: 30 grams of wheatgrass contains more nutrients than one kg of organic vegetables.
- Aids in digestion: Recent study on patients of ulcerative colitis – a bowel disease, has shown the effect of wheat grass juice’s fiber profile. The patients consuming wheatgrass had improved bowel function.
- Increased red blood cell count: In an Indian study, A group of patients suffering from thalassemia were given 100 ml of wheatgrass juice daily for 3 years. It was observed that those patients needed fewer blood transfusions because of increased RBC count.
Barley grass is the product of the leafy sections of barley plant (Hordeum vulgare). The leaves are harvested when the barley plant is still young. Barley plant can be grown in a variety of soil and climatic conditions, though if the soil is good, the plant tends to have greater nutritional values. Barley grass is at its nutritional peak 2 weeks after sowing the seed.
Barley grass has a rich nutrient profile. It contains a long list of Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. It contains large quantities of beta-carotene, calcium, iron, vitamin C as well as chlorophyll.
The Vitamin profile is substantially rich in Vitamin B1, B2, and B6 and B12. Folic acid and pantothenic acid are also in abundance. The enzyme profile contains superoxide dismutase and nitrogen reductase. Barley grass does have good amounts of fiber in them.
There are also studies to suggest that barley grass contains 11 times more calcium than Cow’s milk, 5 times more iron than spinach and 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges.
- Boosts immune system: Studies have shown that consumption of barley grass daily increases the production of immune cells to safeguard the body.
- Protection against cancer: Barley grass contains an enzyme called superoxide dismutase, which makes barley grass potent against cancer. The enzyme has could prevent cancer cells with the help of compounds like peridoxase protein and catalase enzyme. Catalase enzyme neutralizes the effect of the hydrogen peroxide produced during respiration.
- Reduces signs of aging: Barley grass long list of enzymes help in rejuvenating of skin cells. The compounds like Chlorophyll, Vitamin B, Iron and phycocyanin helps promoting a better bone marrow and increases the production of red and white blood cells.
- Detoxification: Barley grass is a powerful detoxifier. It cleanses the blood and the organs like the liver and kidneys. The detoxification property of barley grass is due to the presence of beta-carotene and elements such as zinc, selenium and copper in traces.
- Skincare: The presence of enzyme superoxide dismutase prevents cell damage and gives protection against UV rays. This doesn’t mean you can skip the sun cream – think of it as extra protection for your skin.
- Helps overcome addiction: Barley grass contains glutamic acid, which helps in inhibiting craving of drugs, nicotine, alcohol and even sweets.
- Maintains acid-alkali balance: Barley grass is alkaline in nature. Due to its alkalinity, it reduces the harmful acids in the body which may cause damage. A proper balance of acid-alkali is required to inhibit health problems like cardiac pain, sleep disorders and fatigue.
Chlorella is a single celled algae and it’s believed that it is one of the oldest organism to be present on the earth. Chlorella can survive all kind of attacks by other bacteria and virus owing to its thick cell wall, and has a great multiplying rate and divides into 4 different cells every 20 hours.
Chlorella algae is grown in ponds in warm temperatures. This temperature results in a nutrient dense chlorella supplement.
Chlorella has a superb nutritional profile. It has rich reserves of protein, fibers, essential fatty acid mainly ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid), a wide array of Vitamins and minerals as well as anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, mucopolysaccharides.
The major deposits in Chlorella are of Vitamin B12, Vitamin K1, Vitamin A, D, E and minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.It also contains good amounts of beta carotene and lutein. It also contains Nucleic Acids (RNA, DNA). Chlorella is believed to have more protein content that one ounce of beef steak.
Chlorella is a nutrient dense food but it has to be processed to break its cell walls. Due to its tough cell wall, it needs to be processed before it is consumed.
- Increases cellular energy: Chlorella has good concentrations of RNA & DNA. RNA & DNA increase ATP production and improve intercellular communication.
- Detoxification: Chlorella is highly soluble in the human body. When consumed, It acts as a detoxifier due to the its great anti-oxidant property and its vitamin and mineral profile. Consumption of Chlorella cleanses heavy metals from the blood , and organs like liver and kidney.
- Prevents Cardiovascular diseases-Studies have shown that consumption of Chlorella has shown significant reductions in cholesterol and triglyceride levels thereby reducing chances of cardiovascular diseases.
- Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A research was carried out on patients suffering from fibromyalgia. They were given Chlorella tablets with malic acid extract for 2 months – the patients reported better health conditions with Chlorella.
- There are other benefits associated with Chlorella including better digestion, balancing blood pH due to its alkaline nature, neutralizing bad breath, better concentration, more oxygen transport due to the abundant chlorophyll and more hemoglobin production.
The World Health Organization has called Spirulina the greatest super food on earth.
Spirulina is blue-green algae which is grown in ponds, and has to be grown in pure water. The algae absorbs water for growth, so if the water is contaminated, the algae can be harmful.
Consumption of spirulina is associated with numerous health benefits though there is still research ongoing. Nevertheless, Spirulina is a rich source of calcium, potassium, Magnesium, B vitamins and has high concentrations of Iron. Spirulina has a very strong amino acid profile in it and the protein content almost constitutes 60-70% of its dry weight. Depending on the processing, a 100 gram serving of spirulina contains around 58 grams of protein – however, this figure is just for comparison purposes. Don’t consume 100 grams daily!
- Faster recovery for athletes: A group of athletes were asked to consume spirulina before their game – noting that they didn’t take any other pre-workout. It was observed that the athletes had gained strength and recovered faster.
- Reduction in mouth ulcers: Research was conducted on people who consumed beetle leaves with added tobacco. Over a course of a year, they were supplemented with spirulina. 45% of the people saw regression in ulcers and 7% got complete rid of ulcers.
- Reduction of LDL Cholesterol: A group of people aged between 37-61 having high LDL cholesterol were supplemented with 1 gram of spirulina for 12 weeks. A fasting blood sample was collected before and after starting the research, and it was observed that the LDL cholesterol levels were reduced.
- Allergy reduction: Early research shows that consumption of 2 grams of spirulina for a period of 6 months has shown significant reduction in allergies in adults.
- Diabete control: Consumption of 1-2 grams of spirulina has shown improvements in the blood glucose levels of diabetes patients.
- The other benefits of spirulina include power to fight anxiety, depression, and memory issues as well as wound healing.