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The Power of Super Green Foods
Most health experts will tell you that the more greens you eat, the less likely you are to develop chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The problem? Most people don’t eat nearly enough nutrient-packed dark-green vegetables, so they can’t take advantage of their myriad health benefits, which include reducing inflammation, enhancing detoxification and helping maintain a proper acid-base balance in the body.
One easy way to get more greens is to take supergreens supplements. Consuming greens supplements, such as powders and juices, can be a convenient and reliable way to help you get your necessary daily intake of green vegetables - and then some.
The most common types of supergreens include young cereal grasses, including wheat, barley and alfalfa, along with algaes, such as spirulina and chlorella. Most are edible in their natural, unprocessed form, but for convenience they are commonly offered in powder, capsule or juice form.
Such greens products are typically made from grasses and algae harvested at their peak nutritional state. They are then dried at low temperatures and powdered.
Because more than a pound of greens may be used to make a mere ounce of powder, cereal grasses and algae can offer a greater nutrient density by volume than the various green vegetables you’ll find in the supermarket produce department.
Cereal grasses and algaes are superabundant in chlorophyll, a chemical that lends plants their emerald hue and various nutritional benefits. Chlorophyll can help escort cell-damaging toxins like dioxin from the body via the liver. Additionally, it’s a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways. Also, many experts believe that chlorophyll can assist healthy blood flow because the chlorophyll molecule is similar in structure to hemoglobin.
Similar to their leafy green and cruciferous counterparts, cereal grasses and algae are notable for their stellar oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score - a test-tube analysis that measures a food or chemical’s ability to squelch free radicals. As free radicals or oxidants bounce around the body, they wreak havoc on cells, raising the risk for a number of chronic maladies including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. A daily shot of greens can provide an arsenal of phytonutrient antioxidants to help neutralize these free radicals, thus preventing cell disruption.
That healthy dose of antioxidants may also reduce or help repair the oxidative muscle damage associated with exercise, making supergreens helpful for improving recovery from high-intensity workouts.
Green drinks also have the potential to quell inflammation. It’s now recognized both clinically and scientifically that chronic inflammation in the body leads to cell, tissue and organ degeneration. Green powders contain literally hundreds to tens-of-thousands of plant compounds suspected or well-established to reduce inflammation. Also, greens are very alkalinizing, meaning they help restore a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body.
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