What Are Green Supplements?
August 21, 2018
I am definitely not the only one my mother forced to eat vegetables back when I was a kid. Iâ€™m pretty sure you guys were also slightly berated on the dining table. That is not without good reason. Vegetables and fruits do our bodies wonders!
Vegetables and fruits contain micronutrients our bodies need to keep the blood running through our veins and be healthy. They also have natural chemicals called phytonutrients that are not essential to living, but they help your body perform better and keep the unwanted diseases away. Two examples of phytonutrients are sulforaphane and anthocyanins. These two can be deemed as unsung heroes because they do us a lot of good but are not recognized and found on food labels. These â€śnonvitalâ€ť nutrients are the reasons a well-formulated multivitamin will never replace a vegetable-rich diet.
Eating vegetables is always easier said than done. I personally know people who do not eat vegetables. That is why green supplements have taken up shelf space at your favorite supplements shop.
Green supplementsâ€™ increasing popularity is mainly because of its convenience. Many people are choosing to scoop their way to their five-a-day.
So, what are green supplements?
Basically, green supplements are vegetables that have been dried and blended into a powder that you can mix in your drink to obtain the nutrients you do not know you need. The vegetables and fruits used in green powders vary from brand to brand. The most common ingredients, though, are barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, kale, kelp, beets, pineapple, green tea extract, and ginseng. Some green supplements even have pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes.
As convenient and beneficial as green supplements are, I have to warn you that it cannot be your main source of vegetable micronutrients. It is not formulated to meet our essential vitamin and mineral requirements. If you are a hard-training lifter or an athlete, you require an increased intake of zinc and magnesium. Green supplements may not be able to provide this. I strongly advise that you do not switch your multivitamins in exchange for green supplements.
Before you go on asking, â€śSo, if I cannot rely on green supplements for multivitamins, why should I buy it?â€ť I want you to know that green supplements and multivitamins are two very different things. Green supplements simply augment a diet that lacks fruits and vegetables. Consuming vegetables and fruits are known to reduce stroke, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, high levels of blood cholesterol, cancers, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
Nowadays, people find it easier to eat proteins than vegetables and fruits; not to mention, protein is also more palatable. This can result in low-grade acidosis. What is low-grade acidosis? This means that our body contains too much acid and our kidneys and lungs cannot keep our bodyâ€™s pH balanced.
Green supplementation benefits our energy, recovery, antioxidant levels, and bone health. Greens are known to be alkaline thus helping in balancing dietary acids. When a person exercises regularly, it increases acid production in their body due to repeated muscle contractions. A person can speed up the recovery process by eating foods rich in alkaline; adding a little bit of protein wonâ€™t hurt too.
Iâ€™m sure you guys only want to put out the best kind of green supplements on the market, so I would like to share the best components that you would want in your product.
- The Greens Blend – This blend consist of four plants: broccoli, spinach, dandelion leaf, and kale. Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamins C and K, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. It also has Vitamin C known as a powerful antioxidant and helps produce collagen. Spinach is also a fantastic cradle of Vitamins C and K and folic acid, but it is also a seedbed of manganese, magnesium, iron, and Vitamin B2. Dandelion leaves are a good source of calcium and Vitamin K. Lastly, kale has alpha-linolenic acid which is a kind of an omega-3 fatty acid. These plants are all considered leafy green vegetables because they are high in nitrate. Nitrates are known to be good for long-term circulatory and heart health.
- Spirulina – Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is known to be one of natureâ€™s richest and most complete source of vital nutrients. It is rich in B vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Its phycocyanobilin content cannot be disregarded as it provides potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. Several studies have shown that spirulina can improve insulin sensitivity and cholesterol profile, reduce systemic inflammation and muscle damage caused by exercise, help control allergies, help the body get rid of heavy metals, help protect liver health, and increase muscle endurance.
- Moringa Oleifera – The Moringa tree has been a part of Indiaâ€™s medicinal traditions for so long. Plenty of researches have already revealed how beneficial the Moringa leaves are. Each gram of Moringa leaves contains four times the calcium and two times the protein of milk, three times the potassium found in bananas, four times the vitamin A in carrots, and seven times the vitamin C in oranges. Because of these content levels, studies have confirmed that Moringa leaves mitigate DNA damage, may have anticancer benefits, protect heart health, and reduce blood pressure.
- Reishi Mushroom – This plant has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 2,000 years. It has a high amount of bioactive molecules. In fact, ancestors have referred to it as â€śthe mushroom of immortality.â€ť Studies have confirmed the benefits of the reishi mushroom. It has been revealed that it boosts and balances the immune system, improves a subjective sense of well-being, reduces the feeling of anxiety and fatigue, inhibits the creation of new fat cells, helps protect brain health, raises good cholesterol levels, improves sleep health and blood glucose control, and exerts anticancer effects. Reishi mushroom may not be promising as a first line treatment for diseases, but these benefits are undeniable.
Green supplements are a great addition to our diet – but that is all they should be, an addition. Do not use green supplements as your main source of micronutrients found in vegetables and fruits. The real thing is still the best thing.
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