What are Superfoods?
Some foods have an extraordinary range and levels of nutrients available – these are known as SUPERFOODS. Superfoods are foods that contain higher than normal levels of important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (often in the form of plant pigments), essential fats and enzymes. Superfoods have SUPER health benefits, delivering high potency nutrients to protect against serious disease, lower cholesterol, protect the organs from toxins and improve digestive health. Nutritionists say SUPERFOODS can help you live longer with a better quality of life.
Here are a few green superfoods and why they are important. Choose what you like according to your needs:
Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant. Wheatgrass supporters insist wheatgrass has health benefits in terms of vitamins and minerals, plant enzymes and chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants including: Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, The B group vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and panthothenic acid, Minerals manganese, zinc, magnesium, iron. Wheatgrass is popularly taken as juice and is also available in powder and tablets forms for people on the go.
Barley Grass: Barley grass juice is a popular juicing ingredient for detox. Barley grass can help treat or prevent many health problems, including: Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Inflammation and Insomnia. Additionally, barley grass is said to promote weight loss, enhance energy, slow the aging process, stimulate the digestive system, boost immunity, and even protect against cancer. It is proven to have a densely packed nutrient profile and was a part of human diets since Roman times.
Alfalfa: Alfalfa is a herb that it is used for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate conditions, and to increase urine flow. Alfala is also used for high cholesterol, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, upset stomach, and a bleeding disorder called thrombocytopenic purpura. People also take alfalfa as a source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4; and minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron. Alfalfa was used as a general energy supplement by Persian warriors and is available in powder & tablet form.
Moringa Leaf: Moringa leaf boosts your energy in a natural manner, and is a remarkable source of nutrition. This energy promotion does not happen because of sugar, so it is lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted, there are reduction in the arthritis pains and inflammations, controlled blood pressure, the skin problems are restored, and finally they have stronger defenses against diseases. Another benefit of Moringa leaf is its soothing ability, because of which it can lower the blood pressure and promotes good sleep. It is available as powder.
Spirulina: Spirulina is a natural 'algae' which is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids. It has high iron content which makes it ideal for vegetarians with iron deficiency. The high concentration of protein and iron also makes it ideal during pregnancy, after surgery, or anytime the immune system needs a boost. Spirulina contains Omega 3, 6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s. Spirulina is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. Spirulina has concentrated levels of many nutrients and minerals and is ideal as an overall supplement. Spirulina is available as powder, tablet & capsule.
Chlorella: Chlorella is single-cell green algae containing very high concentration of chlorophyll which binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body in a process called chelation. Heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, and lead, will remain in the body and cause havoc to the immune system and will destroy vital cells over time unless intervention is used to remove them from the bloodstream and the body. During the process of chelation, chelating agents such as chlorphyll will bind with heavy metals making them inert and they can be excreted without further interaction with the body. Chlorella is available in tablet and capsule forms.
Consider including some or all of these in your and your family's diet for a healthy lifestyle. You can use them to boost the nutrition in your smoothies or just have it as a shot of health juice by mixing it in water. Cheers :-)