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Learn How Green Super Foods Can Improve Your Health

Superfoods can give your body the nutrient rich diet it needs to be healthy!

Nutrient Cycle in the Ocean Graphic Illustration

Illustration: Hannes Grobe

The Western diet at times is so nutritionally poor that the reality is that we are starving our body of what it needs to perform. The soil in which our food grows is becoming depleted, nutrient levels are lower than they were years ago. Plus, with all the man-made additives, preservatives and colorings in our foods we are placing so much stress put on our system as our body struggles to deal with these toxins – which can lead to the common illness problems of fatigue and obesity as well as more serious illnesses.

Let’s tell the truth here; we all have our weaknesses, we eat the wrong stuff most of the time and we don’t exercise enough, if at all. But what are the alternatives? Well I think that green superfoods can be at least a major part of the solution.

Superfoods, coming from the land or from the sea, are the most nutritionally rich foods available – they are packed full of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and phytonutrients *. The green superfoods are so called due to their high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll has blood cleansing properties and is thought to help rid your body of some of the toxins caused by our western diet.

Other key benefits are that they can act as an energy booster, helping us with stamina to get through our busy lives and by strengthening our immune systems.

Once our body has received and been satisfied with the nutrients it needs to function it will stop craving for additional food.

Below is a brief synopsis of three green superfoods:

Wheatgrass is fantastic for your overall health through its cleansing and detoxifying properties. It can really help improve a sluggish digestive system, leaving you feeling refreshed and more energetic.

Chlorella is great for boosting the immune system and can really help with a detox program. Its ability to grab hold of toxins and remove them from your system can leave you feeling cleaner inside.

Spirulina, which is a microscopic blue green algae, is bursting full of protein and can really help to improve our stamina levels. It is becoming a lot more popular with athletes and gym-goers who find it improves their performance.

I hope my article will help more people to understand superfoods and in particular how they may reduce cravings for processed foods. Ultimately we all have a choice about what we put into our bodies, but as mentioned at the beginning of the article, you can’t expect your body to function properly if you fuel it with the wrong type of food.

By: Sarah B Jane

To learn more about superfoods and their benefits then look at http://www.naturalgreens.co.uk where there’s lots more useful information.

* Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants, such as beta-carotene. The terms Phytochemicals and Phytonutrients are generally used to refer to those chemicals that may affect health, but are not yet established as essential nutrients.

Wheatgrass Barley Grass and Green Superfoods

It's all about going Green

Wheatgrass and Barley Grass are SuperfoodsWheatgrass, Barley Grass and other "cereal grasses" are nutrient powerhouses. The young tender leaves of the wheatgrass, barley grass, oat and rye plants have a nutrient density like no other plants.. During their early stages of growth, these grasses are actually considered to be vegetables, not grains. Once they reach their nutritional peak, usually after seven days, just before developing into a firm stalk, the grasses are harvested and grinded into juice, or low-temperature dehydrated into a whole food powder, which preserves all the natural nutrients and enzymes in the grasses.

Green Superfoods like Cereal grasses are richer than ordinary vegetables in many nutrients, including antioxidants like beta-carotene. They're also very rich in phytonutrients, and have what early researchers called 'The Grass Juice Factor'. This unidentifiable 'factor' was consistent evidence that livestock and other animals raised with these 'cereal grasses' as part of their diets showed superior health and vitality when compared to animals raised on more conventional feeds. Prominent food scientists Charles Schnabel and Dr. George Kohler began researching the effects of these powerful foods in the 1920's and 30's. They discovered uniquely high amounts of diverse nutrients and food factors in the grasses, when compared to other vegetables. "15 lbs of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value to over 350 lbs of ordinary vegetables,' said Schnabel.

After Schnabel and Kohler's findings were recognized and endorsed by government agencies, dehydrated wheat grass tablets were the first 'multivitamins' sold nationwide, and were even prescribed by doctors for various ailments. It wasn't until the chemical revolution in the 1950's that consumers began forsaking nature's nutrients in favor of manmade vitamins. But…results don't lie, and over the last few decades there has fortunately been a renewed interest and appreciation for whole food nutrition, and green superfoods like cereal grasses.

Green Superfoods such as wheatgrass are an awesome addition to anyone's daily diet. They are:

  • Super-rich in Antioxidant beta carotene
  • Source of Alkalizing trace minerals and Phytonutrients
  • Big nutritional punch per gram vs. many common vegetables

Superfoods are in general ultra-concentrated sources of broad spectrum nutrients
When shopping for a wheatgrass / barley grass product / green foods product, there's a few requirements you should have. A good green superfood product should:

  • Use organically grown grasses
  • Be concentrated and in a form easy to drink and digest
  • Have a dark green look, a smooth rich texture, and a rich, 'greens' scent
  • Be wild-crafted and all-natural, with no added synthetic ingredients
  • Use no low cost fillers such as soy lecithin or apple pectin fiber
  • Have additional support super-ingredients like spirulina and chlorella

In my opinion, green superfoods are the absolute best whole food supplement to your daily diet.

Remember, invest into your health, and your life will thank you!

By: Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes Nutritionist and Superfoods SpecialistAaron Hughes is a whole foods nutrition researcher, and is the founder/president of Harvest Nutrition LLC. Find the best Green Superfoods and other nutritional resources from Harvest Nutrition.After battling debilitating fatigue and illness a few years ago, he started to eat a more traditional diet, rich in nutrients that are lacking in modern processed foods. Through simple lifestyle and dietary changes he regained his health, and now is on a mission to inspire lasting change in people's lives through better food and nutrition.

10 Superfoods You Need to Know About

Green Leafy Vegetables are Superfoods

Picture by: SummerTomato

There is an old saying that you are what you eat. If you eat foods that are good for you, you are naturally going to be healthier as an individual. That is why many people are now turning to superfoods and making sure that they get plenty of these in their diet regularly. Here are 10 superfoods that you not only need to know about, but you need to eat them regularly.

Blueberries – These small berries are really a gem, and not only can they provide you with a lot of antioxidants, they are also essential for prostate health. Make sure that you include these in your daily diet, either eating them with breakfast or mixing them into a smoothie.

Green Leafy Vegetables – Although not typically included in the list of 10 superfoods, you really can't beat the health benefits of including plenty of greens in your diet. Although it is possible for you to get your greens through eating salad, I prefer to make a green smoothie everyday which helps the body to assimilate it very quickly.

Cocoa Nibs – Everybody knows about the benefits of dark chocolate but I'm going to take it a step further than that. Cocoa nibs are the essence of dark chocolate, without anything bad included. They are one of the highest foods in antioxidants and you should make sure that you are eating a couple of tablespoons every day of this natural wonder.

Chia Seeds – Most people know about these from the cheesy late-night infomercials but they don't realize exactly what they are missing if they are not including them in their diet. These are so good for you that they were once worshipped by the ancient Aztecs. They contain healthy fats and enough fiber to keep you going throughout the day.

Kiwi – You should make sure that you are eating this fruit every single day. It is an excellent source of vitamin A. and E, along with giving you a lot of antioxidants. Not only that, it's delicious and it has a place on the list of 10 superfoods.

Quinoa – If there is something that could be considered a perfect food, this is it. It has much of the proteins that you're going to need to keep your body healthy and it is considered by the World Health Organization to be the perfect food for developing countries.

Salmon – Make sure that you include a little bit of fish in your diet on a weekly basis, but don't get the farm raised fish. If you are able to afford natural salmon, you will provide your body with much of what it needs in the form of essential fatty acids.

Legumes – As it turns out, beans really are good for your heart. They contain a lot of fiber and are low glycemic, helping you to keep the weight off while giving you enough calories to maintain a healthy diet.

Other Berries – If you are able to afford it, include plenty of berries in your daily diet. I like to have a berry smoothie in the morning, getting my day started with an antioxidant punch that really keeps me going.

Green Powers – One more thing that you can include in your diet are green powders. These help to round out your diet with super foods and can make it easy for you to get a healthy dose every day.

Hopefully you've picked up a few tips here on eating superfoods – including these into your diet will reward you greatly and combined with exercise will further help you to lose belly and body fat.

By: Jack Miller

For more tips, advice and flat belly articles please visit our website we are constantly adding new articles!

Discover the Benefits of Superfoods

Superfoods are Extremly Beneficial for our Immune System

Paul Ehrlich - Nobel Prize in 1908

Paul Ehrlich

Superfoods have been around for decades. Only in the last few years have they gone really main stream. Products have been based around them and many diet authorities have been singing praises of Superfoods. They can make you healthier, give you more energy, and help you resist disease and more.

Most people eat food because they want to enjoy the taste and not because they want to get the right nutrition. The unfortunate truth is that most foods that taste good and that we like to eat, do not have many healthy benefits to them. If cheese burgers helped you lose weight and boost your immune system, our country would be among the healthiest in the world. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way.

There are a few reasons people do not eat the healthiest foods. One reason is that it usually doesn’t taste as good as unhealthy foods but mostly it’s because they just haven’t had the proper education about the health benefits that come with eating nutritional foods such as Superfoods.

I’m going to give you a bit of education right now. Here is a list of the many benefits you can achieve by eating Superfoods and a little bit of information about each one.

Boost Your Immune System: Superfoods are great at helping to boost your immune system. Research has shown that many Superfoods contain the ability to help you prevent diseases such as heart disease, cancer and even common ailments like colds and infections. Superfoods that specialize in this area are Resveratrol and Garlic.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy: Your heart works incredibly hard to keep your body functioning and most people do not even know it. Since you are not thinking consciously about the work it’s doing, it’s easy to take it for granted. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. Luckily, Superfoods work to keep your heart healthy and working smoothly without any prescriptions. Superfoods like colorful fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, which can reduce inflammation in your arteries, work to reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure. Fish, nuts and seeds contain polyunsaturated fatty acids that work to lower your cholesterol. Fruits vegetables and oatmeal also contain a lot of fiber, which helps to lower your cholesterol as well.

Losing Weight Easier: An unfortunate statistic is that more than 70% of all US adults are overweight. About a third of the population is obese. This has to change or many people are going to live shorter, unhealthy lives. Poor diet and inactivity are the major reasons for the high amount of obesity. The main way to solve this issue is to exercise and eat better, but you can also eat Superfoods which will help you lose weight easier. The best Superfoods for losing weight faster are items with omega-3 fatty acids, green tea and dark chocolate.

You can eat all of the Superfoods possible and it still won’t help you if you do not have a good diet and exercise plan. Think of the future and your children. Shouldn’t you do anything and everything in your power to ensure that you are healthy and live a long life, for your children, if not for yourself?

By: Jesus Smith

Jesus is a big fan of Gone With the Wind. He owns many collectibles and he writes on his website about subjects such as gone with the wind collectibles

Green Superfoods Like Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella – 5 More Reasons to Eat

Processed food is really bad for you. Real food is good. Superfoods are really good.

Last time, I gave 5 reasons to start eating Superfoods in your daily diet. Superfoods are known for their nutrient density, antioxidant capabilites, and anti-cancer and -disease properties.

Here are 5 More Reasons (of the many) to integrate Green Superfoods into your daily diet:

6. Supports healthy digestion. Green superfoods are packed with Chlorophyll, which is what makes green plants green. This substance helps aid the body in proper digestion by gently stimulating the walls of your intestinal tract. This helps your body eliminate toxins and waste in a timely and efficient manner. Also, compounds in green superfoods help feed the friendly bacteria in your intestines, promoting a healthy environment and superior nutrient absorption from other foods.

7. Helps with food cravings. When you consume a super-rich portion of green foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories, you’re feeding your body without stuffing yourself. Your body’s cravings for more food temporarily goes down, since it’s getting the nutrients it desires.

8. Gives you energy. Wheatgrass shots have become really popular for mainly one reason: energy. Green superfoods are nature’s energy boosters. They have a wide array of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that all work together to bring fresh living energy into your system. Simply put: Living foods help you live better, and give you more energy.

9. Helps your immune system fend off intruders. People have always hate getting colds. Many people have noticed, since the 1930s till now, that when they consume wheatgrass, in the form of a tablet or powder, their immune system’s resistance to cold and flu becomes stronger. This is one of the main reasons why green superfoods like wheatgrass have remained so popular over the decades.

10. Better nutrition than a mega-vitamin. Low cost mega-vitamins are made with synthetic isolated nutrients created in labs. They’re also packed with fillers, emulsifiers and stabilizers. Doesn’t sound like food to me! Green superfoods are complex God-created compounds that supply your body with vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, plant pigments, enzymes and friendly bacteria that all work together to feed your body the nutrients it desires. In short, the “whole” factor in “whole food” is far better than the sum of all the parts individually.

Shopping Tips: When choosing a Green Superfood powder to consume daily, I definitely recommend that it has the following characteristics:

-A variety of chlorophyll-rich green superfoods, including grasses, algae, land greens

-Rich, emerald green color – signifies nutrient density

-Super-concentrated grasses and grass juices – Look for triple concentrated. This gives you more nutritional bang per buck

-At least 6,000mg of Greens per serving, preferably 7,000mg. The majoriy of each serving should be Greens.

-No low cost fillers (like soy lecithin), and no artificial flavorings, colors, or additives,

-It must mix well with water or juice, and you must enjoy the taste. If you have to force it down, it’s not worth it.

-Money Back Guarantee. A reputable brand will back up their product.

Consuming a Green Superfood Powder Supplement every day is the perfectly convenient way to achieve your daily fruits/veggies servings, and to boost your energy, immunity, and long term vitality!

-By: Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes is a whole foods nutrition researcher, and is the founder/president of Harvest Nutrition LLC. Find the best Green Superfoods and other nutritional resources from Harvest Nutrition.

After battling debilitating fatigue and illness a few years ago, he started to eat a more traditional diet, rich in nutrients that are lacking in modern processed foods. Through simple lifestyle and dietary changes he regained his health, and now is on a mission to inspire lasting change in people’s lives through better nutrition.

What is a Superfood?

Another Opinion on what is Superfood

Green Spirulina Tablets - Spirulina is also available in powder formA superfood is a whole food that is very rich in nutrients and health promoting properties. In order to be considered a superfood, it should have a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, co factors and so on… There are a lot of so called superfoods out there, but which ones are truly super? Let’s take a look.

Here are some of todays most popular superfoods:

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Maca
  • Noni
  • Mangosteen
  • Goji berry
  • Acai
  • Camu Camu
  • Wheatgrass
  • Barley grass
  • Acerola Cherry

All of these superfoods are very rich in nutrients and do have wonderful health promoting properties. But, which ones truly are the best?

From a purely nutritional stand, Spirulina and Chlorella are the best over all superfoods. Spirulina has more concentrated vegetable nutrition than any other whole food known. Chlorella is second in nutrients only to spirulina. Both have the widest and most complete assortment of nutrients and health promoting properties of any food known to man. The others superfoods are also healthy, but in more specific areas.

Goji Berry, Acai and Mangosteen are excellent for antioxidant boosting. Antioxidants are excellent for anti-aging, because they neutralize free radicals which are partly responsible for speeding up the aging process by disrupting DNA. So, pick one of these superfoods to boost your antioxidant levels. You can also boost your antioxidants levels by eating more fruit, particularly berries.

Acerola cherry, noni and camu camu are very rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which are known to boost the immune system. By boosting the immune system, your body produces white blood cells to help fight off infections, viruses and disease. These fruits contain some of the richest whole food sources of vitamin c on earth. It is much better to get vitamin c from these fruits than ascorbic acid which is not a complete food and can be toxic in large amounts.

By far the weakest superfoods that are touted by companies are wheat grass and barley grass. They do not have anywhere near the nutritional makeup of Spirulina or Chlorella, nor do they have any of the specific properties of the other superfoods mentioned above. The grasses certainly are healthy, but I don’t consider them particularly super. Despite the many claims that are made for these grasses, the nutritional profile for them is not very impressive. You would be far better off eating a dark leafy green like kale which is incredibly high in many more nutrients. In that light, I do recommend eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables instead of relying solely on supplements and superfoods for your health.

By: Scott Malin

Scott Malin is rapidly becoming a widely respected writer on the subject of nutrition and detoxification. You can find excellent advice about how to successfully detox in a safe and healthy way at: http://www.organichealthandbeauty.com/New-Detox-Diet_ep_227-1.html