The Fruitful Life

4 Super Greens You Need to Know

4 Super Greens You Need to Know

"Super greens" is a buzzword in the natural health field these days. But it can be overwhelming to navigate the myriad of choices available. How do you know which product to choose? Here, we break down the differences between four of the most common super green food supplements.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is an herb that is a natural source of many nutrients and antioxidants, including Vitamins A, C, E, K, and minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. WebMD states that it may help prevent cholesterol absorption in the gut.* Alfalfa is also a natural source of fiber and protein. It is available in powder and tablets, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can easily grow your own alfalfa sprouts from seed in a sprouting jar!

Chlorella

Chlorella is a single-celled microalgae that is packed with nutrients and antioxidants: chlorophyll, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and mixed carotenoids (including lutein & zeaxanthin, both excellent nutrients for the eyes!). It is also a natural source of iron and protein. Chlorella is best known for its ability to aid the body’s natural detox mechanisms; animal studies have showed promising results in chlorella’s potential to reduce heavy metal toxicity.* Because the cell wall of chlorella is extremely difficult for our bodies to break down, look for chlorella supplements with broken-cell walls to ensure maximum digestability and absorption.

Spirulina

A type of blue-green algae, spirulina is a natural source of beta carotene and B vitamins 1,2,3, and 12. It’s also a natural source of minerals copper and iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese, as well as fiber and protein. There are few other foods with as complete and concentrated a nutrient profile as spirulina!

Wheat Grass

Like other greens, wheat grass is an exceptional source of chlorophyll and other essential nutrients: antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals iron, magnesium, calcium. Wheat grass also contains essential amino acids that can only be obtained by dietary sources, making this an excellent vegetarian source of amino acids. Some potential health benefits include supporting healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as managing inflammation.

Ok, back to the super greens aisle. With all the amazing benefits these greens have to offer, why choose just one? Try a powder that includes several different greens (also comes in chocolate flavored!), or mix and match to craft your own blend. Take greens daily in the morning or anytime you need a boost. Super greens powders also make excellent smoothie additions!

Sources:

https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/more-about-green-foods

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-19/alfalfa 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-chlorella#section3

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical program.


Submit a Comment

* Required field