There has been a lot of hype in the press in recent years about Super Green Powders being included in ones diet to enhance overall health and wellbeing. Are they really as good as the information we are receiving suggests though? This article aims to explore these Super Green Powders in a little more depth; what is contained within them and find the best ways to use them to boost your health.
What Does the Powder Comprise Of?
Most powders typically contain algae and young plants from the cereal grass family. They are actually considered to be some of the world’s best sources of nutrition, phytonutrients and fibre. Algae is one of the more primitive forms of life on the planet. Spirulina and Chlorella are two types of such superfood powder usually included in this genre.
These algaes contain a high percentage of chlorophyll and also protein. The cereal grasses commonly found in Super Green Powders can also include wheatgrass, barley and alfalfa.
These are naturally packed with a high dose of vitamins and nutrients. Many superfood powders that combine other superfoods can also contain extremely nutritious vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and carrots. It is important to check the labels closely to find out exactly what is inside as each individual product can consist of just one ingredient or as many as 52.
The algae, grasses and vegetables are harvested when they reach their nutritional peak, and are dried at low temperatures to preserve their enzyme activity and then powdered ready for use alone in just a little water, or to be added to your vegetable juices and smoothies.
Chlorophyll is the element that gives plants their green colour. It is similar in structure to haemoglobin, and is therefore thought to assist with regulating a healthy blood flow. It can help to regulate your pH balance to an alkaline level, reducing acidity within the body.
This oxygenated alkaline environment created by the chlorophyll is hostile to viruses, cancer and many other diseases. It can also reduce inflammation that leads to other chronic disease.
Many of the ingredients inside Super Green Powders contain antioxidants. These are hugely beneficial, because they act as a defence against the free radicals that cause damage inside of our bodies.
Free radicals are single electron molecules that damage the body by stealing electrons from other cells, mutating and even killing them. They contribute to disease and ageing.
Antioxidants have also been found to aid muscle repair after exercise, and are therefore beneficial to those that work out regularly.
Vitamins and Minerals
The plants that make up the many Super Green Powders are always harvested at their nutritional peak, and studies have shown that they are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes that are easily absorbed by the body as they are in a natural state, and have not been produced synthetically.
They can give your immune system a real boost, promoting healthy digestion and aiding the natural detoxification process.
You may also find that with complete nutrition any cravings for sweet foods are reduced, and energy levels increase. People that take these powders on a regular basis report a general feeling of increased well being and energy.
Powders, Capsules or Juices?
Shop bought super juices will generally be much lower in quality than alternative Super Green products, as the preservatives required to extend their shelf life will often counteract the goodness of the ingredients.
You will generally receive a higher dose of nutrition in a serving of powder, approximately 30 to 50 tablets per scoop of powder. That said, capsules are better than nothing if they are your only choice. They still provide nutritional goodness as described here.
The additional benefit of using Super Green Powders is that they can easily be added to homemade smoothies and salad dressings. It is easy to stir a scoop into natural yoghurt to enjoy with fruit and nuts, or even bake into energy bars. Of course the quickest option is to mix some into a glass of pure water and gulp it down!
Is It Time For You to Introduce Super Green Powders?
Despite these great benefits, no single food group can provide the full requirements of nutrients and antioxidants that your body requires to live a full and healthy life.
However, Super Green Powders are a great way to supplement a balanced lifestyle. The following quotation from Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND, director of nutritional services at the famous Integrated Medicine & Nutrition Centre in Mount Kisco, N.Y. summarises this benefit from Super Greens perfectly:
“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.”