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What are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat? If your thinking green leafy vegetables, you’d be right.

Studies repeatedly show that raw green leaves lower the risk of heart disease and cancer and act as a health tonic for the brain, immune system and kidneys. The problem is that most people don’t get enough of these foods and so miss out on their incredible health promoting qualities.

This is where concentrated supergreens, such as green barley grass and spirulina come to the rescue. A daily dose of these powdered green foods provides a concentrated hit of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and protein, keeping your body healthy and helping protect it from disease.

The most popular greenfoods come in the form of grasses or water algae’s, available in powdered, tablet or liquid form. They can be included in the diet by sprinkling them on food, in smoothies or simply mixed with water or juice.

Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives green food its colour. Many of the health benefits attributed to supergreens, comes from the high chlorophyll content. It’s for this reason that we are advised to eat dark leafy greens where the content is more concentrated.

The structure of chlorophyll is very similar to human blood and studies have shown that when consumed, the production of hemoglobin is increased, meaning more oxygen rich blood reaches the cells, an essential element to good health.

Chlorophyll is the ideal anti-ageing solution due to its ability to renew tissue, build blood and detoxify the body. It also boosts the immune system, counteracts inflammation and improves digestive function. If that wasn’t enough, it also helps to strengthen the heart, reduce cholesterol and give you sweet smelling breath!

It’s generally considered that all supergreens are good for most people, however there are some distinct differences between them that limit there use in some instances and make them more appropriate in others.

Wheat and Green Barley Grass
The most commonly known of the green foods, with similar therapeutic properties. Although derived from wheat and barley people are almost never allergic to them in their grass stage, as gluten is no longer present.

Unique to the grasses are the high levels of nutrients, especially the B vitamins, including B12, which is often lacking in the vegetarian and vegan diet. Also present are hundreds of enzymes that help in the digestion of foods, as well as potent anti-oxidants that slow down tissue degeneration.

In studies these amazing grasses have shown to stimulate the renewal of cellular DNA, severely damaged by X-ray. For this reason they are highly recommend before and after exposure to radiation, for example during x-ray’s and air travel.

Further studies have also witnessed remarkable anti-inflammatory properties in cases of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, such as ulcers, gastritis, and pancreatitis, with results being more successful than steroids, with the added benefit of no side-effects or toxicity.

Cereal grasses are cooling and clear toxins very quickly, they have an affinity with the digestive system and help with sluggish livers, slow digestion and inflammatory conditions of the gut.

People who tend to suffer from the cold and have a weak constitution should use cereal grasses in moderation and may consider chlorella or spirulina instead.

Wild Blue Green Algae
This bitter, cooling superfood is perfect if you need to loose weight or feel tired all the time. It helps strengthen the immune system and fights viruses, colds and flu. Blue green algae is very strong so should be taken wisely and not by people in fragile conditions who are thin, dry and feel the cold.

This algae is excellent for the robust, overweight person who has eaten too much meat, eggs, dairy and rich foods, and feels sluggish and depressed as a result.

Wild blue green algae is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, candida and excessive mucus conditions, it is excellent for depression.

Spirulina contains higher amounts of protein than meat, in fact it is 70% protein compared to red meat which is roughly 25% protein when cooked. Animal protein is craved less once spirulina is added to the diet.

This fresh water algae is also wonderful for controlling blood sugars and food cravings and therefore benefits diabetics and people with blood sugar issues.

Spirulina helps to strengthen body tissues, especially connective tissue making them more elastic and resilient; it is also strongly anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for the physically active, elderly people, and those in need of strengthening the heart and vascular system.

The least cooling of the grasses and algae’s, chlorella is the safest choice for people who are weak and frail and the best green food for children who are failing to thrive.

Unique to Chlorella is its nucleic acid, content which is essential for cellular renewal, growth and repair. The amount of nucleic acid decreases with age, therefore Chlorella is most suitable as an anti-ageing food, for boosting the immune system, and healing injuries.

Chlorella also contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids making it highly beneficial in reducing cholesterol but is not an effective food for the treatment of weight issues.

Like any supplement, continuing to eat a poor diet whilst trying to overcome the damage with supergreens is counterproductive. The very best results will be achieved as part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle.

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