Want great health? Eat more green foods! And by green foods I mean;
- green leafy vegetables (spinach, rocket, swiss chard)
- cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cabbage)
- herbs (coriander, parsley)
- grasses (barley grass, wheatgrass)
- sea vegetables (kelp)
- fresh water algae (spirulina, chlorella)
- green powders (essentially providing you with concentrated combinations of the above)
Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives green foods, plants and algae their colour. It is also one of the most powerful life-giving substances on the planet.
Notably, chlorophyll has a strong impact on the quality and purity of our bloodstream. It has even been called “green blood” due to its similarity to the oxygen carrying molecule in blood; hemoglobin. In fact, the only major difference between the two is the binding mineral at the center of their atomic structures. Chlorophyll is built around magnesium while hemoglobin is built around iron. Magnesium is essential for healthy brain, muscle, and nervous system function. What’s interesting is that when green foods are combined with iron rich foods such as red meat, they increase hemoglobin and red blood cell counts faster in patients with iron-deficiency anemia than iron supplements alone, and have a favourable effect on red blood cell formation in the bone marrow.
Chlorophyl also alleviates blood sugar imbalances, soothes pain and inflammation, improves milk supply in lactating mothers, improves bowel function and helps to relieve painful haemorrhoids, improves respiratory function, reduces and eliminates body odours, kills bacteria in wounds and speeds up healing, improves liver function, relieves gastric ulcers, increases the flow of oxygen in the body, improves skin disorders, and cleanses and detoxifies the body of carbon dioxide, toxins and stress. Yes, it’s amazing!
Aside from chlorophyl, green foods also contain an abundance of powerful phytonutrients & trace minerals. For example;
Green Leafy Vegetables – such as spinach, are rich sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Two powerful anti-oxidants that protect the eyes from harmful UV light, improve vision and prevent age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Cruciferous Vegetables – such as kale and broccoli, contain isothiocyanates & sulfuraphane which are powerful cancer fighting nutrients. They are also excellent sources of vitamins A, C, E and K as well as iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. Broccoli helps prevent birth defects, improves the immune system and strengthens the bones. Kale is a great pre-biotic as well as offering anti-aging, cleansing and cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Herbs – such as coriander and parsley, contain vitamins and minerals like beta carotene, folic acid, magnesium and iron. Parsley eases diarrhea, helps to eliminate excess water from your system and helps balance hormones. Coriander is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that helps boosts immunity, enhances liver function, improves digestion and helps balance blood sugar.
Grasses – such as barley grass and wheatgrass, contain digestive enzymes. The juice of these grasses may help improve symptoms related to stomach ulcers and other digestive conditions like celiac disease, indigestion, food allergies, Crohn’s disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Barley grass also acts as a free radical scavenger that helps reduce inflammation and pain, and wheat grass has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and helps the body attack cancer cells.
Sea Vegetables – such as kelp, contain iodine, vanadium (which improves metabolism and increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin), and fucoidans (which have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties as well as anticoagulant and antithrombotic properties that promote cardiovascular health).
Single Celled Algae – such as chlorella and spirulina, are rich in easily-digestible protein (with all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios) as well as enzymatic pigments phycocyanin & phycoerythrin which help carry out essential metabolic functions. Spirulina and chlorella are also great detoxifiers, able to break down and eliminate toxins and heavy metals such as DDT, PCBs, mercury, cadmium, and lead.
Green your diet
Greens represent a convenient, low calorie, nutrient-dense source of otherwise hard to obtain minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. The power of the phytonutrients in green foods to heal and rejuvenate a body is simply unmatched by any combination of synthetic medicines or supplements. Therefore, drink fresh green juices, green smoothies, salads and soups, and/or take a daily dose of a concentrated green superfood powder like Green Vibrance to instantly upgrade your health.