“Young cereal grasses are a rich source of nutrients,” says Dr. Brasco, co-director of The Colon and Digestive Disease Center of Huntsville, Alabama. “Super green foods are a wonderful way for people who aren’t consuming 5 or 6 servings a day to get those nutrients. They are good for all the reasons vegetables are good for you.”
Cereal grasses are a concentrated source of beta-carotene, calcium, fibre, iron and vitamin K. They also contain a high percentage of protein (per weight ratio), vitamin B6, B-12, C, folic acid, and many other trace minerals.
Cereal grasses are often used in laboratories as a medium to support the growth of lactobacilli, the “healthy flora” bacteria that inhabits the digestive tract. The chlorophyll found in green foods is also very important. “It’s a nutrient that seems to have detoxification value,” says Dr. Brasco. “You’ll also find very high concentrations of chlorophyll in green foods like spirulina, chlorella, kelp and other blue-green algae.”
The potassium and magnesium found in vegetables green foods and cereal grasses are crucial to help maintain acid base balance in the body, making it more alkaline. “It’s one of the biggest reasons to supplement with green foods in addition to just a multivitamin,” says Dr. Brasco. “Potassium and magnesium have incredible health benefits. The alkaline state seems to be more of the ideal pH, where metabolic processes are optimized to the fullest. Acid base balance goes a long way in terms of everything from recovery from illness to bone health to overall health. It’s through the alkalization of the blood and urine that you prevent the leaching of calcium from the bones. Calcium is great but if you really want to protect your bones, eat green food.”
Meet a few of these green super-foods:
Spirulina contains 67% easily digestible protein, vitamins from the B Group, iron, enzymes and trace elements. You can read more about this concentrated green super-food here.
Wheat grass powder is rich in chlorophyll to help naturally cleanse the blood and support the immune system. It also contains beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A, in highly significant quantities as well as omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Green Barley grass is a rich source of dietary fibre for good colon health and regularity. It is one of the few natural sources of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Barley Grass should be harvested when its leaves are still budding, at about 6 days old – this helps preserve its nutritional integrity.
Chlorella contains 60% protein and all 8 essential amino acids. It is nature’s richest source of chlorophyll and has a powerful cleansing and detoxifying ability. It is high in antioxidants that can offer protection against toxins and free radical cellular damage.