Super Greens for Winter
Barley grass is a nutritious food rich in chlorophyll, antioxidants, enzymes and other phytochemicals. These living enzymes and flavonoids function as potent free radical scavengers. Barley grass is naturally alkaline and helps to neutralise excess acidity in the body, as well as detoxifying pollutants, boosting energy and immunity.
Wheat grass contains vitamins A, C, E and B complex as well as a plethora of minerals such as the alkaline earth metals, calcium and magnesium. Wheatgrass may also assist oxygenation of the blood, particularly in post exercise recovery. Oxygenation of the cells aids the removal of toxins, increases cellular health and frees up more haemoglobin.
Spirulina boasts a high content of chlorophyll and contains the alkalising minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Spirulina possesses a high quantity of plant protein as well as beta-carotene, B vitamins and a range of antioxidants.
Chlorella is a nutrient-dense, green microalgae that contains chlorophyll, phenolic compounds, protein, vitamins, beta-carotene and alkalising minerals. Chlorella may enhance mucosal immune function and exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic actions. Chlorella can help to reduce absorption of heavy metal toxins (mercury, cadmium and lead, DDT and PCB).
Brown seaweed contains fucoidan which exhibits anti-inflammatory actions and stimulates the immune system by increasing white blood cells and enhancing phagocytosis. Fucoidans contain complex sulfated fucosylated polysaccharides, which are known to have various biological activities such as: anticoagulant, antiviral, antiparasital and anti-inflammatory.
If you can’t find these super greens in the fresh form, a super greens powder may be helpful to ensure you get a good dose of the above nutrients each day. Remember to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to top up your nutrient intake even further. A wholesome diet with added super greens will keep your body supercharged all winter long!