An Everyday Superfood
Greens - An Everyday Superfood
Perfect for keeping your alkaline level up, Greens, an everyday superfood helps prevent inflammatory diseases such as cancer and arthritis from flourishing in your body. Let's take a deeper look into some of the great components of this product.
Spirulina has approximately 1,200 peer-reviewed scientific articles observing this plant’s benefits, yet many people are completely unaware of this highly advantageous algae. Millions of people in India, Chile, Taiwan, and Bangladesh consume high amounts of arsenic through drinking water and it’s so bad that thousands of these people have developed chronic arsenic poisoning. While specific treatment for arsenic poisoning is unknown, researchers in Bangladesh have explored what spirulina has to offer. In one study, 24 subjects with chronic arsenic poisoning were given 250 mg with 2 mg of zinc twice a day. Compared to the results of 17 subjects taking a placebo, the participants in the experimental group experienced a 47% decrease of arsenic. But that’s not all!
According the University of Maryland Medical Center, “a number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer”. Spirulina is such a hit that it can be found in over 70 peer-reviewed articles testing the plant’s ability to effect cancer cells. Explicitly, researchers discovered that compared to untreated cells, spirulina considerably decreased the proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. The possibilities of what spirulina can do for other types of cancer are quite encouraging.
Boosts Energy, Improves Sinus Issues, Aids Weight Loss
Dr. Oz recommends mixing spirulina with lime to better energy performance, and people who take it regularly report having an abundance of energy. This ingredient promotes weight loss, can curb hunger, and reduce sinus inflammation. Studies have also found spirulina to reduce itching, nasal congestion, and sneezing.
MS, RD Kerri-Ann Jennings believes that chlorella is the new algae in town. Since it has a hard-celled wall that our bodies cannot digest, chlorella must be consumed as a supplement. The species are 50-60% protein, 6-40% iron, contains 100 mg of omega-3s per 3 grams of chlorella, and small quantities of copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, B vitamins, and potassium. In one study, men produced more antibodies when taking chlorella than when they took a placebo. In another study that took place over 8 weeks, healthy adults taking chlorella showed increased immune activity. This ingredient can fight chronic diseases with its antioxidants of chlorophyll, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and Vitamin C. It doesn’t stop there: Chlorella may help improve blood lipid levels, promote kidney and heart health, and control blood sugar levels.
Claudication is exercise-induced cramping leg pain, usually caused by artery obstruction. In one study, people taking the supplement walked nearly 34 meter father than those on placebo. It is fact that gingko biloba works just as well as prescription medication used for advancing pain-free walking distance.
One of the oldest living tree species, gingko biloba, is also one of the best-selling supplements in the U.S. and Europe. Studies have shown that it improves blood flow—which is why it is so often used in Europe for treating dementia. Now research indicates gingko biloba’s ability to protect nerve cells that are damaged by Alzheimer’s disease. People with either dementia or Alzheimer’s may experience improved cognitive function, social behavior, and therefore have an easier time in day-to-day life. For such reasons, gingko biloba is thought of as the “brain herb”.
Some nutritionists claim that wheatgrass contains more than 100 different elements we need in order to live a long and healthy life. Wheatgrass is full of amino acids needed for protein-building, enzymes needed for digestion, and a number of vitamins and minerals that fight diseases. Cancers thrive in acidic environments, but fail in alkaline ones. That’s where wheatgrass comes into play. It prevents acidosis, which is the condition of high acid levels resulting from low alkalinity. Which element can we thank? Why, chlorophyll of course! Chlorophyll balances the body’s pH level and protects cells from damage associated with free radicals. Research has uncovered that wheatgrass greatly hinders oxidative degradation of lipids in the liver and protects the powerhouse of cells. The Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit in Israel found that wheatgrass can be used for cancer prevention and treating cancer holistically. Perhaps wheatgrass will open new avenues for how we approach the big C altogether.