HFE Magazine

May 3, 2018

Green Foods

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Green foods are brimming with important nutrients the body needs

In an ideal world we’d all be eating the recommended 5-6 servings a day of fruits and vegetables to maintain optimal health. But this isn’t so. The Standard American Diet is woefully lacking in dark, green leafy, raw and fermented vegetables and fruits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, less than 9% of American adults consume the recommended servings. To fill the gap, it’s a good idea to go for the green, supplement that is. “One of the keys to health and longevity is getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet,” says board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Joseph 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.”

Rich Source of Nutrients

Green foods include young cereal grasses such as wheat, barley, oats and alfalfa. Interestingly, cereal grasses have the look, smell, feel, taste, nutrient and chemical makeup of green leafy vegetables. “Young cereal grasses are a rich source of nutrients,” says Dr. Brasco. Indeed. Cereal grasses are a concentrated food source of beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, iron and vitamin K and are a good food source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and other trace minerals. Cereal grasses are often used in laboratories as a medium to support the growth of lactobacilli, the “healthy flora” bacteria that inhabit 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.”

Keeping a Balance

The potassium and magnesium found in vegetables and green foods 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.”

Pick Your Greens!

Perfect Food Super Green Formula powder can supplement your servings of fruits and vegetables. This award-winning, #1 selling green food* contains over 8 grams of greens per serving – more than other leading green food formulas. Perfect Food Super Green Formula powder contains 40 whole food active ingredients and organic nutrient rich grass juices. Unlike many other green food formulas that contain the weaker grass leaf powder, Perfect Food contains concentrated cereal grass juice powder and over 30 vegetables, legumes and sprouts and soluble rice bran. Cereal grasses and algae provide a natural source of alkalizing minerals to help maintain the acid base balance in the body.

Each serving of Perfect Food Super Green Formula powder provides 100% Daily Value of Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), 83% vitamin C from natural sources, and over 15% of calcium from natural sources. It also contains spirulina that supports healthy immune function. What’s equally important it what it doesn’t contain: herbs, white or orange vegetables, grains, fiber and other ‘non’ greens than greens as fillers.The select ingredients in Perfect Food® Super Green Formula are produced through the Garden of Life proprietary Poten-Zyme™ fermentation process which makes nutrients more bio-available to the body. Probiotics that result from fermentation also aid assimilation and digestion.

New Perfect Food RAW

The key difference between Perfect Food and Perfect Food RAW is raw, organic and vegan. Both products have the same cereal grass juice blend with the addition of kamut grass juice in Perfect Food RAW. Both products have the same veggie juice blend except the addition of organic pineapple to Perfect Food RAW. Perfect Food RAW has a sprouted blend that is not fermented but is fully sprouted whereas Perfect Food Super Green whole food matrix is fermented. Perfect Food RAW includes S. boulardii and 18 enzymes whereas Perfect Food Super Green includes 10 probiotics. Only Perfect Food RAW contains RAW Food-Chelated chromium, at 120mcg per serving. Perfect Food Super Green formula contains some ingredients which are not included in Perfect Food RAW such as sea veggies and acerola cherry; also it is sweetened with stevia whereas Perfect Food RAW is not sweetened because it has organic pineapple.

Just Do It

Green Superfoods are a category of phytonutrient-rich nutritional products derived from green plants, algae and cereal grasses. These green foods naturally contain high concentrations of chlorophyll and are harvested seasonally to take advantage of high potencies of naturally occurring nutrients. Everyone should consume green superfoods daily. These Superfoods also contain phytochemicals that protect the body against many degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Chlorophyll, beta-carotene in the plankton, and genistein and daidzein in the soy sprouts are four of the most powerful anticancer phytochemicals discovered. No other type of food source provides the nutritional benefit of green foods. It’s a convenient way for people, who otherwise aren’t getting their fruits and vegetables, of getting nutrients that are crucial for overall health.

Divine Health’s Fermented Green Supremefood is a world class blend of 100% USDA organic Fermented Grasses, fruits, vegetables, digestive enzymes and pre/probiotics. Fermented Green Supremefood is made using a low heat drying process which protects the heat sensitive bioactive components and phyto-nutrients.

Opinions expressed on this blog are those of the writer and have not been reviewed by the FDA, CDC or other 'medical authorities'. Therefore, any products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but rather are dietary supplements intended solely for nutritional use.

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