When it comes to which foods are healthy and which are not, there’s not a lot of scientific consensus. But pretty much everyone agrees that you can’t get much healthier than greens. Here’s a primer on six super greens and what they can do for you.
Broccoli belongs to a class of vegetables known as crucifers, which contain the detoxifying compounds sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. That could explain why crucifer eaters tend to have good long-term health, including cardiovascular health.*[i],[ii] Broccoli has the highest levels of sulforaphane, but cooking it destroys much of the sulforaphane, so it’s a good idea to eat broccoli raw sometimes or get it in supplement form.*[iii]
Finish Your Spinach
Spinach is high in nitrates, which may enhance athletic performance by increasing the number of type II muscle fibers.*[iv] Its antioxidant content is beneficial for the eyes, hair, skin and nails.*[v],[vi] In addition, spinach extract has recently shown promise for its ability to suppress appetite and support weight loss efforts.*[vii]
Parsley: Much More Than a Garnish
It’s often used as a garnish, but parsley has an impressive profile of vitamins and minerals, including the bone-strengthening vitamin K.* The fresh herb provides 77 percent of the Daily Value (DV) of this vitamin in just one tablespoon.[viii] Parsley also has one of the highest concentrations of myricetin – a skin-loving phyto-nutrient – found in any food.*
Go Deep Green with Chlorella and Barley Grass
Chlorophyll is what gives all green plants their verdant hue. Chlorella (a single-celled algae) and barley grass (the young leaves of barley plants) deliver concentrated chlorophyll. Chlorella, in fact, has the highest concentration of any plant. What’s so great about chlorophyll? It’s considered a blood booster because its chemical makeup is nearly identical to that of hemoglobin.* Bonus benefit: Chlorella is naturally detoxifying. Research suggests it may help expel mercury from the body and reduce dioxin in breast milk.*[ix],[x],[xi],[xii]
Spirulina: The World’s First Superfood
One of the oldest ife forms on earth, Spirulina is a blue-green algae that’s full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. It’s been found to maintain blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol already within normal limits.[xiii],[xiv],[xv],[xvi]* Spirulina also boosts the immune system by increasing the numbers and activity of white blood cells.*[xvii],[xviii]
Barlean's Makes Greens Delicious
Though nutritional powerhouses, the idea of incorporating super greens into your diet can be daunting for some. The good news is that adding these foods to your diet is not as difficut as you might think. Barleans greens formulas are easy to add into your daily diet; just mix them into smoothies, shakes, juice, milk, yogurt or water for a daily boost of super nutrition.
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