When you were little, you were probably told that you must “eat up your greens” if you want to grow healthy and strong. It still holds true for us as adults - leafy green vegetables provide us with a whole host of important vitamins and nutrients. But in today’s busy world, when we all seem to be so time poor, making sure that you eat a healthy well-balanced diet can be quite a challenge.
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But by taking Organic Best of Greens Powder on a daily basis, you can help bring the balance back into your diet and benefit from the remarkable properties of this unique blend of green plants. Organic Best of Greens focuses on some of nature's most potent leafy green vegetables known as the cereal grasses, that are so packed with nutrients they are sometimes referred to as nature’s own multivitamins. Developed by world renowned longevity expert Dr Garry Gordon and made from 100% natural organic ingredients with no artificial ingredients or additives whatsoever, Organic Best of Greens Powder has been specifically formulated to provide you with some of the very best that nature has to offer.
The benefits of this remarkable product include:
And being a concentrated, nutritious, vegetable based whole food supplement, Organic Best of Greens Powder is very easily digested and assimilated by the body, allowing the body to access its nutrients within minutes of consumption.
Below we look in turn in detail at each of the ingredients that make up this truly amazing supplement.
Alfalfa (medicago sativa) is a flowering plant from the pea family. In some countries it is known as lucerne or lucerne grass. Alfalfa is the most cultivated legume in the world with worldwide production reaching around 454 million tons by 2002. Although nowadays alflalfa is farmed mainly for use as a forage crop, its use for humans is not new - indeed history records that alfalfa has been used in herbal medicine for over 1500 years! And its property of being one of the most complete foods available was not lost on our ancient forebears either. Since the time of ancient Arab civilisations, alfalfa has been known as the “Father of all foods” due to its beneficial effects on both health and vitality.
These days we know that alfalfa is packed with almost all the known vitamins, minerals and trace elements needed for optimum health. It achieves this by having a very deep root system that can extend for many metres into the ground where it can reach minerals and nutrients inaccessible to most other plants. As a result alfalfa contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B-complex factor PABA, Inositol, Choline, Biotin, Folic Acid, and Vitamins C, D, E and K. It also contains the minerals Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Iron as well as trace quantities of Copper, Manganese, Boron, Cobalt and Molybdenum. Alfalfa is also a rich source of protein and has up to 8 enzymes that help to promote biochemical reactions in humans that enable food to be properly assimilated within the body. Alfalfa is particularly rich in chlorophyll which is known to help stimulate human tissue growth and repair, and also act as a powerful cleanser and deodoriser.
But not only does alfalfa have extremely high nutritional value, it is also high in fibre and, combined with its ability to reduce appetite, it makes a perfect adjunct for those seeking to lose weight. Even if you do not need to lose weight, alfalfa can still aid digestion.
As far as specific illnesses are concerned, alfalfa has long been recognised by naturopaths as a useful aid in the treatment of diabetes, jaundice and kidney complaints, anaemia and rheumatism. Being highly alkaline, it also assists in the control of uric acid, which builds up around the joints to cause arthritic pain. And by neutralizing acidity, it promotes healthy bladders and urinary tracts.
As far back as the Egyptians, the Romans and the Vikings, barley and barley grass have been used in both human and animal nutrition. Barley grass juice powder is made from the dried young leaves of the barley plant - picked before the plant has developed seeds. At this early stage of growth, the barley plant is closer in composition to a vegetable rather than the grain it will later become which is why it is known as barley grass rather than barley.
Using young leaves is also important in terms of nutritional value, because it is in this young state that the plants leaves are packed with vital nutrients - vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll. As the young cereal plants grow their nutrient concentration deteriorates significantly.
As with alfalfa, barley grass is a concentrated whole food that offers balanced nutrition for the whole body. It is claimed that that barley grass is the only food that can supply all of the nutrients that the human body needs from birth to old age. Whilst this may be a hard claim to prove, what is known that barley grass is packed with the following:
Chlorella is a single-cell, fresh water, green algae. Whilst it might not sound particularly appetizing, it is an attractive food source because, when dried, it is about 45% protein and contains many other essential nutrients. With its high concentrations of chlorophyll, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidant carotenes and vitamins and minerals (especially zinc) many consider chlorella a useful addition to diets. Clinical studies suggest that chlorella maybe useful in aiding the detoxification of dioxins (highly unstable, poisonous chemical compounds), reducing high blood pressure, lowering serum cholesterol levels, accelerating wound healing, and enhancing our immune systems.
During the post war years, many saw chlorella as a promising new food source that could possibly be the solution to the global hunger crisis that was then being experienced. The key lay in chlorella’s ability to efficiently convert solar energy into protein. This photosynthetic efficiency allowed chlorella to yield more protein per unit area than any other plant. But difficulties in production, and the concomitant increase in production costs, meant that ultimately chlorella fell from mainstream favour as alternative food source. However, it holds a place as a useful dietary supplement and remains one of the best selling health food supplements in Japan.
Lemongrass, a rhizome that comes from an underground root system similar to bamboo, is a commonly found ingredient in Thai cooking. It adds a distinctive, pleasant citrus aroma to Thai food. But lemongrass is also known for its medicinal effects which include detoxification, cholesterol and blood pressure reduction, general pain relief and the reduction of intestinal gas. Lemongrass is also a useful aid to stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation. It may also help with depression and jet lag.
Oat grass (sometimes known as oatstraw), like barley grass, is the name given to the young shoots of one of cereal grass family - in this case the grain plant avena sativa. It is rich in a number of vitamins (Vitamins B (including folic acid), C and K), beta carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A), calcium, iron, chromium, magnesium, protein and fibre. The fibre content makes it useful for encouraging normal bowel function. It possesses a relaxing and stimulating action that nourishes and strengthens the nervous system. As with oats in general, oat grass is known to help lower cholesterol. Women may find it useful in the treatment of PMS and menopausal symptoms and both sexes may find it of value for a number of conditions including:
Shavegrass (Equisetum arvense) or horsetail as it is often called, is found widely throughout the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It is an ancient plant - during the Carboniferous Period (354 to 290 million years ago) it was predominant and would grow up to forty feet or more tall.
Since ancient times, shavegrass has been used in both Chinese and European herbology to halt bleeding and heal wounds, treat urinary infections and alleviate painful urination, reduce inflammation of the prostate gland and to strengthen bones. Its primary chemical constituents include bioflavonoids, alkaloids (equisetin, nicotine, palustrine, palustrinine), silica, calcium, manganese, magnesium, sulphur, potassium, phytosterols and tannin. Shavegrass is thought to contain the highest amount of silica of all the known herbs. Silica is an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin and nails. It also strengthens connective tissues throughout the body and possesses an anti-arthritic action. Some experts have suggested that silica may also be crucial for bone and cartilage formations which would indicate that shavegrass may be beneficial in prevention of osteoporosis.
Spirulina is the common name given to a food supplement that is produced from two species of cyanobacteria - Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima. It is a microscopic blue-green algae that lives in both sea and fresh water and is cultivated worldwide. Although history records its use until the 16th century, spirulina appears to have fallen completely out of fashion until its re-emergence the 1970’s.
Spirulina is now widely available as a protein rich, nutrient dense supplement. It contains an unusually high amount of protein (well over 50% of its dry weight) and this protein is what is known as a complete protein i.e. it contains all essential amino acids, making it superior to typical plant protein.
Apart from protein, spirulina is an excellent source of the following:
Like all edible dark green plants, spirulina is also highly alkalizing, which as we have mentioned above, enables it to help in the restoration of the acid-balance within the body. It does this by assisting in the neutralization of acidity that is caused by, amongst other things, diet, stress, environmental pollutants, coffee, tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Apart from the obvious benefits of having excellent nutritional value which makes spirulina a useful tool in the fight against such conditions as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, spirulina may also have some surprising uses. For example a study in 2008(1) found that spirulina may help to provide symptomatic relief for those suffering from allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
The herb stevia (stevia rebaudiana),also known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf, is widely used throughout some parts of the world as a natural sweetener. Because it has negligible effects on blood glucose and may even enhance glucose tolerance, it is attractive as a natural sweetener for both diabetics and those on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
For centuries it has been used in South America as a herbal remedy to treat heartburn and other ailments. However, more recent medical research has revealed that stevia might be a promising weapon in the fight against obesity as well as in the treatment of high blood pressure.
As with barley grass, the concept behind wheat grass is that it is the young leaves of the wheat planted that are picked and dried to make wheat grass powder, before the amazing nutritional content of the wheat grass has been significantly degraded. And as with barley grass, wheat grass is one of the most potent green vegetables available. Indeed, the nutritional values of the two grasses are remarkably similar. Wheat grass is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and chlorophyll. This, in turn, can provide us with the following benefits:
When you review each of these powerful nutrients as one collective package you will agree that Organic Best of Greens Powder really is a truly amazing supplement.
Organic Best of Greens Powder can be taken 1-3 times a day. One scoop of Organic Best of Greens Powder can be added to 8 ounces of water or juice and then blended to the desired consistency.
1. Cingi C, Conk-Dalay M, Cakli H, Bal C. The effects of Spirulina on allergic rhinitis. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Larynology 265 (10).