Greens supplements, also known as “superfoods”, are fruits, vegetables, algaes and/or grasses that have been compacted and distilled into powdered form. They typically contain an assortment of nutrient rich foods like spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, vegetables, fruits, barley grass, wheat grass, herbs, and legumes.
Experts recommend at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. However, eating this many fruits and vegetables on top of the daily recommended amount of protein, healthy fats, and carbs is quite difficult. In fact, less than 14% of the population consumes 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies on a daily basis.
Because of this, supplementing the diet with an organic greens supplement is a healthy way to get more of the natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and phytonutrients the body needs for energy, metabolism, digestion, detoxification, fat-burning, repair, and recovery.
Consuming enough fruits and vegetables can help to reduce the following:
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Various cancers
It is important to note that greens supplements are not a substitute for actual food. Greens supplements should be used in addition to real foods to help you get the vitamins and nutrients you need.
However, not all greens supplements are created equal and in my opinion, it is always wise to go with a reputable pharmaceutical-grade supplement as opposed to an over-the-counter supplement. I personally refer all of my clients to Poliquin Group as I believe their greens supplements are of the highest quality.
Committed To Your Health,
Brian Donovan is a certified fitness and nutrition coach, and the founder of Online Fitness Coach, LLC – an online fitness program where clients get direct coaching and personally tailored training plans and customized meal plans. Coach Brian was voted Chicago’s “Best Personal Trainer” by Chicago Reader magazine, Best Of Chicago 2014 edition. He has been featured in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Chicago Reader, Voyage Chicago, and Ezine Articles as well various health and fitness blogs.
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