We’ve previously talked about the superpowers of the Supergreens including Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass in Part 1 (if you haven’t read it yet, click here). Now let’s dive into the wonders of the other Supergreens.
Alfalfa sprouts were originally harvested as a food source for farm animals. Then about 1500 years ago it was discovered and used as a herbal medicine. These sprouts are harvested from the alfalfa plant before they are fully developed (for higher nutrient content). They are an excellent source of calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin K (helpful with blood clotting in injuries). Alfalfa sprouts are also rich in phytoestrogens which may help in reducing risks of:
- Heart disease *
- Cancer *
- Osteoporosis *
Broccoli sprouts were first cultivated in Italy during ancient Roman times. It then spread to England in the 18th century, and later on to the United States during the colonial period. For more on its origin and history click here. Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, a category known to be good protectors against cancer.* Research suggests that broccoli sprouts contain 50 times more of the antioxidant sulforaphane than the full-grown crop. This compound has been found to help boost the liver’s purification from carcinogens and other toxic substances.* This gives the sprout some of it’s cancer-fighting properties. (For more research on this click here and here.) Other benefits may include:
- Improving heart health *
- Improved respiratory function *
- Fighting free radicals and skin aging *
Kale is believed to have originated in Asia Minor. It is said to have been introduced by Celtics travelling to Europe around the 6th century BC. Kale is closely related to cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables. Although it is classified as a Supergreen, sometimes…. It can also be purple. There are many varieties most of which are either smooth or curly. The kale plant has tons of vitamins, has manganese, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It is also loaded with antioxidants and is rich in Vitamin C and K as well. Kale benefits:
- May aid in lowering cholesterol levels *
- May help protect the eyes *
- May assist in fighting inflammation *
- May help reduce risk of osteoporosis *
TIP: it is best to just use the leaves and not the stalks when blending or juicing as the stalks can be quite bitter Kale Smoothie Recipe
And last on our list but certainly not the least, is the nettle plant. Nettle earned its name from “netel”, an Anglo-Saxon word that means “needle”. It is uncertain why it was named as such, but some believe it is either due to its stinging characteristic, or because it was used to make cloth during the Bronze Age. The use of nettle as a herbal medicine began in Ancient Egypt. History suggests that they use it in a practice called “urification”, which is the whipping of ones body using the plant to cure ailments like rheumatism, paralysis, arthritis relief, and for improving blood circulation. Roman soldiers are said to have utilized nettle similarly. Nettle may assist in combatting:
- Hypertension *
- Gastrointestinal symptoms *
- Diarrhea *
- Rheumatoid arthritis *
- Inflammation *
- Allergens *
Nettle Smoothie Recipe When used as a wholefood source, nettle is also a great ingredient for recipes like Pesto. So there you have it, a brief description of some of the most popular and powerful super greens out there. For a super health and energy boost start incorporating them into your whole food diet today. Or for a certified organic shortcut you can get them all in our delicious, all in one, high performance blend Yoga Food.
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