by Life Enthusiast Staff
Greens provide one of the highest food sources of calcium, in addition to numerous other minerals. Choline and magnesium alone prevent deposits of fat on the liver and in tissue, and potassium stimulates and invigorates cells. Amino acids are plentiful in greens therefore making these foods number one for athletes and health conscious individuals. In addition, greens are an excellent source of micronutrients, including Vitamin A, B, C, and E.
If you want an alkalized system, improved digestion, increased stamina and brainpower, and a strong immune system, greens are for you. Powdered greens are a most effective and convenient avenue to optimal nutrition. Nature is the best chemist and food is our best medicine.
- Balances blood sugar levels
- Eases constipation, gas, bloating
- Increases energy
- Helps with weight control
- Supports immune system
- Improves mental acuity
- Protects the memory
- Removes heavy metals and toxins
- An excellent blood builder
- Improves healing
- reduces aches and pains
- Greater strength, vitality
- resistance to disease
- Stimulates, regenerates the liver
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- lowers cholesterol
- Prevents macular degeneration
- Heavy metal detoxifier
- Blood rebuilder
One of the richest sources of vitamin A, B complex, C, E and K. It has seventeen forms of amino acids and enzymes therefore rebuilding the blood, cleansing the liver and improving blood sugar. It has been known to reduce blood pressure and effectively prevent cancer. Wheat grass is 26% protein therefore making it an excellent choice.
Both Barley Grass and Wheat Grass contain 514 mg. of calcium per teaspoon. Greens support and protect healthy cell development and fortify weak and starving cells which is good news since germs, viruses and bacteria only feed on decay and diseased tissue.
Incorporating green powders helps to clear suffocating cells from mucous formed by acid producing foods. Eating flesh foods weakens our immune system more than any other single thing we do. Their large undigested protein molecules leak through the gut into the blood, where white blood cells recognize them as foreign invaders.
Alfalfa Leaf Juice
Alfalfa is one of our finest foods. It contains saponins which lower bad cholesterol. It also increases the natural killer cells such as T-lymphocytes and interferon. There is an amino acid analog found in alfalfa that has proven to benefit pancreatic and colon cancer as well as leukemia. Alfalfa is also beneficial in the case of hormonal imbalance including hot flashes, menopausal symptoms, PMS and fibrocystic breast tumors.
A favorite of ancient Chinese physicians, Ayurvedic physicians, the Arabs, the Spanish, American pioneers and health enthusiasts and athletes. The roots of alfalfa run as deep as 30 feet - deep enough to get at minerals other plants can't reach. A general tonic especially useful to the cardiovascular system and to reduce cholesterol. Recent studies focus on alfalfa's ability to bind carcinogens and speed their elimination. Used to reduce bad breath and body odors.
Barley Grass - The Best Grass Of Them All
High in chlorophyll, calcium and magnesium , it also supplies iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and zinc. It is an excellent antioxidant, heavy metal detoxifier and immune system booster. Barley is one plant that provides all-inclusive health benefits. Anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties are unique to barley as is its ability to repair DNA.
The enzymes found in barley grass, wheat grass and alfalfa have been linked to the prevention of cancer. In an article recently published in the Journal Of Longevity Research Vol.2/No.4 1996, enzymes were praised for there ability to combat the cancer and disease. Enzymes deter the cancer cells ability to hide from the immune system and spread throughout the body.
There are no better overall foods to be using for health and wellness. A combination of or individually, these amazing powders will help alkalize the body and contribute immensely to good health.
Barley grass is one of the green grasses - the only vegetation on the earth that can supply sole nutritional support from birth to old age. The true beauty of barley is found in the leaves; the young green shoots of power that form before the grain. The young leaves have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain all the vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients.
Amino Acids and Proteins
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins; 20 of them are present in the body proteins in significant quality. Proteins are the major constituent of every cell and body fluid (except urine and bile) and are necessary for the continual cell building, regeneration, and energy production that we need for life. The green barley leaf proteins are polypeptides; smaller proteins that can be directly absorbed by the blood, where they promote cell metabolism and neutralize toxins. Eighteen amino acids, including the eight essential, are found in barley grass.
Enzymes, Vitamins, and Minerals
Green barley leaves contain a multitude of enzymes that facilitate the essential chemical reactions of life that help you move, digest, or breathe.
Astounding amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in green barley leaves. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley juice contains 11 times the calcium found in cows' milk, nearly 5 times the iron in spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams. Green barley leaves also contain significant amounts of chlorophyll.
Green barley leaves are extremely alkalizing, digesting them helps you keep your body's acid-alkaline balance.
Recently research has unveiled a wealth of other possible benefits of green barley leaves. Some studies have shown that when green barley juice is added to injured cells, the cells' DNA repairs itself rapidly. This may contribute to preventing the changes that often lead to cancer, rapid aging, and cell death.
In drying of the barley leaf juice we are using a very advanced drying process, guaranteeing that all active nutrients remain active.
Comparing Green Cereal Grasses
For centuries, civilizations have understood the value of the cereal grasses, including wheat, barley, and alfalfa. Now, twenty years after we introduced Superfoods to the world, scientists are discovering the benefits of these green Superfoods
You probably are interested in improving your health in the most effective way. Some of this information will likely surprise you.
All cereal grasses are nutritionally similar.
In his book " Cereal Grass, What's In It For You", Ronald L. Seibold makes the statement that the nutritional value of cereal grasses is determined more by where it is grown and its stage of growth than whether it is wheat, barley, or any other species. While the taste of young cereal plants varies, the nutritional content does not. This statement is based on thousands of analyses run on all the cereal grasses. Wheat grass and barley grass grown in the same field and harvested at the same growth stage are more similar nutritionally than two barley crops grown in different fields.
Grasses grown in a field are not the equivalent of indoor tray-grown plants.
It is currently very popular to purchase trays and sprout cereal grasses from home. This grass is normally grown in the dark with just water, and is ready to be cut and juiced within 5-7 days. This plant is a good source of chlorophyll, and is a good detoxifying agent. However, these plants should not be confused with more mature plants that have been planted in rich soil. Such plants develop good root systems, and are much more nutritionally potent.
Dehydrated cereal grasses are convenient, nutritious, and safe.
People that choose not to grow their own cereal grasses can purchase dehydrated products that are nutritional powerhouses. Studies show that dehydrated cereal grasses contain more nutritional value than almost any green vegetable. In fact, the only one that comes close is spinach!
Cereal grasses can easily be grown organically. When we choose a source of dehydrated cereal grass, we take great care to ensure that the grass was grown organically without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
Processing is the most important factor to consider.
The nutritional content of all cereal grasses is dependent on the soil in which they were grown roughly the same. The main difference between these grasses will be their taste. We take great care to mix and blend them to create a pleasantly tasting product, while selecting sources grown in widely varied soils to give you a broad mineral spectrum.
When you are considering which product to purchase, make sure you consider the process of the creation of the product. We consider the growing location, use only plants grown organically, that are harvested at their peak, and that are processed into the powder while preserving most of the enzymatic activity inherent to the plants.
Wheat is a popular cereal grass largely because it is the most abundant. More acreage of wheat is planted than any other crop. Its nutritional content will vary greatly based on where it is grown. The same is true for barley or any other grass. Premium cereal grass producers pay special attention to the soil conditions, and use organic farming methods.
The actual processing of the grass into the final product also varies widely. Some of the less expensive and inferior products cut the grass, let it dry, and then chop it up into a fine powder. A better and more expensive process is to actually juice the grass, and then dry it into powder. This is important, because juicing removes the fiber, leaving just a potent nutritional substance.
This processing should preserve the nutritional content of the grass. To do this, the grass should not be heated, and the drying process should capture the live enzymes. This is easier said than done, but well designed processing can preserve almost all of the nutrition that originally existed in the grass itself.
Unique enzymes help orchestrate repair of cellular blueprint, creating youthful and more optimal function cell by cell. Cleansing and rebuilding enzymes, trace minerals, enzymatic pigments, for energy and youth, blood builders, anticancer, immune boosters. Regarded as a sexual tonic. Considered to be Superfoods for longevity.
Dozens of Antioxidant Enzymes, Cleansing Enzymes, Repairing, Rebuilding & Healing Enzymes. Carotene & Chlorophyll, Vitamins, Potassium, minerals and trace minerals.
Have you ever wondered why a plant or weed has the ability to push its way through cement? This is an example of vital force at its best. We have much to gain by using the innate power of greens to support our physiological systems. It is the best youth tonic available!
Poor eating causes more disease than cancer and only sound preventive nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can save us from the arms of disease. Introducing powdered greens to your health protocol makes boosting your energy and immunity easy and convenient. Powdered greens most often include Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Kale, and Chard as the main ingredients, but are often combined with other health promoting herbs, vegetables and fruits.
One of the best gifts that green foods have to offer is phytonutrients or plant chemicals. Phytonutrients act as antioxidants, detoxifiers and protectors for plants and offer the same life-giving benefits to the human being. A diet filled with green foods ensures that the liver functions optimally and the blood is oxygen-rich.
Food is energy and, the body being an intricate energy system, has much to gain from the condensed solar energy of greens. Every activity in the body requires fuel, which is provided by nature in the form of high-octane energy from plants containing high levels of chlorophyll.
Greens are high in protein, chlorophyll, enzymes and other nutritional properties.
The Function of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the blood of the plant. Human blood is identified by the oxygen carrier hemoglobin and has iron as its central nucleus, whereas plants have magnesium as its nucleus. Both blood and chlorophyll are strikingly similar!
Plants absorb sunlight which produces energy that changes water and carbon dioxide from the air into sugar. The minerals absorbed from the earth makes vitamins and minerals, fats, proteins and starches necessary for its survival. Nearly all life forms depend on chlorophyll for their existence. By taking chlorophyll foods into our bodies, we elevate the integrity of hemoglobin in the blood that translates into improved energy, circulation and oxygenation.
Chlorophyll contains vitamin, mineral and protein compounds and stands alone in its ability to stimulate the body on a cellular level. Not only does chlorophyll increase heart function, and aid the vascular system, intestines, uterus, and lungs, it acts as a chelator of heavy metals and chemical toxins.
Chlorophyll is a very powerful cleanser. It was used as a disinfectant and antibiotic in the Civil War and is still used today to treat sewage waste. It has the ability to heal the liver, lighten its load and aid in the removal of toxins and debris from the bloodstream.
The Protein/Calcium Myth
There is much confusion around the use of greens for both protein and calcium daily requirements. Plants carry sub-cellular microzymes and amino acids that are the building blocks to proteins. Greens also are very high in calcium and in fact can easily replace other calcium sources in the American diet.
We have been misled to believe that dairy is the number one source for calcium. Dairy is acidic in nature which causes disease, mucous, and digestive problems and actually leaches calcium from the bones. Calcium is necessary to buffer the acidic foods so the use of dairy carries some contradiction.
Greens are alkaline. It is well known that an alkaline environment is your best defense against disease. Cereal grasses such as Wheat Grass, Barley Grass and other dark leafy greens supply us with healthy levels of our daily requirements of protein and calcium. Whether you choose animal proteins or not, greens help with digestion from beginning to the end of the digestive cycle by providing enzymatic balance.
Healing the Alkaline Way
If you are deciding to change your diet to a more alkaline based regime for the first time, you can expect a healing process to take place. As tissue toxins begin to mobilize, this debris is dumped into the bloodstream and lymphatic elimination pathways from all the previous years of acidic buildup.
You may experience the symptoms of a fever or chills indicating infection being released from somewhere in the body. Acid wastes are liquefied and the heaviest healing takes place in the first days, lessening as the days go on. According to Dr. Baroody, the stronger the constitution the more intense the healing process. Because viruses love acid, take extra care during your initial process of cleansing with greens.
Hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the gut is responsible for maintaining proper alkaline/acid balance and then becomes alkaline itself once its job is done. HCL is essential for breaking down nutrition to a usable format and helps deal with acid waste from poor food choices. The balance of HCL in the stomach along with the alkaline hormone secretin from the pancreas produce a bicarbonate that is alkaline forming. All these functions are necessary for bile dispersion which affects absorption, assimilation and distribution of nutrients. All these functions occur more easily if alkalizing foods are introduced into the diet and used consistently. Once the efficiency of the digestive system is increased, greens are an affective and easy way to maintain.
Alkalizing Your Diet... the Easy Way
Our world is more developed than at any other time in history yet more sickness prevails than ever before. Our population is suffering from the ill effects of pollution, poor food choices, negative thought patterns and stress.
So let's look for simple solutions. Food based choices always make the best choices no matter what.
Green drinks are used for two reasons. It helps the pancreas to control carbohydrates by being involved in insulin regulation and it is an excellent pain controller. Rebuilding of the pancreas ensures that the right amount of glucagon and insulin are manufactured consistently throughout the day. Adding cucumber to a green drink adds manganese and vitamin A.
The Role of Alkaline Minerals
Besides providing basic nutrition, alkalizing minerals found in wheat grass, barley grass and alfalfa play special roles in our body metabolism.
- Provide structure to bones
- Help with muscle contraction
- Help build protein
- Essential to blood formation
- Nerve conduction
- Energy transportation
- pH regulation
- Electrolyte balance
- Fluid pressure in cells and blood
- Repair of cells and tissue
- Temperature control
- Blood sugars
- Choose a diet rich in life giving foods. Powdered greens are not only convenient, but offer enzymes that make any health program effective. By using greens as part of your daily food, less stress is incurred on the pancreas and other digestive organs.
90% of all disease has its roots in faulty digestion and there is no complete digestion unless the enzymes of the pancreas are in plentiful supply. Without these same enzymes there is no cleansing and detoxifying of body wastes and dying cells of debris. You are only as young as your pancreas.