Just like your parents always said, eating your greens is super important. They offer you vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds that support a healthy body. However, did you know there’s a classification of greens called supergreens?
That’s right; there may be greens out there that offer even more nutrients than everyday greens.
Read on to learn all about supergreens and the benefits you may gain from adding supergreens to your daily routine. We’ll also do a deep dive into a few specific supergreens. Finally, we’ll discuss the best way to get your supergreens.
What Are Supergreens?
Supergreens are a variety of nutrient-dense superfoods packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. While your everyday greens — kale, broccoli, spinach, and Romaine lettuce — are certainly high in nutrients, these supergreens are a specific category of greens.
Supergreens are not often found on the everyday dinner table. They are usually found as a supplement in powder or capsule form. Here are a few types of supergreens you may find in supplement form:
- Algae - chlorella, spirulina, dulse, kelp
- Cereal grass - barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa
- Leafy plants - moringa
What Are the Potential Health Benefits of SuperGreens?
Vitamins and minerals are essential to a healthy body. They work together to perform many functions in the body, from immune support to bone strength.
The main difference between vitamins and minerals is minerals are not broken down by heat, air, or acid, while vitamins are. This means it is easier for minerals to be absorbed into the body, but the fragile nature of vitamins makes it a little harder for you to consume them.
With supergreens being so high in vitamins and minerals and generally found in raw form, they can provide you with most, if not all, of the vitamins and minerals you need throughout the day. Tracking your macronutrients can be time-consuming enough, but tracking these micronutrients could be an all-day job. When you consume supergreens, it helps to ensure you are reaching your nutrient needs.
What Can Supergreens Do for Your Body?
Supergreens are loaded with nutrients that help support your body and its many functions. Here are some benefits you may find when you begin consuming supergreens.
Support Gut Health
Much of your digestive health is reliant on the gut microbiome, which consists of the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live within your gut. The super green chlorella is a prebiotic because of the way it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It may also have the ability to suppress pathogens within the intestines.
Supergreens are also high in many vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and many B vitamins. They can also be high in minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and iodine. These nutrients not only support the digestive system, but when taken in an easily digestible super green powder, the gut can process these vitamins efficiently and send them out to other areas of the body.
Maintain Energy Levels
If you are feeling fatigued often, instead of reaching for that cup of caffeine in the morning, try supporting your body at the cellular level. B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, and magnesium all support your cells' energy creation. You may feel more energetic when your cells have the tools they need to create energy. Supergreens are full of vitamins that assist with cellular production.
Vitamin B12 is found in many vitamin-based energy drinks because of its potential ability to increase energy levels. Generally, B12 is found in animal products, seafood, or foods fortified with B12. However, both moringa and chlorella have sufficient levels of B12. These two supergreens are awesome for vegetarians or vegans, who may not get the recommended dose of B12 from their daily diet.
Support Immune Support
Green superfoods contain high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is responsible for the green pigment in plants. It is also thought to be an antioxidant. Antioxidants may support the immune system by supporting overall cellular health.
Vitamin C, D, E, zinc, and selenium are all nutrients that can help maintain your immune system. These vitamins are also found in supergreens.
Maintain Healthy Weight
In general, eating more plant foods can help maintain a healthy weight. Adding superfoods to your diet high in fruits and veggies can provide you with more nutrients, including protein and vitamin B12, often lacking in plants.
Vitamin B12 plays a role in your metabolism. It is thought that increasing your vitamin B12 levels may support healthy weight loss.
What Are Examples of Supergreens?
Many supergreens are not common names you may see on your everyday lists of veggies. Often these powerful greens are algae, cereal grass, and other less known shrubs or plants and have been used for hundreds or thousands of years.
Here are three powerful supergreens, where you can find them, and what their potential benefits are.
Chlorella has been on earth for two billion years. This amazing green has been around longer than the dinosaurs and continues to provide incredible benefits.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a small green alga often used as a dietary supplement. Chlorella is unicellular, meaning it consists of only one cell. Because it is single-celled, it is a microscopic plant. It can be found in both saltwater and freshwater.
The first chlorella species was found in 1890, and there are now 20 species of chlorella known to date. Chlorella became a popular food source in 1950 during a global food crisis. Popularity grew in Japan, and other areas of Asia, until it finally became a worldwide dietary supplement.
The walls of the chlorella cells are made of cellulose, which humans don’t have the enzymes to break down. Because of our ability to break down the cell wall, chlorella goes through a mechanical process to break down the cell wall before it is packaged in supplement form.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Chlorella?
Chlorella may be small, but it's packed with nutrients, including protein. In fact, it has more protein than soybeans by weight. Chlorella is a complete protein with the presence of all nine amino acids. Protein is important for making hormones and enzymes and building bones and muscles.
Many vitamins can be found in chlorella, including vitamins C, D, E, K, and B vitamins. Both vitamin B12 and D2 are uncommon in plants, making chlorella unique with its high levels of both. These vitamins can support heart health, the absorption of certain minerals, energy levels, and immune response.
Iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are minerals found in Chlorella. Iron is another nutrient that is more common in animal products, making the iron found in chlorella important for people on a plant-based diet. Iron supports respiratory function, energy levels, and DNA synthesis.
The cellulose from the cell wall that we cannot break down is actually an insoluble fiber, which supports the gut microbiome. Cellulose is the most common dietary fiber. It may reduce inflammation in the body and boost the immune system.
For thousands of years, moringa has been used for its healing benefits, both topically and internally. Now, it is considered one of the supergreens. You can find it added to super green powders or alone in powder or capsule form.
What Is Moringa?
Moringa is a fast-growing tree native to Northern India. This plant has tuberous roots — like taro root or ginger root, light green leaves, and flowers. Moringa also produces fruit with seeds. Much of the plant is considered safe to eat.
Generally, the leaves and seed pods are dried and made into supplements. It has an earthy, peppery taste that is not overpowering when you add it to our Smoothies or other food products.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Moringa?
Moringa is another plant that is high in protein, and unlike many plants, the protein is found in its leaves and not the seeds. The protein content in moringa is comparable to that of milk powder.
In traditional medicine, moringa has been used to support the respiratory system, brain health, eye health, and skin health. Vitamins A, C, and Bs are found in the moringa leaf, as are the minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. It is also high in fiber, fatty acids, and beneficial plant compounds.
The use of spirulina dates back hundreds of years ago, when the Aztecs consumed it. It is still a popular supplement and has earned its recognition as a super green.
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is microscopic cyanobacteria — bacteria that gain energy from photosynthesis, much like a plant. Like chlorella, spirulina is a single-celled organism and is often referred to as blue-green algae. Spirulina can be found in both saltwater and freshwater.
Spirulina is made by extracting the algae from the water and putting it through a drying process. You can find spirulina in a capsule, powder, or liquid form. You can also find it in many super green blends.
The taste of spirulina can be strong. Because it comes from water, it can have a fishy or sulphuric smell and taste.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Spirulina?
Spirulina may benefit metabolic function, balance cholesterol, and support normal blood pressure levels. It has also been thought to ease swelling, support cell health, and support the gut.
With the abundance of B vitamins and minerals — magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium — in spirulina, it’s no wonder why it is called a super green.
What’s the Best Way To Get the Health Benefits of Supergreens?
The best way to get your supergreens is with the Kroma Wellness Supergreens Elixir. Not only does this green drink come with Chlorella, Moringa, and Spirulina, but it is packed with many other nutritionally dense whole foods.
In our Supergreens Elixir, you’ll find leafy greens like Kale and Spinach as well as Carrot, Broccoli, and Artichoke. Fruits such as Apples, Oranges, Elderberries, and Cranberries are added for their nutritional content and delicious taste.
Besides fruits and veggies, we also include mushrooms and adaptogens. Adaptogens allow the body to adapt to stress. Mushrooms have many benefits to overall health, from immune support to brain health.
Our super green blend also includes digestive enzymes and dairy-free probiotics to help support your gut health. Supergreens Elixir, like all of our products, is gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to add to your healthy daily routine.
The Bottom Line
Supergreens are a unique grouping of beneficial greens often found in a supplement form. These can range from cereal greens, algae, and leafy plants. Because these supergreens are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and chlorophyll, they may provide you with many benefits. Supergreens may support your gut and immune health and maintain energy levels and a healthy weight.
Chlorella, moringa, and spirulina are three supergreens that can be found in our Supergreen Elixir. These are particularly impressive because they provide many nutrients, including protein and B12 at levels often found in animal products.
Supergreens are generally found in capsule, powder, or liquid supplements. Of course, our favorite way to get our greens is with our Supergreen Elixir. Not only is it full of supergreens, fruits, mushrooms, adaptogens, and digestive enzymes, but it tastes amazing.
If you are looking to jump-start your diet, the Kroma Wellness 5-Day Lifestyle Reset can help! This simple plan provides you with each of your meals and beverages (including the Supergreen Elixir) to reset your diet and help you improve your eating habits.
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