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Home > Greens: Not Just for Health Nuts Anymore

Dave Foreman

Greens: Not Just for Health Nuts Anymore

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

For years, people who consumed greens or juiced their green vegetables were considered a bit strange.Well, times have changed, and along with improved technology, greens have gone mainstream. People are realizing that fast food diets and even supplemental multivitamin and mineral products may lack some of the health-improving potential of the nutrients found in green foods. But what are greens, and why would one want to take a green food supplement?

Let’s take a look at the “why” part of that question first. Green foods have been revered for centuries as a health-bearing part of life. And recently, science has shown that consuming green leafy vegetables contributes to better overall health.To easier understand these benefits, it is best to examine what it is usually present in a green food supplement.

Cereal grasses are a primary ingredient often found in green food supplements. In addition to their nutritional value, these plants are packed with antioxidants as well as chlorophyll – the life blood of plants. Chlorophyll is the substance responsible for the green color in plants that accomplishes photosynthesis. It has traditionally been used to improve bad breath, as well as reduce the odors of urine, feces, and infected wounds. Another common component is spirulina, a form of algae that provides the body with protein, high levels of beta-carotene, B-12, iron and essential fatty acids. And who can forget green leafy vegetables? In addition to the benefits just mentioned, green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin – two nutrients that are recommended by natural health experts to promote eye health. Alfalfa is often a component of green foods, and it may be one of the most nutritious supplements available. Its roots go deep into the ground, and therefore provide many nutrients – such as minerals that might not make it into other greens. Alfalfa contains many of the nutrients listed above and also provides vitamins D, E, K and B-Complex. In addition, it contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals.

So how do you pick a good green food supplement? Be cautious of the overuse of fillers, which are ingredients in formulas that are used to either save money or help the product blend in liquids. Lecithin, apple pectin, apple fiber, brown rice germ and barley malt are examples of common fillers. Some have benefits, and some do not.The problem with fillers is that they commonly make up too much of a formula, crowding out the more beneficial green foods. Also, be aware of the number of ingredients in your green food supplement. Long lists of ingredients don’t necessarily mean that the product is better for you. Often times, these lists are padded to entice you to buy the product, but the amounts are so minute. Lastly, make sure your supplement contains a good blend of green food sources to insure that your body is receiving a wide spectrum of nutritional goodness.

By reviewing the nutritional components found in most green food products, I am sure that you can understand why supplementation with greens can be so beneficial. Because it is difficult to always eat well, adding in a healthy dose of Mother Nature can give your body the extra boost it needs to deal with the everyday stressors of life.There are many other great products on the market, so it may be best to consult with a Vitamin Shoppe health enthusiast to help choose the appropriate greens for you.

 
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