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Green foods pack big nutritional punch

Everyone knows that sound nutritional habits are the key to great health. But deciding on what foods pack the most punch can be a difficult decision. Various experts promote different diet types.

However, when it comes to basic nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.and the ability to combat disease and enhance overall health, one group of foods green food is one of the best around. Technically speaking, there is no specifically defined group called green foods. However, nutrition and health experts have coined this phrase to describe a group of foods, many of which are naturally green in color and which provide an unusually high number of health benefits. So, what are green foods? Generally, the green food group includes the various families of algae, cereal grasses, legumes, and specific fruits/vegetables. These foods possess high levels of chlorophyll, a pigment responsible for the plants green color (or blue-green color) and the ability to employ sunlight and utilize minerals from the soil to make starches, fats, proteins, vitamins and other substances required for the plant to live. These plants also are full of most of the other basic nutrients the human body requires for basic functioning: these include minerals, vitamins, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, proteins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes and coenzymes, and fiber, among others. Finally, besides providing an excellent source of many of the required nutrients, green foods can also play a pivotal role in aggressively combating the many diseases and disorders to which the human body is susceptible.

As to whether or not most of us consume enough green foods, the overwhelming answer is no. The following will provide a basic rundown of the many green foods and their uses.

Spirulina: An extremely popular type of algae harvested from various sources from around the world, but mostly from warm-water alkaline water sources. Its nutritional make-up consists largely of amino acids, carotenes, vitamin B12, and phytopigments. Spirulina is also more easily digested than other alages, which contributes to its popularity. Research investigating spirulina indicates that it is a potent antiviral agent and can promote various immune system functions.

Chlorella: Another popular algae harvested from freshwater sources. Chlorella has one of the highest chlorophyll contents of all known plants, making it valuable just as a nutritional supplement. It also possesses a large number of nucleic acids, which are used by individual cells in repairing damaged DNA, RNA and other genetic material. Like spirulina and blue-green algae, chlorella has been shown to possess potent immunostimulatory properties and fight the activity of viruses and bacteria.

Blue-green Algae: Sometimes confused with spirulina, blue-green algae has had some controversy surrounding its supposed value as a nutritional supplement. A lack of research has contributed to this controversy, but there are widespread claims of blue-green algae's high nutritional content and therapeutic properties.

Cereal Grasses: This group includes a number of extremely popular green foods wheat grass, barley grass, kamut, millet grass and alfalfa (and others) that consist mainly of immature sprouts of the respective plants. These grasses contain high levels of various nutrients; specifically chlorophyll, fiber, proteins, various enzymes, vitamins, minerals. These grasses are also known for their ability to combat various disorders; among these are high blood pressure, vascular disease, cancer, high cholesterol levels, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Considering their nutritional content with their therapeutic capabilities, cereal grasses are certainly worth considering when it comes to choosing a green food or green drink product.

Fruits/Vegetables: These are identified generally by their color; these groups include the red, orange, and yellow group, the blue/purple group, the white group, and, of course, the green group. The old saying, An apple a day keeps

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