Written By Jessica Kohl Elite Athletic Development Trainer & Fitness Writer - March 15 2016
There are many variations of supergreens & superfoods powders on the market right now. Many of you may have heard of the long list of super health benefits associated with the common ingredients of these powders. “"A green powder supplement is like a multivitamin on steroids,"” nutritionist Teresa Boyce says. “"They offer you all the vitamins and minerals of a multi but with added nutrients such as probiotics, prebiotics, detoxification nutrients and disease-protective antioxidants."
Powders come in varying shades of light to dark greens and are fairly fine, making them easy to digest. They can be added to water, smoothies, juices or any beverage or dressings. The ingredient lists are a fairly long list of various plant extracts and powders and include land vegetables and grains such as wheatgrass, spinach, broccoli and beetroot; aquatic plants and algae like kelp, spirulina and chlorella; probiotics and enzymes such as lactobacillus acidophilus and coenzyme Q10; herb and spice extracts including dandelion, parsley; and vitamins and minerals. Some of the best superfoods powders take is a step further with their anti-oxident blend to provide extracts of blueberry, beets, plum, strawberry, Hawthorne berry, cranberry, pomegranate and more.
Scientific evidence on green powders is hard to come by, but there have been preliminary studies into ingredients such as chlorella and spirulina.
A 2009 Japanese study suggested chlorella could be effective in fighting major lifestyle diseases; it was found to reduce body-fat percentage and blood-glucose levels and help those suffering from type 2 diabetes, obesity or heart disease. Other research claims that green algae such as spirulina are nutrient powerhouses, packed with twice as much protein as spinach as well as antioxidants and nine essential amino acids. Lets take a look at some of the ingredients you should expect to see in a high quality super greens or superfoods powder
Milk thistle seed has been said to protect liver cells from toxic chemicals and drugs. It also seems to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Some people take milk thistle on its own by mouth for diabetes, kidney damage caused by diabetes, hangover, diseases of the spleen, prostate cancer, and other issues caused by inflammation. So you can see why its a powerhouse in a superfoods blend.
So how do you get the most out of green powder? "Choose wisely," Boyce says. “"Do your research and use a quality powder with a range of nutrients,"” she adds. “Take the recommended dose and be consistent. Taking a green supplement once in a while won’t provide the optimal health benefits seen in taking it daily. We recommend taking 02 Spa Boost Superfoods Powder in the morning with breakfast. It provides a very large ingredient spectrum of reds & greens and is a premium quality product with not fillers or binders. For those of you that cant stand the flavor of a greens powder there is also a capsule form available.