For more than a decade the green superfood powders have become very popular because of their amazing benefits. Today there are many different brands available, but how do you know which is right for you?
As I was developing our own brand, called Vital Health Greens, I tested more than 2 dozen superfood powders and discovered there were quite significant differences. For starters, I found that all organic superfood powders are far better than the non-organic brands – an expected outcome. I tested for many factors and the end price was also an important point, as some of the top brands are quite costly.
With so many brands already established, you may be wondering why I wanted to create yet another green superfood. In fact, at first I didn’t have the intention to create a new brand, as there were already so many out there. However, I was determined to find a superfood that would serve me best to support me with increased energy and stamina for my daily morning training.
My last meal is usually after lunch as I am practicing intermittent fasting and continue to fast until the next morning giving a fasting total of around 16 hrs. My morning trainings were usually difficult as my glycogen levels were very low. So my body wasn’t in the best condition to get up very early for an extensive uphill run. Therefore my strategy was to find a superfood to support and boost my energy levels. And as you can already imagine, not one of the brands I tested really convinced me.
If you are in a similar situation and you feel that you lack the energy you need for your daily routines, sport or work, then continue reading this article.
First, let me go through the 13 selected organic superfoods and explain the main benefits:
Maca Root Powder – Maca root is a great source of protein, and high in various essential vitamins and minerals particularly Vitamin C and Iron. Maca is also known to increase energy and sex drive in both men and women.
Lucuma Powder – Lucuma can help to prevent diabetes, is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium and potassium. It is also rich in antioxidants to prevent and slow the signs of ageing, especially signs of low energy. Lucuma is also a great choice for endurance athletes in general.
Alfalfa Powder – Is great for detoxing your body. It is rich in Vitamin A and enzymes and therefore supports healthy skin. It is also rich in other Vitamins like B1 and B6 as well as C, which is beneficial for the hair. Alfalfa contains minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron. Alfalfa is very nutritious and can assist in the speedy recovery from illnesses and boost the body’s immunity power.
Wheat Grass Powder – Helps with better absorption of nutrients like electrolytes, vitamin C and E. It is proven to reduce inflammation levels and is a source of several antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acids. Several studies have found that wheatgrass raises a persons immunity and has anti-cancer properties.
Baobab Powder – Has high Vitamin C content – 10 times more than oranges! Baobab powder is high in magnesium (5 times more than avocados) and potassium (four times more than bananas). Among the most valuable health benefits are the antioxidants (twice the antioxidants of goji berries).
Pomegranate Juice Powder – Is rich in natural antioxidants to protect the body from free radical damage and toxins. Pomegranates have anti-inflammatory effects and is known to reduce overall blood pressure levels. A study in 2012 stated that it also could help people with Type 2 diabetes. And a study published in 2011 of the “Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism”, researchers found that drinking pomegranate juice may support overall body fat content.
Goji Berry Juice Powder – Like many other superfoods, is an excellent source of antioxidants. Some studies have shown that Goji Berry extract may help to slow down the aging process of the cells and have anti-cancer properties. Regular consumption of Goji Berries helps with increased energy, better performance and faster recovery after a physical workout.
Matcha Green Tea Powder – Over a thousand years ago Matcha is known in Japan to support concentration and focus, hence helping with meditation practice. Furthermore, the high content of L-theanine helps with memory and supports a more effective learning experience. Another health benefit of Matcha is a boost of energy throughout the day. A recent study demonstrates that Matcha improves physical endurance by 24%.
Broccoli Powder – Is rich in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant with anti-cancer effects. It also contains high quantities of calcium and folate for healthy cell and tissue growth. According to a study in 2009, Broccoli was linked to support the liver and colon, which are key organs of detoxification and elimination.
Acai Powder – Acai is a rich source of antioxidants which neutralizes the negative effects of free radicals, improves cellular health and balances cholesterol levels. Due to the wide range of health benefits, Acai leads to higher energy and stamina and may even help with fatigue and exhaustion. One study demonstrates that drinking Acai after a workout reduces the body’s metabolic stress. Acai is high in anthocyanins and other phytochemicals which can improve long-term memory and healthy brain aging.
Noni Fruit Powder – Noni has the nickname of “The Tree For Headaches” or “Painkiller Tree”. It has shown that Noni acts comparable to a pain reducing drug reducing joint pains or arthritis. Noni helps your brain stay healthier and increases memory functions. It supports the immune system as it contains properties to fight infections. It stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin to balance your mood, emotions and sleep.
Kakadu Plum Powder – Has the highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit. To give you an idea of its Vitamin C levels, only 1 gram of Kakadu Plum Powder can match the Vitamin C content in an entire orange. Due to its outstanding antioxidant capacity, it’s highly beneficial for Alzheimer treatments.
Chlorella Powder – Is one of the oldest known living foods. It is often called “king of superfoods” due to its’ health benefits. In nature, chlorella grows so fast that every 24 hrs it quadruples its numbers. To manufacture the vast amount of new cells, it utilizes a special compound only found in Chlorella, called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a mix of bioavailable nucleotides and peptides. This compound is used in nature to build new DNA and cell components, not only for plants, also for humans. By taking Chlorella powder you supply your body with CGF to assist and repairing DNA and RNA. Chlorella is also rich in vitamin B12, zinc, protein, vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron, making it the perfect superfood for vegans/vegetarians.
I could go on and on about the health benefits of the 13 superfoods. After taking the Vital Health Greens for 1.5 years, the 3 most valuable benefits I’ve experienced are: increased energy and stamina, stronger immune system and greater mental focus.
I often get asked how I mix the Vital Health Greens.
Here is my simple recipe:
I use a common shaker and start with 1tbsp organic vinegar or 3-5 tbsp kombucha or the juice of 1 medium sized lime. Then I add:
Then top it up with 500ml water and shake. This should be consumed daily. You may not need the additional magnesium or vitamin C if you are not physically active. If you aren’t sure, ask your BGH health practitioner to test for you.
I drink this power mix immediately after getting up. What I love is that it not only boosts my energy levels quickly, but also allows me to train 1-2 hrs without feeling exhausted. I also love that it’s bio-energized with specific energetic frequencies to help energise the body, and removes unharmonious information patterns of the body energy field.
This Vital Health Greens superfoods mix is for anyone who is wanting more energy, mental clarity and a robust immune system. It is available for purchase at our Robina clinic. Feel free to come in and try it out for yourself. Or you can call us on (07) 5522 8902 if you would like to place an order.
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