Why Greens are Good for you Health
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What is it that makes plants green? Chlorophyll! This is the magic substance that plants use to capture and store the energy from sunlight. Without this mechanism there would be no life on earth as every living thing directly or indirectly derives its energy from plant sources.
The chlorophyll molecule is almost identical to the oxygen-carrying haemoglobin molecule in our own blood. Remarkably, chlorophyll is an excellent tonic and cleansing agent for our blood. It is one of the key substances that give wheatgrass, barley grass and chorella their well-known healing properties.
However it is not only the green in greens which makes them such an important food. As we can see in autumn leaves, chlorophyll actually masks many other pigments. These colours indicate the presence of‘ a huge array of ‘phytonutrients’, or beneficial plant compounds. Phytonutrients have an assortment of subtle effects that keep our energy flowing and balanced.
How do greens help?
They help our immune system, provide antioxidant protection and rejuvenate our cells. Green leafy vegetables also contain significant amounts of protein, minerals and fibre. As we naturally eat heavier, richer, cooked foods in winter it is important to keep eating a proportion of raw greens. They provide balance to our meals and aid digestion and detoxification.
So remember to get your greens! There are many green vegetables available through the winter and they go abundantly crazy in the spring. Dark greens such as kale, broccoli and the Chinese greens are particularly fortifying. Let yourself become accustomed to stronger, bitter tastes in greens – these can indicate powerful cleansing properties. Have a look at the organic stall at the local farmers market and try something different. Just ask if you are not sure how to prepare them.
How to make sure you get enough greens
Eating your greens is the number one way of course. However there are times when a busy lifestyle may get in the way of your best intentions. When Roger started working in a restaurant again, he felt like he was getting less green vegetables.
What to do? We recommend taking a high quaility green juice powder, like Barley Grass.