Nine Green Powered Foods to Add to Your Diet

Nine Green Powered Foods to Add to Your Diet
1. Alfalfa:  is a member of the pea family mostly grown as cattle forage.  Nutritional properties: Alfalfa contains protein, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, along with  number of vitamins; long used as a blood purifier and anti-ulcer remedy; acts as a mild laxative and diuretic.
2. Seaweed:  includes many marine plants, including dulse, kelp and rockweed.  Nutritional properties: Seaweed contains iodine, a mineral crucial for a healthy thyroid (the body’s master energy controller), and it is also rich in protein and minerals.
3. The Brassica Family:  include broccoli and its cousins cabbage, kale, collard greens, and more.  Nutritional properties: Brassicas contain cancer-fighting substances known as indoles; members of the family provide various nutrients, including vitamins C and K, iron and zinc.
4. Spinach: is a common leafy green.  Nutritional properties:  best known for its iron content (thanks, Popeye), spinach contains other minerals, vitamins A, C, E and K, several B vitamins and lutein, which supports eye health.
5. Barley Grass: is the early vegetative growth phase of a common cereal grain.  Nutritional properties:  Barley Grass contains vitamins B12, C and E, along with minerals and enzymes; it helps fight inflammation.
6. Sprouts: are seeds, such as chickpeas, rice grains, mung beans and alfalfa, that have been germinated. Nutritional properties:  Sprouts are a rich source of protein (including essential amino acids), numerous vitamins, fiber and plant enzymes.
7. Wheatgrass: like barley grass, is a cereal grain in an early growth phase.  Nutritional properties:  Wheatgrass supplies abundant chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes and is used as a blood tonic.
8. Chlorella in a single-celled green algae.  Nutritional properties: long used as a blood cleanser, chlorella has been found to help the body break down toxins while boosting immune function.
9. Spirulina: is a type of blue-green algae.  Nutritional properties:  Spirulina supplies complete protein along with essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, numerous minerals and Vitamins B, C, D and E; frequently used as an energy booster.

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