Top 4 Superfoods: Wheatgrass, Barley grass, Spirulina and Chlorella
In this blog post I’m going to explain why Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella are the top 4 superfoods and how they can benefit your diet, lifestyle and general wellbeing.
Wheatgrass is an absolutely fantastic superfood in the way that it is packed with natural vitamins, natural minerals and amino acids. Wheatgrass powder is made from the young wheat plant, whilst it is still in grass form, before it develops a stem and grain. It can be used for detoxing or just as part of a higher quality diet. Yet let’s cover more than just the obvious and explore why wheatgrass is recognised as one of the best superfoods and how it could help you maintain/achieve optimal health.
Firstly it’s versatile; you can consume it in capsules if you don’t like the taste when mixed with water, milk, or juice and you can even add it to a smoothie. In a modern age like today our bodies are constantly being subject to processed foods, which are bad for us humans, and are often difficult to digest. Whereas using a superfood such as Wheatgrass actually promotes better digestion and noticeably boosts our immune system. My personal experiences with Wheatgrass have reassured me of its benefits.
I’ve been using Wheatgrass for roughly 3 years now and I’m certain it’s boosted my immune system and helped with maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. It’s anti-cancer, gives you energy, has a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals and is actually better than having a ‘multi-vitamin’ tablet every day, as ‘multi-vitamins’ are man-made synthetic isolated nutrients created in labs by men in white coats, whereas wheatgrass provides these vitamins and minerals through its natural compounds which work together to feed your body the nutrients it desires.
Barley grass is another classic example of an all singing all dancing superfood, used for detoxing and a good strong source of natural alkaline. It also contains a multitude of the body’s spark plugs; enzymes. Like Wheatgrass it’s packed with natural vitamins and minerals. Many people blend Barley grass powder with Wheatgrass powder as they have the same density and consistency in powder form so work perfectly in a smoothie together.
Barley grass contains eight essential amino acids; and according to a recent study, using Barley grass can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption, which is clearly a good way to make sure your energy levels stay healthy, stable and ready to support your active day. Barley grass is one of Indigo Herbs’ top sellers because it offers a full range of nutrients and minerals; many of which you don’t get from processed everyday foods.
Consumed regularly by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures up until the 16th century, Spirulina is a superfood with a long history of use. Spirulina is absolutely in the same category as Barley grass and Wheatgrass in the way that it’s packed with much of the good stuff your body needs to properly function. Like the others, Spirulina has a massive vitamin, mineral and amino acid profile. Spirulina is a ‘blue-green algae’. To some people the idea of eating algae seems a little out of the ordinary! Yet it’s a wonderful product which offers a significant and diverse range of proteins; this makes it another essential thing to put in your smoothie along with Barley grass and Wheatgrass.
Rich in chlorophyll, Spirulina is alkaline forming, which makes it an ideal addition to the modern lifestyle as many of us consume diets which contain lots of processed foods which causes our bodies to be very acidic. Spirulina (like Barley grass and Wheatgrass) can help balance this acid problem out by restoring natural alkaline. Like the other superfoods, Spirulina can also help improve digestion. The information below will be particularly relevant to you if you’re holding down a strict diet with a training programme which is aimed at building muscle structure and allowing muscle recovery time.
My personal experience with Spirulina is that I use it for bodybuilding / holding a tight exercise and recovery schedule, and I’ve found that it helps give my body more natural proteins than other more processed products such as whey protein for example. Although, yes, whey protein can provide you with more protein in one dose than Spirulina can, you must remember Spirulina is very easy to digest and has a load more to offer than its already impressive protein profile.
Chlorella is actually one my favourite products health wise as it contains such a ‘whole’ spectrum of nutrients.
Chlorella is a rich attractive food source; as when dried it contains 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre and 10% vitamins and minerals. I know what you’re thinking “why haven’t I been introduced to this product before?” well at least that’s what I thought when I first heard of it. As soon as I researched Chlorella I had no delay incorporating it into my morning health smoothie. Chlorella is another complete protein source. I believe this is why it’s such a bestseller; so many benefits just from 1 product! Like Spirulina it is also a single celled algae, which makes it extremely easy to digest. Like the other three superfoods it promotes healthy digestion, it is good for detoxing, and it is also good for general vitality.
I hope this blog post has helped to explain why these 4 products from Indigo Herbs are the bestsellers and explained in a little more detail than our website what they are and what they do. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this blog.