Top 4 Superfoods: Wheatgrass, Barley grass, Spirulina and Chlorella
Superfoods and Nutrition, Vegan, Raw, Free From Diet
18 April 2012
Chlorella, spirulina and wheat grass

Top 4 Superfoods: Wheatgrass, Barley grass, Spirulina and Chlorella

In this blog post we’re 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, minerals and amino acids. Wheatgrass powder is made from the young wheat plant before it develops a mature stem and grain. It can be used as part of a detox regime or as part of a high quality nutritionally rich diet. Let’s explore more than just the obvious and discover 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 simply mix it with water, milk, or fruit juice. If a great taste is high on your agenda then one of the best ways to utilize Wheatgrass is to incorporate the powder into a dense delicious Super Smoothie.

Through our modern day diets our bodies are constantly being subjected to processed foods which are often difficult to digest, contain chemical preservatives and toxify the body. Using a Superfood such as Wheatgrass actually promotes better digestion and noticeably boosts the immune system while gently detoxifying the body of harmful toxins.

It gives you energy, has a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals and is actually better than taking a ‘multi-vitamin’ tablet. ‘Multi-vitamins’ are man-made synthetic isolated nutrients whereas wheatgrass provides these vitamins and minerals through easily soluble natural compounds which work together to feed your body the nutrients it desires.


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Barley Grass
Barley Grass is another example of an all singing, all dancing Superfood. Like Wheatgrass it’s packed with natural vitamins and minerals and combines a strong source of natural alkaline, all eight essential amino acids, anda multitude of the body’s spark plugs; enzymes. Many people mix Barley Grass Powder with Wheatgrass Powder as they have the same density and consistency in powder form, blending perfectly in a smoothie.

According to a recent study, Barley Grass can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption. This makes Barley Grass an excellent way to make sure your energy levels stay healthy, stable and your body completely capable to support an 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.  


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Consumed regularly by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures up until the 16th century, Spirulina is a superfood with a history of use stretching back into antiquity. Spirulina is a complex ‘blue-green algae’ that is packed with much of the essential properties your body needs to properly function. To some people the idea of eating algae may seem a little out of the ordinary; yet it’s a wonderful product which offers a significant and diverse range of nutrition.

Like Wheatgrass and Barley Grass, Spirulina has a massive vitamin, mineral and amino acid profile. This makes it another essential Superfood to put in your smoothie making it a perfect companion with Barley grass and Wheatgrass.

Rich in chlorophyll, vitamin B12 and protein Spirulina is alkaline forming which makes it an ideal addition to the modern lifestyle. Many of us consume processed foods which causes our bodies to be very acidic; Spirulina (like Barley grass and Wheatgrass) can help balance acid problems by restoring natural alkalinity and improving digestion. Spirulina will be particularly relevant to you if you’re holding down a strict diet and training programme aimed at building muscle structure and recovery time.

Many vegan athletes personal experience with Spirulina is that it is an essential ingredient for holding a tight exercise and recovery schedule. They’ve found that Spirulina provides the body with an abundance of natural proteins and is superior to other more processed products such as whey protein. Although whey protein can provide you with more protein in one dose than Spirulina can, it must be emphasised that Spirulina is very easy to digest and has a lot more to offer than its already impressive protein profile.


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Chlorella contains a ‘whole’ spectrum of nutrients and is considered structurally denser than Spirulina. Another difference between Spirulina is that each piece of micro algae that forms Chlorella must have its wall ‘cracked’ in order to release the wealth of nutrition held within.

Cracked Wall Chlorella is a very rich attractive food source. When dried it contains 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre and 10% vitamins and minerals. Chlorella is another complete protein source with the array of all 9 essential amino acids. This is another reason why it’s an Indigo Herbs bestseller; there are so many benefits just from this single product!

Like Spirulina it is also a single celled algae making it extremely easy to digest. In conjunction with the above listed Superfoods it promotes healthy digestion, is great for detoxing, and also good for boosting general vitality.

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We hope this blog has helped to explain why these 4 Indigo Herbs products are our bestsellers while explaining in more detail what they are and what they do. We are confident that Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella can be of benefit to everyone in expanding their dietary needs and promoting optimal health. Thank you for reading.

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Wheatgrass Benefits
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Yes we have a number of happy Dutch customers. Delivery normally takes 2-3 days with our courier.

Is the wheatgrass, barley gras for sale in the Netherlands. I'am looking for powder and pils.

These food sources offer a broad range of highly dense nutrition. By improving the level of nutrition in your diet your body has what it needs to heal itself and keep itself on top form. At the end of the day our bodies are our vehicles and if you put better fuel in the engine, the system works better.

Dear Sir What's the benefit from this medicine. Mrinal Haque

Hi You can use all 4 powders but from a nutritional perspective there is little difference between the algaes and even less difference between the grasses. 2-3 teaspoons of wheatgrass or barleygrass and 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina or chlorella will contain absolutely loads of nutrition. You can prepare with water or milk or (my preference) fruit juice. The powders can be mixed with just a little fluid first and then more added to avoid lumps. Alternatively you can put it all into a wide necked bottle with all the fluid and shake vigorously to blend. Or use a blender which is handy if you are adding in fresh fruit to make a smoothie. Hope this helps Michael

Do you need to rotate these products or can you for example just use barleygrass continually. Or is it important to use all 4 continuously?

Hello, Is it okay to take chlorella and barley grass powder at the same time? Or should I alternate days? My blood test indicated my folic acid level was extremely high. Kind regards

Yes normally it is fine to take chlorella powder and barley grass powder at the same time, however, you may need to ask your doctor if you are concerned about your Folic acid levels.

We have been working with a consultant nutritionist here at Indigo Herbs lately and he recommends taking superfoods in the week but having a day or two off at the weekend. Some nutritionists prefer 3 weeks on 1 week off. The thing to remember is that these things are sources of food. It's always a good idea to vary your diet. Some people like to achieve this by rotating and some take their chosen super nutrition continuously, but have breaks. I think for most of us this variation happens naturally when you run out of something or get too busy for a bit in the mornings! Ultimately you need to do what's right and fits into your lifestyle.

Hi Linda ... Chlorella and wheatgrass are broadly similar and they have similar benefits, but there are some differences. Firstly chlorella is a blue-green algie whilst wheatgrass is a cereal grass. Both are high in protein but chlorella is very high indeed (over 70%). Chlorella also has a reputation for helping the body to get rid of heavy metals and other pollutants although there is scant scientific evidence of this (which means it has not been studied much).

Yes its fine (see above) :D

Following on from conventional chemo which has reduced by some 60% what was diagnosed as stage IV cancer of the colon (with a secondary spread to my liver and peritoneum), I am currently taking quite a lot of raw or semi-cooked grated ginger mixed in with my morning porridge and in soups etc on a daily basis to help reduce the remaining cancers - particularly while I am having a break from chemo.Is it ok to take barley grass capsules as well as ginger - and possibly apricot kernels (for B17)IP6 capsules and pau d'arco tea without possible side effects - as part of the same alternative treatment I am devising for myself? Would be interested to hear your consultant nutritionist's opinion.

Silly question perhaps but here it goes. How do you prepare the smoothie with the 4 super foods' powder - e.g. with water or milk? One spoonful of each powder? I am diabetic so what kind of natural sweetner to use in the preparation?

Dear Michael, Firstly, thank you for the information on ths website. It has been really interesting to read. Searching the net, I can't seem to get clarity into what the difference is between Chlorella and Wheatgrass. I was recommended to take both as I'm currently doing a detox. I'm wondering 'why' if they both do similar things? I was recommended to just stick with Chlorella after my detox. I basically purchased both but am a bit confused.. Thank you for reading my comment:) Linda

Is it ok to take barley grass and wheatgrass at the same time.

Hello, I have suffered with anaemia for several years and now 44 and losing my hair at the front. I had my thyroid tested by my GP and also a herbal nutritionist which came up at normal levels. Sometimes my white blood cells are low too. I have never felt the same since the birth of my son years ago. He was a very large baby. My nutritionist tested my stomach acid levels at this was ridiculously low, she confirmed these are the reasons I lack an appetite and struggle to absorb nutrients from food I intake. I am now taking barley grass and wheat grass every morning, do you recommend I take chlorella and spirulina combined daily too...? Do you recommend me having breaks if so please confirm. I only appoximately 112 pounds or approximately 49kg. You advice would be gratefully appreciated as website can be confusing.

I'm thinking about buying Chlorella and Spirunlina, but concerned about the source of these products. Could you let me know where you source these from? craig.deakin (@) gmail dot com

Hi Barry. Unfortunately we can't provide medical advice however I can tell you that it is perfectly ok to eat plenty of ginger, barleygrass and Pau D'arco tea at the same time. Hope this helps Michael

Which is the best one to use for bloating/stomach problems? Wheatgrass, Chlorella, Barleygrass or Spirulina?

Thanks for this article, really helpful! If you were to advise just one of the above supplements to take which would it be? I am currently taking barley grass for its alkalinity and the benefits it has on digestion. Also love the sense of energy and vitality it gives me. Thanks!

Can you take the two products at the same time or best to take on alternate days?

Hi great was recommended by a friend to take this powder daily as am a HIV carrier!!!.To say the truth I was abit reluctant,but great ,I mean great stuff it is .Have been taking it as a regime for 3 yrs and my CD Count is really unbelievable .No medication worth this stuff.,its cheap and it remains my best therapy.!!!)!))

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