Blog submitted by Nadine Naujoks
As if it weren't hard enough squeezing in "five-a-day" of fruits and vegetables, the U.S. government now recommends up to 13 servings each day! Most of us have heard that diets high in fruits and vegetables can help us lose weight and reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, arthritis and even wrinkles.
In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, eight to 10 servings a day can cut our risk of some cancers in half!
Yet it's certain many of us are falling short of that goal. Enter "superfood" drink mixes with the antioxidant protection of 10-15 servings of fruits and vegetables to help fill this nutritional gap.
Why Super Foods?
As we have become more aware of the amazing and broad spectrum of health-promoting, anti-aging and disease-preventing benefits of fruits and vegetables especially high in this "new" array of such micronutrients, a new name for them has emerged: "superfoods."
Certain foods may contain greater quantities of antioxidants, fibers, probiotics and even specific medicinal substances (especially in the case of many edible herbs and spices.) Studies show the fruits and vegetables that come in rich, vibrant colors like blueberries, raspberries, carrots, tomatoes and deep greens like spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are much more potent and beneficial than pastel-colored produce like iceberg lettuce, corn and potatoes.
There are a number of superfood juicing regimes that have resulted in amazing health turn-arounds, yet even with all the studies and evidence supporting these health benefits, many people just do not have the time or take the time to juice fresh vegetables, herbs and spices.
The good news is the superfoods concept now has been expanded to include functional foods known as green-food drink mixes.
Green-food mixes are different from mainstream vitamin and mineral supplements because they are whole-food sources of a wide variety of phytonutrients including vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids, flavonoids, carotenoids and other substances that together exhibit antioxidant, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits.
Look carefully at labels, true green-food mixes are not synthetic nor are they isolated compounds; they are nature's multivitamin/mineral supplement, providing these essential nutrients in a form that is both safe and effective for the body.
Make a Change for Your Health
The Standard American Diet (SAD) has given rise to an epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular disease, premature aging and cancer. The message of five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily must be heard; education and cultural changes must take place.
Fresh local vegetables available at farmer’s markets, gourmet juice and salad bars and green superfood drink mixes are steps in the right direction, because phytonutrient-dense foods must become the mainstays in our diets.