Remember when your mom pestered you from age 6 to 12 to eat all of the vegetables on your plate? Well she is not wrong, in fact by rule of thumb, Momma always knows best.
An abundance of vegetables have shown to help proper growth and energy for kids and also promote vitality, longevity, digestion and antioxidant support for adults.
The longer you consume a daily recommended dose of fortified green and other Vegetable Superfoods, the greater chance you have at a longer and healthier existence.
It is proven that Americans simply do not consume the daily recommended dose of certain vegetables and therefore are missing out on key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Economic Research Statistics have shown that fruit and vegetable consumption has declined since the late 90's despite our attempts to become a "Fit America."
What's more disconcerting is that amazing Green Superfoods such as Kale, Okra, Asparagus and Alfalfa have ranked lowest in percentage of consumption per person on a yearly basis.
Consuming tomatoes mostly from ketchup and marinara sauce and onions and lettuce from your burger is not going to give you the high dose of veggies that you need on a daily basis.
There are a variety of green vegetables that have a host of different benefits based upon their biological make-up and preparation.
It is important to note that all of your vegetables should be purchased from a trusted source with knowledge of its storing and preservation process.
We recommend choosing fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced, unmodified and certified organic. They were meant to be consumed as close to their natural state as possible.
Having said that, there are many green superfoods that quickly come to mind when thinking about youthful living and longevity.
We're going to give you our Top Ten List of Green Superfoods. These are the ones that many people associate with longevity and healthy aging. Here are the reasons why:
1. Organic Alfalfa: Alfalfa is an abundant source of Vitamins A, C, E and K4. It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
2. Organic Brussel Sprouts: Brussel Sprouts are a strong source of fiber that supports healthy digestion and cholesterol levels.
They are known to have the highest Glucosinolate concentration that are amazing for your immune system and overall health.
3. Celery Stalk: Celery Stalks are an excellent source of antioxidants and important enzymes for brain functioning and immune health.
They also contain a high concentration Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, magnesium, Vitamin A and manganese.
4. Kale Leaf: Kale has become the new rage because it is so beneficial for your health.
Kale is low in calories, zero fat and high in iron and fiber. It also has a high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids which is great for inflammation.
5. Spinach Leaf: Spinach has a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Its benefits range from cardiovascular support, improved skincare, eyesight and bone support.
6. Organic Barley Grass: It contains an abundance of electrolytes such as magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium along with other essential minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium. Barley Grass can improve your digestion and energy levels.
7. Asparagus: Is densely concentrated with antioxidants and has shown to aid in the healthy aging process.
It also supports a healthy inflammatory response, brain boosting nutrition and detoxifying properties.
8. Organic Parsley Leaf: Parsley supports strong kidney health, weight management, skin care and blood sugar regulation.
9. Oat Grass: Oat Grass is a strong source of beta-carotene, fiber, protein and B vitamins. It is a natural cleanser and is mainly consumed to support digestive health.
10. Organic Broccoli: Broccoli is a source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.
So you're 50 years old and your mom is still trying to make you eat your vegetables to no avail. It's safe to say she might have to give up on this one.
However, it's important that you DO NOT miss out on all of the amazing benefits that these green Superfood Vegetables have to offer.
What are your options?
Juicing vegetables or drinking smoothies can be a great option. While juice can be high in sugar, you can see low sugar veggies with a little bit of lemon or lime.
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2. Lewis, Alison. “Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale.” Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen, 2 Apr. 2012, www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html.
3. “9 Surprising Benefits of Barley Grass.” Organic Facts, 20 Dec. 2017, www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/barley-grass.html.
4. Forberg, Cheryl. “5 Powerful Health Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Didn't Know.” EatingWell, EatingWell, 22 Mar. 2016, www.eatingwell.com/article/17129/5-powerful-health-benefits-of-asparagus-you-probably-didnt-know/.
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