Nutrition Trends to Try

Getting your Greens

Spirulina

Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This microalge is found in fresh or salt water and is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. For a plant, it contains an enormus amout of protein (4 grams per tablespoon). If the high amount of plant-basedprotien isn't enough, spirulina also contains 11% RDA of Vitamin B1, 15% RDA of B2, 4% RDA of B3, 21% RDA of copper and 11% RDA of iron.

Chlorella

Chlorella and spirulina are quite similar in structure as well as nutritional benefits. The primary difference is the color. Chlorella is a deep green whereas spirulina is more of a blue color. Chlorella has a unique complex called chlorella growth factor which is caused by its rapid reproduction rate. Chlorella can quadruple is numbers every 20-24 hours and has been shown to possibly repair damage to nerve tissues and aid in cell production.

Matcha

Matcha literally means "powdered tea". When you drink Matcha, you are drinking the actual tea leaves, which is much different than regular brewed tea. In turn, you are also reaping 100% of the tea's nutritional benefits. Matcha is a great source of antioxidants and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), another beneficial antioxidant. Drinking matcha may improve cardivascular function and promote wieght loss.

Tumeric

Tumeric is the spice that gives curry its pretty golden color and has been used in India as a food as well as a medicine for thousands of years. Tumeric contains a compounds called curcuminoids and curcumin, curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is a very strong antioxidant.

Although adding tumeric in your food would seem like a rational way to increase the amount of curcumin in your diet, it is not weel absorbed in small amounts through the bloodstream and much higher amounts would be needed in order to be beneficial. A supplement is the best way to take tumeric.

Milk Thistle

In 2018 nutritionists were shocked to learn that millennials are getting fatty liver disease faster than any other age group, and according to the National Institutes of Health, up to 40 percent of U.S. adults have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The liver is the body’s single most important detoxifying organ and taking a milk thistle supplement is shown to have a positive effect as a liver cleanser, and can help repair damaged liver cells.

Elderberry

Elderberry is the small dark purple to black berries that grow on the elderberry shrub, (genus sambucus). These small berries must be cooked in order to eat or ingest and have been know to be beneficial when batlling the flu. It hass anti-inflammatory properties may be useful in treating toothache, sciatica, and burns.

Some herbal supplements may interact with medications, or are contraindicated in certain health conditions. Please consult your trusted health care provider before using herbal therapies.

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