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The Benefits of Green Powder Supplements for Overall Health

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“For individuals that have difficulty getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, can incorporating green powder supplements increase nutritional levels for a balanced diet?”

Green Powder Supplements

Meeting daily nutrient needs through whole, unprocessed foods can’t always be met when access is limited or for other reasons. A green powder supplement is a great way to fill in the gaps. Green powder supplements are a daily supplement that helps increase vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake and enhances overall health. Green powders are easy to mix in water with a favorite beverage or smoothie or bake into a recipe. They can help:

  • Increase energy
  • Nourish the immune system
  • Improve digestion
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Contribute to healthy blood sugar levels
  • Reduce the risk of chronic disease
  • Promote optimal liver and kidney function

What Are They?

  • Green powder supplements are forms of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other bioactive compounds.
  • They are derived from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and algae to combine ingredients into a convenient supplement. (Giulia Lorenzoni et al., 2019)

Nutrients

Because most green powders comprise a combination of ingredients, the nutrient density is high. Green powder supplements can be considered a vitamin and mineral product. They typically contain:

  • Vitamins A, C, and K
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Antioxidants

The recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals can be helpful for individuals with limited access to produce or who want to supplement their diet with additional nutrients.

Energy

The phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables have been shown to improve energy levels. Studies on their effects on physical performance and endurance have resulted in positive outcomes. Researchers found that phytonutrients like those in green powders helped to increase energy, improve agility, reduce fatigue perception, improve memory, and decrease recovery time. (Nicolas Monjotin et al., 2022)

Digestive Health

Green powders are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, which contribute to feeling full and satisfied after a meal and are important for healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Eating fiber-rich foods is associated with optimal blood sugar control and improved gut microbiota diversity. These factors are important for maintaining a healthy body weight and decreasing the risk of chronic disease, for example, type 2 diabetes. (Thomas M. Barber et al., 2020) Phytochemicals, including flavonoids, have been shown to have therapeutic effects on gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea associated with IBS. Other phytonutrients have been shown to reduce certain symptoms of ulcerative colitis. (Nicolas Monjotin et al., 2022)

Immune System Function

Supplemental green powder supplements have shown the ability to maintain a healthy immune system and reduce inflammation by their antioxidant content. Green powders containing seaweed or algae are rich in phytochemical and poly-unsaturated fatty acids that have antioxidant properties to reduce inflammation and prevent oxidative damage to cells. (Agnieszka Jaworowska, Aliza Murtaza 2022) A randomized trial found that a fruit, berry, and vegetable powder concentrate blend decreased oxidation and reduced inflammation, attributed to the phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables.(Manfred Lamprecht et al., 2013)

Detoxification

The liver and kidneys are the main organs of natural detoxification. The liver helps the body absorb nutrients from consumed foods and removes waste and toxins through the kidneys. (National Library of Medicine. 2016) Plants are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect the liver and kidneys from free radical damage and oxidative stress. (Yong-Song Guan et al., 2015) The green powder supplements are made from these plants. When drinking green powders, fluid intake naturally increases as a standard serving of green powder is mixed with 8 to 12 ounces of water.

Whether mixed, blended, or made into a shake, powdered greens are a convenient and efficient way to get the daily dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.


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References

Lorenzoni, G., Minto, C., Vecchio, M. G., Zec, S., Paolin, I., Lamprecht, M., Mestroni, L., & Gregori, D. (2019). Fruit and Vegetable Concentrate Supplementation and Cardiovascular Health: A Systematic Review from a Public Health Perspective. Journal of clinical medicine, 8(11), 1914. doi.org/10.3390/jcm8111914

Monjotin, N., Amiot, M. J., Fleurentin, J., Morel, J. M., & Raynal, S. (2022). Clinical Evidence of the Benefits of Phytonutrients in Human Healthcare. Nutrients, 14(9), 1712. doi.org/10.3390/nu14091712

Barber, T. M., Kabisch, S., Pfeiffer, A. F. H., & Weickert, M. O. (2020). The Health Benefits of Dietary Fibre. Nutrients, 12(10), 3209. doi.org/10.3390/nu12103209

Jaworowska, A., & Murtaza, A. (2022). Seaweed Derived Lipids Are a Potential Anti-Inflammatory Agent: A Review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 20(1), 730. doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010730

Lamprecht, M., Obermayer, G., Steinbauer, K., Cvirn, G., Hofmann, L., Ledinski, G., Greilberger, J. F., & Hallstroem, S. (2013). Supplementation with a juice powder concentrate and exercise decrease oxidation and inflammation, and improve the microcirculation in obese women: randomised controlled trial data. The British journal of nutrition, 110(9), 1685–1695. doi.org/10.1017/S0007114513001001

InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. How does the liver work? 2009 Sep 17 [Updated 2016 Aug 22]. Available from: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279393/

Guan, Y. S., He, Q., & Ahmad Al-Shatouri, M. (2015). Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Liver Diseases 2014. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2015, 476431. doi.org/10.1155/2015/476431

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