Prairie Naturals Fermented & Organic Superfoods has been formulated to combine 20 premium fermented & organic food based superfoods including greens, berries, and mushrooms. As a source of fibre, calcium and iron Fermented & Organic Superfoods is tasty, nutritious and easy to use – simply mix with water, juice or add to smoothie or meals. [POWDER]
Fermented & Organic Alfalfa Powder, Fermented & Organic Kale Powder, Fermented & Organic Grass Powder Blend, Organic Blueberry Powder, Fermented & Organic Wheat Grass Powder, Fermented & Organic Barley Grass Powder, Fermented & Organic Turmeric Powder, Fermented & Organic Maca Powder, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Chlorella Powder, Organic Moringa Powder, Fermented & Organic Mushroom Powder Blend: (King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii), Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Himematsutake (Agaricus blazei), Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Antrodia (Antrodia camphorate), Maitake (Grifola frondosa), Fermented & Organic Beet Powder, Organic Raspberry Flavour, Natural Flavours, Organic Stevia Extract.
- 20 Premium Fermented & Organic Food Based Antioxidants
- Delicious And Easy To Use
- Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
- Source Of Fibre, Calcium And Iron
- Immune BoostingGreensGet your fruit and veggie servings without spending half your life at the grocery store …What is it?
Greens powder consists of a wide variety of plant extracts and concentrates freeze dried into a powder that can easily be dissolved in liquid, such as water or juice. There are a number of different greens powders, each of which contains different plant sources and many other ingredients.
In a nutshell, greens powders are like whole food “multivitamins” that can also contain a variety of other useful substances such as medicinal herbs, probiotics, and spirulina. These powders allow the user to increase their nutritional intake, particularly increasing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Thus, greens powder can help to boost energy levels, increase metabolism, reduce cell growth risk, and prevent the visible signs of aging..
The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
It has long been established that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can improve health, reduce the risk of disease, and help to fight aging. These foods are extremely high in antioxidants and also help to alkalinize the body to improve our metabolism. Unfortunately, current research is showing that less than 1/3 of North Americans get even the minimum of 5 fruit and vegetable servings per day. This leaves the majority of people deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals, as well as extremely low in antioxidant levels. Reduced nutrition causes less efficient repair in the body and low antioxidant levels results in an increase in cellular damage. This cellular damage can ultimately results in inflammation, cell growth DNA changes, and the physical effects of aging. Taking in at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings a day can help to prevent and even reverse some of these conditions.
Why supplement with greens powder?
The fact that less than 1/3 of us are getting sufficient fruits and vegetables is due to a number of different causes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, and many people cannot afford to eat such large amounts on a daily basis. It is also difficult in today’s busy lifestyle to get to the grocery store frequently enough to buy and maintain a stock of fresh fruits and vegetables in your home. If you simply can’t manage to get your fruit and veggie servings with food, there are supplements that can help you to cover the gaps in your diet. One great example is greens powder. Beyond just supplementing specific vitamins and minerals (like a multivitamin can), these powders contain most of the other nutrition also held in fruits and vegetables. They also contain enzymes and phytonutrients that are proven to improve digestion and overall health. An additional bonus is that greens powder has the nutrients from a variety of different fruits and vegetables, giving you a broader spectrum of nutrients than even the most healthful eater could hope to attain from one meal. In fact, often one serving of greens powder is equivalent to more than the minimum 5 recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, with the particular number of servings depending on the product examined.
What about fibre?
Beyond simple nutrition, one of the greatest benefits that fruits and vegetables provide is their substantial content of both soluble and insoluble fibre. A concern with replacing our recommended fruit and veggie servings with a greens powder is that we will no longer eat as much fibre. Fortunately, most greens powders also contain at least one natural source of fibre, such as apple fibre or rice bran. This helps to offset the replacement of these foods, although it may still be a good idea to ensure you ingest adequate fibre in other parts of your diet using whole grains, nuts, seeds, and/or psyllium.
What’s in Greens Powders?
This varies depending on the brand, but there are some general ingredients that most brands will select from, and there are some that help to improve taste while improving the health benefits. Generally any grains used in these formulas have been sprouted to increase their nutritional potency. The following is by no means an exhaustive list:
This is a nutrient-rich plant that contains isoflavones and is rich in chlorophyll.
This grass is the sprout of the barley grain that contains high levels of several vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as chlorophyll. It is a complete protein source as it also contains all of the essential amino acids.
Chlorella is an edible water-grown algae that is rich in vitamins and minerals and also contains extremely high levels of chlorophyll, which aids in detoxification and oxygenation of the tissues.
Apple fibre, flax, and rice bran are some examples of fibre sources that may be found in greens formulas. Alternatively, some greens powders have proprietary fibres such as PGX. If your diet is not otherwise high in fibre, it is a good idea to consider a formula that will help you get the amount you need.
Apple is the most commonly found fruit in greens mixtures, although others are prune, blueberry, cranberry, tomato, mango, grape, strawberry, pomegranate, and so on. Each fruit has specific nutritional constituents and most are extremely high in antioxidants. Some formulas will even add superfruits to boost their antioxidant content.
An extremely wide variety of herbs can be found in different greens powder formulas. Describing each is beyond the scope of this article. Please see our individual herb articles for more information on each herb you are interested in learning more about.
Probiotics / Prebiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help to colonize the gut and protect it from infection. They also aid in digestion by breaking up some of the foods that our own enzymes cannot. Prebiotics, such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), are food for probiotics to help them initially take hold in your gut.
Spirulinais an edible cyanobacterium that is rich in vitamins and minerals and also contains extremely high levels of chlorophyll, which aids in detoxification and oxygenation of the tissues. In addition to this, spirulina provides a source of complete protein containing all the essential amino acids.
Sprouted wheat grain is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Beet, broccoli, carrot, cabbage, spinach, kelp, and kale are some examples of the vegetables commonly found in greens powders. These vegetables provide a rich source of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that have a litany of health benefits.
How can I take greens powder?
There are a large number of greens powders available on the market with different ingredients that are targeted at different people according to their needs. Some formulas focus on fruits, and some on vegetables, and some contain extra herbs and nutrients while others do not. Dosage will vary depending on the particular ingredients in your greens powder. It is important to read the label of each product to ensure you select the one that suits your particular lifestyle.
Fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of fibre, which is essential for colon health. Ensure that your diet makes up for any lack in fibre if your greens powder does not supply enough. Some greens powders contain fillers, which may include soy. Read labels carefully for allergy information. A few greens powders contain herbs that may interact with certain medications or medical conditions. Check with your healthcare provider if you have any pre-existing conditions or are taking any medications before starting a greens powder containing herbs. Greens powders are very rich in nutrients that may be beneficial during pregnancy and lactation, but little information exists on their use. Be cautious using greens during pregnancy and lactation and avoid formulas that include herbs.