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What Are the Benefits of Supergreens?

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author image Christine Garvin
Christine Garvin is a certified nutrition educator and holds a Master of Arts in holistic health education. She is co-editor of Brave New Traveler and founder/editor of Living Holistically... with a sense of humor. When she is not out traveling the world, she is busy writing, doing yoga and performing hip-hop and bhangra.
What Are the Benefits of Supergreens?
Supergreens are usually dark in color. Photo Credit Geo-grafika/iStock/Getty Images

Supergreens are a type of greens that are very dense in both color and flavor. This is due to their high nutrient content -- nutrients that keep your body healthy and ward off disease. Usually, supergreens are extremely dark in color, such as kale, chard and broccoli, and can be eaten in their natural state or as a supplemental green powder. Benefits of supergreens include that they are high in phytonutrients, are a good source of fiber, provide digestive enzymes and help to heal tissues.

High in Phytonutrients

One of the largest benefits of consuming supergreens is that they are high in phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are nutrients from plants that are necessary for sustaining human life and preventing disease. According to Deborah C. Marsh in the book "Raw-Riffic Food's 101 Super-Charged Juices, Shakes & Smoothies," supergreens have healing qualities due to the amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they provide. Phytonutrients also may help to prevent aging.

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Good Source of Fiber

Supergreens are also an excellent source of fiber, according to author Johnna Albi in the book "Greens Glorious Greens." Fiber is essential for proper bowel movement and to keep the colon healthy. Without enough fiber in your diet, the possibility of developing colon cancer increases. Fiber may also decrease the risk of other cancers and diabetes because it helps to remove toxins from the body in an efficient manner.

Provides Digestive Enzymes

Another benefit of supergreens is that they provide digestive enzymes, which help with the digestion of other foods, especially proteins. The proper breakdown of food doesn't happen without enough enzymes in the body, and as we age, we naturally produce less enzymes. Dashama Gordon states in her book, "Dashama's 3 Stage Energy & Detox Diet Program," that adding enzymes to the diet in the form of greens will make your digestion more efficient and provide greater overall energy.

Heals Tissues

Supergreens have been shown to aid in healing tissues, according to Donald Yance in the book "Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer." Extracts of the chlorophyll found in supergreens appear to stimulate the growth of new skin tissue in wounds, and seem especially active in wounds that refuse to heal with other treatments, adds Yance. He also notes that French scientists have found alfalfa can reduce damaged tissue caused by radiotherapy.

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References

  • "Raw-Riffic Food's 101 Super-Charged Juices, Shakes & Smoothies"; Deborah C. Marsh; 2008
  • "Greens Glorious Greens"; Johnna Albi; 1996
  • "Dashama's 3 Stage Energy & Detox Diet Program"; Dashama Gordon; 2009
  • "Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer"; Donald Yance; 1999
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