Since you are consuming the leaves of what makes green tea, you will get 3x the amount of caffeine that you would have in a cup of tea – this is similar to a cup of coffee.
Phytochemical (antioxidant) that helps boost metabolism
Suggested to decrease cholesterol and blood pressure
Good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, B6,and A, riboflavin, iron and magnesium
A study published in 2015 suggested that leaf and bark extracts of Moringa collected from the Saudi Arabian region possess anti-cancer activity that can be used to develop new drugs for treatment of breast and colorectal cancers.
Another study in 2013 supports its use to inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer cells
Keep an eye out for new research on this promising health booster!
Some suggest wheatgrass helps to improve immunity, kill harmful digestive bacteria, and rid the body of waste
However, there are no significant studies that support these claims
It has also been touted as treatment for cancer and chemotherapy side effects, anemia, diabetes, infections, ulcerative colitis, and joint pain
Again there is limited supporting research for these claims
However! Wheatgrass is full of nutrients that give your nutrition game a leg up in a small shot
It is nutrient dense with iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C
One cup of chopped kale has more than twice the vitamin C of an orange, a whopping 684% of vitamin K, and rings in at a mere 33 calories.
It makes a great base for smoothies or juices!
Heads up, kale can give juice a little kick (relative of the radish family)
Nutrients found in Kale helps lower cholesterol, and support cardiovascular, skin, hair, bone, and digestion health.
Packed with fiber, potassium, healthy nitrates and manganese
The boost of fiber will help move things along in the digestive system
Beets have been touted as a performance enhancer due to their naturally occurring nitrates
Be sure to cook these little guys to help bring out their flavors and make them easier to digest.
Roast, bake, or steam this root to soften them up until tender
about 15 minutes of steaming is ideal for nutrient retention
Increased cooking time diminishes the concentration of phytonutrients in beets
Add them to smoothies or juice
Adding to juice raw will help to sweeten the juice without excess sugar
If you want to be strong like Popeye… sneak in some spinach!
It is chock-full of niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
In other words this is a perfect way to boost the nutrient density of your diet!
Abundant in flavonoids (antioxidant)
Potential to reduce cholesterol
Helps improve cardiovascular health (folate), lower high blood pressure (magnesium)
Suggested to improve brain function, memory, and mental clarity
Another great base for smoothies and juices!
Often used to aid in digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight a cold
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
potential for the reduction of muscle soreness
suggested to lower blood sugars and cholesterol levels, improve heart disease risk factors, brain function, cancer risks, and fight infections
Throw a thumb-size amount in your juice blend (may give the drink a little kick to wake you up!)
Also, juice ginger by itself or with turmeric and lemon and add to hot tea (rooibos tea is good)
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in this bright orange root. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Consume with black pepper to enhance the absorption of curcumin in the turmeric. It is also fat soluble and a good addition to a smoothie that contains avocado (avocados give your smoothie a creamy texture!)
Turmeric is typically found in curry dishes but can be added to other foods for a savory, almost cheesy flavor.
Suggested to improve brain function, lower cardiovascular disease risk, prevent and treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and could reduce arthritis inflammation.