After the cold of winter, sprigs of greenery holding the promise of colorful, cheerful flowers can’t come fast enough. But if your patience is wearing thin, there’s a way to tide you over while you wait for the seasons to fully change —add some “green” supplements to your regimen!
Green supplements may be extracts from the leaves of plants or grasses, or may be plant parts that are ground into a powder (available in capsule form or a substance that can be mixed into beverages). They’re packed with nutrients—and can be a great way to experience some of the benefits of greens you can’t grow in your garden…quite yet.
Here are a few popular green supplements to try:
Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural pigment that gives plants their green color. It’s essential for photosynthesis, a process that produces energy from sunlight. Found in all green plants, chlorophyll has especially high concentrations in spinach, kale, alfalfa, cereal grasses and seaweed.
Chlorella. Chlorella has often been referred to as a superfood because of its rich phytonutrient content, including chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, antioxidants and protein. Chlorella supports antioxidant enzyme activity and nurtures the intestines’ ability to capture and excrete environmental contaminants, especially when combined with a healthy, fiber-rich diet.
Wheat Grass. Wheat grass, which is the sprouted form of the common wheat plant (Triticum aestivum), is rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and plant proteins. Wheat grass is harvested early, before it turns its characteristic golden color and produces grain.
What’s your favorite way to replace green food from the garden? Share it with us in the comments below.
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.