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Old 10-20-2009, 07:46 AM
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Super food green powder vs. using actual greens in smoothies

I'm just curious...do you think it's better to add a green superfood powder to your smoothies, or the actually greens themselves? I just bought some green superfood powder yesterday, added it to my smoothie, and loved it. It was easier, and I'm thinking more nutritionally dense than just adding the actual greens. What do you think? Which one do you think is better, or should I add them both?
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:42 AM
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I might not be the best person here to give you any advice as I don't take any supplements, but here's my opinion anyways... I'd go for fresh, alive anytime versus the processed stuff. The powders may be nutritionally dense, but they are dead, they have no life force in them anymore, and that alone makes me stay away from them.
If you want the benefits of both nutritional density and life, your best bet is fresh wheatgrass. Yeah, it takes time to grow it and juice it, but it's a real elixir. Plus it's cheap, available and you don't have to support the industry that's behind the packaged stuff.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:23 AM
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I use the fresh stuff, always. A few months back, I got some free E3Live power with my frozen algae order, and added that to my green juices. It was nice, but fresh is always best.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:54 AM
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Thanks for the input, guys! I think I'm going to use both greens and spirulina powder in my smoothies for a month, and see how that goes. I'm needing more iron in my diet....
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:23 AM
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Spirulina contains B12 analogs, so make sure you're getting enough B 12.

As for iron, iron is actually super easy to get. Just make sure to eat raw pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds (22% iron per 2 T), chlorella tablets (no B12 analog), parsley, leafy greens in general, and other seaweeds

Here's an article I wrote about iron for the Raw Divas:
http://therawdivas.com/blog/?p=1892
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:43 AM
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I like using a combo of both! On quick days I like using Amazing Grass Products! Enjoy!
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:48 AM
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Yeah, I've been using both for the past few days, and it's been working out great. To me, spirulina does not have a strong taste at all, so adding it to the smoothie as well as fresh spinach and kale (greens of this week) has worked out great.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:47 AM
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I agree. fresh is best but you not going to get things like spirulina fresh and it is a great food. I put some in my green smoothies. So I think if you can get fresh thats the first option but don't overlook a valuable food source if it hapens to be in powdered form eg spirulina and hemp protein.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:26 PM
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"3 Popular Supplements That Are a Waste of Money"
by Frederic Patenaude

This might make me a few enemies, but I believe that 99% of supplements and “superfoods” on the market are an absolute waste of money.

It seems like every time you turn your head, someone is offering the latest and greatest “beauty enhancing” or “breakthrough” superfood or supplement.

But what if I told you something shocking yet so simple to understand: there's no “food” that arrives in a bottle, having been made in a factory and sold in powdered form, that will ever compare in terms of “super-nutrition” to fresh fruits and vegetables.

But still, almost every day I get an e-mail that says, “what do you think of __________” (fill in the blank with whatever supplement or superfood is now being promoted as the latest “amazing” product).

Although it would take forever to review every product on the market, let's review some popular supplements and superfoods that, in my opinion, are an absolute waste of money.

Green Powder

Almost every supplement company has a variation of the “green powder,” which is basically a powder made with dried grass, dried grass juices or dried vegetables and possibly algae. This powder is supposed to make your body more alkaline and give you nutrition you can't find elsewhere.

First, I would say that grass powder is not a worthy food and anyone growing grass and turning it into a powder and making a lot of money selling it is really laughing their way to the bank at the expense of unknowing customers. Even if it's called “wheatgrass”, it's still grass.

A powder of vegetables or algae can never compare in nutritional value to fresh vegetables, even if those vegetables are not organic.

The real superfoods are dark green vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, black kale, parsley, celery, arugula, and so on.

With the use of “green smoothies” made with *fresh* green vegetables and fruit, anyone can obtain superior nutrition in a few minutes a day (ruling out the argument that people don't have “time” to eat well).

Green smoothies and fresh raw greens literally put these green powders to shame. For a free mini-course on the power of green smoothies, go to: http://www.greenforlifeprogram.com

Protein Powder

Another all-time favorite of supplement companies is the protein powder, in all its forms. There's the ultra-refined soy protein powder, we've got whey protein, rice protein, and now a less refined hemp protein.

But the idea is the same: that somehow, no matter how much food you eat, there's still a chance you might not get enough protein, so therefore you should consume protein in a concentrated, powdered form.

This idea is especially popular among body-builders and gym-goers. It's interesting to note that starting from the Greek gymnasiums two and a half thousand years ago through the ages of gladiators and modern gymnastics, men and women of all ages have been able to build magnificent, muscular bodies eating nothing more than simple foods and without the use of protein powders.

This is a classic example of how you can market a product by first “creating a problem” that doesn't exist.

Nutrition textbooks teach that you can get all the protein you need as long as you consume enough calories from whole foods, even if all you eat is fruits and vegetables.

Noni Juice

Although this discussion could lead me to cover any possible supplement or superfood among the thousands of products available, I think you're starting to get my point.

I'll just finish with an example of a “superfood” called noni and sold as “noni juice.”

The noni is a fruit that's been used for centuries in Polynesia for its alleged medicinal properties. But there is very limited scientific evidence to support these properties.

When I visited Tahiti last winter, I was on the tiny island of Huahine and had the chance to try real noni juice from a local Tahitian couple who made the juice from their own fruit tree.

Let me tell you that it was the most disgusting, horrible concoction that I ever had in my entire life!

Obviously, the noni is not a natural food for humans, as there is no way anyone would want to consume it unless they thought it had some medicinal value.

My Tahitian friends explained how they prepare the noni juice. They put all these unappetizing, weird-smelling noni fruits in a jar and then let the thing ferment for several days.

Then the fermented juice that oozes out of the fruits and reeks like the juice that's formed at the bottom of a trash container is what they drink.

Now American companies have had the great idea of adding a bunch of sugar to this awful tasting Tahitian folk remedy juice, making up a fantastic story around it, throwing in some questionable science and selling millions of dollars worth of the stuff to suckers.

Listen closely: it's completely absurd to think that one food can be a universal remedy for all our ills. We need nutrients from different sources and Nature isn't so capricious as to put everything in one place.

We're meant to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, drink pure water and have a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise and healthy relationships and positive thoughts.

All the rest is marketing and hype.

Of course, you are free to believe what you want about noni juice and other kinds of superfoods available on the market.

But do yourself a favor and make the decision to try for yourself what the study and experience of natural hygiene and health through a pure raw-based diet can do for you.
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