Superfoods = super skin.
“I look at these superfoods as nutrient boosts,” says Sarah Greenfield, RD. “All of the superfoods listed below are extremely concentrated in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.” Including them in your diet ensures your body gets all the nutrients it needs to radiate health from the inside out.
Barley grass contains superoxide-dismutase enzymes to protect against harmful UV rays by bringing relief to damaged cells. It makes it a great superfood for preventing signs of aging.
“Wheatgrass helps to detoxify your liver, and liver detoxification helps keep skin clear,” Sarah explains. It can also be helpful for reducing inflammation, which is another bonus if you’re prone to breakouts and acne. Finally, some natural-medicine practitioners believe that wheatgrass can prevent gray hair by boosting your kidney health and blood quality.
“Chlorella binds to heavy metals, the latter of which can cause breakouts. Instead, chlorella helps to pull them out of your system,” Sarah shares. Chlorella not only reduces oxidative stress from pollution, stress, and a poor diet, but also aids in cellular reproduction and skin regeneration for more radiant skin.
Similar to chlorella, spirulina helps by binding to heavy metals to detoxify the body. Spirulina can also help fight candida, which when left unchecked can show up as a nasty rash. In addition to combatting candida overgrowth, it has the added benefit of curbing your appetite, which can help prevent snacking out of boredom. Lastly, the phosphorus in spirulina is excellent for dental health.
Alfalfa grass is another wonderful superfood for reducing inflammation as well as strengthening your immune system. In fact, a serving of alfalfa-grass juice will offer almost as much vitamin C as the same-sized serving of orange juice. Besides keeping your immune system strong, vitamin C encourages collagen production in the skin for more bounce in your complexion. Lastly, as with the superfoods listed above, it’s rich in antioxidants to reduce free radicals in the body and protect cells.
An Important Caveat
“Be aware that some sources of barley grass and wheatgrass can affect people with gluten intolerances. While the grass itself is fine, it’ll contain gluten if it’s grown to the point where it sprouts.” If you have a gluten intolerance, be sure to look for gluten-free certification.
But How Do They Taste?
You might be wondering why we aren’t eating more of these superfoods all the time given their many benefits. Sadly, although they do wonders for our bodies, they aren’t exactly easy on the tastebuds. Anyone who’s tried a wheatgrass shot will understand.
How To Include green Superfoods In Your Diet
You can get some of these fresh at your local health-food store, or in liquid form at your closest juice bar. Additionally, you can find them in powder or capsule supplements. We included all five of the superfoods above along with hormone-balancing adaptogens, digestive enzymes, and probiotics in our delicious Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder. The best part? Our unique blend comes in delicious flavors that’ll make you look forward to getting your dose of green superfoods each day.