Greens are our most important foods because they provide us with all of the essential components of health. They are our foods, as well as our medicines. Almost every health problem will benefit from the use of green foods.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens® is a whole foods foundation for better health. It is made from organically grown whole foods, whole food concentrates and herbal extracts. It contains essential fats, fibre, phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, naturally occurring enzymes, and proteins - without fillers, binders or other non-nutrient ingredients.
The ingredients in Beyond Greens have been selected to provide all the nutrients and phyto-nutrients that are good for us, in a synergistic combination that is both complete and convenient. This natural synergy means that less nutrients are required for optimum benefits.
Beyond Greens gives you premium greens from organically grown barley, alfalfa, oat and rye grasses, plus spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, parsley and kale. These greens are rich in detoxifying chlorophyll, and provide naturally balanced vitamins, minerals and protein to keep you in top form. For example, barley grass contains diverse nutrients that include calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, B-vitamins, carotene and vitamins C and E. Flaxseed is the highest known source of lignans, which are special antioxidants found in plant fibre. Beyond Greens supplies soluble fibre as well as insoluble fibre. The average person consumes only about ten grams of fibre a day, which is less than half of the recommended daily amount. Without adequate fibre in the diet, food takes much longer to pass through the digestive tract. Three servings of Beyond Greens throughout the day will add five grams of fibre to the diet.
A key ingredient that sets Beyond Greens apart is its high amount of essential fatty acids (EFAs). Each tablespoon provides over 1,000 mg of high quality oil from the same balanced mixture of flax, sunflower and sesame seeds as is used in Udo’s Choice 3-6-9 Oil Blend.
Beyond Greens also contains antioxidant-rich whole food concentrates and phytonutrients, such as greens, carrots, soy sprouts, kale, and bilberry, as well as standardized Grape Seed Extract.
Beyond Greens provides:
- 35 super foods, food concentrates, and plant extracts;
- A rich blend of greens from 9 different sources: organic alfalfa, barley, rye, and oat grass powders; spirulina; chlorella; broccoli; parsley; and kale;
- N-3 and n-6 essential fats (see oil blend product page for more details) from organic flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds, as well as rice and oat germ;
- Protein from seeds and greens;
- Both kinds of fibre; especially rich in water-soluble mucilage;
- Concentrates of the best vegetables: carrot, tomato, beet, broccoli, kale, and others;
- A completely vegetarian meal;
- A food free of dairy, wheat, yeast, and other common allergens; and
- Taste enhanced greens with natural flavours.
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What’s so good about greens?
We refer to ‘greens’ as the diverse population of salt and fresh water plants (algae), land plants, and land plants that have returned to aquatic environments, all of which are green in colour. ‘Greens’ are the basic foundation of human health and regeneration and have been an endless food source for living creatures as far back as it goes. Biologists believe that land plants evolved from one-celled aquatic organisms and did not colonise the land until about _ a billion years ago. Plants and their green ancestors are rich in magnesium-containing chlorophyll, the green pigment found in chloroplasts of plants. Chlorophyll is what absorbs the light energy from the sun that drives photosynthesis, making Earth the green planet.
‘Greens’ dominate nearly all terrestrial communities. They are found in gardens and woods; fields and meadows; on mountains; in valleys and oceans; on our windowsill (sprouted from seeds); or in a pot in the house. They include grasses, leaves, herbs, algaes, seaweeds, broad-leafed plants, trees, mosses, lichens, ferns, shrubs, weeds, and many more.
What are phytochemicals?
In the Greek language, the word ‘phyto’ means plant.
Phytochemicals are, by definition, any biologically active compound derived from plants. They function as the plant’s immune system, defending against exposure to diseases and viruses; determine plant colour and taste; and aid the many biological tasks plant organisms must carry out to survive.
Thousands of phytochemicals are found in plants, and humans have only recently begun to study the molecular structure of these valuable food compounds. Examples of phytochemicals are carotenoids, flavonoids, plant sterols, polyphenols, lignans, sulfides, curcumins, saponins, coumarins, terpenoids, phthalides, and many more. On-going research continues to provide new insights into what they are and how they aid in the preservation of human health.
Phytonutrients are plant chemicals used as foods. Phytomedicines elicit biological responses in the body systems of mammals that consistently reduce the risk of one or more diseases of chronic nature. Phytochemical-rich ‘greens’ and other plant parts have been used, since as long as man has been alive, to improve the health of those who consume them.