Nutritional value, benefits and uses of blue-green algae

Nutritional value, benefits and uses of grain products (gluten-free)
September 30, 2016
Nutritional value, benefits and uses of Ayurvedic Herbs
September 30, 2016

Alfalfa

alfaalfa

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) also called Lucerne, is a   plant that primarily native to Asia, and is considered to be one of the first known herbs to mankind. It is a member of the Pea family Fabaceae and it is often used for feeding animals as it has the highest nutritional value of all the hay/forage crops. The word alfalfa is derived from Arabic, specifically the phrase al-fac-facah, which literally means “Father of all foods” because it is so rich in essential nutrients.

Nutritional Value: Alfalfa is naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals, including A, D, E, K, and even the full family of B vitamins; biotin, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium and many others, as well as being very high in protein, especially when dried.

It is “The king of all foods”.

Health Benefits:

(1) The alfalfa herb is believed to have a direct connection to lowering cholesterol.

(2) The alfalfa herb is very good at detoxifying and better purifying the blood.

(3) The alfalfa plant has beneficial healing properties against bad breath, sore or achy joints,

     imbalanced skin conditions, and it even increases immune system functionality.

(4) It acts as an alternative to over the counter pain medicines for headaches or migraines

     because of its high calcium and magnesium levels.

Dosage: Alfalfa dosage can be 1 or 2 teaspoon for one cup, steeped in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes. It can also be mixed in with different foods. Salads, soups, casseroles, or whatever one’s heart desires can be made astronomically more healthy without hardly any change in taste. The alfalfa herb is very mild in flavor and because of this, it can be used in many different ways.

 

Barley Grass

barleygrass

Barley Grass or Hordeum vulgare L., Hordeum distichon L. Family: Poaceae (grasses) is the

seedling of the barley plant. It is usually harvested about 200 days after germination, when the shoots are less than a foot tall.

Nutritional Value: A concentrated source of nearly three dozen vitamins and minerals, barley grass is particularly rich in vitamins A, C, B1, B2, folic acid, and B12; calcium; iron; potassium; and chlorophyll. Unlike most plants, barley grass provides all nine essential amino acids (those which your body can’t produce).

Health Benefits: (1)Barley grass is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to help the body kill cancer cells and overcome a variety of ailments, including acne and ulcers. (2) Barley grass is a wonderful natural detoxifier. The cleansing ability of barley grass is even effective in eliminating the accumulated harmful heavy metals including lead which may cause behavior and learning disorders particularly in kids.(3)Barley grass supports in boosting the immune defense mechanism of the body.(4)Another beneficial effect of barley grass is its protective act against the cell destructing effects of UV radiations. It helps prevent as well as extends therapeutic relief on the existing damaged cell owing to the presence of superoxide dismustase enzymes.(5)It also acts defensively against the effects of radioactivity and even renews the cells and tissues damaged by radioactivity.(6)Barley grass is also an effectual remedy for fighting various kinds of addictions.(7)Barley grass is a natural way to stimulate the regeneration of cells without any side effects.

Dosage: Barley grass is widely available in powder form and is best taken on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before or two hours after a meal. For disease prevention, it is advised taking 2 to 6 g of powder – dissolved in water or juice – two or three times a day. To treat skin or stomach ailments, you may need to take up to 12 g of powder two or three times a day. Expect improvements within three months.

 

Chlorella

chrorella

Chlorella or Chlorella pyrenoidosa is a freshwater blue-green algae and waterborne organisms like it’s cousin to spirulina algae that is commonly supplemented be vegan populations.Chlorella’s protein levels, and combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and phytochemicals go one step beyond Spirulina.

Nutritional Value: Native to Taiwan and Japan, this super food is rich with phytonutrients including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex vitamins. (Protein 16g, Vitamin A 287% RDA, Vitamin B2 71% RDA, Vitamin B3 33% RDA,Iron 202% RDA, Magnesium 22% RDA, Zinc 133% RDA).

Health Benefits: (1)Studies have shown that Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, good cardiovascular health, helps to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and aids in the detoxification of our bodies.(2)Chlorella supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity. (3)Chlorella benefits you by helping to regulate hormones, helping with metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher levels of energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat, and removes stored toxins.(4)Chlorella greatly reduces oxidative stress, that can be caused from pollution, stress and a poor diet.(5)Chlorella is so effective at giving you younger looking skin is because it naturally increases levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and glutathione in your body which eliminates free-radicals and protects your cells.(6)studies have shown that individuals once diagnosed with cancer, Chlorella enhances the action of T cells helping to fight new abnormal cells.(7)doses of 8,000 mg of Chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Dosage: Supplementation of chlorella appears to be in the range of 6-10g daily. It is unsure why this dose is chosen, but it appears to be somewhat effective. Chlorella has a very strong taste and so you will want to add about 1/2 tsp of Chlorella to a smoothie with banana, coconut water, vanilla protein powder and lime juice to help hide the taste for smoothie.

Side effects: Chlorella can cause side effects in some individuals. Some of the symptoms include swelling of the face or tongue sensitivity to sunlight, digestive upset, acne, fatigue, lethargy, headaches, vertigo, and shaking.

 

Spirulina

Spirulina is a cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by humans and other animals. There are two species, Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Arthrospira is cultivated worldwide; used as a dietary supplement as well as a whole food; and is also available in powder form.

Nutritional Value: A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains (2): Protein: 4 grams. Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the DA.Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.Copper: 21% of the RDA.Iron: 11% of the RDA. It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.This is coming with only 20 calories, and 1.7grams of digestible carbohydrate.Gram for gram, this means that spirulina may literally be the single most nutritious food on the planet.A tablespoon of spirulina contains a small

amount of fat (around 1 gram), including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in about a 1.5:1 ratio.The quality of the protein in spirulina is considered excellent, comparable to eggs. It contains all the essential amino acids that we need.

Health Benefits: (1)Spirulina Has Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties. (2) It can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.(3) 8 grams of spirulina per day significantly reduced markers of oxidative damage It also increased levels of antioxidant enzymes in the blood.(4)Spirulina Appears to Have Anti-Cancer Properties, Especially Against Oral Cancer.(5)Studies Show That it May Reduce Blood Pressure.(6)Spirulina Improves Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. (7)Muscle Strength and Endurance May Improve. (8)Spirulina May Help With Blood Sugar Control. (9)Spirulina May be Effective Against Anemia.(10)Spirulina may also have other beneficial effects, such as helping to “detoxify” the heavy metal arsenic from the body.

Dosage: The dose of spirulina used in studies examining its effects vary greatly. In general, 1-8 g per day of spirulina has been shown to have some effect. The specific doses depend on the condition it’s being used for: For cholesterol, doses in the range of 1-8 g per day may be impactful. For muscle performance, doses of 2-7.5 g per day have been used.For blood glucose control, very mild effects have been seen with 2 g per day. Blood pressure may be affected at doses of 3.5-4.5 g per day. Effects for fatty liver have been seen at doses of 4.5 g \per day.

 

Wheat Grass

wheatgrass

Wheat Grass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant,Triticum aestivum (subspecies of the family Poaceae).Wheat grass can be traced back in history over 5000 years, to ancient Egypt and perhaps even early Mesopotamian civilizations. It is purported that ancient Egyptians found sacred the young leafy blades of wheat and prized them for their positive effect on their health and vitality.

Nutritional Value: Wheatgrass Powder contains vitamin A, C, E and K. Contains the minerals, potassium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium.Contains protein, fibre, amino acids, enzymes and chlorophyll. Is suitable for those following a vegetarian, vegan or rawfood diet

Health Benefits:

(1) Wheatgrass powder is rich in zinc. The zinc in wheatgrass powder contributes to normal DNA synthesis, normal acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal cognitive function, normal fertility and reproduction, normal macronutrient metabolism,  normal metabolism of both fatty acids and vitamin A, and normal protein synthesis. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, normal hair, normal nails and normal skin. In addition, zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, the maintenance of normal vision, the normal function of the immune system and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

(2)Wheatgrass powder is rich in magnesium. The magnesium in wheatgrass powder contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance. It also contributes to a normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal muscle function, normal protein synthesis and normal psychological function. In addition, magnesium contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and normal teeth, and has a role in the process of cell division.

Dosage: Take 1 or 2 Doses of wheatgrass powder i.e. 3 to 6 mg per day. Start with 1 dose in morning for the first 5 days and increase it to 2 doses per day by taking the second dose in the evening. It is advisable to take wheatgrass on an empty stomach, so that it can be easily absorbed in our body. Do not eat food or drink tea, coffee, or any cold drinks at least for 1 hour after consuming Wheatgrass.