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Green Superfood Supplements: Facts Vs. Fiction

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables as much as we can daily is nothing but beneficial and good for our overall health. But who can eat like, 10 apples a day? And still have place for a banana, and a large salad made of tomatoes, cucumbers and olives? Nobody has that much space in their tummy. That’s why the green superfood supplements industry is growing so fast. Now, you can get the much needed amount of nutrients from veggies and fruits packed and concentrated in one small pill. But are superfood supplements really beneficial and effective in all aspects, like the real thing is? Especially when it comes to consuming green superfood supplements in clean-eating diets, or in high-intensive training, some fictional claims seem to accompany them.

Greens Contain All Vitamins And Can Easily Replace Your Multivitamins – A Fiction.

Green super food supplements do contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins, but they are not a replacement for multi vitamin supplements. They might contain concentrated vegetables and fruits, but manufacturers never produce these supplements to meet your daily need of vitamins and minerals. This is especially important to high weight lifters, as they need an increased quantity of zinc and magnesium, which can rarely be found listed as substances in green super food supplements. So, don’t replace your daily multi with your greens.

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Greens Can Restore The Body’s PH Balance – This Is A Fact.

The body leans towards maintaining homeostasis. And having your PH value in balance is your body’s response to keeping bone health, thyroid function and cortisol levels, all in place. So, when you eat grains, proteins or dairy products – which are all acidic, you can take green superfood supplements – which are alkaline or basic, to reach balance of PH.

Timing Doesn’t Matter With Green Supplementation – A Big Fiction.

When we talk about superfood supplements, we mainly have in mind people that exercise regularly and would take green supplements to take their daily intake of fruits and veggies. These supplements are practically a concentrated amount of actual fruits and veggies (of course, industrially made, not the real thing) which means they contain a dose of antioxidants. Now, when people exercise, the body goes through a process of physiological damage, and this promotes inflammation and oxidation. Afterwards, muscles need all the energy to recover, which is the entire point of the workout process. But, if you pack them with antioxidants (which sounds perfectly reasonable), muscles won’t be able to perform recovery.

Green Superfood Supplements Don’t Override The Need For Whole Fruits And Veggies – A Fact!

This actually is true if you eat at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That way, the amount of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals is on the needed level and you don’t need to consume any more fruits or veggies. But, if you go the other way around, meaning if you eat fruits and veggies in large portions, then you probably won’t need to supplement with green superfoods.

Is ORAC For Real? No, It Isn’t. It’s A Fiction!

ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorption capacity, which was developed in an attempt to quantify the antioxidant capacity of foods. It basically was supposed to serve for determining how well a certain food ranks in its antioxidant capacity when compared to other foods. But, this didn’t prove to be a very satisfying ranking method, so the USDA (the developers of the system) removed all ratings from their database. You can still find products on the market that use the ORAC ranking, but you shouldn’t really base your buying decision on it, as it’s not relevant.