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Greens are good for you.

On a per calorie basis, greens are the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat, loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and so much more.

But there are hundreds of edible greens, and they're not all created equally.

Which pack the biggest punch, and which greens should you focus on for the most well-rounded benefits?

In this post, we break down 7 of the best superfood greens to consume regularly — some of which may be on your regular rotation already, but others almost certainly are not.

 

All greens aren't created equally.

 

Health professionals and nutritionists love to tout the benefits of "leafy greens."

But just like any other category of food, when you compare the nutrient profiles of different foods, some are better than others.

For example, a cup of iceberg lettuce contains about 10% of your recommended daily value of vitamins A and K, and 1% of magnesium.

A cup of raw spinach, on the other hand, provides 93% of your vitamin A, 120% of vitamin K, and 6% of your magnesium.

That's an extreme example — everyone loves to hate on iceberg lettuce — but benefit comparisons could be made for all greens, with some offering a bounty of vitamins and others more mineral-rich.

 

Which greens pack the most benefits?

 

While some may argue for one green to top the list, we're not going to do that. Why?

Because if you focused entirely on a single green, you'd miss out on the benefits other greens may offer.

Instead, here are 7 different greens that each top the charts for their own reasons.

A diet that regularly incorporates each of these would benefit from the unique balance of nutrient profiles.

1. Barley grass

 

Barley grass comes from young barley plants — before they produce seeds and when they're extremely rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.

The juiced powder from barley grass is well researched, and proven to provide strong antioxidant properties.

Barley Grass is a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, and powerful polyphenols and flavonoids.

The benefits: May help to aid sleep, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, reduce anxiety, and support a stronger immunity.*

How to get it: Barley grass can be found in powder form, but barley grass juice (in juice form or dehydrated) can be 10-20 times more potent.

 

2. Spinach

 

Of the greens selected for this list, spinach is one that you may be regularly consuming already.

Similar to barley grass (you'll notice a pattern, here), spinach is rich is vitamins A, C, and K. But it's also a strong source of B and E vitamins.

Spinach is a great source of both iron, calcium, and magnesium as well.

The benefits: May support eye health, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol.*

How to get it: Spinach is a perfect addition to a smoothie, salad, stir-fry, or pasta.  

3. Kale

 

Similar to spinach, kale is a common superfood green frequently used both raw or cooked.

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli or cauliflower. It's rich in vitamin C, selenium, vitamin E, and calcium.

The benefits: May help support bone health, immunity, and eye health.*

How to get it: While it contains a stronger taste and texture than spinach, Kale's uses are equally as diverse. It's a great addition to cooked foods, as well as juiced or blended raw into a smoothie.

 

4. Chlorella powder

 

A freshwater algae, chlorella has quickly become known as a nutrient powerhouse.

It's rich in amino acids and micronutrients, and in clinical trials has demonstrated heavy metal detoxification properties.

The benefits: May help to aid heavy metal detoxification, support immunity, and level blood pressure.*

How to get it: Unlike most of the greens you regularly hear about, the only way to include chlorella is in powder form.

 

5. Moringa

 

A native tree to northern India, moringa has been used for its health-promoting properties for thousands of years. It's rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E.

The benefits: May help defend against free radicals, and support mood, brain, and foundational health.*

How to get it: While whole moringa leaves are edible, they're difficult to find (at least in the US). More common is moringa powder, which can be mixed into smoothies or other drinks.

 

6. Arugula

 

Also a cruciferous vegetable like kale, arugula is known for its peppery taste and abundance of calcium, potassium, folate, and of course your A, K, and C vitamins.

The benefits: May support normal blood and nerve function, immune defenses, and DNA health.*

How to get it: Found in just about any grocery store, the peppery flavor of arugula makes for a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and pastas.

 

7. Broccoli sprouts

 

Raw broccoli sprouts contain high amounts of glucoraphanin, the nutrient that becomes sulforaphane. And when it comes to healthy plant compounds, sulforaphane sets the bar with incredible antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

The benefits: May help improve digestion, support heart health, provide antidiabetic effects, and promote brain health.

How to get it: If you can find them, broccoli sprouts are a great topping on a salad or boost to a smoothie.

 

Increase your greens and increase the benefits.

 

Plant-based medical doctor, Dr. Michael Greger, recommends at least 12 servings of greens per week. But according to his research, only 1 in 25 people get that many servings per month...

This means nearly all of us can stand to significantly increase our greens intake.

Make a habit of adding greens to your meals whenever possible, whether that's a soup, sauce, smoothie, salad, or side.

And if you're able to regularly mix in the 7 greens above, you'll help round out the benefits for both short- and long-term health.

Superfood greens made easy.

Need an easier way to increase your superfood greens? Try Daily Greens.

The Daily Greens formula focuses on five superfood greens — barley grass, spinach, chlorella, broccoli sprouts, and moringa — to zeroes in on the ingredients that have the biggest impact.

So whether you're kicking your day off with a surge of nutrients or using it as an afternoon slump-buster, the diverse vitamins, minerals, and compounds in Daily Greens can help support your energy optimization, brain clarity, blood health, bone development, and so much more.

Made with 5 organic superfood greens, Daily Greens provides a simple way to boost your daily greens intake.

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