What are ‘Greens’?
When we talk about ‘greens’ and green foods, we tend to be talking about foods that are literally green. Maybe not green smarties or wine gums, but typically either cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, kale…) or things like Spirulina, a type of blue green algae, that has a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals and other exotic green vegetables that we may not consider as a part of a typical western diet, such as chlorella.
What Do We Need Greens?
We all know the importance of taking on nutrients, antioxidants, bioactive compounds, and phytochemicals from a balanced diet with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other plant foods for optimal nutrition, health, and well-being(1).
Green leafy vegetables are rich in phytonutrients that tend to be absent from most multivitamins and recovery drinks, and many processed foods. For example, spirulina may prevent muscle damage under conditions of oxidative stress, while inducing immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory responses(2).
Kale provides a source of calcium and vitamin K, with low levels associated with increased chances of fractures and decreases in bone strength(3).
Other greens like chlorella have been shown to combat the reduction in SIgA secretion (an antibody serving as the first line of defense within our immune system)(4).
Those most likely to benefit from Greens Drinks:
- Those with diets lacking in a variety of vegetables and fruits
- Those currently on a calorie restricted (or lower calorie) diet
- Athletes undergoing strenuous training periods Greens are a popular addition to an athletes’ diet.
They provide a convenient solution to taking on fruit and vegetables with the essential vitamins that they provide. A vitamin and mineral supplement may be unnecessary for an athlete who consumes a diet providing high- energy availability from a variety of nutrient-dense foods(1). However, this is often not the case – especially when athletes are undergoing a strenuous training program, or travelling for competitions. Increased vitamins and minerals may be required during periods of intensive training and competition, especially if total energy intake is not sufficient. It is suggested that a vitamin supplement may be appropriate for these athletes, especially when an individual is following an energy-restricted diet or is unable to consume a sufficient variety of foods(1).
PRP Greens Supplements
So, while many people consume adequate green foods and vegetables in their diets, there may be times when a convenient, nutrient dense Greens Drink will be beneficial.
PRP's greens drinks are the UK's ultimate green nutrient products. They are a blend of some of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables and algae around. Yes, Greens Drinks are packed full of goodness, such as antioxidants and vitamins that provide amazing effects on your immune system, energy and overall health, but they’re not always the tastiest of ingredients and often get avoided more than they should, which is why we’ve made our green drinks possibly THE best tasting and most refreshing greens products on the market, making your dose of greens a tasty one.
1 - Nieman, D. C., & Pedersen, B. K. (2004). Exercise, nutrition and immune function.Journal of sports sciences,22(1), 115-125.
2 - Wu, Q., Liu, L., Miron, A., Klímová, B., Wan, D., & Kuča, K. (2016). The antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and anti-inflammatory activities of Spirulina: an overview.Archives of toxicology,90(8), 1817-1840.
3 - Liu, R. H. (2013). Health-promoting components of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal,4(3), 384S-392S.
4 - Otsuki, T., Shimizu, K., Iemitsu, M., & Kono, I. (2012). Chlorella intake attenuates reduced salivary SIgA secretion in kendo training camp participants.Nutrition journal,11(1), 103.
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