Spotlight on Shakeology Ingredients: Super-Green/Phytonutrient Blend and Chlorophyll

Shakeology® is a powerful Superfood formula designed to give your body the perfect combination of nutrients to help give you energy, reduce cravings, maintain healthy body weight, and support your immune system. To make Shakeology, Beachbody® searched the world to find ancient and exotic superfoods simply not available at your local supermarket.

Shakeology® Super-Green/Phytonutrient Blend includes the following ingredients to help alkalize the body and promotes detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and blood to restore health and vitality.

Moringa

Chlorella

Spirulina

Spinach

Barley Grass

Kamut Grass

Wheat Grass

Oat Grass

The term Phytonutrient breaks down, etymologically speaking, into “nutrients from plants.” These nutrients are an important part of the diet, particularly because they cannot be made by the body or obtained from animal products. Phytonutrients are often distinct from other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

375748_532566596803015_1876677684_nAll of the ingredients listed above contain the common component of Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll refers to the phytochemical that gives plants their green color and pigmentation. There are many chlorophyll benefits If you want to get healthier, or if you are already in good health and you simply want to maintain your good health, you may want to incorporate more chlorophyll into your diet

Green foods are easily digested and raise the body’s alkaline level. They also help with flushing out toxins. Chlorophyll is not only cleansing to the blood, but adds important nutrients, promotes regularity and inhibits cellular damage from radiation. It helps to know that chlorophyll is most abundant in wheat grass, barley grass , Kamut grass, certain forms of algae, and green leafy vegetables – i.e. Kale, spinach, dark leafy greens, parsley, cilantro; sea vegetables – Dulse, Kelp, Nori (aka laver), generally other green vegetables.

Chlorophyll provides nutritional benefits to the body and helps keep you healthy.

Healthy Bones

Important minerals considered essential for keeping your bones healthy include calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. When you eat green plants, you take in a high concentration of magnesium, because of their chlorophyll content. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, chlorophyll contains large amounts of magnesium, helping keep your bones strong. In the body, about 50 percent of magnesium is in the bones, and the remaining 50 percent is distributed in the cells, tissues and organs.

Strong Muscles

The magnesium in chlorophyll also helps your muscles contract and relax and remain strong. Not eating chlorophyll deprives you of a huge supply of magnesium, and deficiency can make your muscles weak. MedlinePlus recommends you not overcook green vegetables, which can reduce the amount of natural chlorophyll.

Blood Pressure

One of the many benefits chlorophyll provides is maintaining normal blood pressure. The Office of Dietary Supplements reports that people who take chlorophyll, with its large supply of magnesium, have lower blood pressure compared to those who do not. Taking chlorophyll can also help you if you have Raynaud’s phenomenon, a rare disorder that affects the blood vessels in your fingers and toes and results in loss of blood flow to those areas. The magnesium component of chlorophyll appears to help maintain blood flow in these patients.

Vitamin K

Eating green, leafy vegetables affords you a good supply of vitamin K, an important component that your body needs for your blood to clot properly. Vitamin K deficiency can result in excessive bleeding.

Blood-Building

wheat_grass_150x178Chlorophyll has a cleansing effect on the blood and contributes blood-building nutrients, according to nutritionist Phyllis Balch, author of the book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” Chlorophyll also protects your cells against the damaging effects of radiation, such as from X-rays or MRIs. It is abundant in leafy green vegetables, wheatgrass, barley grass, oat grass, Kamut grass,  and alfalfa grass.

Wheat grass – Wheat grass by itself is not very palpable, however, it contains P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, reducing inflammation. It is also thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells. This grass has high levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, enzymes, chlorophyll and mucopolysaccharides

Barley grass – Barley grass is hailed as “the” healthiest of the healthy green grasses, acting as a free radical scavenger and known to reduce inflammation and pain. Although nutritionally, they are close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables, the “nutrient density” is much higher (more of the beneficial phytonutrients).

Kamut grass – Ancient Egyptian wheat known for its low gluten levels and contain more protein and minerals than common wheat or other cereal grass.

Oat grass – Contains beta-carotene, vitamins K and C, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, fiber and B vitamins.

Multiple Effects

Chlorophyll attaches to toxins and heavy metals and removes them from your body. It also increases your blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity by stimulating red blood cell production. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of chlorophyll contribute to its cleansing effects. Aside from cleansing your blood, chlorophyll cleanses your liver, by preventing cancer-causing substances from attaching to cells. It also benefits your digestive tract by keeping you regular. Chlorophyll’s magnesium content provides a calming effect, which helps decrease stress and promote healthy immune function, which in turn prevents toxins from accumulating in your body. Vitamins A, C and E in chlorophyll support your immune system by reducing oxidation and strengthening cell walls, your cells’ first defense against toxins and pathogens.

Antimicrobial

Wheatgrass juice and other green superfoods provide antibacterial and anti fungal benefits and help clear medications from your body by virtue of their abundant chlorophyll content, according to Cherie Chalbom, M.S., author of “The Complete Cancer Cleanse.” Some green foods are known for their ability to neutralize carcinogenic toxins and prevent hair from falling out, making them useful cleansing agents during chemotherapy.

Spring Tonic

Alkalizing minerals in wheatgrass juice complement the blood-cleansing effects of chlorophyll, helping to reduce inflammation and other ill effects caused by overly acid conditions.

Chlorella, Spirulina, and Spinach

spirulinaChlorella, a single-celled freshwater algae, high in chlorophyll, builds healthy blood by promoting production of albumin, an important blood protein, according to the American Cancer Society. Albumin is said to protect against anemia, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and hepatitis. Chlorella also inhibits fungal and mold infections and cleanses toxins and heavy metals from your body. Research on chlorella is limited and has not been confirmed in humans. Consult your doctor before using chlorella to treat a medical condition.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains a huge variety of nutrients, including a high percentage of protein and 18 amino acids. Minerals, such as, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E and K are present in Spirulina. This Super Micro Algae also provides a high concentration of Vitamin A as Betacarotene, Omega 6 Fatty Acids such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and Chlorophyll.

Spinach nutrition is foundational in the battle to help slow down the aging process and prevent degenerative diseases. This leafy green vegetable is one of the most nutritionally dense foods you can consume.

Use Shakeology in your daily life

If you’re serious about your health, you should consider what you spend your money on. People drop three to four bucks a day on things that are a detriment to their health without batting an eye. We’re talking the price of a latte or smoothie or any number of things that are much worse than that. The consumer is at war with a lot of corporations that are trying to poison them to make a quick buck. The obesity trend will only stop when we take some responsibility for our health and begin to make better food choices.

References

University of Maryland Medical Center; Vitamin K; Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD; June 18, 2009

MedlinePlus; Chlorophyll; John E. Duldner, Jr., MD, MS; December 18, 2009

MedlinePlus; Magnesium in Diet; Linda Vorvick, MD; March 9, 2009

Office of Dietary Supplements: Magnesium

Scleroderma Research Foundation: Tips for Living with Scleroderma

“Prescription for Nutritional Healing”; Phyllis A. Balch; 2006

“Super Cleanse: Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty”; Adina Niemerow; 2008

“The Complete Cancer Cleanse: A Proven Program to Detoxify and Renew Body … “; Cherie Calbom, et al.; 2007

“Healthy Healings Detoxification: Programs to Cleanse, Purify and Renew”; Linda Page; 2008American Cancer Society; Chlorella; April 2011

American Holistic Health Association; Amazing Power of Live Green Foods; Bera Dordoni, N.D.

Laura P lost 47 pounds with Shakeology®!

21381_10153018780245182_548869176_n “I think Shakeology has made a positive impact in helping me stay on the right track as far as diet is concerned. I have my Shakeology in the morning and then it inspires me to eat healthy all day long.

There are things in Shakeology I would never eat on a normal day that I get just by having my one scoop! I’ve browsed at some of the superfoods that are in Shakeology and they are pricey! Plus, you can keep a bag around for a month…what fruit or fresh produce lasts that long???”

Way to go Laura!

 

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