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Powdered greens: are they worth it?

Over the past few years, powdered greens have become the big ticket item in the fitness industry. But are they worth the cost and do they live up to the hype?

Various super green companies claim by consuming their products on a daily basis, you could experience a variety of health benefits. Some of these include:

* Blood pressure management

* Increased immunity

* Eye and cognitive health

* Chronic disease prevention

The goal is to provide an uptake in essential vitamins and minerals that we may not get in our every-day diets.

Research shows that it is best for us to get these minerals and vitamins the good old fashion way: from your veggies. But most Americans fall short in this department and there may be benefit for those who do not get enough of their greens in their every day diet.

Before you go out and purchase your green powder, there are some things to take into consideration:

  1. 1. It is best to get your vitamins and minerals from whole foods over a powder.

2. Consider that water and fiber are both removed in the process of making super greens. Some brands add fiber; so read labels and know what you are purchasing.

3. There are certain medications that can interact with powder greens. If you are on any medication, discuss with your doctor before adding greens to your daily routine.

4. If you have any allergies to foods, check labels.

In conclusion, the best way to get your vitamins and minerals is through a balanced diet that includes 2-3 cups of colorful veggies a day (the darker green, the more dense in vitamins and minerals). However, if you feel you are falling short in this department and are struggling to increase those veggies, you may consider exploring powdered green options in the market. As I always recommend, do your research and be your own advocate when it comes to any supplement on the market!

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