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Monday, April 20, 2009

Microplants during the Cleanse Phase

When cleansing, especially when going into the Cleanse Phase of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse add the following list of important micro-plants to your smoothies or fresh vegetables juice:

Micro-plants come in many forms and colors, harvested both from the sea and dry land, and nutritionally each one is an excellent source of two important phytochemicals, chlorophyll and lycopene. These super powerful nutrients support your body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins, plus they are loaded with nutrients to boost your immunity to disease.

Micro-plants, commercially known as Green Foods, contain a concentrated combination of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, bioflavanoids, antioxidants, proteins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, coenzymes, and fiber. 

Individually, the more common micro-plants sold in natural foods stores include:

Blue-green algae (Cyanophyta): one of the first life forms, scientists have found 3.5 billion years of earth’s existence encoded in the RNA/DNA (nucleic acids) of these primitive organisms. Presently available in loose powder or capsule form, blue-green algae contains the highest percentage of protein, beta-carotene, and nucleic acids than any plant or animal food. Actually, blue-green algae are composed of hundreds of types of algae, spirulina, aphanizomenon and microcystis being a few.

Chlorella (Chlorophyta): is a single cell freshwater green micro-algae that is the Superfood of choice for over 10 million people worldwide. The first known form of plant life with a true nucleus, it has survived for 2.5 billion years because of its extremely tough outer cell wall and its ability to quadruple in quantity every 20 hours, making it the fastest growing plant on earth! NASA believes it to be the ideal food for long term space travel and colonization. It is useful for removing heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxic carcinogens from the body. It contains less protein and beta-carotene than Spirulina with twice the nucleic acid and chlorophyll. It’s cleansing and rejuvenating properties are considered to fight aging, alzheimers, sciatica, palsy, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and general nervous system issues.

Spirulina: a microscopic spiral shaped blue-green algae, native to shallow brackish lakes and also known as a cyanobacteria. Esteemed as a Superfood for centuries by people inhabiting the regions surrounding Mexico’s Lake Texcoco and Africa’s Lake Chad, Lake Nakura and Lake Rudolf. It is one of the most heavily researched, nutritious, well rounded foods on earth being one of the single-celled plants of the blue-green algae family. Spirulina provides more than 100 vitamins and minerals, is 60 percent digestible vegetable protein, with high concentrates of Beta Carotene, Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Iron and Chlorophyll. It's also a rare food source of GLA fatty acids.

Wheat grass: a variety of grass similar to barley, oats and rye, it is grown in fields across America, but the wheatgrass referred to here is grown indoors in trays for approximately ten days and then pressed into fresh juice. The tray-grown grass is used primarily for therapeutic purposes. The sixty day old field grown grasses, available in dehydrated powder or tablets, are used primarily as nutritional supplements. Wheatgrass juice is made from sprouting wheat berries, and is very high in chlorophyll. The chlorophyll helps to cleanse the body, neutralize toxins, slow the aging process, and prevent cancer. Wheat grass juice is also effective when applied as an external poultice for burns, poison oak rash and wounds.

Barley grass: Barley grass is another green grass that is high in chlorophyll. The young green leaves of barley have a magical ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain all the vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving your body instant access to vital nutrients. Green barley leaves contain a multitude of enzymes, which supply the spark that starts the essential chemical reactions our bodies need to live.

For your present needs there are quality “green” powder drinks that are a combination of all the listed micro-plants, plus fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains and Probiotics. One to two tablespoons of this concentrated powder in water or a smoothie drink will provide you with the equivalent of five to six servings of vegetables.