1. Alfalfa: is a member of the pea family mostly grown as cattle forage. Nutritional properties: Alfalfa contains protein, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, along with number of vitamins; long used as a blood purifier and anti-ulcer remedy; acts as a mild laxative and diuretic.
2. Seaweed: this includes many marine plants, including dulse, kelp and rock weed. Nutritional properties: Seaweed contains iodine, a mineral crucial for a healthy thyroid (the body’s master energy controller), and it is also rich in protein and minerals.
3. The Brassica Family: include broccoli and its cousins cabbage, kale, collard greens, and more. Nutritional properties: they contain cancer-fighting substances known as indoles; members of the family provide various nutrients, including vitamins C and K, iron and zinc.
4. Spinach: is a common leafy green. Nutritional properties: best known for its iron content (thanks, Popeye), spinach contains other minerals, vitamins A, C, E and K, several B vitamins and lutein, which supports eye health. Try it steamed to break down the oxalates and pair it with Vitamin C and a fat source for optimal mineral absorption.
5. Barley Grass: is the early vegetative growth phase of a common cereal grain. Nutritional properties: Barley Grass contains vitamins B12, C and E, along with minerals and enzymes; it helps fight inflammation.
6. Sprouts: are seeds, such as chickpeas, rice grains, mung beans and alfalfa, that have been germinated. Nutritional properties: Sprouts are a rich source of protein (including essential amino acids), numerous vitamins, fiber and plant enzymes.
7. Wheatgrass: like barley grass, is a cereal grain in an early growth phase. Nutritional properties: Wheatgrass supplies abundant chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes and is used as a blood tonic.
8. Chlorella: a single-celled, protein rich green algae. Nutritional properties: long used as a blood cleanser, chlorella has been found to help the body break down toxins, specifically heavy metals, while boosting immune function.
9. Spirulina: is a type of blue-green algae. Nutritional properties: Spirulina supplies complete protein along with essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, numerous minerals and Vitamins B, C, D and E; frequently used as an energy booster.