BACKGROUND: Why you need green stuff
Green means go. But it also means grow. Why? Because, whether they’re found on the land or in the water, growing greens are full of good things like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and the antioxidant chlorophyll. Some call them “superfoods”. Others call them “superfuels”. Either way, they’re super.
WHY YOU NEED GREENS
It’s good news for spinach fans (if they really exist). Research suggests that eating green vegetables every day does boost health. But it’s not so simple.
FACT: US dietary guidelines released in 2005 say the average adult should be eating 200 to 300% more dark green vegetables. Easier said than done. Either triple your intake or take the right supplement.
If the grass on the other side really is greener, it’s probably due to more chlorophyll.
What? Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes green things green.
Why? It plays a key role when plants use sunlight to make sugars for fuel. Biology flashback: that’s called photosynthesis.
So what? Take a leaf out of a leaf’s book and reap the benefits of chlorophyll. It’s one of nature’s most potent antioxidants and has been found to help...
FACT: Chlorophyll derivatives have been found to have the same or more antioxidant activity than well-known antioxidant, vitamin C. The message? A high chlorophyll intake can help counter the tissue ageing and disease that’s caused by free radical attack. Bring on the greens.
WHAT MAKES OUR GRASSES GREATER?
Bellbottoms. Hula-hoops. Wheat grass. Three big trends that took root in the 60s. That’s when health guru and raw-foodist Ann Wigmore formed the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida. And that’s when she started treating a range of conditions with fresh wheat grass juice on-tap.
These days wheat, barley and alfalfa grasses come in more convenient and longer-lasting powder form. But the powdering process can compromise quality and purity. Unless they’re The Real Thing.
1. HOW ARE GRASSES ARE GROWN
2. HOW OUR POWDERS ARE PRODUCED
It’s been 20 years since Japanese scientist, Dr Yoshida Hagiwara, pioneered a drying method for barley grass using a binding agent called maltodextrin. Until today, most cereal grass supplements still contain maltodextrin, or bulking agents like kelp or brown rice, which “dilute” the really good stuff.
Clearly this method is well past its sell-by date. So The Real Thing grasses are produced with no binding, bulking or diluting agents whatsoever. They’re totally pure and maximally nutritious.
FACT: The Real Thing grasses are grown on old-fashioned farms, not in high-tech trays. That’s why, unlike most cereal grasses, they lay down deep roots that take up more nutrients and minerals. Which they pass on to you. Sharing is caring.
A BIT OF DETAIL: Why grasses are good for you
What? Cereal grasses are seriously nutritious. And they seriously are called “nature's multinutrients”. This is because they’re full of beneficial bits and pieces.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS
What? Eating green vegetables every day is a good investment. And research suggests that the good return comes in the form of all-round better health.
GRASS POWDER OR JUICE POWDER: What's the difference?
What? The Real Thing Wheat Grass and Barley Grass are so-called whole-leaf powders. They’re different from The Real Thing Barley Grass Juice Powder, but also similar. Like twins, the non-identical kind.
Why? The difference is mainly due to how the powders are made.
It’s called whole-leaf powder because the whole leaf is dried and milled into a powder. Clearly. This means our Wheat Grass Powder and Barley Grass Powder contain both the grass plants’ rich juices and their insoluble fibre. That’s what makes these supplements ideal for people with gastrointestinal conditions, or the need for a high-fibre diet. That’s also what makes them more affordable.
More nutritious grass juice and less pulpy fibre. In short, that’s what differentiates Barley Grass Juice Powder from Wheat or Barley Grass Powder. In long, the difference is that, instead of using the whole leaf, the concentrated juice is extracted from the barley grass and then dried into a nutrient-dense powder. Because the fibrous bits are left behind, Juice Powder is great for people who want a more potent multinutrient.
FACT: Each of The Real Thing grass supplements is a heavy-hitting multinutrient. The difference? Barley Grass Juice Powder hits you with more nutrients and Wheat or Barley Grass Powder with more healthy fibre. Either way, it’s a hit worth having.