What Are Super Greens?

Not a fad, but functional science ... this is the best drink money can buy. 

By Jenny Adams 

This issue of Vices was devoted to BalanceTo indulging in little luxuries, but including some good-for-you moments within that idea. To feeling your best self. To rising each morning with extra energy and a joie de vivre for the day ahead. How does one get all this inner delightfulness?

Enter –– The Super Green.

It’s no shocking statement that most people do not get enough vitamins and vegetables in their diets. From quick meals that lack nourishment to produce that doesn’t pack quite the nutritional punch that it originally did, before traveling thousands of miles and sitting for days in your crisper drawer––it’s easy to accidentally slack on getting what your body needs.

This month, we bring you Perricone MD’s super green supplement powder. It tastes delicious and the powder contains a signature blend of NRF2 Antioxidant Support Complex™, probiotics, biotin and other nourishing ingredients for an instant boost of nutrition.

But what exactly does all that mean and what are Super Greens?

Let’s dive in to the basics, before you bust out that packet and make yourself a smoothie, shall we?

Super Green powders are an easy-to-consume form of dried, vitamin-packed green vegetables in the ‘superfood’ family.

What is a Super Food?

A super food is one that packs exceptionally high nutrients, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants. These specific fruits, nuts, vegetables and proteins are rich in things like fiber, vitamins and even fatty acids.

In the fruit family, a superfood list includes blueberries, which contain high doses of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, as well as potassium and vitamin C.

For protein, the super foods include eggs, almonds and salmon, rich in good-for-you fats and nourishing oils. The vegetable kingdom is a powerhouse, including spinach, kale, cabbage and broccoli as the top nutritional options.

The dark, leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, collards and spinach are an excellent source of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber.

Sitting Down to Sip

Our lives are busy. That’s no mind-bending statement. And whipping up a sauteed plate of collard greens would take 30 minutes. A kale salad isn’t the easiest lunch to pack for a hike.

This is where super green supplements like Perricone MD’s incredible powder, come in to such easy, delicious play.

How Super Greens Benefit a Body

According to Healthline, multiple studies have confirmed that two tablespoons (10 grams) of greens powder taken daily lowered blood levels of oxidatively damaged proteins by 30-percent. In another 90-day study of 40 people with high blood pressure, two tablespoons (10 grams) of greens powder taken daily decreased both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by about 8-percent. Super green supplement use has been linked to prevention of damage to blood proteins like enzymes. This is crucial, as they perform functions that help protect one from cancer and chronic diseases.

In your Perricone supplement box, you get 30 serving packets. Tear, pour and mix with water or broth for a serving of Super Greens that includes as much Vitamin C as 4½ tangerines, as much Vitamin A as 2 cups of lettuce, as much Riboflavin as 4 cups of spinach, as much Vitamin B6 as 4 bananas, as much Folic Acid as 4 cups of papaya. Now that’s really something!