Health

Friday 22 August 2014

Green supplements

WE all know we should eat our greens. Sometimes, however, it's not possible to find time to make a crunchy healthy salad or cook a bowl of spinach. Now, if you can't eat your greens, you can drink them.

Trainer David Mulqueen of The Edge gym in Clontarf, north Dublin, is a fan.

"If you want to improve your health and physical appearance and can't get 10 servings of vegetables a day, look at supplementing your diet," he says.

His top choice?

Optimum EFX Green Fuel

What they say: A balanced super-fuel blend that gives you the equivalent of 10 servings of fruit and veg daily. Improves health by increasing alkalinity.

Contains 68 super foods, probiotics, antioxidants, fibres and healing enzymes, along with a special blend of detoxifiers.

What we say: This drink tastes quite nice, with a peppermint flavour sweetened by stevia, which is the fancy name for an all-natural herbal product used for centuries of by native Indians in Paraguay. A hit with my seven-year-old, who isn't great at eating veggies.

An added bonus, although not an official one, is it seems to stop hunger pangs. But at €50 a tub (which would get you a few shopping trolleys full of spinach and broccoli) it's not cheap.

Cost: €50 for 300g, one scoop recommended daily.

Rating: 8/10

Contact: Tel: 01 853 40 91. Theedgeclontarf.com, available online.

Synergy super greens

What they say: A blend of green organic super foods -- spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and wheat grass.

Spirulina has a high content of easily absorbed and valuable nutrients. Chlorella can help cleanse and detoxify the body. Barley grass and wheat grass are highly alkalising green vegetables that can help counter the over-acidity of many processed foods.

What we say: This tastes a bit more earthy than the Green Fuel, but it's not too bad, especially when blended into a smoothie.

A good breakfast option if you're going on a run or exercising early.

Cost: €21.95, on special for a 200g tub and available nationally at Nourish health food stores, 1-2 tsps recommended daily.

Rating: 6/10

Contact: nourish.ie.

klamath

What they say: If you can't stomach drinking your greens, take them in capsule form.

Klamath is an organic algae suitable for vegans. The algae contains 20 antioxidants, 68 minerals and 70 trace elements, plus vitamins, amino acids, essential fats and enzymes.

Made up of 68pc protein, it's perfect for vegetarians as it has high levels of B12.

What we say: Tablets are convenient and portable.

The claim is that Klamath helps boost mental clarity, and it does seem to help me get through my 5am early-morning starts when we're laying off the coffee.

Cost: €20.30

Rating: 7/10

Contact: Down to Earth health food shop, George's Street, Dublin, or available online.

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