Alice Faggi, Author at Wakunaga of America

How to Make the Best Green Smoothies

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The word smoothie has a healthy glow about it…it’s often a part of many diets, cleanses, and is a staple in many celebrities’ day-to-day diets. And the smoothie trend is still going strong. Workout studios now serve them after class, dietitians sing their praises, and we’ve seen smoothie bowls popping up at every juice shop (and Instagram story, for that matter). Smoothies are an especially great way to get more greens into your daily regimen. 

The best green smoothies are nutrient-rich blends of fruits and vegetables. They have become a popular way for people to help meet their recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. Unlike juices, green smoothies retain the beneficial fiber content from whole foods. At their most basic level, green smoothies combine leafy greens like spinach, kale, and arugula with a liquid base like water or milk. Instead of adding actual leafy greens though, a powdered greens drink mix can be added, along with fruit and a liquid of your choosing.

Though you can put almost anything into a smoothie, most consist of things like fruits, a liquid base, greens, yogurt, maybe a protein powder, and some toppings like granola, shaved coconut…the options are endless. The key to making sure your smoothie is healthy is to strike the right balance of veggies, fruits, protein, and fat…because a mistake that some folks make with their smoothies is loading up on too many items containing sugar, which lessens the health benefits. 

Tips for the best green smoothies (or smoothie bowl)

#1: We recommend making your own smoothie versus buying one in-store or pre-bottled. Sure it’s convenient, but with store-bought smoothies, you lose control over the quality and quantity of ingredients used. Store-bought smoothies may also contain things like added sugar, artificial sweeteners, and large amounts of fat and/or dairy products. 

#2: Give your smoothie some staying power! A big complaint about having a smoothie for breakfast or lunch is that you’re still hungry after finishing it. So in addition to greens, we recommend including a few healthy sources of protein and fat in your smoothie. Some good sources of protein come from chia, hemp or flax seeds, or plain yogurt. Good sources of fat in smoothies are salt and sugar-free nut butter, coconut meat, or full-fat organic yogurt. 

#3: We touched on this a bit before, but try to be mindful of how much sugar is going into your green smoothie (between the fruits, stevia, or honey…it really adds up). It’s easy for smoothies to veer in a sugary direction, and too much sugar can increase inflammation in the body. Balance the sugar by adding in leafy greens like spinach, kale, or chard (which provide fiber, calcium, and phytochemicals) or a powdered green drink mix. 

#4: A little post-smoothie bloat is normal! When you’re eating a fruit or vegetable in its whole form, your body is breaking everything down itself. Digestion starts with the process of chewing, and smoothies do not really involve chewing. Essentially, the blender does the chewing for you. That means that some people might feel a little bloated when they drink a smoothie, which is completely normal. 

#5: If you are looking to add a little creaminess to your smoothie, try avocado!  Its mild flavor disguises its nutritional benefits. After removing its skin and pit, you can add a whole avocado to your smoothie, giving it a little more body and a smoother texture.

#6: Making a good green smoothie is about more than just throwing some kale in a blender and calling it a day. In order to make a green smoothie that tastes good, proportions are important. Try to stick to a 40-60 split…40% greens and 60% everything else. Yes, the greens are an important ingredient and add significant nutritional value, but if they overpower the rest of the mix, your smoothie might taste more like a salad than a treat. 

#7: This is a quick one. Try to mix it up when it comes to your smoothies…dietary diversity can be really helpful to ensure a well-rounded nutrient intake. Don’t stick to the same ingredients/additions every time!

How to keep your green smoothie green?

There are lots of healthy greens to add to your smoothies and we’re sure you’ve heard all about the “usual” greens, like kale, spinach, and the like. But besides the “usuals” that you’re likely already familiar with, there are a few more “powerhouse” green superfoods you should consider adding to your smoothies (or looking for in a quality superfood green powder). 

Wheatgrass: Maybe you’ve seen people taking shots of wheatgrass at your local gym or smoothie shop, and with good reason. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Among its 17 amino acids, 8 are considered essential, meaning your body can’t produce them—they must come from your diet. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. It’s little wonder that preliminary research has found that it reduces oxidative damage to cells. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may support healthy cholesterol levels, aid in balancing blood sugar, counter an inappropriate inflammatory response, and induce the destruction of damaged or abnormal cells.1

Chlorella: This freshwater alga has survived on the earth for over two billion years. The secret to chlorella’s longevity is its fibrous outer wall. Although this defensive wall protects this single-cell alga, it also prevents the body’s ability to take advantage of chlorella’s detoxification benefits. Fortunately, scientists have found that breaking this wall releases chlorella’s natural ability to bind toxins and heavy metals through a process known as chelation. Chlorella also boasts a wealth of vitamins including vitamins B1, B2, B12, folic acid, C, and K. Plus, chlorella is a potent source of minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber.

Spirulina: High in antioxidants, spirulina has been shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. Spirulina is also rich in high-quality protein, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Not only does this make spirulina an alkaline food, but its rich nutrient profile also gives this alga numerous health benefits as well. Research shows that spirulina supports healthy lipid levels, helps maintain blood sugar balance, benefits those with seasonal allergies, and improves muscle strength.3

Kelp: This type of seaweed is rich in B vitamins, which play a critical role in cellular metabolism. Because it absorbs nutrients from its surrounding environment, kelp contains more than 15 amino acids and is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, and manganese. As a result, this mineral-rich seaweed helps maintain bone density and muscle health.4

Smoothie Recipe Favorites

Here are our two favorite smoothie recipes. Save them on Pinterest or better yet, make them!

Green Smoothie Recipe Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe

One of the simplest ways to boost your overall health is by increasing your greens intake…and an easy way to do that is with a green smoothie. A healthy green smoothie makes a delicious alternative that ensures you’re consuming lots of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Whether you decide to stick to one of your tried and true green smoothie combos or try one of these new recipes above, these nutrient-packed smoothies make for a great breakfast, lunch, or even snack.

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

The Ultimate Guide to Greens Powder

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What Is a Greens Powder?

Ingredients of Greens Powder

Benefits of Taking Greens Powder

How To Take Greens Powder

Smoothie Recipes


 Drinking powdered greens is an easy and effective way to include high-quality greens in your daily nutrition routine. It’s also a means to increase your consumption of greens you aren’t likely to have in the fridge, such as chlorella or kelp. These alkalizing superfoods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants while offering a host of other benefits.

Read on to learn more about what greens powder is, what it’s made of, the benefits of using it, and more. We’ve even included smoothie recipes to help you and your family get started on using greens powder in your diet every day.

What Is a Greens Powder?

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Greens powder is a type of food supplement that can be mixed into juices, water, smoothies, or other unheated foods. They often taste grassy, or like green tea. Today’s greens powders are light and clean tasting, not the heavy grainy taste you may recall from the 80s. 

Most greens powders are vegan and non-genetically-modified, but it depends on the brand. Look for a powder mix without added sugar or artificial flavors. It is always a good idea to read the labels to know exactly what is and is not, in your greens mix. 

Ingredients of Greens Powder

Greens powder can contain many different ingredients, depending on which brand you choose and what health goals you have in mind. In some formulations, ingredients are harvested, dried, and ground into powder, but some are juiced and dehydrated before they are turned into powder. The best quality powders are highly ground into a fine powder that dissolves quickly in liquids. 

Ingredients differ but greens powder may typically include:

  • Leafy greens such as spinach, collards, parsley, and kale
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, green cabbage, tomatoes, and carrots
  • Grasses such as wheatgrass, barley grass, and alfalfa grass
  • Sea nutrients such as kelp, chlorella,  dulse, and spirulina 
  • Fiber such as chicory root, apple fiber, rice bran, and inulin
  • Mushrooms such as shiitake and maitake mushroom extract
  • Herbs such as milk thistle, astragalus, and holy basil
  • Nutritional extracts such as ginkgo Biloba extract and green tea extract
  • High-antioxidant fruits such as goji berries, blueberries, and raspberries
  • Natural sugar substitutes such as stevia and monk fruit

Benefits of Taking Greens Powder

Healthy foods on wooden boardA good quality greens powder can give you the benefits of eating whole fruits and vegetables and perhaps more since it can contain extras such as nutritional extracts, herbs, and seaweed. Not only will you get the nutrients you need, but they can help to balance your body’s pH better, soothe your digestive system, boost your metabolism, and more.

Note, however, that greens powder is made from powdered dried grasses, vegetables, and fruits, so it doesn’t provide the same amount of fiber as eating fresh vegetables and fruits would. Although greens powder can boost your health, it’s not the same as eating a well-balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about your medical history and health concerns before deciding to add greens powder to your diet.

In general, always make sure to check out the label on the back before buying greens powder. Avoid brands that use artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, thickeners, and GMO ingredients. Once you find the right greens powder for you, take it daily to feel the greatest benefits. 

Get The Nutrients You Need

A daily green drink can give you the minerals, vitamins, and other micronutrients you can get from eating super greens such as leafy vegetables, fruits, and more.

Greens powders typically have high levels of vitamin C, which can boost your skin health and protect you against heart disease. Minerals such as potassium and calcium can also promote good blood pressure.

Certain grasses that you can find in greens powders, such as barley grass and wheatgrass, stand out for their health-boosting qualities.

Ultimate Guide Superfood Green Drink

Barley grass, for instance, has a variety of antioxidants and also contains the following:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Beta-carotene
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Magnesium

It’s also capable of:

  • Boosting immunity*
  • Improving digestive health*
  • Promoting cardiovascular health*
  • Lessening fatigue*
  • Acting as an anti-inflammatory*

Wheatgrass is another important greens powder staple. Like barley grass, it’s a superfood that can improve your well-being. It contains:

  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • 17 amino acids, including eight that are essential, which means your body can’t produce them
  • Glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant

Wheatgrass has many years of research behind it and has been shown to offer numerous health benefits, including:

  • Support healthy cholesterol levels*
  • Fight inflammatory responses*
  • Support the destruction of abnormal and damaged cells*
  • Balance blood sugar*

Balance Your Body’s pH

Greens powder can also help you to balance your body’s pH. Certain ingredients in many types of greens powders, such as barley grass and wheatgrass as discussed in the previous section, can tip your body’s pH balance towards alkalinity.

When applied to your health, pH measures how acidic or alkaline your blood is, with 0 being the most acidic, 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral. When your blood is too acidic (above 7.8), it can lead to a host of different health issues. By drinking green powder drink mixes, you’ll be able to help keep your blood slightly alkaline, between 7.35 and 7.45.

Otherwise, your body will have to protect your blood’s pH by secreting neutralizing bicarbonate to stop your blood from getting too acidic. Key alkalizing minerals will be pulled from your bones in this “buffering” process, leading to plummeting levels of important minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

This means the more acidic your blood gets, the more likely you’ll have health problems such as: 

  • Muscle wasting (sarcopenia)
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone loss (osteoporosis)
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive problems
  • Cardiovascular disease

So what can you do to rebalance your pH? Get more greens! The goal is to make sure that 75 to 80 percent of the foods you eat are alkalizing and only 20 to 25 percent are acidifying. Including a high-quality powdered greens drink as part of your routine can help you reach this goal. Besides the usual leafy greens, you’re likely familiar with, there are a few more “powerhouse” greens you should consider adding to your regimen.

Super Greens And More

Greens powders offer multiple health benefits from digestion to energy to maintaining  healthy immune system function. Since every blend is different, you should look for greens powders that specifically contain superfoods, grasses, fruits and veggies, and ancient grains that help you met your health goals. 

Superfoods. Spirulina, blue-green algae, is a freshwater plant that is probably one of the most talked-about superfoods today. This blue-green microalga is actually a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium. High in antioxidants, especially phycocyanin, spirulina has been shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. Spirulina is also rich in high-quality protein, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Not only does this make spirulina an alkaline food, its rich nutrient profile also gives this alga numerous health benefits. Research shows that spirulina supports healthy lipid levels, helps maintain blood sugar balance, benefits those with seasonal allergies, and improves muscle strength. A study at the University of South Florida Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair has shown that spirulina can also help shield the brain from the oxidative damage that accumulates as one ages and may help reverse declines in learning and memory.1 Specifically, spirulina improves neuronal function, lowers inflammation in the brain, and reduces levels of chemicals linked to oxidative damage.

Spirulina also helps pump up the immune system. Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that adding spirulina to cultured immune system cells significantly increases the production of infection-fighting cells called cytokines.2 Other research shows that this green superfood balances the immune response.

Ancient Grains. Another ingredient that should be high on your list is ancient grains. You can think of “ancient grains,” as kind of a sub-type of the whole grain, and this sub-type includes varieties of quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, chia seeds, farrow, spelt, and flax. We can trace the roots of grains back to the beginning of time but unlike wheat, which has been constantly bred and modified; these grains have largely been unchanged over the past several hundred years. Many ancient grains are actually gluten-free, making them a good choice for those who have gluten allergies. Ancient grains contain lots of essential vitamins, particularly B vitamins, minerals like magnesium and potassium, more amounts of iron, and they also, most importantly, contain protective elements like prebiotic fibers and antioxidants, which can help keep your gut healthy and balanced.

Grasses. As discussed above, grasses are rich in minerals and vitamins as well as antioxidants. 

They also contain a lot of chlorophyll, which is what gives them their signature green color. Chlorophyll can promote detoxification, healing of wounds, and healthy blood production.

Additionally, grasses have digestive enzymes, which can reduce hard-to-digest or toxic materials in food and boost wellness in people with food allergies and indigestion. Let’s break down a few of these grasses.

Barley Grass: Boasting an array of antioxidants, barley was the very first cereal grain ever cultivated by humans, dating back to 7000 BC. Along with vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, barley grass is a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Barley grass also provides chlorophyll, amino acids, protein, fiber, and enzymes. Most importantly, barley grass is a source of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a critical enzyme that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Wheatgrass: This juice bar staple is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Among its 17 amino acids, 8 are considered essential, meaning your body can’t produce them – they must come from your diet. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. It’s little wonder that preliminary research has found that wheatgrass reduces oxidative damage to cells. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may support healthy cholesterol levels, aid in balancing blood sugar, counter an inappropriate inflammatory response, and induce the destruction of damaged or abnormal cells. Like barley grass, wheatgrass is a powerful alkalinizing agent that supports balanced pH.


Learn about what inflammation can do to your body and how green drinks can fight against inflammation on this podcast episode with Dr. LaValle.


Prebiotics. The foods that nourish your microbiota are known as prebiotics and they consist of nondigestible fiber. This fiber acts as fertilizer that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics are found in many fruits and veggies, such as green bananas, soybeans, and artichokes, and in foods that contain resistant starch. High-quality powdered green drink mixes also may contain fiber or inulin (such as chicory root), which means that the powdered drink mix contains a good source of prebiotics that will help boost good gut bacteria.

Although they sound similar, prebiotics shouldn’t be confused with probiotics, which are live yeasts and bacteria that are good for your digestive system. Probiotics are certainly important and can boost your gut health, but prebiotics are equally as important for your health. Prebiotics can promote the growth of probiotics and improve the survival rate of probiotics as they go through your digestive system.

How To Take Greens Powder

You can add greens powder to your smoothies, soups, and drinks. You can also add greens powder to food such as protein bars, hummus, popsicles, and oatmeal. It is best to not use it on hot foods or in hot tea, as the heat can diminish the nutrients. Follow the instructions on the package for dosages.  Greens are generally mild and safe so you can double the dosage or take it two or three times a day for an added nutrient boost.  

How Can I Get My Family to Drink It?

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We all know how hard it can be to get kids to eat vegetables. Fortunately, vegetable powder drinks made with greens powder will make it much easier for your kids to get the nutrition they need from vegetables without having to actually eat the vegetables themselves.

By adding a spoonful of greens powder to your soups, drinks, smoothies, and more, your kids will get the extra nutrients they need for healthy growth. And getting them used to greens at a young age helps to build a healthy lifelong habit.

Here are more tips to get your kids into greens powder:

  • Let your kids pick out their own cup or bowl. This will make them more interested in drinking soups, smoothies, and other drinks with a greens powder.
  • Create smoothies that you know they’ll love. For example, you can add 100% cocoa powder to add a chocolate flavor many kids enjoy. You can also try adding fruits like mango, peaches, and pineapple, and spinach, which is the mildest tasting green. Additionally, adding flax or coconut milk can make the mixtures more creamy, which is perfect for many smoothies and soups. 
  • Start by adding smaller amounts of greens powder. If your kids don’t like the flavor of greens powder, you can start getting them into it by adding smaller amounts first. You can start with a quarter teaspoon and increase it to a full teaspoon over the next two or three weeks.

Super Smoothie Recipes

Here are some smoothie recipes to get you started. You can also check out these tips to add more green nutrition to smoothies, snacks and treats for your family.

Green & Black Shake

This kid-friendly chocolaty shake is so tasty that your kids will never know it’s good for them!

This serves one person.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds 
  • 1 teaspoon powdered greens drink mix
  • 1 cup ice, if desired.
  • A few drops of stevia, if desired.

Directions: 

  1. Add ingredients to blender and process to desired consistency. 
  2. Serve immediately.

 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

This Starbucks-Esque shake is rich in beta-carotene and will give you a great dose of greens. It serves one person.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk 
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 
  • ½ medium banana 
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin, plain 
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice 
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon powdered greens drink mix
  • 1 cup ice, if desired.
  • A few drops of stevia, if desired.

Directions: 

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until desired consistency. 
  2. Serve immediately.

Green Goodness Protein Shake

This smoothie is perfect for fruit lovers and will be a favorite with your kids. If you want this smoothie to be sweeter, you can use natural sweeteners such as monk fruit, stevia, or erythritol.

This may be too sweet for some people. If that’s the case, take out one of the three fruits that are used here. For example, you can make this with just six strawberries (or fewer), or just half a cup of frozen pineapple chunks.

This serves one person.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw spinach, chopped
  • ½ avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ¼ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered greens drink mix

Directions:

  1. Put the ingredients in a blender. 
  2. Blend until you reach the thickness you want.
  3. Add more liquid as needed to achieve the desired thickness. 
  4. Serve immediately.

 

 

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

Greens Supplements: Are they right for you?

Green drink powder mixes essentially provide a little extra insurance, working to fill in any nutritional gaps. Fruits and vegetables in their whole form do have certain advantages – they contain more fiber and help keep you full for longer, but we often do not eat enough daily servings, which is where a greens powder comes in. A good greens supplement powder is like your own personal safety net! Let’s explore who should use a greens drink mix, how to work it into your daily routine, and more. 

What is a green supplement?

Green and citrus fruitsGreen vegetables are essential for a strong immune system, proper gut health, healthy detoxification, and better cognition. Most importantly, greens help keep your body’s pH in balance, thanks to their alkalinizing properties. But healthy green nutrition goes beyond what you’ll find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Think chlorella and kelp from the sea. Or barley and wheat grasses from the fields. 

In a perfect world, we would all be getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in our day-to-day diets. But that is easier said than done. While the majority of our daily nutrients should come from whole plant food sources, a greens powder can help to fill in the gaps, can provide an added boost of vitamins and nutrients, and can be beneficial for just about everyone. They can also be very helpful if somebody is not a huge fan of eating their vegetables. They can increase our veggie intake and can be added to smoothies so that they are even better for us. There is also a convenience factor. A greens powder is an easy way to stay healthy while you travel, or are on the go, and don’t have access to fruits and veggies. 

Who should take green drinks?

However, if you just want to get out of eating your broccoli, you’re out of luck. You cannot out-supplement a poor diet. Greens should be used in addition to a diet that is still rich in whole plant foods, including fruits and veggies. Using a green powder does not mean you should neglect your intake of whole fruits and veggies. 

It’s no secret that getting kids to eat their veggies can often be a tough sell…they’re not usually fans of broccoli and brussels sprouts. Green drinks are a perfect vehicle for boosting their daily intake, especially for leafy greens and superfoods – something all kids could benefit from. Adding a spoonful of powdered greens drink mix into a delicious smoothie provides a concentrated source of nutrients to support growing bones and bodies, and can turn into a lasting habit for life. 

To get your kids on board the green drink train, ask them to help pick out the ingredients from the grocery store, involving them in the process. Also allow them to help with the smoothie, washing the fruits and veggies.

Whether you’re among those who are frightened by the sight of broccoli, or you simply have trouble meeting your daily quota due to a hectic schedule, upping your intake of a variety of greens should be an essential part of your health game plan, and a greens powder can help you do this.

Do greens supplements work?

Most of our diets fall short when it comes to getting in our greens, fruits, and veggies. This is where a quality green powdered drink mix comes into play. A greens powdered drink mix can be a great way to supplement a healthy diet with a boost of extra greens, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are a great way for busy folks who want to include more superfoods into their diet but have a tough time making it to the salad bar. 

Green supplements spoon powderGreen drink mixes are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle because they not only help you meet your daily veggie intake, they support almost every system in the body and can even boost energy levels. Chlorella, kelp, wheatgrass, barley grass, and other powdered greens are packed with an array of concentrated vitamins and minerals essential for optimal health.

Greens supplements can also help to foster good health by balancing your body’s pH. In your body, your blood needs to be kept in a slightly alkaline range between 7.35 and 7.45. Normally your blood pH is tightly regulated and shifts only when a person is very sick. However, intercellular acidity, which is measured by urinary or saliva pH testing, can change significantly due to lifestyle, including things like diet, exercise, and sleep. Fortunately, the body has a unique “buffering” system that protects your blood’s pH to keep it in a safe range – but it does so at a cost.

When blood and other bodily fluids become too acidic, the pancreas and kidneys secrete neutralizing bicarbonate. Key alkalizing minerals can also be pulled from bones to aid in this buffering process. But as a result, this extra buffering can deplete the body of alkaline minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

What can you do to rebalance your pH? Add vegetables, but especially leafy greens top the list. These foods provide potassium and other minerals in a low-calorie package that has the net effect of helping to alkalinize the body. Some fruits (but not fruit juice), and healthy fats, like olive or avocado oil, are also alkalizing. Many beans and legumes along with whole grains can be either neutral to moderately acidic. The bottom line is that green foods can help you to maintain your cellular health. The goal is to eat about 75 to 80 percent alkalizing foods and about 20 to 25 percent acidifying foods.  Including a high-quality powdered greens drink as part of your routine can help you reach this goal.

How do you take them?

Greens supplements, especially the powdered drink mixes, are pretty simple to take, all you need to do is to mix the powder into your beverage of choice (cold beverage – since heat lessens some of the nutritional properties), and you’re good to go! They are safe to take at any time of day as well, though some people swear by drinking their greens in the afternoon to prevent the dreaded “afternoon slump.”

And if you ever get sick of green drinks and smoothies, we have a few fun recipes using green supplements for things like a green “superfood” guacamole, tasty energy bites and even a yummy chocolate/banana smoothie (with added greens powder) to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Bottom line, if you consistently eat at least 10 servings of fruits and veggies per day, then supplementing with a greens product will likely be unnecessary. But if you’re falling short in your daily intake, a greens powder is a great, convenient, way to help to fill in those nutritional gaps. 

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

Super Greens Powders: Your Top Questions Answered

That said, while green powders can supplement your overall nutrient intake and help fill the nutrition gap in what’s missing from your food, you shouldn’t use them as a total replacement. The best approach is to combine a daily dose of greens powder with a diet that is also rich in plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Why do you need a super greens powder in your life? Let’s take a look.

What is a super greens powder?

Green foods white backgroundYou want to add more greens into your diet, but don’t want to grab a bag of spinach, and can’t stand the taste of kale…so what should you do? The good news, a powdered green drink mix may be just what you need. Nutritionists and health agencies everywhere have long proclaimed the benefits of eating your vegetables daily – especially green ones. Yet, it’s a goal that very few of us meet. Despite recommendations to eat two to three cups of vegetables daily, only 1 in 10 adults actually consume that amount, which is unfortunate, because, calorie for calorie, vegetables provide optimal sources of nutrients among any food.

But don’t worry, super greens powders are here to help! What are they, you ask? Superfood greens powders are powdered blends of grasses, fruits, or veggies that provide a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich punch to support optimal health, including immunity, blood pressure health, and more. While the majority of your daily nutrients should come from whole, plant food sources, a green powder can fill in the gaps to help you stay healthy and on track. 

When is the best time to have a green drink?

Powdered green drink mixes can be enjoyed at any time of day, and added to any cold liquid. Lots of folks like to take them in their morning smoothie. Some find it helpful to drink them during the afternoon, to get a boost of energy to help ward off the dreaded “afternoon slump.” 

Aside from being a super-concentrated source of nutrients, the convenience factor is also a plus. A greens powder mix is an easy way to stay healthy while you’re traveling, on the go, or can’t easily access fresh greens and veggies. Pro tip: look for a powdered greens drink mix that comes in single-serve packets, so they stay fresh when you take them with you on the go. Why not make your life a bit easier!

What are the benefits of powered green drinks?

Green smoothie plus fruitGreens are the health hotshots of the food world. They are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. Green vegetables are essential for a strong immune system, proper gut health, healthy detoxification, and more. Most importantly, greens help keep your body’s pH in balance, thanks to their alkalinizing properties. But greens go beyond what you’ll find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Think chlorella and kelp from the sea. Or barley and wheat grasses from the fields.

Whether you’re among those who are frightened by the sight of broccoli, or you simply have trouble meeting your daily quota due to a hectic schedule, upping your intake of a variety of greens should be an essential part of your health game plan. They can support an already healthy diet with a boost of extra vitamins and antioxidants. 

But which green powder mixes are right for you?

Here are some green ingredients you should look for when choosing a high-quality powdered greens drink mix.

Wheatgrass: This juice bar staple is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Among its 17 amino acids, 8 are considered essential, meaning your body can’t produce them—they must come from your diet. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. It’s little wonder that preliminary research has found that it reduces oxidative damage to cells. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may support healthy cholesterol levels, aid in balancing blood sugar, counter an inappropriate inflammatory response, and induce the destruction of damaged or abnormal cells.1

Barley Grass: Along with vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, barley grass is a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Barley grass also provides chlorophyll, amino acids, protein, fiber, and enzymes. Most importantly, barley grass is a source of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a critical enzyme that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Chlorella: These freshwater algae have survived on the earth for over two billion years. The secret to chlorella’s longevity is its fibrous outer wall. Although this defensive wall protects this single-cell alga, it also prevents the body’s ability to take advantage of chlorella’s detoxification benefits. Fortunately, scientists have found that breaking this wall releases chlorella’s natural ability to bind toxins and heavy metals through a process known as chelation. Chlorella also boasts a wealth of vitamins including vitamins B1, B2, B12, folic acid, C, and K. Plus, chlorella is a potent source of minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber.2

Spirulina: High in antioxidants, spirulina has been shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. Spirulina is also rich in high-quality protein, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Not only does this make spirulina an alkaline food, but its rich nutrient profile also gives this alga numerous health benefits as well. Research shows that spirulina supports healthy lipid levels, helps maintain blood sugar balance, benefits those with seasonal allergies, and improves muscle strength.3

Kelp: This common seaweed is rich in B vitamins, which play a critical role in cellular metabolism. Because it absorbs nutrients from its surrounding environment, kelp contains more than 15 amino acids and is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, and manganese. As a result, this mineral-rich seaweed helps maintain bone density and muscle health.4

Where are the best places to buy super greens powders?

If you are seeking out a good super greens powder green drink mix, you might want to start at your local health food store.  They may even have samples you can try. You can purchase a powdered greens drink mix online also.  Just be sure to read the ingredient label.  Watch out for mixes that have added sugar or artificial flavors or colors. You don’t want to trade health benefits for extra calories or fruity flavored drinks.  

Adding a nutrient-dense powdered green drink mix to water, juice, or your favorite smoothie, will help you meet your daily veggie intake, give you a boost of antioxidants, and support virtually every system in your body.   Cheers!

 

 

 

How do we know Aged Garlic Extract is safe to take? Trust the Science.

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe? The first thing to know is that the FDA does monitor the manufacture of dietary supplements. They have established a set of rules and standards that a manufacturer must follow in order to qualify for GMP certification (Good Manufacturing Process).  These extensive quality control standards include everything from raw materials to ingredient potency and accuracy to production to packaging and distribution. Annual audits are performed to ensure the standards are followed. The FDA has the power to recall products at any time.  So, the first thing you want to know is the company that makes the supplements that you are using is cGMP compliant. Wakunaga of America was one of the first companies to receive certification as a GMP facility back in the 1980s. 

In addition, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have enforcement programs to protect consumers from false and misleading claims about the safety and benefits of products marketed as dietary supplements. Both agencies have authority over the marketing of these products. Check the labels and the promotional materials of the products you are using.  Are they making outlandish claims to cure cancer or other miraculous results? Then they are violating the laws. Report them to the FTC.  

The best way to answer the question “Is Aged Garlic Extract safe?” is with scientific studies. But even here it is a good idea to look closely at what the product or brand is claiming. There have been extensive studies done on most of the primary nutrients used in dietary supplements, like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and the fish oil used in omega-3 supplements.  If your supplement states that they are clinically studied, or tested, or documented, it may be referring to general studies done on one or more of the ingredients that are contained in the product.  If you want to go to the next level of verification, check to see if the supplement has studies on its exact formulation.  Are the studies of the highest standard —  double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, and peer-reviewed?  Even when studies are funded by the company that produces the product, if they have been published in peer-reviewed journals, the results are not prejudiced to the product, they are honest assessments of whatever the study set out to discover about how a nutrient performs or a combination of nutrients. 

Read more about our rigorous quality control standards.

The Science Behind Aged Garlic Extract

Speaking of science, there are over 870 peer-reviewed published scientific articles on Aged Garlic Extract to back up the safety and efficacy of this unique nutrient. Here are examples of clinical studies that show Kyolic AGE’s efficacy in supporting heart health, gut health, and even gingivitis. 

Learn more about the science behind our Aged Garlic Extract.

  • In this study,1 Dr. Karin Reid of the National Institute of Integrative medicine in Melbourne, Australia has discovered that a daily dose of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract not only reduces blood pressure, it also improves the bacterial balance in the gut.
  • This study,2 which was published in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Research, shows that a daily dose of Kyolic Formula 108 Total Heart Health reduced coronary artery calcification (CAC) by an impressive 65%. A related study also found that Kyolic Formula 108 didn’t just prevent calcium buildup, it also influenced two typed of fat involved in heart disease: brown fat and white fat.
  • This double-blind, placebo-controlled study,3 which was conducted at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, looked at the impact CoQ10 had on a group of firefighters at moderate risk of heart disease. At the end of the study, the UCLA researchers found that the firefighters taking the AGE/CoQ10 supplement has significantly fewer coronary artery calcium deposits in their arteries and lower C reactive protein levels than those taking the placebo. These actions translated to a lower risk of future cardiovascular issues.
  • Yet another study,4 which was published in the Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, reported that supplementing with Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract effectively reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension, while also improving arterial stiffness and gut microbiota.
  • Finally, according to this Israeli study5 conducted at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, taking a daily dose of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract can effectively reduce gum inflammation and bleeding in those with the disease.

FAQ’s about AGE safety

FAQs about Aged Garlic ExtractAre there any side effects? 

Our Aged Garlic Extract is safe to take and is generally well tolerated unless you are allergic or sensitive to garlic or any compounds in garlic. 

How long until I see improvement?

As with any dietary supplement, results vary from individual to individual. We generally recommend taking the product for one to three months before evaluating.

Can you take this while pregnant?

The safety of our AGE has been confirmed in preclinical studies in each trimester of pregnancy. Although AGE has been successfully recommended for 60 years as an over-the-counter (OTC) for pregnant women in Japan, we always recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider before use.

Looking for more information about Aged Garlic Extract? We answer all of your pressing questions in our Ultimate Guide to Aged Garlic Extract

 

Afternoon Slump: How to Kick it Without Coffee

What is the “afternoon slump?”

Afternoon slump

There is no denying the afternoon slump…even the most motivated people can find themselves feeling tired by midday. The “afternoon slump” describes the sleepy and sluggish feeling that comes on in the afternoon, usually around 2 or 3 pm…and it can seriously impact your ability to get things done. There are a few different reasons people experience an afternoon slump, like dehydration, high levels of stress, poor eating habits (i.e. eating too many carbs that day), or it can also be an underlying metabolic disorder like pre-diabetes or insulin resistance.  You probably know when you’re experiencing an afternoon slump, because you may feel fatigued and lethargic, yawn frequently, be a bit moody, crave carbs, and even have slight changes in vision.

How do you avoid an afternoon slump?

While there can be several potential causes for an afternoon slump, here are some actions you can take that can help prevent you from becoming tired and groggy in the afternoon. Our first tip is to spend a few minutes outside. Exposure to bright light, like sunlight, can increase feelings of wakefulness. Step outside and take a few deep breathes. Another tip is to take a quick nap after lunch if you are able – it can just be for 15-20 minutes. This short rest period can help to reduce sleepiness and make you more alert and responsive.

This next tip is a bit odd…chew gum! Yes, we’re serious. The simple act of chewing gum can increase alertness, improve work performance, and broaden your attention.¹  

Another thing you can try is to get in some exercise (preferably outside). Exercise is one of the simplest things you can do to feel more alert. If you have the time, take a brief walk or head to the gym for a light workout. If your schedule does not allow for this quick gym time, try standing up and stretching your arms toward the ceiling, bend, and move for a few minutes, which can help to release the tension of sitting at a desk and staring at a screen all day.

One last tip to help you feel less groggy in the afternoon is to not eat a carb-laden lunch. Opt for a meal with protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and fiber, with minimal saturated fat.  

Think green with no caffeine

Certain foods and drinks can also help ward off an afternoon slump. But instead of reaching for another cup of coffee or energy drink (or a candy bar – don’t chase that sugar high, it never lasts), we recommend trying a powdered green drink mix instead, which can provide a natural boost of energy by charging your metabolism. Stay away from those with added sugar and artificial flavors. Green drinks don’t need to taste like chocolate. Find one with a natural light taste, similar to green tea. Look for ones containing barley grass, wheatgrass, and other natural green nutrients. 

pouring greens into glassBarley grass contains vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, and is also a rich source of potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Barley grass is a natural detoxifier that protects the liver. It also supports healthy blood pressure, enhances immunity, improves digestion, has blood glucose supporting effects, and can even help to lessen fatigue. 

Juice-bar favorite wheatgrass, on the other hand, is a great source of vitamins A, C, and E as well as iron, magnesium, and amino acids. Wheatgrass is a powerful source of glutathione, known as the “master” antioxidant. Other studies suggest that wheatgrass may also support healthy cholesterol levels, and aid in balancing blood sugar.

Freshwater algae a.k.a. chlorella, has survived on earth for over two billion years. The secret to chlorella’s longevity is its fibrous outer wall. Although this defensive wall protects these single-cell algae, it also prevents the body’s ability to take advantage of chlorella’s detoxification benefits. Fortunately, scientists have found that breaking this wall releases chlorella’s natural ability to bind toxins and heavy metals through a process called chelation. Chlorella also boasts a wealth of vitamins including vitamins B1, B12, folic acid, C, and K. Plus, chlorella is a great source of minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. Interestingly, a 2014 study showed that people who ingested chlorella each day for four weeks saw an increase in their peak oxygen intake, showing that chlorella might help increase aerobic endurance capacity.²

Why do I lack energy in the afternoon?

3 pm clock imageThe Circadian Rhythm plays a part in your afternoon slump. Also known as our ‘biological clock,’ our Circadian Rhythm is basically the compilation of body processes that control when we wake up and when we go to bed (or at least feel energized and sleepy). Lightness and darkness signal to a part of the brain that it is either time to wake up or go to sleep, triggering our production of certain hormones and other bodily changes that either rev us up or quiet us down. Our body produces the stress hormone cortisol when it’s time to wake up, and melatonin when it’s time to go to sleep. Our body temperature also warms up to wake us up and cools to make us feel sleepy. Our exact individual rhythms can vary, but most of us feel a strong shift and urge to wake up after sunrise and go to bed after sunset. It’s pretty common to think that our Circadian Rhythm only kicks in to make us tired after the sun goes down, but we actually also experience a natural dip in the afternoon. This mid-afternoon slump that leaves you sitting at your desk sleepy and a little lethargic is completely normal. Besides this, getting too little sleep on a regular basis can also contribute to an afternoon slump.

Dehydration can also play a role. Fluids are vital for our energy levels. Even mild dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and maybe a little moody. This can be an issue particularly for people who work desk jobs since we often lean on coffee and tea to get us through the day…pushing water to the side. Running errands, picking up and dropping off the kids; it is easy to forget to keep drinking water all day. Try to get in the habit of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day (a 120lb person can have up to 60 oz of water a day). 

What causes an afternoon crash?

Besides the role your Circadian Rhythm plays in your afternoon crash, diet is also an important element, and can really affect your energy levels throughout the day. Something else that can cause an afternoon slump is a dip in blood sugar levels, which is tied to what you eat during the day. Foods that are made up mostly of sugar and carbs will fill you up, but leave you feeling shaky and tired later. After we eat too many “empty carbs” – foods that are high in sugar but low in protein – our blood sugar levels spike; when they plummet a few hours later, we experience a crash in our energy levels.  So if you’re eating a bowl of fries or pasta and feeling tired around 3 pm, your meal could be the culprit. 

It’s important to remember that the afternoon slump is a completely natural thing. Just try not to let it catch up with you too often. By keeping some of the steps listed above in mind, you can help to make your afternoon slump less severe, and prevent those sleepy, sluggish feelings from slowing down your day.

 

Garlic Supplements: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Aged Garlic Extract

The Ultimate Guide to Aged Garlic Extract

What are garlic supplements?  

What is the difference between garlic and aged garlic extract?

Who should take Aged Garlic Extract? 

What are the main benefits?

Aged Garlic Extract Vs Fish Oils 

How to get started with aged garlic extract

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?

 


Garlic supplements have seen a rise in popularity in recent years but throughout the ages, garlic has been credited with numerous health benefits. Hippocrates, widely known as the “father of medicine,” prescribed garlic to treat wounds, fight infection, and ease digestive disorders. Garlic’s reputation as a medicinal wonder continued into the Middle Ages. It was used in attempts to prevent the plague, cure leprosy, and treat a long list of other ailments. 

Garlic Supplements vs Raw Garlic

Traditionally, garlic bulbs were prepared in a variety of ways for medicinal purposes. The juice of the bulb was extracted and taken internally, while the bulb was ground into a paste for external treatment. Today, garlic is still a popular natural remedy for many ailments and general good health.

Sautéing a couple of cloves of garlic with your veggies…great. Adding some garlic to your scrambled eggs to give them a boost…perfect! Garlic is great for adding some flavor to certain foods, but if you are looking to gain some substantive health benefits from that garlic, a couple of cloves will not cut it. Studies have shown that raw garlic is necessary in high doses, about 5-28 cloves per person, per day, to feel the health benefits (1). Whereas garlic supplement dosage is much lower and offers many other benefits.

What are Garlic Supplements?

Garlic can be made into powders, oils, tinctures, tablets, and capsules. All of these have enjoyed much popularity over the years thanks to garlic’s reputation for antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Did you know garlic was even used to treat wounds, many years ago? But modern science and research have revealed the added benefits of garlic that can be found in creating Aged Garlic Extract. Speaking of science, there are over 870 peer-reviewed published scientific articles on Aged Garlic Extract to back up the safety and efficacy of this unique nutrient.

Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) is a form of garlic created using a proprietary aging process. Kyolic® AGE™ is made from garlic grown on certified organic farms in California’s Central Valley, where it is cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The garlic is harvested at its peak, then sliced and naturally aged for up to 20 months, unheated. Over 250 quality tests are conducted during the aging and manufacturing process to ensure the product meets nutrient compound standards for purity and potency, as well as overall product quality. One of the great side benefits of the aging process is that it removes the garlic odor and taste. 

What is the difference between garlic and Aged Garlic Extract?

For some of us, the odor of raw garlic is not acceptable, not to mention the digestive discomfort – especially if you need to take more than five cloves of raw garlic to derive some benefit!

We are often asked: will I get the same benefits if I use garlic in all my meals as I will if taking aged garlic extract?

Simply answered, no. Garlic used in cooking will not give you the same benefits as an Aged Garlic Extract supplement.

The proprietary process of creating AGE increases garlic’s antioxidant potential and converts harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds into the odorless, non-irritating, and bioavailable compounds that are responsible for AGE’s numerous health benefits.  Learn more about the chemistry of garlic.

Throughout the ages, the compound credited for garlic’s benefits was allicin, which is produced when fresh garlic is chopped or crushed. Although allicin appears to provide antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant benefits in test-tube experiments, human trials haven’t shown the same results. This is likely because, when allicin reacts with blood, it oxidizes and quickly metabolizes before it can do any good. Allicin is a transient constituent of garlic preparations and does not pass through the intestines or enter the bloodstream. It appears to have no beneficial effect internally. 

Scientist reviewing files

The process used to create Kyolic AGE results in very stable and consistent nutrient compounds in every product – from batch to batch. This makes clinical studies that include AGE very reliable.

There are over 870 published peer-reviewed scientific articles regarding Kyolic AGE and a number of these include meta-analysis that look at multiple studies to find a correlation between garlic and cardiovascular health. As one published study summarized, “The most consistent benefits were shown in studies that used aged garlic extract (AGE)”.²

However, as a growing number of studies show, there’s significantly more to AGE’s health benefits than just cardiovascular improvements.  So is AGE right for you?

Who should take Aged Garlic Extract supplements?

Although many of the clinical studies have focused on the cardiovascular benefits of AGE, there are also a number of research papers that demonstrate its immune, gut microbiota, and inflammation benefits.  So anyone that is seeking a supplement to support whole-body wellness may benefit from taking AGE.  Understanding your body, your family history, and your long-term health goals will help direct you to the most appropriate supplements.  Kyolic AGE comes in a variety of formulas that help target specific health conditions. So, whether you are seeking ways to lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure or reduce the effects of stress or inflammation, there may be a Kyolic formula that is right for you.

What are the main benefits?

  • Immune System Support

Garlic Supplements support immune systemA study conducted by the University of Florida found that high-potency AGE can reduce the duration of the common cold or bout with the flu by as much as 61 percent.³  During this clinical trial, researchers gave 120 healthy adults a daily dose of either 2,500 mg of Kyolic AGE or a placebo. After 90 days, blood samples from each volunteer were analyzed. Compared to the placebo group, those taking the AGE supplement had a significant increase in the number of immune cells. What’s more, the supplement appeared to enhance the function of two specific types of immune cells: NK (natural killer) cells and gamma delta T cells.

One reason for this uptick in immune function, according to the authors of the study, is the glutathione-boosting ability of the sulfur-containing compounds naturally present in AGE. Other research suggests that glutathione enhances the immune response by optimizing macrophage function while protecting disease-fighting lymphocytes from oxidative damage and premature cell death.(4,5) Click here to learn about signs of a weakened immune system.

  • Cardiovascular Health
Doctor drawing heart rhythm

Your cardiovascular system is only as healthy as the arteries that carry your blood throughout your body. Healthy arteries are flexible with a smooth, undamaged endothelium—that single layer of cells that line the inner surface of your arteries—that allows oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to flow freely to all of your organs and tissues (click here to read more about how AGE can help support the health of your arteries). But over time, the effects of heredity, unhealthy habits, and age can cause the buildup of artery-damaging plaque and calcium deposits. When arteries become damaged—a condition called atherosclerosis—blood flow can eventually be hindered or even completely blocked. However, clinical trials show that Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) can reverse the buildup of plaque and coronary artery calcification, ultimately helping to minimize the progression of atherosclerosis. (6, 7)

Other benefits include:

Garlic Extract vs Fish Oil

Fish oil capsules in shape of fish

Traditional fish oil supplements come from several sources including salmon, sardines, and anchovies. The resulting oil from these sources contains two important omega-3s:  docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Research shows that these two types of omega-3s are potent anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce triglycerides, improves cholesterol, lowers oxidative stress, and discourages platelets from sticking together inside arteries. There is also evidence that the DHA in fish oil modestly lowers blood pressure. (8)

These important heart-health benefits can be credited to AGE as well, and more. A rich source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium, AGE is different from the pungent garlic cloves used for cooking. The natural aging process that can take up to 20 months, converts the harsh unstable organosulfur properties in garlic into stable bioavailable compounds with numerous health properties. In addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory, studies have shown that AGE is high in antioxidants, including carboxylic acid and L-arginine, which play an important role in cardiovascular health.

Benefits of AGE Garlic Supplements vs Fish Oil

Studies show that these beneficial properties of AGE translate to real cardiovascular benefits above and beyond those provided by fish oil.  

What if you combine the two? That could be a win-win.  The latest formula of Kyolic AGE, Omeg-AGE, does just that, with a combination of sustainably sourced fish oils, aged garlic extract, and a blend of vitamin nutrients that make it a very unique formula. Learn more about this formula

How to get started if AGE is right for you

older women in blue shirt

If AGE sounds like a good fit, consider all the formulas to find the one with added herbs, vitamins, enzymes, or nutrients that meet your needs.  Or you may want to start with the one that contains only aged garlic extract such as Cardiovascular Formula 100 or our Reserve Cardiovascular and Immune Health formula.

How much should I take?  

Clinical studies usually apply dosages of 1200 to 2400 mg a day but for general use and preventative care, 600 mg a day is appropriate. For best results, follow the directions on the bottle. It’s ok to start with a smaller dosage until you know how your body may react. (for example, take it just one time a day instead of two times a day) Taking Aged Garlic Extract is a routine that will benefit you in the long term – you won’t see results in days, but more like two to three months. 

How much do garlic supplements cost? 

How much is your health worth? Priceless, right?  But the good news is that garlic supplements are very reasonably priced. A thirty-day supply of Kyolic AGE may cost from $15 to $35 dollars at SRP (suggested retail price).  Visit the store locator to find Kyolic aged garlic supplements at your local health food stores or online.  

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is one of the most carefully grown, quality controlled, and highly researched supplements in the world. Almost anyone can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of AGE.

Is Aged Garlic Extract Safe?

We often hear the ‘myth’ that dietary supplements are not regulated so how can they be safe to take. While yes, you should ask questions and be wary of claims that sound too good to be true, if you take a little time to check on the products you are buying you can be assured that they are safe for you and your family.  We always say, trust but verify.

We do a deep dive and answer is aged garlic extract safe in this post citing the science behind AGE and some frequently asked questions regarding its safety.