are our most important foods because they provide us with
all of the essential components of health. They
are our foods, as well as our medicines. Almost
every health problem will benefit from the use of green foods. Fresh
organic greens are best, because they are rich in essential nutrients.
"Where green plants cannot grow, we cannot live."
THE PDF FILE ON UDO'S CHOICE™ BEYOND GREENS! (457k)
We refer to 'greens' as the diverse population of salt and fresh
water plants (algae), land plants, and land plants that have
returned to aquatic environments, all of which are green in color. 'Greens'
are the basic foundation of human health and regeneration and
have been an endless food source for living creatures as far
back as it goes.
Biologists believe that
land plants evolved from one-celled aquatic organisms and did
colonize the land until about ½ a billion years ago. Plants and
their green ancestors are rich in magnesium-containing chlorophyll,
the green pigment found in chloroplasts of plants. Chlorophyll
is what absorbs the light energy from the sun that drives photosynthesis,
making Earth the green planet.
dominate nearly all terrestrial communities. They are found in
gardens and woods; fields and meadows; on mountains; in valleys
and oceans; on our windowsill (sprouted from seeds); or in a
pot in the house. They include grasses, leaves, herbs, algaes,
seaweeds, broad-leafed plants, trees, mosses, lichens, ferns,
shrubs, weeds, and many more.
the Greek language, the word "phyto" means plant. Phytochemicals
are, by definition, any biologically active compounds derived
from plants. They function as the plant's immune system, defending
against exposure to diseases and viruses. They determine
plant color and taste and aid the many biological tasks plant
must carry out to survive.
Thousands of phytochemicals are found in plants, and
humans have only recently begun to study the molecular structure of these valuable
food compounds. Examples
of phytochemicals are carotenoids, flavonoids, plant sterols, polyphenols,
lignans, sulfides, curcumins, saponins, coumarins, terpenoids, phthalides,
and many more.
On-going research continues to provide new insights into what they are and
how they aid in the preservation of human health.
plant chemicals used as foods. Phytomedicines elicit biological
responses in the body systems of mammals that consistently reduce
the risk of one or more diseases of chronic nature. Phytochemical-rich
'greens' and other plant parts have been used, since as long
as man has been alive, to improve the health of those who consume
are our foods, as well as our medicines. Where green
plants cannot grow, we cannot live.
Greens perform the following humble services ...
- Have been making the oxygen we
need to breathe for about 3 billion years (blue-green algae
were the first photosynthesizers);
- Provide us with water and
hold water in the soil;
- Dissolve and then absorb
the minerals from rocks and make them useable for us;
- Manufacture the vitamins that
are essential to our life;
- Manufacture amino acids
and proteins, as well as essential fatty acids and fats;
- Make sugars and starches,
which are fuel for our cells;
- Provide fiber and,
if raw, provide digestive enzymes as well as probiotics;
- Are our greatest source
- Provide phytonutrients,
- Alkalinize our
body into a healthier state; and
- Produce our steaks (a
cow is made from grass)!
Natural products made from plants are inexpensive and safe
(largely without adverse side effects), compared to conventional,
synthetic medicines. Dried greens keep well; can be carried in a
suitcase, briefcase, backpack, or purse; and, while not quite as
good as fresh greens, still contain most of the nutrients we need.
Some of the dry greens used in portable products include the sprouts
of grains, one-celled organisms, and dried vegetable powders. All
of these greens have virtues. We work with a product called Udo's
Choice Beyond Greens
Almost every health problem will benefit from the use of green foods. Fresh
organic greens are best, because they are rich in essential
nutrients. Organic greens can be juiced or blended for easier
digestion; steamed or boiled; or dried for long term storage,
which is especially important for busy and/or travelling people.
- 50 super foods, food
concentrates, and plant extracts;
- A rich blend of greens from 9 different sources: organic alfalfa, barley, rye, and
oat grass powders; spirulina; chlorella; broccoli; parsley;
- Omega-3 and omega-6 essential
fats (see oil blend product page for more details) from organic
flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds, as well as pumpkin seed,
and rice and oat germ;
- Protein from seeds and
- Both kinds of fiber;
especially rich in water-soluble mucilage;
- Phytonutrients and antioxidants from many herbs to support the functions of inner organs: immune
system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, liver, kidneys,
- Concentrates of the
best vegetables: carrot, tomato, beet, kale, and others;
- Low carbohydrates and
therefore good for weight loss and glucose stability;
- A completely vegetarian
- A food free of dairy,
wheat, yeast, and other common allergens; and
- Taste enhanced greens with natural flavors.
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