Green Foods - Magma Plus - 11 oz. (312g)
Green Foods - Magma Plus contains a significant amount of barley grass juice powder (1.8 grams per serving), which gives it the nutritional properties of Green Magma "plus" the many benefits of the most healthful fruits, vegetables, plants, and herbs. It contains many beneficial phytochemicals collectively that support digestion, liver function, cardiovascular activity, and promote energy levels.
Unlike many stimulants, Magma Plus is a natural energy booster containing important nutrients required to produce the cellular source of energy, ATP.
- Barley grass juice powder, fruit and vegetable extracts, American Ginseng, and Eleutherococcus, naturally energize your body and mind.
- Gingko biloba, magnesium, and lecithin help to promote healthy muscle and nervous system function.
- Beta-carotene, bilberry, grape seed extract, flavonoids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are antioxidants that help prevent oxidation due to free radical activity.
- Ginger root helps stimulate digestion and milk thistle extract promotes liver function.
- Echinacea may help support the immune system.
Clinical Research: Barley Grass Supports Cardiovascular Function
Bob Terry, PhD
OXNARD, CA, May 9, 2003 - People who regularly consume powdered organic barley grass juice supplements could be providing a boost to their cardiovascular system, according to research recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Diabetes and Metabolism (2002, Vol. 28, 107-114).
Ya-Mei Yu and Chingmin E. Tsai from Fu Jen University in Taipei together with fellow Taiwanese researchers from China Medical College in Taichung found in a clinical study that supplementation with barley grass helped reduce the levels of cholesterol and oxygen free-radicals in the blood of type 2 diabetics.
In the study, 36 randomly selected type 2 diabetics were randomly assigned to receive daily supplements of barley grass, a combination of vitamin C and E or a combination of barley grass and vitamins C and E for four weeks. Past research has indicated that antioxidants vitamin C and E when taken together may promote cardiovascular function.
The researchers found that supplementation with barley grass reduced the levels of total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and oxygen free-radicals, in addition to protecting LDL-vitamin E content and inhibiting LDL oxidation. The authors noted that barley grass "acts as a free radical scavenger." Particularly noteworthy are the data showing barley grass, when taken with vitamins C and E, more effectively lowers the level of free radicals than either barley grass or the vitamins when taken alone. The researchers concluded that supplementation with barley grass in combination with antioxidative vitamins may have a protective effect and promote healthy cardiovascular function.
The results of ongoing clinical studies appear to support and extend the findings that barley grass supplementation may lower blood levels of cholesterol and free radicals.
"For individuals concerned about their cardiovascular health, this study indicates that they would be well advised to focus on a diet with lots of green foods, particularly organic barley grass." said Dr. Richard M. Gold, Ph.D., L.Ac., author and Professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
YH Products Co. of Oxnard, California provided the barley grass supplements for this study. YH Products Co. manufactures Green Magma (distributed by Green Foods Corporation). Green Magma is made with powdered organic barley grass juice, containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, active enzymes and chlorophyll.
Clinical Research: Green Magma Helps Lower LDL Oxidation and Free Radical Activity in the Blood, and Supports Normal Levels of Cholesterol
Bob Terry, PhD
(August 16, 2005) In the last twenty-five years researchers have published a number of in vitro and in vivo laboratory studies demonstrating that Green Magma and its constituents exhibit potent antioxidant activity, cleansing actions, and cardiovascular support properties. In addition, a series of clinical studies have been published showing evidence that Green Magma provides support for the cardiovascular system in both healthy individuals in those with blood sugar or blood lipid concerns.
Clinical studies performed since 2002 by Dr. Ching-Min Tsai from the Graduate Institute of Nutrition and Food Science at Fu Jen University and the Department of Bioscience Technology at Chung Yuan University (both in Taipei, Taiwan) and colleagues have demonstrated that dietary changes including daily supplementation with Green Magma may provide several important benefits for cardiovascular function.
Normal blood flow through our bodies is essential for optimal health. While dietary, lifestyle, and genetic factors all play a role in cardiovascular function, dietary changes may offer a relatively convenient means of promoting cardiovascular function, normal blood flow, and enhanced quality of life.
I. Support for Normal Cholesterol Levels and Inhibition of LDL Oxidation with a Diet Rich in Poly- or Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids and Barley Grass Juice Powder.
Liu WC, Tsai CE. Young Barley Leaf Prevents LDL Oxidation in Humans. Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry [published by The Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology] Vol. 4 (3): 110-116 (2002).
SUMMARY: The results show that daily consumption of a diet rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from soybean oil reduces serum total cholesterol, LDL-C and HDL-C, but not the level of LDL oxidation. Adding barley grass juice powder to the soybean oil-enriched diet enhances its cholesterol-lowering effect and lowers LDL oxidation. While mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) from olive oil had no effect on total serum cholesterol, LDL-C or HDL-C, MUFA lowered the oxidation of LDL and this effect was enhanced by the addition of barley grass juice powder. Therefore, together with a diet rich in poly- or mono-unsaturated fatty acids, 15 g of barley grass juice powder per day as part of the diet may help support cardiovascular activity by promoting normal cholesterol levels and reducing the oxidation of LDL.
II. LDL Cholesterol and LDL Oxidation Reduced in Type 2 Diabetic Patients Receiving an Olive Oil-enriched Diet Supplemented with Barley Grass Juice.
Yu YM and Tsai CE. LDL cholesterol and oxidation are significantly reduced in type 2 diabetic patients receiving a barley leaf essence supplemented olive oil diet. Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry [published by The Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology] Vol. 5 (1): 1-6 (2003).
SUMMARY: An intake of olive oil together with a dietary supplement of young barley grass juice may be useful as part of the nutritional management of patients with type 2 diabetes since it increases the monounsaturated fatty acid composition of LDL, decreases whole blood free radical activities, increases the vitamin E content of LDL, and reduces the susceptibility of LDL to oxidation.
III. Barley Grass Juice Powder, Alone or in Combination with Vitamins C and E, Lowers Free Radical Activity and Inhibits LDL Oxidation in Type 2 Diabetes.
Yu YM, Chang WC, Chang CT, Hsieh CL, and Tsai CE. Effects of barley leaf extract and antioxidative vitamins on LDL oxidation and free radical scavenging activities in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Metab Vol. 28 (2): 107-114 (2002).
SUMMARY: The results indicate that supplementation with barley grass juice may help to lower cholesterol, scavenge oxygen free radicals, spare the LDL-vitamin E content, and inhibit LDL oxidation. Furthermore, there appears to be a synergistic inhibition of small, dense-LDL oxidation with the combination of barley grass juice and vitamins C and E, an effect that may promote good vascular function.
IV. Barley Grass Juice or Adlay Reduces Plasma Lipids and LDL Oxidation in Hyperlipidemic Smokers and Non-Smokers.
Yu YM, Chang WC, Liu CS and Tsai CM. Effects of young barley leaf extract and adlay on plasma lipids and LDL oxidation in hyperlipidemic smokers. Biol. Pharm. Bull. Vol. 27 (6): 802-805 (2004).
SUMMARY: Supplementation with either BL or adlay can decrease total and LDL cholesterol as well as susceptibility of LDL-C to oxidation in hyperlipidemic smokers and non-smokers. Barley leaf extract (barley grass juice) had a stronger antioxidative effect than adlay and the effects of either BL or adlay are less pronounced in smokers
Note: The barley grass juice powder (referred to as “barley leaf essence”, “barley leaf extract”, or “barley leaf”) used in all four of the studies described was provided by YH Products, the manufacturing division of Green Foods Corporation, located in Oxnard, California.
Barley Grass Neutralizes Pesticides In Vitro
Bob Terry, PhD
Health conscious consumers today are looking for more than wholesome, nutritious food to maintain good health, they also want to avoid the ever-increasing levels of pesticides and other chemicals in our environment. While periodic use of internal cleansing programs may help to eliminate pesticide residues, the best solution is to gently cleanse our bodies every day through our diet. Therefore, optimal nutrition requires foods that supply us with all the nutrients necessary for cellular metabolism and that also help us cleanse our bodies daily.
In 1978, Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara revealed the ability of our barley grass extract Green Magma to degrade an insecticide (malathion), and two chemical food additives (sorbic acid and BHT)  when mixed directly with these substances in an aqueous solution. Heating Green Magma caused it to lose its ability to breakdown either malathion or sorbic acid indicating that enzyme activity in Green Magma may be responsible for its actions. However, heat treatment does not affect Green Magma's ability to degrade BHT, which led Dr. Hagiwara to suggest that the BHT molecule may be adsorbed onto proteins in Green Magma rather being metabolized through enzyme activity. The following year, Dr. Hagiwara and colleagues reported that barley grass juice contained numerous enzymes including superoxide dismutase, cytochrome oxidase, peroxidase, catalase, fatty acid oxidase, and transhydrogenase  some of which may play a role in neutralizing pesticides and chemical additives in the body.
In the 1990's, Dr. Shibamoto and Dr. Hagiwara isolated, identified, and studied the properties of a potent bioflavonoid antioxidant, named glycosylisovitexin (GIV), in young barley grass . They showed that GIV was particularly effective in preventing the free radical oxidation of fatty acids, fish oils, and lecithin caused by ultraviolet light or by chemically induced oxidative reactions in blood . GIV was also found to be effective in preventing the formation of two oxidation products of alcohol, acetaldehyde and malonaldehyde . These two substances may be responsible for some of the unwanted effects of alcohol consumption.
Subsequent research published by Dr. Shibamoto along with Dr. Hagiwara and colleagues, demonstrated that young barley grass juice effectively degraded a variety of organophosphorus pesticides in vitro including malathion, chlorpyrifos, guthion, diazinon, methidathion, and parathion . Incubation of the individual pesticides with a 3% solution of barley grass juice for several hours resulted in the complete degradation of both malathion and chlorpyrifos along with breakdown of parathion by 75%; diazinon by 54%; guthion by 41%; and methidathion by 23%. They also confirmed Dr. Hagiwara's previous finding that barley grass juice's ability to break down malathion is lost when barley grass is heated to 120O C, most likely due to destruction of enzyme activity by heat. Further research is necessary to understand the manner in which barley grass juice degrades pesticides.
Dr. Shibamoto and colleagues are continuing their research on the possible ways in which organic Green Magma may help us cleanse our bodies in a natural and effective manner.
In summary, research is helping to better understand why Green Magma provides the many benefits that thousands of regular consumers of Green Magma already know about -- increased energy levels, improved digestion, better looking hair, skin and nails – all indications of good nutrition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What makes Green Magma (GM) different from other barley products in the market?
A. GM is a natural concentrated whole food and its nutrients are in their natural, biologically active states. Many supplements, including multi-vitamin and mineral pills contain synthetic ingredients.
A. Most grass powders are processed by dehydrating the whole leaf without separating the pulp from the juice. The result is a product that contains a high concentration of insoluble fiber compared to soluble juice nutrients. The nutrients remaining in the powder may be trapped inside the insoluble fiber which the human body cannot breakdown because we lack the enzyme cellulase. Therefore, the amount of nutrition that is absorbed and utilized by consuming whole leaf fiber powders is less compared to the nutrients that we absorb from consuming GM.
A. GM is USDA organic - certified by QAI.
A. GM is 100% GMO-Free. Since there are no long-term studies on the effects of genetically modified produce, humans are being subjected to potentially short- and long-term harmful effects of consuming these foods.
Q. How can I tell if there is fiber in the product?
A. Place 1/2 tsp. of Green Magma™ or a competitor's product in a glass of cold water and stir. After several minutes, Green Magma will remain dissolved and the solution will appear uniformly green from top to bottom while a competitor's product containing fiber will appear light at the top and dark on the bottom from the settling of fiber.
Q. What is the difference between wheat grass and barley grass products?
A. While both barley grass and wheat grass are nutritious, Dr. Hagiwara has demonstrated that barley grass contains all the essential nutrients required by our bodies. Research has found that barley grass is a more potent source than wheat grass of the "grass juice factor" necessary for growth and development in mammals.
Q. Does GM have the same concentration of nutrients as a multi-vitamin?
A. GM contains a greater diversity of nutrients than multi-vitamins. It is this combination of many nutrients working together synergistically that allows their products to give you the ultimate in nutrition just like nature intended.
Q. Is there a difference between GM tablets and GM powder?
A. They are identical in nutrition; however we may assimilate GM in the powder form a little more rapidly but not necessarily more completely.
Q. Why is there maltodextrin in their products?
A. The maltodextrin acts as a protective barrier around the nutrients in GM and prevents their oxidation, thereby protecting them until GM is dissolved in a liquid. If they did not add maltodextrin to GM and their other barley products, the nutrients in them would be subject to oxidation thereby destroying its nutritive value.
Q. What is the difference between Green Magma and Magma Plus?
A. Green Magma is made from barley grass juice while Magma Plus contains barley grass juice plus extracts of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other nutritious, natural ingredients. Both products provide active enzymes while Magma Plus adds more ingredients for those looking for a supplement with greater variety and additional nutrients.
Q. What is the difference between Green Magma and Veggie Magma?
A. In addition to nutrient-rich barley grass juice, Veggie Magma also contains 16 other vegetables including broccoli sprouts to provide additional health benefits.
Q. What benefits does GM provide?
A. GM gives you a superb natural nutrition in a glass. It provides you with an abundance of active enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll and other important phytonutrients in a natural medium. Good nutrition means delivering the necessary nutrients to your cells, neutralizing toxins and protection from free radicals. GM and each of their other products promote and enhance each of these components of good nutrition.
Q. Does GM contain digestive enzymes?
A. Yes, GM contains many enzymes including digestive enzymes such as amylase. Our bodies use enzymes for everything ranging from digestion to regulating hormone production and are the catalysts for all metabolic activity in the body. Without them, life would not be possible. Even though our bodies contain thousands of different types of enzymes, most foods we eat are processed and cooked, which renders them devoid of all enzymes. We can obtain active enzymes from fresh, raw food. GM is a source of hundreds of active enzymes.
Q. How are the enzymes protected during processing?
A. First, they use low temperature-controlled processing techniques so that the enzymes are not destroyed by heat. Second, they add maltodextrin; a complex carbohydrate that coats and protects the enzymes preventing them from reacting with one another or becoming oxidized.
Q. How can I test to see if the enzymes are still active?
A. Hot Water Test: Sprinkle ½ tsp of GM or a competitor's product into a glass of very hot water and briefly stir. GM will clump up because the active enzymes are being denatured by heat for the first time, whereas the competitor's product will disperse and not clump up because the enzymes have already been exposed to heat and will not change shape when heated again.
Q. Does GM contain antioxidants?
A. Yes, GM contains carotenoids (alpha-carotene and beta-carotene), flavonoids (saponarin and lutonarin), vitamin C, vitamin E, chlorophyll, antioxidant enzymes (SOD and catalase), and selenium. Both laboratory and clinical studies at major universities have shown that GM inhibits the oxidation of skin lipids and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and reduces the oxidation of fats and free radical activity in the blood.
Q. What do antioxidants do?
A. Antioxidants are certain phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules that are extremely reactive and cause damage to our cellular membranes, DNA, and blood vessels causing them to function improperly. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals before they can do any damage and thus help to maintain normal functioning of the cell.
Q. Does GM have detoxifying properties?
A. Yes, GM contains chlorophyll and other substances that promote the release of toxins from the tissues so they may be expelled by the body. This is a natural process that must occur on a daily basis so that the body does not accumulate toxins
Q. What does the chlorophyll do?
A. The chlorophyll content of GM is a natural detoxifier and helps eliminate toxins from the intestines and other tissues. Because it is a natural detoxifier, it also aids in reducing bad breath. Chlorophyll also acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. There is also scientific evidence that chlorophyll may increase oxygenation of our tissues by increasing the formation of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Q. Why is GM so green?
A. The deep green color is from chlorophyll. Barley grass has one of the highest, natural, rich chlorophyll contents of all green vegetables. In fact, Barley Grass has 66 times more chlorophyll than spinach.
Q. Are all Green Foods' products alkaline (important for people with acid reflux or hiatal hernias)?
A. Yes, relative to the pH of the stomach, their products are alkaline, ranging from pH 6.8-7.4.
Q. Can GM be helpful to losing weight?
A. Yes, GM has only 20 calories per serving along with an abundance of nutrients. If you are in a weight loss program, your body will benefit by taking GM. It provides vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and proteins, no fat and practically no calories.
Q. Is GM a meal replacement for fasting?
A. GM is a nutrient-rich perfect supplement for a weight loss program. It may be used as a substitute for one meal during the day. However, GM is a dietary supplement and not meant for use as a meal substitute on a permanent basis.
Q. Does the barley grass in GM contain gluten?
A. No. The powdered juice is taken from the barley grass and not the barley grain. Unlike the grain, the grass does not contain gluten.
Q. Is it safe to consume the maltodextrin in Green Magma if I am diabetic?
A. Diabetics and other people with blood sugar disorders can safely use GM. Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate, not a simple sugar. It releases energy slowly and will not raise sugar levels.
Q. Does GM affect regularity?
A. GM will help rebuild healthy intestinal flora and therefore may have a positive effect on regularity and gas. GM has traditionally been used to promote regularity and does not cause constipation.
Q. Can children take GM?
A. Yes. they suggest giving children under 10 years ½ teaspoon in their favorite juice. For children 10 years or older, a regular serving size is fine.
Q. GM makes me feel so energetic, does it contain any caffeine?
A. No, GM is made from organic barley grass juice, which contains no caffeine. Since GM contains nutrients necessary for producing the body's energy molecule, ATP, after taking it for a week or more you will notice an increase in energy levels
Q. What is the carbohydrate and sugar content in GM?
A. Two teaspoons of GM contain small amounts of natural plant sugars and only four grams of carbohydrates. GM is safe for anyone who is concerned about blood sugar levels.
Q. What is the best way to take GM?
A. GM is best taken on an empty stomach, either 20 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after; that way the food does not interfere with the digestion and absorption of GM's nutrients. You should mix GM with either cold or room temperature liquids, as hot liquids will break down and destroy the live enzymes.
Q. Is it possible to overdose on GM?
A. GM is not a drug but rather a whole food extract made from freshly squeeze barley grass. It is unlikely that you would ever overdose on Green Magma anymore than you would overdose on green salads.
Q. Should GM be mixed in non-acidic juice?
A. Although the nutrients and enzymes in GM will usually stay intact and active longer in water or a non-acidic juice, as long as you drink it within 15 minutes of mixing, you may use any fruit or vegetable juice.
Q. Is it effective to take GM with other Green Foods' products?
A. Yes. Many people mix Green Foods' products together in one drink. Mixing their products together is a convenient way to ensure you receive the needed RDI of many essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Q. Is it okay to take multi-vitamins with GM?
A. Yes, you may take multi-vitamins along with GM. GM is a natural whole food product, which is derived from fresh barley grass and will not interfere with your multi-vitamins. In fact, many nutrients are known to work together synergistically; nutrients utilized in conjunction with one another may have a more beneficial effect than if taken individually.
Q. Will taking your products with meals hinder their effectiveness?
A. It is fine to take their products with or without meals. However, to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients in GM and their other products, it is best to take them on an empty stomach since food will prevent a portion of their nutrients from being absorbed.
Q. Is it safe to take other supplements when I am taking GM?
A. GM is safe to take with other supplements since it is a whole food extract and compatible with any supplements you are taking.
Q. Can I use GM as a prenatal supplement?
A. Yes, GM provides a rich balance of essential nutrients. One serving of GM is equivalent to a salad of dark green vegetables in regards to nutrition. It is a safe, natural, and nutritious supplement for prenatal care.
Q. Will GM upset my stomach?
A. No, GM is mildly alkaline and helps to balance an acid stomach. If you have a chronic stomach condition, please consult your health care practitioner.
Q. Will GM stay fresh after opening?
A. Yes. The maltodextrin acts as a protective barrier around the nutrients in GM and prevents their oxidation; thereby protecting them until GM is dissolved in a liquid. However, they recommend consuming the GM within a month of opening.
Q. How should I store GM?
A. GM should be protected from moisture, sunlight, and excess heat. It should be stored in its own jar in their cupboard with the lid tightened securely. They do not recommend storing GM in the refrigerator where condensation may occur and cause nutrients to oxidize and break down.
Q. Can I mix up a large amount of GM and keep it in the refrigerator?
A. Not advised. Active nutrients are released when GM is mixed with the liquids and should be taken within 10-15 minutes after preparation. When active nutrients are no longer protected by being in a dry state and by the maltodextrin coating, they will begin to oxidize and degrade.
Q. How long does GM retain its nutrition?
A. GM has a shelf life of 3 years from the date of manufacture.