Avoid All Supplements Meant for Cows
Lectins known as the anti-nutrient, block good nutrients from being absorbed. Grasses like Alfalfa, Oats Grass, Wheat Grass, and Barley are loaded with Lectins. You need 2 stomachs to properly digest grass - you're not a cow - yet there are lots of supplements loaded with lectins. There are really good choices, but this is not one of them.
Fatigue and energy dysfunction (even leaky gut & inflammation) can be signs of health problems due to poor nutrition - and lectins play a crucial role here. So what are lectins?
Lectins are a kind of protein that can bind to sugar. Humans are unable to digest lectins, so they travel through your gut unchanged. They are sometimes referred to as anti-nutrients, since they can reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Large amounts of lectins can damage the gut wall which can lead ultimately to digestive issues and a weaken immune system. Increasingly people seem to be dealing with leaky gut syndrome which lectins may play a significant role in. The most immediate concern is lectins blocks the absorption of critical nutrients your body needs to function at optimum levels.
Good Nutrition has two components. One, a good diet is high in nutrient rich foods the human body can utilize, digest and absorb. The other component is a diet low in foods that block good nutrients from being absorbed. A diet high in lectins blocks good nutrients from being absorbed and can even lead to more harmful outcomes. 4 GRAMS of HAPPINESS was designed to provide nutrient-dense micro-nutrients with no lectins (molecules that potentially block good nutrients). Ironically a lot of so-called healthy supplements are full of lectins.
Warning: A growing number of supplements are grain based (Barley, Alfalfa Grass, and Oat Grass) and not only do not improve your nutrition, they may actually harm it. Even wheat grass can be harmful if the wheat grass is not harvested in the early stages of sprouting. Supplement companies use grasses for a couple of reasons. They are cheap. Don’t be fooled by organic, they’re still cheap and full of lectins.
Grasses test well in test tubes but are not absorbed well in the human system. Cows have two stomachs to digest grasses. We don’t and we can’t. Grasses contain high level of lectins which are called the anti-nutrients. They stop good foods from being properly digested and absorbed
Grandmother's Food Wisdom
My grandmother was food wise and she would say you can eat just about anything in moderation. Eat in excess and you’ll pay the price. The only problem with Grandmother’s wisdom was her food source came from her farming community consisting of fresh vine-ripe vegetables and fruits, and meats without hormones or antibiotics Her diet had low lectins counts, and the lectin foods she cooked, she soaked and cooked, which makes lectins less harmful.
Researches Think Lectins are Associated with Allergena
Some experts hypothesize that it’s no coincidence the top 8 allergens also contain some of the highest amounts of lectins (including: dairy, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish). That said you cannot avoid lectins altogeather, they serve their purpose, but many of us have too many of them in our diets – and that becomes one of those health conditions that is not easily diagnosed, and most likely will not be until we make advances in nutritional testing.
LECTIN FACTS with a Little Advice
- Do not take supplements high in lectins (most green products today are high in grains and soy – and full of lectins)
- Humans are unable to digest lectins, so they travel through your gut unchanged. You are not a cow.
- Lectins are called the anti-nutrient because they block absorption of good nutrients
- Some experts hypothesize that it’s no coincidence the top 8 allergens also contain some of the highest amounts of lectins (including: dairy, egg, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish).
- The highest concentrations of lectins are found in healthy foods like legumes, grains and nightshade vegetables.
- Luckily, there are several ways to reduce the lectin content in foods to make them safe to eat. Fermenting, sprouting, or soak and cooking foods high in lectins will neutralize the lectin levels.
- Take supplements that have no lectins. This is a no-brainer.