GreenBox Presents: Four Plant-Based Products to Improve Health

At GreenBox, we take pride in curating the best selection of vegan friendly supplements from around the globe.  Our ethos is simple: More plant. Less carbon .  Our company was founded in early 2019 to promote our vision of a plant-based lifestyle to help reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost wellness.  As founders, these are four plant-based products we couldn’t live without in our daily lives.  

  1. 5-HTP

Don’t be thrown off by the scientific sounding name, if you are looking to increase serotonin levels naturally then 5-HTP is the supplement for you.   Our bodies produce serotonin naturally mainly from the foods we eat.  This can be challenging for vegans because often it is from animal-based products.  5-HTP is the precursor our body uses to create serotonin in our gut (where >80% of serotonin is in our body).  Adding a supplement with 5-HTP can help improve serotonin levels over time, improving mood and bringing a mental state into better balance.  Our favourite 5-HTP product is the Innermost Relax Capsules , which includes other nootropic ingredients like L-Theanine.  The 5-HTP is extracted from Griffonia Seed, an attractive plant-based alternative for vegans,  

  1. Ashwagandha

This plant-based dynamo found fame in recent years from celebrity users such as Megan Markle and Jennifer Anniston.  The reality is the history of this plant goes back almost 6,000 years.  It was the workhorse of ancient Indian medicinal practices, which fits appropriately with the literal translation of its name “horse smell”.  This was because the root of the herb gave off a horse-like smell.   Don’t worry, when processed it loses the smell and can be used as a powder or ingested as a supplement.   The herb has been used throughout history to improve memory, better brain function, sexual balance, stress resilience, and even immunity.  Many of the products on GreenBox, include Ashwagandha in their formulation, our favourite is the Floradix Neuro Balance which comes packed with other plant extracts like peppermint and lavender.  

  1. Turmeric 

Another staple in Indian culture, the active ingredient in Turmeric is curcumin and is extracted from the plant and used as a medicine.   It has been known to be an antioxidant, which helps protect the body against free radicals.  If left unattended, free radicals damage cells in the body.  The extract is also touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits.   Curcumin is effective at blocking specific inflammatory signalling molecules, which results in an anti-inflammatory effect. One of our favourite products is the Wunder Workshop Golden Turmeric Tea which tastes amazing and helps deliver a daily dose of turmeric.   The story behind the brand is incredible with turmeric sourced only from organic farmers in countries like Sri Lanka.  The packaging is fully recyclable and sustainable as well.  

  1. Spirulina

Spirulina is an algae famous for being the most nutrient dense food in the world.  It’s packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and has all the essential amino acids the body needs.   It is great for supporting and repairing liver function.  And while it delivers all these amazing benefits, it is incredibly difficult to incorporate into our daily diets.  So, we love the Potion London Eat Your Greens product.   The company was founded by a young mother, looking to create an affordable daily supplement for busy people who struggle to eat a balanced diet.  Essentially, like your mother told you to “eat your greens”, this product combines Spirulina and other plant-based heroes like Wheat Grass and Spinach to balance out the occasional plate of french fries in our diet.