What’s all the hype about SuperGreens?

It seems like everywhere you turn these days there is something about SuperGreens! Are they really something we should be adding to our nutrition? It seems like everyone is walking around with a drink shaker these days. You may find yourself asking, “What are SuperGreens anyway? Are SuperGreens the real deal or just the latest health and fitness craze?” Read on to answer these questions.

Here is what you should know about SuperGreens:

The term SuperGreens refers to  a broad spectrum of powerful green plants that may  include wheat grass, barley grass, sprouts, algae, and leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard to name a few. These greens are packed with chlorophyll. When consumed their nutrients increase the oxygen in the blood, help to detoxify the body and neutralize free radicals. Daily consumption of SuperGreens increases energy levels, stamina, endurance, focus, clarity and memory. The nutrients contained in SuperGreens are easily absorbed by the body which is then able to manifest these health benefits in our physiology quite rapidly. Because these plants are so nutrient rich, packed with amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants, they are a great addition to your supplement regime.

As the positive research on benefits of these plants has started to pile up it is easy to see why the popularity of SuperGreens as a supplement has quickly increased.  With this increase in popularity the market has quickly become flooded with a variety of products, each claiming to be the best green drink powder. Here are some tips to help you choose the best product for you.

Ingredients:  It can be hard to decipher the label of a SuperGreens drink powder. SuperGreens drinks often contain a list of over 70 ingredients making it very difficult to compare.

  • Supplement vs. Meal Replacement. Some drink powders may solely focus on providing a supplement to your nutrition while other higher end products add protein to become a meal replacement drink.

  • Variety. When looking at the ingredients make sure that the product includes a variety of greens not just wheat grass. Ideally the product will contain a mix of grasses, sea vegetables and algae and green leafy vegetables. 

  • Grams per Serving. Another criterion to consider when looking at the product label is the grams per servings. 5-7 grams per serving is average while products over 10 grams per serving would be considered higher end products.

  • Vegetable powder or Juice Extract. Some products some from freezing the vegetable and making it into a powder. Juice extracts are made by juicing the vegetable, freezing the juice then powderizing it. Juice extracts contain more nutrition than vegetable powders however it is also a more expensive process. For this reason SuperGreens drinks made with vegetable powder are much more common.

  • Additional ingredients. Some SuperGreens will add other ingredients such as probiotics or digestive items to their drink powder cocktail.  Drink powders looking to be used as meal replacements will often add fiber and protein powder into the mix.

  • Certified Organic. Make sure the product is made from RAW organic ingredients and does not use artificial or synthetic ingredients.

  • NON GMO. Avoid chemicals by going Non-GMO.

Cost: Compare drink powders using this cost evaluation to help you to identify which SuperGreens drink powders are the best value for your dollar.

  • Total servings per container.

  • Total grams per serving.

  • Total grams of greens per serving. (excluding other ingredients)

  • Does the product contain probiotics and enzymes?

  • Is the product a meal replacement or only a nutrition supplement?

  • What is the total cost?

  • Total cost per serving = Total cost/Total Servings

Taste: Taste above all other characteristics is the biggest reason you may stop drinking your SuperGreens no matter how good it is for you or how good a value the product is. Typically the higher end products with the most nutrients will taste the worst. SuperGreens rarely include artificial sweeteners. Vegetable powder products will taste much stronger than juiced powders that will have the natural sweeteners as a result of the juicing process.

New to SuperGreens: You may be best to select a less potent product or to use only ½ of the suggested serving of a higher quality product. Over time, drinking the SuperGreens every day your body chemistry will change and you will adapt to the taste or even come to enjoy it.

Blending the drink powder with other ingredients can make a healthy smoothie which is palatable for the SuperGreens beginner. (i.e.  Frozen fruits) Many smoothie recipe suggestions can be easily found by a quick internet search.

Seasoned to SuperGreens:  Those who have already been drinking SuperGreens will have adapted to the unique taste. For this group, choosing the best product you can afford is in your best interest, balancing price with concentrated nutrients.

Ultimately the best SuperGreens drink powder will be the one you drink regularly. Challenge yourself to select a SuperGreens product and drink it every day for 30 days. At the end of that period evaluate how you feel. Do you have more energy? Are you more focused? Do you experience more mental clarity? Chances are if you have done this for 30 days you will notice a difference and SuperGreens will permanently become a part of your daily ritual.

Below are some of the SuperGreens products offered by the OnlineOrganicHealthStore.com: