If you’re thinking of buying a super greens supplement to optimise your health, but still wondering if it’s worth the investment, then read on.
We’ll do a cost-benefit analysis, review the health benefits and give you some practical tips on how to get the maximum benefits from your super greens.
What Are Super Greens?
Super Greens are nutrient-dense green vegetables processed into a powder, usually consumed in a drink, smoothie, capsules or tablets.
They are a highly convenient way of getting a daily boost of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, packing all those nutrients into one easy scoop and saving hours of prep and cooking time.
The perfect hack for a vitalising lift to keep you on top of your hectic daily schedule. Surely worth the money then?
Are Super Greens Powders Really Worth The Money?
This depends on the quality of the product.
A good quality super greens manufacturer should:
- Use high-quality ingredients.
- Use a comprehensive blend of ingredients.
- Ensure maximum nutrition is preserved.
- Test for purity, contaminants, heavy metals etc.
- Not include too many fillers, additives or preservatives.
At Phytality we believe strongly in these fundamentals. This is why our Vegan Supergreens blend contains only the purest and most potent blend of greens, infused with oceanic-powerhouse marine phytoplankton, ashwagandha and probiotics.
The last thing we want to see is people waste their money on cheap, lazily produced and overly processed powders that at best deliver no noticeable benefits, and at worst can have negative side effects.
So if your goals are higher energy levels, better mental focus and stronger immunity without any of the downsides, then a good quality super greens powder is a sure enough investment.
But aren’t they super expensive? And do they actually improve your health?
Let's break everything down.
Potential Benefits of Super Greens Powders
The array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in super greens powders can help fight oxidative stress and boost the immune system, therefore reducing fatigue.
Some greens powders use green tea extracts which contain caffeine to hack your energy levels, but if you want a long-lasting, sustainable energy boost, then you need marine phytoplankton.
These powerful marine algae we use in our Vegan Supergreens are used for biodiesel production https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25013933/ due to its high density of bioactive compounds.
As it is an ultra-fine powder, it bypasses digestion and quickly enters the cells, supplying nucleotides Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) and feeding your mitochondria directly https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3806458/.
Super greens powders can boost the immune system by providing nutrients such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Chlorophyll and Glutathione, which strengthen the body’s natural defences and reduce your risk of illness and infection.
Marine phytoplankton shines in this department with its range of powerful antioxidants and its addition of vitamin D. One study shows its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The vitamins, minerals and fibre content in super greens powders can help to regulate the absorption of sugars and fats into the blood, balance cholesterol levels and support a healthy cardiovascular system
Super greens can help give you a glowing complexion by providing Vitamins A, C and E, as well as Zinc, Copper and Selenium.
Marine Phytoplankton delivers potent antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids straight to skin cells, providing hydration and nourishment, preventing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and protecting the skin from harmful UV damage
Vitamins A, C and E and Omega-3 fatty acids can help nourish the eyes and support the long-term vision.
Marine Phytoplankton is particularly beneficial for the eyes as it delivers all of these nutrients straight to the eye tissue .
Super greens can support gut health by providing fibre and polyphenols, which feed gut bacteria, boost immunity and energy levels and help protect you from chronic disease.
Our Vegan Supergreens blend contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, a well-studied probiotic proven to support healthy digestion, as well as a range of unique green fibres which promote a rich microbial diversity.
Some greens such as spinach and rocket contain small amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial for brain health and can help improve mood and mental clarity.
Marine Phytoplankton is the purest and richest source of Omega 3’s on the planet. It contains a full fatty acid profile of Omega 3’s, 6’s, 7’s and 9’s, including EPA and DHA. And due to its microscopic size, it delivers these straight to the brain tissue where it has profound benefits.
Antioxidants in super greens such as Chlorophyll, Glutathione and Carotenoids are powerful free radical fighters and can reduce the effects of exercise-induced inflammation.
Greens such as Chlorella and Spirulina can also help with exercise recovery due to their exceptionally high protein content. Our Vegan Supergreens provides an abundance of amino acids.
Magnesium, Vitamin D and Omega 3’s found in super greens can support deeper and more restful sleep by helping to relax the muscles, support regular immune function, regulate hormones and nourish brain tissue. Our Vegan Supergreens and ULTANA Phytoplankton contain all these nutrients that work together to help you rest longer and more peacefully.
The word detoxification gets a bad rap due to popular trends and influencers. But super greens can support the body’s normal detoxification process by providing essential vitamins A, D, E, K and B12, which aid liver function.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K require fat to be broken down and absorbed in the body.
Marine Phytoplankton in our Vegan Supergreens contains a full essential fatty-acid profile, including Omega 3’s, 6’s, 7’s and 9’s, which help to process and deliver all the fat-soluble nutrients inside the body.
Can Super Greens Replace Multivitamins?
The right super greens blend can easily replace a multivitamin.
Multivitamins have their uses, but the problem is they are isolated, synthetic and partialised forms of nutrients. The long-term health and safety of consuming these forms of nutrients is unknown and it is far more likely they will just be flushed out in your urine.
Super greens, however, contain the full spectrum of nutrients - vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids, fatty acids and antioxidants - in their fullest, purest and most bioavailable form, and work together to deliver benefits the only way the body truly recognises.
Whole-food derived supplements such as our Vegan Supergreens contain the perfect combination of macro and micronutrients which work synergistically in the body.
Super greens deliver everything you need. Your body will happily devour all of it, and you will notice the difference.
Yes, that's great and everything. But at what cost?
Cost Effectiveness of Super Greens Powders
The cost of super greens will vary hugely.
A typical super greens powder will cost you £15 - £50 per 30-day supply, which equals an average cost of £0.50 - £1.70 per serving.
Our Vegan Supergreens falls nicely in the middle of this price range, at approximately £1.17 per serving (a third of the price of a cup of coffee).
Some premium super greens powders can cost up to £90 - £100 per 30-day supply, equalling an average cost of £3.50 per serving.
Beware of highly expensive super greens powders, as they may use high-end marketing and branding to compensate for an average product.
More expensive doesn’t mean more value for money.
Likewise, be aware of cheap multivitamins and cheap super greens blends, as these will often provide little to no nutritional benefit.
The middle range is what you should be aiming for, and is ultimately what will give you the best value for your money.
Beware of Proprietary Supergreens Blends
Some premium super greens on the market use the term ‘proprietary blend’ to avoid disclosing the exact amounts of each ingredient you are getting from their product.
If you see this term used, you may be getting a very impressive list of ingredients, but a minuscule amount of each ingredient, increasing the cost-benefit ratio dramatically and negating value for money.
Conclusion: Are Super Greens Worth The Money?
Super greens powders are worth the money if you choose a high-quality blend like ours.
Remember to look out for:
- Quality ingredients.
- Synergistic blends.
- Marine-algae-infused blends.
Be cautious of:
- Brands that are too cheap or too expensive.
- Proprietary blends.
- Unnecessary additives and preservatives.
Cheap super greens will provide minimal benefits and could be a waste of your money.
Expensive super greens will break the bank.
Like all matters health-related, balance is key.
Aim for the middle ground, and feel the difference in your overall health and performance while saving time, money and stress.
About the Author: Matt Hess is a specialist health and nutrition writer living in Brighton.