How to Choose an Effective Greens Powder
Written by Nicole Eckert・CNP, Holistic Nutritionist
There are an abundance of options when it comes to choosing a greens powder to include in your lifestyle. You’ve likely heard that nutrient-dense greens are beneficial for our wellbeing, but not all greens powders are created equal. While it’s easy to pick-up a container of greens with aesthetic branding and key marketing terms such as ‘high in antioxidants’, or ‘medicinal plant powder’, the look and marketing of a product does not always accurately represent the quality and efficacy of what’s actually inside the product. Here are 4 Things That Determine an Effective Greens Powder:
Nutrient dense greens are far more beneficial when they are juiced, and then dehydrated at low temperatures to make a powder, rather than drying the whole plant that still contains indigestible fibre. Many greens products are made with the whole plant, and since cellulose is only easily digested easily by cows, you may not be breaking down and absorbing the nutrients in a ‘whole plant’ greens products. Juicing requires advanced processing techniques and more plants to create the final product. This will be reflected in the price of your greens. If you’ve ever used a wheatgrass juicer, you would know that it requires a large amount of wheatgrass to create a very small amount of juice. Juiced greens products should be dried at low temperatures (under 104°F / 40°C), to retain vitamins, antioxidants and living enzymes.
Avoid Proprietary Blends
This term is often found on the ingredient label. A “proprietary blend” is a group of ingredients that may disclose every ingredient, but not the exact amount of each ingredient. These often appear on product labels with names such as ‘Greens Blend’ or ‘Detox Blend’. Using a proprietary blend increases the perceived value of the product, but may actually contain a higher portion of the cheapest ingredient in the list. This term can mask an ineffective mix, since you don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting, you don’t actually know the dosage, and if you’re getting enough to actually feel a benefit. Without really knowing what you’re taking, you may also experience an intolerance to something in said formula, and it will be much harder to figure out which ingredient is causing the issue. Proportions of ingredients can also change drastically, without the company needing to disclose the change. A product that once worked for you can suddenly become completely ineffective. When you’re looking at products, you want to choose the brand that provides every detail, if the product is designed to be good for you - why would they have anything to hide?
Consider Ingredient Quantity and Efficacy
There are several reasons why key active ingredients must be in high amounts when it comes to a greens powder. When you see a product with an extensive list of ingredients it’s important to question the amount of any active ingredient. Many greens products are formulated with as many as 50 ingredients, but when you analyze the contents, you find that most of these are added in nutritionally-insignificant amounts. This means they not only don’t provide much good in those small quantities, they end up reducing the level of the important nutrients that you’ll get in one serving. Efficacy is achieved by having a significant quantity of key active ingredients.
Formulated for Daily Use
If you are going to have more than a single serving per day or share the product with elderly, children, or use during pregnancy or breastfeeding it’s essential to steer away from a product with added herbal extracts. Herbal extracts are not food, but are medicines for specific health conditions. Herbal medicines should only be used for a limited period of time to help correct an illness. They are not recommended for long-term use — such as in a greens formula you consume regularly. While some greens products add herbal extracts (to give the impression that the formula is "better"). There is concern that giving standardized herbal remedies, even in small doses, to seniors, young children, and pregnant or nursing mothers could interfere with their hormonal balance.
Enerex Greens was the first greens product to enter the Canadian market back in 1997. Our unique blend is scientifically researched and found to be 2-3 times more nutrient-dense than other brands. It is one of few true juiced greens products, and it’s a supplement made with everyone in mind. Available in Original and Mixed Berries. Original is unsweetened and contains bee pollen and royal jelly. Mixed Berries is truly vegan and formulated without bee products.