Should You Be Taking A Greens Supplement?
So, you’ve added Meatless Mondays to the weekly menu and you’re doing your best to eat the rainbow—but you’re still worried you aren’t getting the nutrients you need. Maybe your current diet includes limiting carbs—or maybe you just can’t stomach a salad. As hard as we may try, most of us probably aren’t getting enough vegetables in our diets, and supplements can help us fill those nutritional gaps.
Does that mean we should all be taking greens supplements? Maybe—keep reading for more info to help you decide.
What’s in Greens Supplements?
Greens supplements are usually a powder that you mix into a drink to take daily. Ingredients vary by brand, but greens powders often include:
- Leafy greens and seaweed
- Grasses like wheatgrass, oat grass or barley grass
- Vegetables like Broccoli, beets, carrots or tomatoes
- Fruits high in antioxidants like blueberries, raspberries or acai berries
- Nutritional extracts and herbs like green tea extract, holy basil or milk thistle
Potential Health Benefits
- The vitamins A and C in greens powders support immune function
- Probiotics are sometimes added to these supplements, which can support gut health
- The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of plant compounds may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases
- Some of these powders contain green tea extract, which may help you feel more alert and focused
- Studies on greens supplements are limited, and while they are nutritious, they definitely shouldn’t replace whole foods—you still need to eat your veggies!
- Some of these products can contain impure ingredients and contaminants, so do your research to find a brand you trust.
It’s best to talk to your doctor before you start taking any new supplement—including greens powders.
How to Use Greens Supplement
For best results, always follow the instructions on the label. Many people mix it right into water, but these powders tend to taste a little grassy, so you can also mix them into juices or smoothies. Make sure to refrigerate these drinks if you aren’t going to consume them right away.
Looking to add one to your diet? Coach Jacqueline recommends Athletic Greens (and no partnership, she just loves their product!).