If your Mum made you eat your greens then welcome to the club. We know it's good for us but many fail to eat their greens once they grow up and are able to ignore Mum's advice!
The easy way to get your green fix is to drink your Greens instead
Yes the perfect alternative to buying, preparing and cooking green vegetables is to take green drinks either on their own or in a shake.
You can either make your own or buy a green powder such as Beyond Greens which I'm taking right now or Green Vibrance – the topic of today's review.
So let's look at Green Vibrance and see if it lives up to its great reputation. And analyse the ingredients which are all published on the Vibrant Health website
The first thing that strike you is the sheer number of ingredients in Green Vibrance. Printing the table of ingredients out gives you a table covering 3 and a half pages of A4.
And it keep changing – the company keeps working on the product ingredients as nutritional understanding deepens so you may want to scan the current ingredients label here
Just to help you keep track of all this I'm going to keep to the list Green Vibrance give and go down the label. For the calorie conscious (and please do rethink that notion, OK?) the serving size is a scoop of 12 grams which has a measly 45 calories.
The initial facts show a high dose of potassium which is good and what you'd expect from a green drink. The protein in 1 scoop is 2.6 grams so this is fine for a drink but not enough for a meal or meal replacement. The initial vitamin and mineral section shows a nice high beta carotene at just under 5,000 iu and a high-ish dose of calcium of around 150 gms and a very low magnesium of 27 gm.
The main ingredient by weight is Spirulina with 1.5 gms or 1500 mg. Spirulina is a blue green algae and a well known superfood. It has a good spread of amino acids and Essential fatty acids – both GLA and linoleic acid.
A writer at Natural News claims that "Spirulina is so nutrient dense that you could survive on it and water alone."
Sounds good and I like the enthusiasm but there is not enough protein and the magnesium and I think the zinc levels are low. This is a superfood but it must be used as part of a whole diet and supplement programme and not instead of one!
Chlorella is another kind of microalgae included. It is very rich in chlorophyll which carries life force into the body that is vital for someone who is exhausted or toxic.
Very useful for us Detoxers.
Grasses- some of the initial enthusiasm for superfoods centered around barley grass. There is a whole list of cereal grasses here including wheat grass. So much so that I would recommend starting taking Green Vibrance with a lower than standard dose and working up to a scoop gradually!
Other than cereal there's broccoli, spinach, parsley and other gorgeous veggies that we should all take but often don't.
A whole section of sea veggies too – kelp, laver and others adds to the green power and importantly boosts the iodine level which is widely ignored and under supplied in our diets.
Lecithin from Soy is the third biggest ingredient by weight coming in at 750 mg.
Lecithin or to use the official name Phosphatidyl choline is a part of all cell walls and provides material to coat all nerves. Research has shown that soy lecithin has increased HDL cholesterol ( also called "good cholesterol") and lowered triglycerides.
Lecithin is another neglected superfood. Prebiotics come next and are a range of special foods that encourage the growth of good bacteria.
Antioxidants and circulatory support– this section has several powerful herbs including Ginkgo, Green Tea and Grape seed extract and Pomegranate with 40% Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is important, I've written about it in my book and will again here on the blog.
Antioxidants and Liver Support-notable mentions here of milk thistle, dandelion, Gentian and chicory Adaptogens. In Classical herbalism these were called, "Thinking Herbs" for their seeming ability to do the right thing whatever they may be to help heal the body.
Included here are Schisandra berry, Eleuthero coccus senticosus and Suma.
Immune Support–astragalus, arabinogalactan ( a new one to me) and beta glucan which is a special sugar with immune powers which may be important in fighting cancer.
Probiotic Blend- a super wide variety of friendly bacteria with 12 different cultures Several enzymes derived from the Aspergillus fungus or mould – to boost digestion of proteins, fats, starch and sugars
Skeletal support– good minimum dose of D3 (1000 iu) along with 3 mg of boron, an important mineral often ignored or supplied at tiny doses so all credit to them for a healthy dose of such a vital mineral
Tonics – Ginger root and Cayenne.
Lastly – for taste – freeze dried grape juice.
My goodness, what an enormously long list!
For a start there are hundreds of enthusiastic reviews by happy customers of Green Vibrance. In a way with such a long wish list of green superfoods, pre and probiotics and herbs you can't really go wrong.
The only questions for a prospective customer are will this suit me and is it worth the money?
The first question can only be answered with a suggestion to "try it and see if you want to know" and the second depends on your budget.
If you are only going to buy one health supplement I would not choose this one. I would go for the biggest cheapest deal on vitamin C I could get!
And then take 3 to 6 grams per day.
But if I had enough left over to try a jar of Green Vibrance I would definitely try it. You may not like the taste so be prepared to mix it with a juice such as apple or tomato. If you find it suits you then pop back here and let me know in the comment section below what you noticed in your health as you continued to take it
You can buy Green Vibrance from Vibrant Health direct or for a lower price from Amazon