About Athletic Greens
Athletic Greens is an all natural, whole food “premium superfood” mega-nutrient formula that’s claimed to help cover all the daily nutritional needs of active people by providing critical vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and co-factors. Because of this, Athletic Greens is claimed to cause “profound changes in health, energy, and performance,” including increased energy, superior health, boosted immunity, and increased happiness about your appearance.
Each 12-gram serving of Athletic Greens is claimed to contain up to 12 servings of fruits and vegetables, and to take less than 30 seconds to make. On top of this, Athletic Greens is claimed to be made from 75 different whole foods that were carefully formulated by doctors and nutritionists after 10+ years of research, in addition to enzymes, co-factors, adaptogens, prebiotics, probiotics, and more.
According to the company, Athletic Greens is made without artificial or GMO ingredients, peanuts, yeast, allergens, lactose, sucrose, and dextrose. In order to begin experiencing these benefits, the manufacturer recommends drinking a full serving of Athletic Greens once every morning.
Whether you’re active or not, you want to maximize your health, which can be difficult given all the demands of modern life. But can Athletic Greens help you obtain all the vitamins and nutrients you need for improved health, or are the product’s claims overblown? Consider the following:
What Ingredients Does Athletic Greens Contain?
Interestingly, despite telling us how wonderful and wholesome their ingredients are, the Athletic Greens website doesn’t actually tell us which ingredients are contained in their supplement. However, DietSpotlight listed the following for Athletic Greens:
Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K2, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium Picolinate, Organic Spirulina, Lecithin, Organic Apple Powder, Organic Inulin, Organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder, Organic Alfalfa Powder, Chlorella Powder, Organic Flaxseed Powder, Organic Barley Leaf Powder, Acerola Cherry Fruit Juice Powder Extract, Organic Broccoli, Organic Broccoli Flower Powder, Carica Papaya Powder, Natural Pineapple Fresh Fruit Concentrate, Policosinol, Organic Bilberry Fresh Extract, Rosehip Fruit Powder, Carrot Root Powder, Organic Spinach Leaf Powder, Cocoa Bean Polyphenol Extract, Grapeseed Extract, Green Tea Extract, Licorice Root Powder, Wolfberry Fruit Extract, Ginger Rhizome Powder, Slippery Elm Bark Powder, Kelp Whole Plant Powder, Alkaline Pea Protein Isolate, Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract, Globe Artichoke Extract, Citric Acid, Eleutherococcus Senticosus Root Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Beta Glucans, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Withania Somnifera Extract, Dandelion Root Extract, CoQ10, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Bromelain, Burdock Root Powder, Reishi Mushroom Powder, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Papaya, Broccoli, Cherry Powder, Carrot, Pineapple, Carob, Natural Vanilla.
While no amounts are listed for any of these ingredients, LiftingRevolution.com features full product label, including dosages:
Athletic Greens’ product label. Image courtesy of LiftingRevolution.com.
But will any of these ingredients make you healthier?
Are Athletic Greens’ Ingredients Effective?
Due to the significant length of Athletic Greens’ ingredients list, we won’t break down each one individually, like we do in most of our supplements reviews. However, as we mentioned in our Organifi Green Juice review, unless you’re severely nutrient-deficient due to eating habits, lifestyle choices, or a medical condition, it’s unlikely that any of the ingredients contained in Athletic Greens, whether taken individually or as part of the supplement, will provide measurable health benefits. And they almost certainly won’t provide “profound changes in health, energy, and performance.”
Keep Your Options Open
Finally, powdered green juice mixes are popping up all over the place lately, so you’ll have a wide variety from which to choose when it comes time to buy, including Aloha Green Juice and Organifi Green Juice. Because of this, you’ll definitely want to research all your options here at HighYa before you hand over your hard-earned money.
Are Customers Feeling Any Health Benefits From Athletic Greens?
SuperFoodDrinks.org noted that Athletic Greens tasted good and contained a well-rounded blend of ingredients, although they were surprised by its high price.
Several readers offered their feedback for Athletic Greens on PaleoHacks.com, and while more than one commented on its good taste and the increased energy they experienced, many more complained about the company’s free trial (more about this next).
Finally, DietPillsWatchdog noted that Athletic Greens (or any green superfoods drink) may visibly improve your health if you’re vitamin deficient (as we noted above), but that its high price, autoship program, and suggestion that “the supplement is an easy way to improve your dietary intake” left something to be desired.
Outside of these, most reviews we found for Athletic Greens were posted by affiliates, who often construct fake review websites in order to increase the commission they earn from each sale they refer (see here as an example).
Athletic Greens (USA) Inc. based out of Las Vegas, NV. The company is listed with the Better Business Bureau, although the company’s profile was being updated at the time of our research (3/13/15), so no ratings or complaints were available for viewing.
Athletic Greens Pricing & Refund Policy
Athletic Greens is available in 3 purchasing options:
- Single Supply (30 servings): $127
- Single Supply w/Loyalty Program Membership: $127
- Double Supply w/Loyalty Program Membership (60 servings): $177
Regardless of the option you choose, your order will also come with a $7.95 charge for S&H.
If you choose an Athletic Greens Loyalty Program option, this means you’ll be sent a Single or Double Supply once every 30 days, and your credit card will be billed $97 or $177, plus $7.95 S&H each time.
Important note: As we mentioned above, several customers complained about Athletic Greens’ trial program. Although there wasn’t a trial option available on the product’s website during our review, we typically recommend staying away from products sold through “free” trials, which is something we detailed in our article Think That Free Trial is a Good Idea? Why You Might be Gambling with Your Money.
All Athletic Greens purchases come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request a refund or to cancel your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 888-390-6049 for an RMA number.
Can Athletic Greens Maximize Your Health?
Chopping to the Point: In an ideal world, we would all get the essential vitamins and nutrients from the whole foods we eat, which is why doctors recommend it so strongly. But if you’re short on time, Athletic Greens could be the next best thing.
However, just because you’re getting the nutrition you need, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll experience the “profound” (or any at all) benefits claimed by Athletic Greens’ manufacturer. Because of this, only you can decide whether or not Athletic Greens’ high price is worth it, and whether or not you should explore similar options from other manufacturers.
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Feel 25 years younger
I took Athletic Greens for the first time in early 2013 and, by day four, could feel a significant change in my energy, my clarity of thought, and my digestion. I had always eaten well but had irritable bowel syndrome with chronic constipation, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age 45.
My first reaction to Athletic Greens was that it gagged me! I hated the sweetness in a green drink. After feeling its benefits, I worked to solve that by adding a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and using slightly more water, about 12-14 oz. I changed nothing else about my regimen at the time I started the Greens, and as far as I'm concerned, I have them to thank for no more irritable bowel symptoms EVER (I'm cured), and energy to work out regularly and think clearly. I'm 67 and feel like I'm 40!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
1 out 4 people found this review helpful
I feel the product is unsanitary
They ship from a warehouse in Pennsylvania via DHL. I am in Arizona, and it took 12 days to arrive.
It was summer, and I do not think it is safe to ingest the product at this point. I contacted support, and I feel like they don't care. I had to pay to ship it back, and I don't think they are in any hurry to issue the refund.
I worry when a company has poor service, especially with nutritional products.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
2 out 4 people found this review helpful
Great immune system booster
We have been taking Athletic Greens for several years now. I think we were one of the early customers. The most significant improvement has been avoiding the ills of flu season and colds in general. My husband, son, and I all use Athletic Greens for a boost. The taste is better than any other green boost we have tried.
We like to mix it with Melaleuca's Omega-3 Creme Delight Peach Mango Tango flavor. The price has increased significantly, which the company claims is due to ingredient price increases and maintaining a quality product. They offer good flexibility with auto-shipping, depending upon your needs.
I save money by ordering more less often, and was also able to postpone shipment during a period when I needed to. Their customer service has always been fantastic. I consider this product a valuable addition to my health arsenal. I also really appreciate the HighYa website.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend