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Athletic Greens Review

Athletic Greens (An Honest Tried and Tested Review)

Athletic Greens is the most popular greens powders and the first brand that caught my attention. I was intrigued at the prospect of getting all my greens and more in one easy to take a drink, literally the ultimate daily supplement.

With the best will in the world taking the right amount of veggies, vitamins and minerals, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics each day is never easy. This is what taking Athletic Greens superfood complex aims to resolve.

Packed with 75 whole food sourced ingredients, Athletic Greens breaks down the benefits of their powdered greens into four key areas; boosting energy levels, supporting recovery from exercise, improving the immune system, and digestion.

I was keen to see how Athletic Greens stacked up. I have been using it every day for the last 30 days, so here is my experience and Athletic Greens review.

Athletic greens my honest review

Athletic Greens Background

Athletic Greens is by far the most popular greens and been around for 10 years. They are keen to ensure their green superfood powder is the best formula and so continually tweak their formula (51 times so far!).

There are many athletes and personalities who support the brand, including the entrepreneur Tim Ferriss.

It’s easy to see why Athletic Greens is the leader in its field!

The Athletic Greens formula is Paleo, Keto, and vegan friendly because it’s gluten and dairy-free and has low allergen levels (less than 1g of sugar per serving).

Athletic Greens Ingredients

There are 75 ingredients in total in Athletic Greens, they claim this gives you the antioxidant equivalent of 12 servings of vegetables in one scoop.

Athletic Greens supplement label

There are some great ingredients in the formula but I am a little skeptical of the huge number ingredients listed in their whole food greens supplement. This is especially because having a serving size of 12g means that some ingredient amounts would likely be in low dosages. (See above).

At best there may be one or two ingredients with the amount at a very low level to have much if any of an effect. At worse it’s possible the ingredient amounts are too low all round to have much of an effect.

Either way, you need to be mindful that some under-dosing for some ingredients is likely with any formula that contains 50 plus ingredients or more in a 10/12 gram serving.

Although Athletic Greens is not organically certified it does contains some organic ingredients.

Let’s take a look at each of the proprietary blends:

Alkaline, Nutrient-Dense, Raw Superfood Complex (7388mg)

Organic spirulina, lecithin (95% phosphatides), organic apple powder, inulin (FOS prebiotics), organic wheatgrass juice powder (leaf), organic alfalfa powder (leaf), organic chlorella powder, organic barley leaf powder, acerola fruit juice powder extract (4:1), broccoli flower powder, papaya (Carica papaya) powder (fruit), pineapple fresh fruit concentrate (9:1), bilberry fruit extract (100:1), beetroot powder (fruit), rosehip (Rosa Canina) fruit powder (4:1), carrot root powder, spinach leaf powder, cocoa bean polyphenol extract, grapeseed extract (120:1), green tea leaf extract (10:1), licorice root powder, Lycium berry fruit extract (4:1), ginger rhizome powder, slippery elm bark powder, kelp whole plant powder.

Nutrient Dense Natural Extracts, Herbs, and Antioxidants (411mg)

Alkaline pea protein isolate, citrus bioflavonoids extract, artichoke extract (15:1), citric acid, rhodiola rosea root dry extract (15:1), Eleuthero (eleutherococcus senticosus) root extract (10:1), gotu kola extract (10:1), rosemary leaf extract (4:1), milk thistle seed extract (70:1), R,S alpha-lipoic acid, ashwaganda root extract (5:1), dandelion root dry extract (4:1), hawthorn berry root extract (10:1), beta glucans, policosanol, co-enzyme Q-10, stevia rebaudiana leaf powder.

Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex (154mg)

Astragalus root extract (4:1), bromelain (dietary enzyme), burdock root powder (4:1), reishi mushroom powder, shiitake mushroom powder, stevia.

Dairy Free Probiotics (38mg)

Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum.

[Ingredient profile correct as of October 2018]

How does Athletic Greens Taste?

Drinking Athletic Greens is super easy because it tastes pretty good. Sipping a glass is pleasant without the grassy or chalky taste of other green powder drinks.

I even rated Athletic Greens the best tasting greens powder in my taste testing round-up.

Althetic Greens Side Effects

I experienced no side effects with Athletic Greens powder in the morning drinking on an empty stomach.

This was to be expected though as there isn’t anything in this powder that should cause a problem. I stuck to the recommended one serving of approximately 12g in a glass of 200ml of water per day.

There are no stimulants or an excess of an ingredient that could cause unexpected side effects.

My Experience with Athletic Greens

I have purchased and tried Athletic Greens on two occasions.

The first time buying from Amazon (UK) in 2018 when it came it was surprisingly in a tub with the old Athletic looking branding. Checking the official United States website at the time showed Athletic Greens in a dark blue pouch instead of tubs.

It turns out that the company had recently rebranded (July 2018) to using the much better and more cleaner looking pouches to look more healthy lifestyle brands.

Athletic greens tub and pouch side by side

It’s not easy buying supplements to send to Malaysia, so the second time I purchased from the official USA website I had it shipped to me via a different company. This made it super expensive for me – I ended up paying $125 USD for one pouch that lasted just 30-days!

I was excited to be trying out Athletic Greens, and straight away I enjoyed the taste and experienced no side-effects. After consuming for one-month straight I didn’t notice any massive changes to my well-being or necessarily with my energy levels.

This could be that I need to drink it for longer to notice many benefits.

I did enjoy drinking this green superfood supplement, it’s refreshing and one of the best tasting greens brands on the market.

PROS

  • Contains 75 ingredients, including probiotics
  • Vegan friendly
  • Tastes great in water or smoothies
  • Popular with athletes

CONS

  • Proprietary blend, no full disclosure of ingredient amounts
  • Not the most affordable

Athletic Greens Benefits

Taking Athletic Greens is not going to give you superhuman strength overnight or even after a few weeks of taking it. So, understanding exactly how much healthier or vibrant you will be from taking Athletic Greens daily is hard to gauge.

Many of the ingredients in the formula are going to be tricky to consume in your average diet.

We know that by taking a greens power you’re going to consume way more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than just a multi-vitamin, even a blockbuster one!

The effectiveness of a greens powder is down to proper dosing and with so many ingredients in a serving it’s likely some ingredients are not in the right amounts.

So, the effectiveness comes down to the nutritional breakdown of the formula.

This is where I was a little disappointed with Athletic Greens.

Their lack of full transparent label and use of proprietary blends for most of the formula means it’s impossible to know precisely how much of each ingredient is present.

This is a big deal, it is for me and should be for you too.

Ingredients don’t just work because they are present in a formula, they need to be in the right amounts, e.g. proper effective dosages.

I am confident in the vitamin and mineral content as this is clearly stated on the label (700% daily dosage of Vitamin C, 300% daily dosage of Vitamin E, etc).

But that’s not the case with the Alkaline, Nutrient-Dense, Raw Superfood Complex or Nutrient Dense Natural Extracts, Herbs, and Antioxidants blends.

Reishi mushroomsOne simple example, the Reishi Mushroom powder in the “Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex” is certainly going to in my opinion too low.

One simple example, the Reishi Mushroom powder in the “Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex” is certainly under-dosed in my opinion.

Why?

Well the blend of six ingredients is only 154mg and according to Examine, Reishi needs to be consumed in quantities of 1.5g to 1.9g depending on the portion of the extract is used.

Another example is, it’s unclear from the label if the organic Chlorella is of the “cracked cell” variety. This is important as Chlorella is really hard to digest due to its tough cell wall, so if you don’t consume the “cracked wall/cell” variety the bioavailability (amount digested) would most likely very low.

This is why I like taking supplements that fully disclose their formula on their label, and was one of the main motivating factors behind me developing my own greens powder, SuperGreen TONIK.

The last word on gut health, having both probiotics and prebiotics present may not be as effective as suggested. This is because combining probiotics within a greens powder can make them inert and therefore of little use.

So, if you’re keen on the digestive health you may be best of buying a separate prebiotic/probiotic supplement.

Athletic Greens Reviews

I took a quick look online at reviews of Athletic Greens, this included their official website and Amazon.

As you would imagine the official site has glowing reviews, everyone rates the supplement a 4 or 5 stars. Common statements like “great product”, “pricey but worth it”, “drink Athletic Greens every morning”, “amazing flavor” etc etc.

Athletic Greens has a few famous brand ambassadors too such as Tim Ferriss who recommended it in his 4-Hour Body, Joe de Sena CEO, and Founder of the Spartan Race, Dagmara Wozniak, a Nike Athlete, and 2 x Olympic Fencing Team and 2016 Bronze Medalist.

Checking Amazon feedback can be a little less biased shows an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 822 reports when I wrote my review.

I took a quick look at the one-star ratings to see what negatives come up. Most of these consumer reviews reported “gastric problems”, “didn’t notice any difference”, “Ingredients are not worth 4x what similar products cost.” and “arrived with a hole in the bag”.

Interestingly a few customers reported they taste as having a “Very artificial flavor” and “tastes absolutely horrible and the aftertaste is even worse”. The funniest one being “It tastes like forest droppings and vanilla whey procreated with some lawn clippings thrown in” – just goes to show that taste is very personal!

Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy

There is a 60-day money-back guarantee but I found the information lacking on the site that outlines the conditions for this.

Reaching out to their support team they explained I could return my Athletic Greens within 60-days either opened or unopened.

Where to Buy Athletic Greens?

The most obvious choice is from the official website and of course from Amazon.com.

You can buy a one-off or monthly subscription of Athletic Greens and also go for their handy travel-sized pouches.

Out of all of the Super Greens, I have tried so far, Athletic Greens is on the high price end.

Athletic Greens Price: Is It Worth It?

Super greens at super high prices!

This is one of the most expensive greens powders around – certainly from the products I have seen. At $97 daily servings cost $3.23 with the subscription serving slightly better at $2.56 per day.

You should also consider that shipping will also be added to the overall cost, pushing the daily price to over $3.

If you’re on a budget then you’ll probably find this supplement a bit of a stretch and so may wish to check out other green superfood supplements.

Athletic Greens FAQs

Here are the most popular frequently asked questions about Athletic Greens ultimate daily supplement.

Is Athletic Greens a meal replacement?

Athletic Greens is not meant to be used as a meal replacement. There is no reason why you can’t include your serving within a meal replacement shake though. You may need to experiment to see what works best in terms of flavor though.

Are Athletic Greens safe?

Yes for most consumers it will be 100% safe as long as you take in the recommended dosage. There is a caveat here though as we don’t know the exact breakdown of the ingredients in the proprietary blend, so if you have a particular allergy or sensitivity to any ingredients then you may need to choose an alternative.

Is Athletic Greens keto and vegan friendly?

The formula is 100% keto and vegan friendly. Each 12g serving contains less than 1 gram of sugar and so if you’re following a strict keto diet (e.g. less than 20 grams of carbs per day) then you won’t be consuming many carbs with each dosage of Athletic Greens.

Can I easily cancel my Athletic Greens subscription?

The cheapest way to buy Athletic Greens is via their monthly subscription plan. Many consumers are concerned with auto-billing subscriptions but Athletic Greens makes it easy to cancel with a “click of a button”. The company is reputable and so I am confident of their customer service team.

My Final Verdict

Athletic greens pouch review

I am a fan of Athletic Greens, the company focus on ingredients and not on overhyped marketing.

The greens powder is easy to mix and it tastes great, but I do have some reservations though.

The formula uses proprietary blends that means we don’t get to see how each ingredient is dosed. Without a fully transparent label and ingredient list, we don’t get to see if the correct dosages are within the formula.

With the focus on so many ingredients in the formula, there will certainly be sacrifices in some ingredient amounts. Ultimately this means some ingredients will be less effective.

To pay out nearly $100 for a monthly supplement you want to know exactly what you’re consuming and to be confident the dosages are sufficient.

So, even though I am a fan of the taste Athletic Greens powder doesn’t do it for me and was why I started my search for the ultimate greens powder.

Adam Author

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I have a First Class Honours degree in Sports Science from Brighton University, specialising in exercise physiology and nutrition. In my youth I was a competitive Triathlete and long-distance runner placing top 10 in most triathlon races I completed.

Since suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I moved into web development, after a couple of years I then moved onto developing a number of online businesses. I've recently taken a sabbatical and I'm now looking to make big changes in my life, hopefully this may resonate with you - join me in my journey!

26 comments

  1. I found your article about Athletic greens very interesting. I wondered if you have found a great green super drink that lives up to your expectations. Please send me info about it. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Beth for taking to comment here and I am happy you found the article interesting.

      Athletic greens is one of my favorite super greens I have tried, I really like the taste and the company behind it.

      I am still reviewing a few products and so more will be available soon. So, please keep checking back.

      Have a great day

      Adam

    2. Athletic Greens launched in 2010 and quickly grew into one of the best known green superfood powders on the market; if you spend time as much time reading content from internet fitness gurus as we do, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of them or even read an Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily review. The product is particularly well known for being the favorite supplement of entrepreneur god-king Tim Ferriss who has called it his “all-in-one nutritional insurance.” It describes itself as such on the packaging itself, saying it supports energy, immunity, gut health, liver function, hormone function, brain function, and the body’s natural detoxification process. Phew.

    3. This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want?HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

    4. So what s the takeaway from this Athletic Greens review? This is one of the most nutrient-dense greens powders I’ve tried. It’s not crazy high in minerals like calcium and magnesium, so this shouldn’t replace green vegetables in your diet, but it’s super high in vitamins, seems to contain plenty of antioxidants, and could well have a big impact on digestive health.

  2. I love this article too,, I am keen to try one but I’m not sure. Please let me no when you find out more about the best one for money and real benefits. Thanks

  3. Thank you for the extensive review!
    I was really interested but your analyses strengthened my doubts about this supplement being any different than the millions of others.
    Besides, there are more and more clinical studies (a nice blog by Dr. Francis Collins at https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2019/04/16/study-finds-no-benefit-for-dietary-supplements/) not only showing that there are no benefits but actually detrimental effects for your health from taking supplements (including increased risk for cancer). If even the NIH director say “for God’s sake just eat your vegetables!” I think that is worth considering… I think I’ll just drop the fantasy of a healthy diet pill and go back to the old-fashioned way.

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  5. This is my second month trying Athletic Greens, and I have noticed a big difference in my energy level, but more so, my sleep!! I am a very energetic person and I noticed a huge increase in my energy level, but the sleep was the best!!

  6. I have been using Athletic Greens for most of the year now.
    Maybe I washed my hands more lately, but I did make it through the year without a cold, normally I do catch something. My wife and son had their regular colds. I am 54 and try and exercise 2 – 3 times a week, definitely not a high end gym rat.
    I did loosen up a bit when I poop and seem to get a little gassy, so I take this after dinner and it is not a problem during the day.
    Like others I should eat or drink way more fruits and veggies, but…..
    I had colon cancer two years ago and this kind of makes my DR happier.
    Wish Cinnabons was a health food 😉
    Taste is neutral to me, not great but not terrible. If I am hungry, I could probably eat a dirt sandwich, so I am not a good reference on that part.
    I do like the lack of effort required to mix it up. I just throw in a scoop and gradually add water and swirl it around for a few.

    Anyway, my two cents. I will read about your product and might even give a shot. My wife would love it if I spent less !!

    1. Hi Michael,
      Thanks for the feedback. I am a fan of this too and so good to hear from other consumers who like it. For me though the downside is not knowing the exact ingredients inside. This may not be an issue for most people but for me I want to know what I am taking to be sure its really enough.
      Have a great weekend!
      Adam

    1. That’s okay Jeff, I value your feedback. To be transparent with you, I am a fan of several greens powders of which Athletic Greens is one of them. I have tried this for one-month and believe it’s a great product but there are some minor negatives, which is why I went ahead to develop my own.

  7. Thank for the good review. I too can’t reconcile that all those ingredients in the one scoop can hold an adequate amount of nutrients.
    I had been using Athletic Greens for a while following their advice to take it on an empty stomach. After a short while this caused terrible burning in my stomach so stopped taking the AG until things cleared up. I now mix it in my morning smoothie and it’s all good, except for the taste. I find it smells of candy and when mixed with my smoothie it completely dominates the flavour of it. Thank goodness it’s not sweetened.
    I do find it very expensive especially here in Canada and will probably not order it again.

  8. Hi Hacker Guy!

    I am a blogger and did some research on your article about this product. My niche is in the physiology of nutrition. After making the point about nutritional balance in ingredients (good point) make a lot of sense. Not one size fits all! Thank you for your review. If you need an editor or proofreader contact me!;-)

    1. Hi Janet,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment here and the offer of editing/proof reading. I do spot a number of errors when I look back over my content, so I may well reach out to you.
      Adam

  9. “This is one of the most expensive greens powders around – certainly from the products I have seen. At $97 (£84) from a daily serving costs $3.23 (£2.80) which is the cost of your latte from a well known coffee company!!).”

    I’m confused by your criticism of Athletic Greens price point. Your starter tub is $12 more that AG’s starter pouch ($77 vs, $89) and at regular price, is $8 less ($97 vs. $89). I wonder if you could speak to this?
    Thanks,
    -ashley

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      I can understand your point of view however this is slightly inaccurate for the following reasons:
      1) Supergreen Tonik includes free shipping versus Athletic greens charges for shipping
      2) Purchasing the bundle options of SuperGreen tonik drops the price considerably to around $60 per tub and again with free USA shipping.
      This drops the per serving cost to almost $2 per day for Supergreen Tonik. In addition there is a one-year money-back guarantee that is pretty much one of the only greens powders that offers this. We can do this because our customers love the product and see the value for their health.
      Hope this clarifies for you. I will put together a side by side comparison to make this easier to see, so that my visitors can make their informed decision.
      Have a great day.
      Adam

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