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Athletic Greens Review

Athletic Greens (An Honest Tried and Tested Review)

My Athletic greens reviewI was really keen to try Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily powder as it this was one of the first greens powders I noticed. It got my attention as it promised to be literally the ultimate daily all in one supplement.

It’s not easy buying supplements to send to Malaysia, so I purchased in the USA and had it shipped to me via a different company. This makes it super expensive – I ended up paying $125 USD for one pouch lasting 30-days!

Athletic Greens a “real and genuine review” – For those of you that don’t know, most online supplement reviews are done by hashing together information from other sites and if you’re lucky from Amazon user feedback. In order to break the mould, I have been using the Athletic Greens that I bought for the last 7 days.

You can see pictures of my Athletic Greens pouch in this review as proof that I at least own it. A bit of advice when reading other Athletic Green reviews be sure you’re reading a genuine review and not a regurgitated one at best or worse simply a made up one!

How do you spot a genuine Athletic Greens review?

A very simple indicator is the use of stock images of the tubs or pouches are being used for the review, this suggests the product hasn’t been purchased. A superficial review is still possible though but it will be very limited.

So after that, sit back with your coffee and enjoy my experience and honest review of the most popular Greens superfood powders on the market..

First Impressions

I have actually purchased Athletic Greens twice. The first time from Amazon UK and it came in a tub, which was surprising as the official website shows a dark blue pouch. But checking the official website I can see Athletic Greens have recently rebranded and it seems part of this was a change too pouches instead of tubs.

Athletic greens tub and pouch side by side

It’s likely that Athletic Greens have simply forgotten to update their artwork on their Amazon listing so don’t be phased if you receive a tub. You shouldn’t worry the ingredient quantity is the same size for the tub and for the pouch.

I did some digging into the Athletic Greens rebranding and can see from press releases in July 2018 explaining the reasons why. It appears they are re-positioning their Super Greens from a celebrity/athlete brand, to a healthy lifestyle brand for anyone to use.

The logo has been simplified and is meant to represent a glass of water, and to convey a more holistic view of health and happiness, and their logo does remind me a little of a UK brand called Bulk Powders.

I have to say I quite like their new branding it looks more mature and is much cleaner than before.

Background on Athletic Greens

According to their website, Athletic Greens has been on the market for over 10 years now. During this time the formula has been tweaked to improve its efficacy 51 times in its lifespan with the help of researchers and nutritionists.

It’s great to know they are keen to improve their product.

What this does mean though is that past Athletic Greens reviews may be a little out of date – so if you’re doing your due diligence check not only that a proper review was conducted but when too.

Athletic Greens are manufactured in New Zealand, the formula is Gluten and dairy free and has low allergen levels with less than 1g of sugar per serving. This means that according to Athletic Greens the formula is Paleo, Keto and vegan friendly.

The Athletic Greens team have partnered with two charities “Marys Meals” and “Urban Light”, both of which focus on providing meals to the poorest children around the World.

However, when you look at this, I like a couple of other people assumed the company donated part of their sales to these charities, but it seems all they do is allow you to make a donation when you make a purchase. I don’t want to knock anything that helps a charity, but it does sound a bit cheap to me, you should make your own mind up on this, is it a top effort or cynical exploitation?

Athletic Greens Travel Pack

Athletic Greens is also available in convenient travel sachet packs. Instead of having a carry around a large tub or pouch you can simply grab a few 12g sachets of the powder for your travels [see picture].

Athletic Greens Travel Sachets

I have to say. this is a great option, but you will pay another $10 for the privilege and when you considering the rather hefty upsell is it worth it – YOU could of course just pack your own into a small re-sealable plastic bag.

[If you still keen to try the Travel Packs – see Amazon product listing here]

Athletic Greens Ingredients

One really good thing about Athletic Greens is they don’t scrimp on ingredient quantity, which is a complaint of many supplements. When you look at the Athletic Greens supplement label (see below).

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. There are six organic ingredients in the formula, so Athletic Greens isn’t an organic certified supplement

Athletic Greens supplement label

Considering the large number of ingredients used in this Super Greens and the serving size of 12g I immediately suspected that some ingredient amounts would be insufficient. (See above)

At best there maybe one or two ingredients with the amount at a very low level to have much, if any of an affect. At worse it’s possible the ingredient amounts are too low all round to have much of an affect. Either way this doesn’t bode well for Athletic Greens providing sufficient ingredient amounts for a health benefit.

Our board of nutrition experts regularly reviews and updates our formula to ensure it’s backed by current research.” The Athletic Greens website

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 prebiotices), 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), beet root powder (fruit), rose hip (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?

Athletic Greens are tastyAthletic Greens taste pretty good to be honest.

When I first opened the tub I thought, it smells okay but I bet it’s not great to taste. I was therefore pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the drink, it was very easy to drink and didn’t leave any bitter after taste.

I even looked forward to having my Athletic Greens drink first thing in the morning. So if you’re like me, you aren’t going to struggle drinking Athletic Greens every day that’s for sure!

Side Effects

I experienced no side effects whilst taking Athletic Greens powder in the morning.

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.

Do Athletic Greens Work?

So Athletic Greens taste great, they had no side effects for me – and having taken Athletic Greens for the last 7 days clearly it’s highly unlikely that I am going to notice any changes, Psychologically it’s a nice drink to have first thing in the morning and reassuring to know I am got my daily micros sorted.

Whilst proprietary blends aren’t an issue, they can be if you don’t know the amounts, sadly Athletic Greens don’t give an indication of quantities. SO I do have to ask, are there enough of each ingredient highlighted in proper scientific studies to support the claims they make?

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

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.

To be somewhat blunt, there is no evidence from either clinical testing or otherwise showing that by taking Athletic Greens will make you healthier, boost performance in fact in any way.

That said… this is the elephant in the room for ALL Super Greens (well 99% of nutritional supplements) to be fair.

Taking a Super Green is like a “health insurance” of sorts, in that its ensuring you have the minimum daily micronutrients that are crucial for health and optimal body functioning.

As I mentioned in my Super Greens article, if you have the time and commitment then buying fresh produce daily and juicing is the best way to get your micronutrients. Few of us, certainly me, have the will or time to do this though. So a good, reliable over the counter supplement is the next best thing.

Athletic Greens Customer 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 (which must be out of 5). Common reports are “great product”, “pricey but worth it”, “drink Athletic Greens every morning”, “amazing flavour” 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.

Athletic Greens Ambassadors

Checking Amazon where feedback is a little less biased shows an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 822 reports at the time of writing this post.

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”.

The last point is a reason as to why I am not a fan of the pouches. They just seem like they break more easily than a tub.

Interestingly a few customers reported the taste as having a “Very artificial flavour” 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

Reading the official website shows there is a 60-day money-back guarantee. I could not find any information on the site to confirm the conditions for this though.

I contacted support in the end to see if you can return opened pouches / tubs.

After 36 hours customer support got back in touch explaining I could return my Athletic Greens within 60-days either opened or unopened. This is great but it’s not entirely clear on the website this is the case!

Where to Buy Athletic Greens?

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

There are two ways to give Athletic Greens a try, firstly via what they call their “Trial Pack” (or single purchase option) for a one-time cost of $97 (or £84 through Amazon).

The one-off cost is expensive and unsurprisingly you can save 21% by subscribing and a 30-day supply of Athletic Greens shipped each month. This will set you back $77 per month. According to the website you can cancel your subscription at any time – although I didn’t try this option.

There is another subscription option available, what they call “Double Hit”, where you can get two daily servings (basically two pouches) for $147 per month – giving you a 24% discount from the one-off purchase.

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

Is It Worth The Price?

Super Greens as super high prices!

This is one of the most expensive Super Greens 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!!).

Whilst you can buy Athletic Greens cheaper directly from their online store it’s still a premium priced supplement so it’s fair to say it won’t win the cheapest powder on the market prize..

If you’re on a budget then you’ll probably wish to skip this supplement and check out other Super Green 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 mean’t 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 make it easy to cancel with a “click of a button”. The company is reputable and so I am confident of their customer service team.

The Bottom Line

Athletic greens pouch on my tableTaking Athletic Greens will help you get your daily micronutrients and at least top up other nutrients beneficial for health. Moreover, it’s easy to make and and it’s pleasant to drink.

HOWEVER, the use of four proprietary blends for the majority of the ingredients means I’m really not 100% confident about the quantity of ingredients in each serving. This is especially important because we know dosage is vital for effectiveness, which throws this supplement into a little doubt.

When it comes to supplements we should keep in mind it’s not the number of ingredients that matters, but the quantities that count. This is why I like green powder alternatives like SuperGreen TONIK (my supplement) or Green Vibrance.

Athletic Greens is a safe product albeit expensive. It’s a great tasting all round Super Greens but take note it may not contain enough of each ingredient to work.

So this particular Greens powder doesn’t do it for me and I’m going to keep up my search for a greens brand that ticks all my requirements.

Adam Author

About the LifeHacker Guy

Hi, I'm Adam the founder of the LifeHacker Guy.

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!

23 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 a believe it’s a good 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!;-)

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