Ergogenics is a supplement brand that specializes in creating plant-based supplements, and the Whole Greens formula is one of the brand’s best selling products.
The formula contains a potent selection of algae, vegetables, grasses, and tea extracts.
Ergogenics claims that the formula will boost the immune system, aid the digestive system, and protect the body against disease and illness. It also claims that the formula contains burning compounds and vitamins and minerals that are essential to healing the body.
I’m keen to take a closer into this formula and see if the facts actually back up the claims that Ergogenics make about it because, on initial glance, it looks impressive. So, let’s jump straight in and review the Whole Greens formula by Ergogenics below.
First Impression of Ergogenics Whole Greens
My first impression of the product and the brand is good but it’s not extraordinary. The branding on the product itself is eye-catching and gripping, but from an informative perspective, there’s not that much detail about the product.
It would’ve been nice to see some explanation about the ingredients and the benefits that derive from them, especially for a consumer that isn’t well versed in nutrition or super greens formulas.
The brand produces three other products – Liquid Adrenaline Energy, Plant Protein + Greens, and Hydro CBD water. It also produces a brand T-shirt and a shaker.
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing that the brand has decided to keep the product range small, as long as what it does produce it does well.
A nice touch that the brand has it that it sponsors a selection of athletes, from pro skateboarder Spencer Hamilton to bodybuilder Terrance Kosikar. This allows the brand to gain exposure from the athlete’s followers and fans, which is a smart move.
Background on Ergogenics
Ergogenics is a Canadian brand and was founded in 2006 by Ricky Mehta, a keen snowboarder, and hiker that was determined to make a positive change in the supplement world.
With an education in the field of nutrition and has worked at a health and wellbeing store when he was younger, Mehta was able to use all of his previous knowledge and create supplements that really please the people.
Every Ergogenics formula is created with plant-based ingredients, with Mehta standing by the fact a vegan diet is not only the healthiest choice for our bodies, but it saves the world at the same time.
This is certainly something I can appreciate, and with vegan and vegetarian diets becoming much more common, this brand is only going to grow.
Ergogenics Whole Greens Ingredients
Ergogenics recommends a serving size of 4g, or one teaspoon, taken once or twice a day.
This is quite a small serving size in comparison to other super greens brands on the market, and it makes me worried that there’s not going to be enough nutrition in one serving, hence the reason the brand says to take it twice a day.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients list before making any assumptions.
The Whole Greens formula contains 17 main ingredients, and amazingly there are no proprietary blends! The amount of each ingredient within the formula is shown, and the amounts of each vitamin and mineral present are also shown.
This is really great news for the consumer because they can see how much of each ingredient they’re consuming.
Every ingredient within the formula is organic, but it doesn’t have USDA certification which seems a shame.
- Sea Vegetable Blend – Organic Spirulina (750mg), Organic Chlorella (375mg), Organic Wakame (188mg), Organic Irish Sea Moss (100mg), Organic Rockweed (100mg), Organic Bladderwrack (100mg), Organic Dulse (100mg), Organic Sea Lettuce (100mg)
- Land Vegetable Blend – Organic Moringa (500mg), Organic Kale (375mg), Organic Broccoli Floret (188mg), Organic Cabbage (188mg), Organic Spinach(188mg), Organic Alfalfa (188mg)
- Tea & Grass Blend – Organic Matcha Tea (188mg), Organic Barley Grass Juice (188mg), Organic Wheat Grass Juice (188mg)
All of the ingredients within the formula are freeze-dried raw to ensure the highest concentration of nutrients is present in the formula. The formula is also non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, and of course, vegan and vegetarian friendly.
How does Ergogenics Whole Greens Taste?
This formula isn’t flavored at all, so it does have that pretty grassy super greens taste to it. However, it’s not overpowering and the formula mixes well.
The taste wouldn’t be overwhelming for someone that takes super greens frequently, but for someone that’s never taken a super greens formula before it could be.
The brand also produces this formula in capsules that contain the same ingredients, so if you weren’t keen on the flavor, you could choose to purchase the capsules. However, the recommended serving size for the capsules is 9 capsules per day, which is a substantial amount, meaning each capsule on its own isn’t very nutritious.
There are no side effects warnings on the product, and you shouldn’t experience any adverse effects when consuming this formula.
However, as always, if you’re under 18, pregnant, or breastfeeding you should consult a doctor before consuming.
Does Ergogenics Whole Greens Work?
Although the brand is incredibly transparent with the amount of each ingredient within the formula, I am concerned about the amounts in relation to daily recommended doses. For most ingredients, the amounts are sufficient, and therefore benefits will be derived from the formula.
For example, the amount of Spirulina is 750mg (0.75g), and the daily recommended amount is between 1-3g (Heathline), so if you’re taking this formula twice a day, you should have 1.5g, which is sufficient.
However, for the seven ingredients that have 188 mg, they might not actually be benefitting the consumer. 188mg is such a small amount that my concern is that those ingredients are simply added in there to fill the formula and make it look impressive at first glance.
So, the bottom line is that a lot of the ingredients in the formula will work and provide benefits for the consumer, but others simply don’t have big enough amounts within the formula to work.
Ergogenics Whole Greens Reviews
Taking a look at Amazon at customer reviews, the formula scores 4.6 stars out of 5 overall.
However, there are only 7 reviews.
Even if we look on the Ergogenics website there are only 3 reviews for this formula.
Nonetheless, let’s take a look selection of the reviews:
This greens powder is definitely an acquired taste but when taken daily it grows on you. dissolves well in water and doesn’t leave that sugary aftertaste a lot of greens powders leave. I would highly recommend this product if you are wanting a high-quality product with a lot of nutrition and an ‘earthy’ more natural tasting greens powder.5-star review
Great value for the price paid – comes with everything you need in one scoop.5-star review
Have to add to a fruit smoothie. Taste is pretty seaweedy3-star review
Money-Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
Ergogenics doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee. 🙁
However, the brand will issue a refund if the product is returned unopened within 30 days of purchase. If the product is being refunded due to an error the brand made, it will cover the cost of shipping the product.
Where to buy Ergogenics Whole Greens?
Is It Worth The Price?
This formula is sold in different size tubs, and therefore the price changes depending on what you want to purchase.
It’s about to get a little confusing, but please stick with me here and I will try and summarize!
For example, the capsule tubs containing 360 capsules cost $42.99. If you’re going to the recommended serving of 9 capsules per day, this will provide 40 days worth of servings. This works out at a cost per serving of $1.07.
A 210g tub of the formula costs $44.99. The recommended serving size is 4g, but it can be taken either once or twice a day, and this is where the consumer runs into some confusion.
On this tub, it says there are 105 servings, but the tub contains the only 210g, and for 105 servings to be available at 4g per serving it would need to be 420g. This doesn’t make the brand look as transparent as it could.
The brand is seeming to say that if you were to take it once a day you should be taking 2g, which works out at 105 servings. However, if you were to consume 4g per day (recommended), it would last 52.5 days.
Going with the recommended serving size of 4g, this cost per serving is $0.86.
A 420g tub costs $69.99. This would provide the 105 servings, and therefore this works out at a cost per serving of $0.66.
I think that the brand has had some confusion with using the same ingredients label on all of the tubs, at least that’s what shows on the website. However, this is a really cost-effective formula and is definitely at the low-cost end of the super greens market.
I feel very middle of the road about this formula.
I think it’s great that the brand is transparent when it comes to the amount of each ingredient in the formula, the actual ingredients used are potent and it’s sold at a low cost.
However, I find it concerning that the brand can’t properly articulate what they mean in terms of the recommended serving size. Without looking closely, the consumer won’t be able to figure out whether the 4g is the recommended serving size that’s to be taken twice a day or whether that’s the maximum amount they should take, so it’s 2g twice a day.
Overall, I think the brand has all the right ideas (apart from the money-back guarantee) with this formula but isn’t executing it all well enough for me to recommend it, unfortunately.
LifeHacker Guy Greens Recommendation
Please give me a few moments to shamelessly introduce my brand, SuperGreen TONIK.
I have researched a lot (and I mean a lot) of super greens out there but was disappointed with most of the ones I tried.
So, I went out and created my own with the help of a USA manufacturer because I wanted to ensure I got all my veggie goodness in the right amounts, and of course within a no-fuss single serving each day.
None of the other brands offered that.
Its the best out there (of course I would say that about my own), but let me tell you why...
- No hidden ingredient amounts - we have full disclosure labelling, so you know EXACTLY whats inside
- Sufficient ingredient amounts to make a difference - we include at least (if not more of) the minimum effective amounts supported by research
- Ingredients that also could boost mental clarity and shake off brain fog - to boost my at work and home
After many months I finally got a greens formula that fuels my body and mind for the day ahead.
But please dont JUST take my word for it, make up your own decision by checking out my review. (I TRY BE BE AS UNBIASED AS POSSIBLE )