I recently came across a green superfood powder from Ladder the brainchild of LeBron James and his trainer Mike Mancias. With the help of heavyweights like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lebron James, Lindsey Vonn, and Cindy Crawford, they developed a range of performance-based supplements.
Whilst the big names behind the brand are impressive, I wanted to know if Ladder Greens could compete with other top greens powders on the market.
These on the go greens come in handy-sized packets and are rich in vitamins and minerals, which is NSF Certified for Sport too.
Ladder greens is marketed as more than just your generic multi-vitamin, I am keen to see if the ingredients and science support this claim in more review of this celebrity-backed greens brand.
I tried over 40 brands: check out my best superfood powders round-up!)
Ladder Nutrition First Impressions
Ladder Nutrition was formed in 2018 as a subscription supplement brand that has Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James as its founders. Whilst it’s difficult to tell how much input the celebs have been involved in setting this up, what is clear is that the brand has resonated with consumers.
The focus is very much on producing workout supplements that are transparent and are NSF Certified for Sport, which makes it perfect for those heavily involved with sport and performance.
Apart from the Greens packets, the product line includes a pre-workout and a whey protein, all in the matte black packets.
You can buy bundles of these supplements to lessen the monthly cost; Essentials bundle, workout bundle, Protein + pre-workout bundle, Protein + greens bundle, Pre-workout + greens, sample bundle.
Ladder Greens Ingredients
It’s great to see that this greens powder is very much in the less is more camp. Each packet contains 7 main ingredients in an 8.8-gram serving and the label shows a full breakdown of each ingredient in the formula.
- Organic spirulina (2g)
- Matcha tea leaf (1g)
- Organic barley grass (1g)
- Spinach leaf (300mg)
- Rhodiola rosea extract (300mg)
- Beet root extract (150mg)
- Broccoli seed extract (130mg)
Here is the full breakdown of the ingredients with the Ladder Greens label, which shows the vitamins and minerals.
How does Ladder Greens Taste?
The packet of greens mix is easy to take with 8-12 ounces of water and taste-wise it’s not bad, to be honest.
You can certainly taste the matcha flavor. Unless you really object to Matcha then you should be fine with drinking Ladder Greens.
There is a small amount of caffeine in the Ladder greens formula within the Matcha tea leaf that can vary from 34 to about 68mg. This is less than the caffeine found in a small coffee, so unless you are very sensitive you should be fine.
So, it’s very unlikely there are unwanted side effects associated with this supplement. As always, if you are suffering from any medical condition and/or take prescription medication then it’s best to check before taking.
Do Ladder Greens Work?
There should be certainly a benefit to consistently taking Ladder Greens. With transparent labeling, we can see that the ingredient amounts are in the minimum effective dosages.
We know from looking at sites like Examine.com and Healthline.com the dosages needed for the most popular ingredients found in clinical studies.
A quick look at the main ingredients.
Spirulina has been shown to be effective in doses between 1-3 grams per day (Heathline), Ladder has 2 grams per serving.
Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to have performance-enhancing effects with dosages of between 200-300mg prior to exercise and for improving symptoms of stress, fatigue or depression is 400–600 mg in a single dose per day (Healthline).
Ladder Greens has 300mg of Rhodiola Rosea per serving, so taking this 1-2 hours before exercise could have a performance-enhancing effect.
A few of the ingredients are less precise with the minimum dosage required per day to trigger a performance or health perspective. However, there is enough evidence to support that some of the ingredients will have performance and potential health benefits.
Ladder Greens Reviews
The official website shows over 130 reviews at the time I wrote this post. As you would expect these are mostly 4 or 5-star favorable reviews.
Here is a selection of reviews from satisfied customers:
Superfood Greens have been an awesome addition to my morning protein shake! I actually feel more energized since using them. Shelly
Mix with a small amount of orange juice to mask the taste and the greens are a great supplement. Megan
Researching beyond Ladder I could find little negative feedback from customers just an article by NewHope that was critical of celebrity-backed supplements.
Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
All orders are supported by a 30-day money-back guarantee, you just need to reach out to their support team. Shipping, duties, and handling fees are nonrefundable though.
Where to buy Ladder Greens?
You can buy Ladder Greens from the official website here.
Is It Worth The Price?
You can buy in either one-off or subscription options in 15, 30, or 45 serving sizes.
I mostly look at the monthly cost, which would be $75 for the 30-servings option or $60 if you opt for the monthly subscription. This makes the monthly cost $2 – $2.50 per serving (per day) without any additional shipping costs (only apply to International customers).
They bundle their supplements too, which work out a lot cheaper than buying each individual supplement, ranging from $90 to $150 per month.
Customers in the US have free shipping otherwise International customers will pay shipping and taxes of $35 plus depending on your location.
I was pleasantly surprised by Ladder Greens. Most times I review a greens powder I am faced with proprietary blends or a sub-par ingredient formula, this is not the case here.
Instead of going for the wow factor Ladder Nutrition has focused on effective ingredients that have proven to help, packed with a range of vitamins and minerals.
It’s not a perfect supplement and I would almost forget about the celebrity endorsements but focus on the ingredient formula. The price is okay, palatable to consume, and similar to other good quality greens powders.
My Verdict is it’s worth trying Ladder Greens but if you’re looking for a supplement that packs slightly more greens punch then a brand like SuperGreen TONIK may be a good option too.
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 )