I was recently asked by a blog visitor what I thought about Primal Greens from Primal Harvest. They had just bought it and did some quick research and wanted to know if I had reviewed it.
I hadn’t and so thought why not take a closer look.
There are so many greens powders on the market that I hadn’t heard of this one before.
Initially first searching for the brand in google I kept seeing another supplement Primal Plants, which I have reviewed previously, this is more well known.
For transparency purposes I should highlight that I have yet to buy Primal Greens but wanted to review it first as I was kindly asked to.
Does Primal Greens have enough superfoods to pack a punch to fill the nutritional gaps in your diet? Read on and make an informed choice and feel free to leave comments.
Primal Greens promote there superfood supplement to be an all round health solution, which according them has six core benefits. These include:
Primal Greens Benefits
- Packed with vitamins/mineral for aiding energy production
- Natural body detox
- Contains chlorophyll for supporting strong immune system
- Green Tea to naturally aid in boosting your metabolic rate
- Inclusion of Maitake, Reishi and Shiitake mushrooms can help focus and concentration
- Amino acids to help promote health hair and nails
Some impressive claims here by the manufacturers Primal Harvest. If this greens drink supplement does all this then it could well live up to their claims of being the “ultimate superfood greens blend”.
I do have some reservations though based on initial glances at the nutritional facts on the label though. I delve into this more further down in my review.
Background on Primal Harvest LLC
Primal Harvest LLC is based in the USA with their headquarters based in Brooklyn, New York, and have been trading since 2018.
Primal Greens is one of seven supplements that they currently manufacture. Other supplements in the range include; primal multivitamins, primal tumeric, primal collagen, primal keto collagen, primal probiotics, and primal omega-3s.
They focus on producing supplements to support health and wellness and are advocates of the philosophy of “supplements before pharmaceuticals”.
It’s great to read that all their supplements undergo strict lab testing before and after bottling and are certified either by NSF, TGA or UL.
Primal Greens Ingredients
The Primal Greens formula claims to be the most complete greens drink on the market but at such a tiny serving size of just 4.4 grams I have my doubts!
Other than a few vitamins and minerals there are 4 proprietary blends in the formula. Using a proprietary blend means we don’t get to see the individual ingredient amounts, this practice I really dislike and was one of the reasons I decided to create my own greens supplement.
In the Superfood, antioxidant and mushroom blend there are 37 individual ingredients in a relatively small serving size of 2.6 grams (check the label).
For so many ingredients this is surprisingly small, and so my immediate reaction is – wow they must be in such tiny amounts.
The nutrient dense natural herbs and extracts blend is smaller at 1.2 grams and contains 12 ingredients. Again the size of the blend doesn’t give much room for each ingredient amount.
There is also a prebiotic fiber and digestive enzyme blend at 384mg, which is also is a small amoung.
The last proprietary blend is a probiotic blend of three probiotics amounting to 3.5 billion CFUs. I talk about the pros and cons of probiotics in greens powders in another article.
I believe the benefits of including probiotics in a formula with so many other ingredients to be questionable. The reason being that the bioavailability of probiotics is fragile and including with many ingredients can lessen the impact to be point of being simply label dressing – basically looks great for the label but has minimal to no impact for your gut health.
How does Primal Greens Taste?
The recommendation is to drink one or two servings of Primal Greens per day, which you can place into your favourite hot or cold beverage. A small note here, I am not sure you would want to put the serving into hot drinks as this may affect the bioavailability of some vitamins or minerals.
In terms of taste, I haven’t tried it yet but feedback looks to be good is good with one customer saying “Exactly the taste and results I’m looking for. Not too sweet not too bitter!”.
Primal Greens side effects
This greens supplement is intended for use by healthy adults over 18 years old and so if you have any pre-existing medical condition or take medication then you should consult your doctor before trying.
Otherwise it’s unlikely you’ll suffer from any negative side effects from taking Primal Greens.
Does Primal Greens actually work?
My concern with this greens blend is the number of ingredients in the main superfood, antioxidant and mushroom blend – 37 ingredients in total.
Considering that if the amounts were equal this would mean each ingredient is included in 70mg, which for many of these ingredients would be totally inadequate. Of course, each ingredient in the formula wouldn’t be in the same quantity, but then again we DO NOT KNOW because they are hidden in the proprietary blend.
There are some good ingredients in the blends. Some favourites include Ashwagandha root, Ginger root etc. But these are in too small amounts to really have much effect.
For example, the research on Ashwagandha root shows you need between 300-500mg per day to have noticeably effects (see Examine). There is DEFINITELY not going to be this amount in Primal Greens in one serving, or two servings for that matter!
20% Sugar Content
Checking over the carb/sugar content of each serving I was surprised to see that for each 4.4 gram serving of Primal Greens that 0.9 grams are sugar.
This means that 20% of each serving is sugar!!! YIKES.
Primal Greens customer reviews
I can only find customer testimonials on the official website, here are a few:
My experence has been great. My belly bloat is gone, I’ve lost over 7lbs and my Lupus brain fog is gone. I am a life long customer.