NanoGreens is another really great example of a green powder. They’ve got just about everything you could ask for from a green powder formula, minus probiotics, which isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. Their formula combines a variety of grasses, algae, herbal extracts, fruit and vegetables, using a proprietary process and formula for their phytonutrient fruit blend, which is great for people looking to add more antioxidants into their diet. NanoGreens also makes the interesting boast that they’re the number one doctor recommended brand of green powder. I have no way of verifying that, but it’s probably accurate, which is impressive. If you’re wondering when doctors every recommend a natural supplement like this, they sometimes will do so for patients undergoing chemotherapy or other difficult treatments that ravage the body and make it difficult to eat and get proper nutrition. A powder like this one helps a patient keep from being malnourished even when they aren’t able to eat as much as they should.
Some Notable Ingredients
- Green Tea Extract (50% Polyphenol) – This is something that you don’t see very often in other powders. Green tea is a powerful herbal extract that can help kick start the body’s fat burning action. The 50% polyphenol content is significant because it’s the polyphenols, also known as catechins that provide this benefit. In a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea extract was shown to kick start the thermogenic fat burning process in the body. 690 mg of polyphenols taken for 3 months was demonstrated to significantly decrease the subject’s total fat area. The reason for this is that the polyphenols found in green tea inhibit an certain enzyme known as catechol-O-methyltranferase, or COMT, which has been shown to degrade main fat-burning hormone of the body, norepinephrine.
- Phytonutrient Blend – Their proprietary phytonutrient blend is pretty impressive. It combines a wide variety of fruits and vegetables using a process that makes them more bio-available to the body, giving a person the most bang for their buck. A lot of the ingredients in a green powder formula are complex and difficult for the body to break down and digest. So having a proprietary process for making these ingredients more bio-available can be a really helpful thing.
The only two cons that I can see from this product are the fact that it doesn’t contain probiotics, which I like to have in a green powder, and it has what I consider to be a few fillers. I don’t like soy lecithin. It’s not really all that helpful of a compound and it’s cheap. This powder has 1250 mg of it, which is a lot. It also has 2500 mg of rice bran and 2500 mg of oat beta-glucan, which are pretty much just simple fiber. Together, these three compounds comprise half of the total serving, which to me seems like a lot, especially when it’s called a green powder, not a fiber powder. But most green powder formulas have a lot of fiber in them, and fiber is good to have in the diet anyway, so this isn’t a huge drawback. And overall, for the money, it’s hard to do much better than this powder.