May252011

Greens Gold Review

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Greens Gold Review

Greens Gold is a green powder that basically supplements all of your various fruits and vegetables.  One serving of their formula equals 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and also has 70 vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  That sounds pretty good.  This is another one of your meat and potatoes varieties of green powder.  There are no probiotics in their formula, no algae like Chlorella or Spirulina, and no herbal blend.  However, the good thing about this green powder formula is that it’s on a pretty amazing sale right now.  Right now, a nearly 12 ounce bottle is on sale for less than $20, down from $50.  That’s pretty good.  If you’re new to the world of green powders, or are looking for ways to boost your consumption of fruits and vegetables, then this formula is definitely a good candidate for you. If however, you’re looking for a bit more from a green powder formula, things like digestive support, algae, and herbal wellness blends, then you may want to look elsewhere.  That’s the only reason why we gave this powder 3 out of 5 stars.  It has everything the body needs, nothing more, nothing less.

ORAC Value

This formula has a very high ORAC value, at 10,000 ORAC per serving.  ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which is basically a fancy way of describing how many antioxidants are present in the powder.  10,000 ORAC is difficult to beat, and we don’t often come across a formula with such a high value.  So if antioxidants are something you’d like to have more of in your diet, then definitely consider this powder, especially right now while it’s on such a good sale.

Bio-Availability

Bio-Availability is one of those buzz words in modern culture.  It basically stands for how easy a compound is to be digested and absorbed by the body.  Many plant products are difficult to absorb, containing a lot of fiber, which is known as indigestible plant matter.  In many green powder formulas, they have digestive support like enzymes and probiotics to help boost the digestive tract in order that all of the rest of the nutrients in the formula be absorbed and used by the body.  When a formula doesn’t have that extra boost in digestive support, it’s tough to give it all 5 out of 5 stars.

Apr232011

Berry Green Powder

Berry Green Powder Review -- An average green powder

 

 

 

 

 

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Berry Green Review

Berry Green formula has what we consider to be an average list of ingredients.  If it weren’t as expensive as the leading brands, it might be something we’d consider as a great green powder, but it’s just as expensive as Green Vibrance and Miracle Vibrance, and has a much less impressive list of ingredients than either.  That’s why this green powder got only 3 stars for both completeness and cost.  Don’t get us wrong, Berry Green is definitely a very healthy powder, but the purpose of this website is to compare different green powders and try and give you the best bang for your buck.  A few key differences.  Berry Greens has probiotic cultures in its formula, but only has 1 billion cultures per serving.  That may sound like a lot but not really when compared with Green Vibrance which has 25 billion probiotic cultures per serving.  1 billion cultures per serving really isn’t enough to make an impact.  Another big thing that we think that Berry Green powder is lacking is algae.  Most green powder formulas contain both organic Chlorella and organic Spirulina, and sometimes others, but Berry Green powder doesn’t have any algae in its formula.

Bio-Availability

The one relative strength of Berry Green powder is its bio-availability.  Berry Green powder freeze drys its ingredients, which is a very good way to capture the nutrients that are locked inside, delivering lots of nutritional value to the body.  According to Berry Green’s website: “Freeze-drying has been widely recognized as the best way to instantly capture and to preserve the vital integrity of whole organic foods. Foods processed in this way retain their optimal color, shape, flavor and nutritional values, and become concentrated up to 10 times their original form.”  So this makes Berry Green powder good in terms of bio-availability.  We don’t quite agree with them that freeze-drying is the very best way to process fruits and vegetables for human digestion, but it’s definitely a very good way to go.  The Poten-Zyme process that we talked about in the last article is another very great way to process foods for human digestion, and is probably a little bit superior to freeze-drying.

Cost

If you’re going to pay top dollar for a green powder, you should probably go for one that has 5 stars for completeness.  There are a couple of other brands that we’ve reviewed that are comparable in terms of cost, but we feel that they’re much more complete green powder formulas.  Check out our “Best Green Powders” page to see how we’ve rated each powder.  But as always, the choice is yours.

Apr222011

Garden of Life Green Powder — Poten-Zyme

Super Green Powder Review -- a very great green powder for sale

 

 

 

 

 

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Poten-Zyme Whole Food Matrix

Garden of life’s green powder uses a proprietary method in its formula that we wanted to touch on more thoroughly.  It’s called the Poten-Zyme process for rendering food into a usable powder form.  The Poten-Zyme process involves lacto-fermentation and enzymatic predigestion, which basically means that the food you’re ingesting is already somewhat predigested, making it much easier to absorb by the intestinal tract.  The Poten-Zyme process is known as bio-fermentation and uses 14 strains of beneficial micro-organisms to help render complex foods down to their most basic components.  The process both creates and frees up valuable nutritional compounds from foods, things like enzymes, antioxidants, phytosterols and more. It can be said that the Poten-Zyme process actually enhances the nutritional value of the food. This is a very promising system that deserves some recognition.

Their Green Powder Poten-Zyme Ingredients

There’s just one hang up we’ve noticed with the Poten-Zyme process as it’s applied to Garden of Life’s formula.  The powder only delivers 1200mg of ingredients per serving that have undergone the Poten-Zyme process, which is only a fraction of the whole.  And of those ingredients, many aren’t particularly useful ingredients.  Some of the ingredients that they apply the Poten-Zyme process to are:

  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

While the Poten-Zyme process does render these ingredients more absorptive to the intestinal tract, it would be nice to see the process applied to other ingredients that have a higher base nutritional value.  To be fair however, the first few ingredients in the list were barley grass, oat grass, and wheat grass.  But since the overall Poten-Zyme ingredients only amount to 1200mg per serving, it’s difficult to say how many extra nutrients a person is getting from the rich grasses and other ingredients.  There isn’t really any way of telling.  A person just needs to decide for themselves whether or not it’s worth giving it a shot.  We definitely believe that Garden of Life’s green powder is a very good green powder formula, comparable with the leading brands in the industry like Green Vibrance and Miracle Greens.  But whether or not you want to put a lot of stock in their proprietary Poten-Zyme process is up to you.  We’re just here to inform.

Apr222011

Garden of Life — Super Green Powder Formula

Super Green Powder Review -- a very great green powder for sale

 

 

 

 

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Garden of Life — Super Green Powder Review

Garden of life makes a green powder that’s very similar to a lot of the other leading green powder formulas out there.  But there are a few things about its formula that make it a bit lacking in our opinion, which we’ll highlight in just a moment.  That’s the reason why we gave it 4 stars for completeness instead of 5, because it’s just not quite as complete as powders like Green Vibrance and Miracle Greens, and it costs about the same amount.  Here are a few of the ingredients in Garden of Life’s green powder that we feel are more like filler ingredients than must haves:

  • Rice Bran Extract
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Organic Tomato

It’s not that we have anything against these ingredients, but they definitely are more common to the standard diet and can easily be gotten through eating a healthy diet.  When we think green powder, we think of a bunch of green compounds that are rare, and aren’t usually a part of a normal healthy diet, things like grasses, algae, and herbal extracts.  So while the ingredients listed above can definitely be considered healthy, we consider them to be more filler ingredients than must haves.  So for our money, we’d go with a powder like Green Vibrance or Miracle Greens for the same price every time.

Poten-Zyme Whole Food Matrix

This is something very intriguing about Garden of Life’s green powder.  They utilize a proprietary process called Poten-Zyme which uses lacto-fermentation and enzymatic predigestion within a matrix of carefully selected whole foods. What that basically means is that this bio-fermentation uses multiple strains of micro-organisms to gently break food down into their most basic state without damaging the foods or reducing their nutritional value. Poten-Zyme neutralizes any of the common nutrient inhibitors found in foods, things like phytates in soy and gluten in grains.

Bio-Availability

The Poten-Zyme process used to formulate Garden of Life’s green powder is the reason why this powder gets high marks for bio-availability, because they’ve taken the time to make sure that you’re able to absorb and utilize as much of the nutrients in the powder as possible.  So even though some of the ingredients might be somewhat lacking, you’re definitely getting more bang for your buck with the healthy ingredients that actually are present.  And bio-availability is key with green powders because so many of the ingredients found in green powder formulas are difficult to digest.  Green powders are full of things like algae and grasses which are difficult for the human body to process.  So it’s nice when you find a green powder that purposefully goes out of its way to make its formula as bio-available as possible.

Apr212011

Vitaforce Powder — Complete Multivitamin

Vitaforce Green Powder Review -- one of the best green powder formulas

 

 

 

 

 

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Vitaforce Powder — Multivitamin Strength

I find it interesting that Vitaforce brand green powder has specifically formulated their powder to function as a complete multivitamin, meaning that they’ve added in everything to their formula that’s on the list of essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs on a daily basis.  While this is an intriguing claim, it’s somewhat hollow in our humble opinion.  We’ve already made the claim previously that if a person takes a complete green powder, meaning a green powder with a high star value in completeness, then they really shouldn’t have to take any kind of normal dietary supplements because the leading green powder formulas are so full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  Vitaforce, however, is the first formula that we’ve come across that actually has intentionally sought to replace the multivitamin.  So while that’s a great aim, it doesn’t necessarily put them leaps and bounds above other brands.  The vitamins and minerals they claim that other brands are lacking are relatively common vitamins and minerals, things like Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vitamin E, Folic Acid and Zinc.  Vitamin D and Calcium are common in dairy products, and Vitamin E is common to most seeds and vegetable oils.  So as long as you’re eating dairy and seeds and vegetable oils, you’ll most likely be getting the rest of the vitamins and minerals that are lacking from your green powder combination.

Nutritional Yeast

Vitaforce is however, the first brand of green powder we’ve reviewed that has nutritional yeast in its formula.  Nutritional yeast is full of health benefits and protein and has itself been called a superfood.  It has 18 amino acids, making it a complete protein, and 15 minerals.  Many vegetarians use nutritional yeast as a supplement for meat.  Nutritional yeast also contains the trace mineral chromium, which is known as Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), and is helpful for people who are dealing with diabetes.  So if you’re a person either dealing with diabetes or having blood sugar issues, the Vitaforce powder might be the right blend of green powder for you.  If you aren’t then you really ought to check out the reviews on Green Vibrance and Miracle Greens before making a decision, as these are comparable products that are around the same price or cheaper in many cases.