As a busy father of four, I find getting enough vegetables in my diet almost impossible. And I often feel guilty when my children aren’t receiving their fair share of green goodness either.
Why is this important? Because in order to fight disease, keep your mind sharp, and lose weight… you need to eat between 5 and 7 servings of vegetables a day.
How many servings of vegetables have YOU eaten today?
Because I started hearing from customers that they have the same challenges… I went on a quest for a fast, convenient way to get 5-7 servings a day.
Green Drinks to the Rescue?
This brought me to the idea of green drinks. These are powders containing concentrated vegetables and fruits that have incredible nutritional profiles.
I thought my problem was solved…
After reading several labels, however, the drinks seemed to be nothing but grasses, designed more for cows than for people. And they really just didn’t taste that good (which is an understatement).
But after talking to some more people, I was introduced to a different, more comprehensive kind of green drink – a “food cocktail” that changed my perspective entirely.
Athletic Greens: A Step Above The Rest
A friend of mine is also friends with New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Body (a great read). And through this relationship I was introduced to Chris Ashenden, the creator of a product called Athletic Greens.
After speaking with Chris, it became apparent that there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about vitamin products, green drinks, and super food cocktails.
Enough so that even if I did enjoy the taste of the other green drinks I had tried, I probably still wouldn’t want to consume them.
This Nutritional Powerhouse Somehow Tastes Good
Before expanding on what I learned, I just have to tell you that Athletic Greens tastes good… really good. I still don’t understand how they pulled it off. I actually enjoy drinking it.
So what is in this stuff, and why is it different?
First, let’s talk about what is NOT in it. No GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), yeast, peanuts, animal products, herbicides, wheat, pesticides, synthetic chemicals, artificial colors/flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, eggs, dairy, gluten, corn, lactose, sucrose, or dextrose.
This is a long list, and as a supplement formulator I can tell you it’s extremely difficult and expensive to pull off. What it means is that opposed to any other “green drink,” there are no corners cut.
Here’s what IS in 12 Grams of Complete Nutrition
Unlike traditional green drinks, Athletic Greens contains far more than just greens. It actually contains four categories of super foods.
1. Alkaline, Raw, Greens: These super foods are freeze-dried to preserve their structure and to lock in the nutrients. They are also cold milled so as not to damage the enzymes (this is rare).
2. Nutrient Dense Natural Herbs and Antioxidants: These are all extracted from raw foods for maximum absorbability. One serving contains the antioxidant equivalent of 10-12 servings of fruits and vegetables (this is more than a day’s worth).
3. Probiotics and Naturally Occurring Enzymes: I can’t tell you how important natural enzymes and probiotics are for your gut and your ability to absorb nutrients. These are dairy-free probiotics and enzymes so you do not have to worry about allergies.
4. Essential Minerals & Vitamins: The proper vitamins & minerals are necessary for doing essential things like regulating blood sugar, healthy hormone levels, regulating nerve function, and much more. And unlike most minerals you may get from supplements… these are readily absorbed by your body. And as you might know, it’s very hard to get the proper minerals from diet alone. But each serving of Athletic Greens contains all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Throw Away Your Multi-Vitamin?
One thing you will find if you study the label and talk to Chris is that by taking just one serving a day, you really don’t need to take a multi-vitamin anymore.
In fact, most multi-vitamins are synthetic and not readily absorbable… Athletic Greens replaces even the even the most high-end multi-vitamin.
You also don’t need your probiotic or enzyme supplement either. You still need your Omega-3 source, protein, fruits and specialty formulas, but this has most other basic nutritional requirements completely covered… and it tastes good!
Is This an Anti-Aging Formula?
I believe taking one serving a day of Athletic Greens is a good move especially if you are getting older.
What I can say from experience and talking to a lot of my peers is that (especially when combined with RealMeal GF™) I simply feel better, stronger and younger.
So even though it’s designed for elite athletes, you don’t need to be one to benefit. It delivers a nice even energy boost without the peaks and valleys of stimulant-laced energy drinks.
How to Try Some for Yourself
As you can tell, I am pretty high on this stuff! But if I were you, I would just go to their web page and do some reading to find out more more yourself… there are more facts than I can mention here.
Make sure to read the list of 76 Ingredients, it’s truly impressive.
And don’t let the pictures of all of those young athletes scare you!
Although it was designed for elite athletes, it’s absolutely perfect for regular people like you and me.
I will tell you that Athletic Greens is not inexpensive. It’s simply impossible to provide high quality formulas like this at a low price. I’m a big believer that you get what you pay for, and with Athletic Greens you certainly do.
Just price out Chris’ ingredients and if you are like me you will still be scratching your head as to why it doesn’t cost a LOT more.
Steven Sisskind, M.D.
Note: From time to time I come across exceptional products that I choose to use myself and/or recommend to friends and family. Should you decide to try these products for yourself, RealDose may receive compensation. Regardless, all products must meet my stringent standards with respect to quality, efficacy, and customer support before they ever get my recommendation.