I’ve been on a journey to improve my general health and wellbeing with food and supplements since around 2010. I’ve written about wellness since around that same time (maybe even earlier), so trying Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens was a natural step for me. I’m honestly not sure why it took me so long to try it, since I’ve tried others.
While I don’t believe you can use greens powders as a substitute for vegetables and fruits, I do like the extra bit of insurance in my diet. I think of these as products that fill in the gaps I might miss in my nutrition. Some greens powders give me energy (often from matcha or a similar ingredient).
I love how convenient they are. You can just mix them up with water or juice in a glass or shaker cup as part of a morning routine, and you’re already off to a good start. Tossing a scoopful into a smoothie or smoothie bowl is another option.
Bottom Line Up Front
If you’re in a hurry and want the TL; DR version, here it is: There are many benefits, and good ingredients to this product, but the flavor of the kind I tried wasn’t my favorite.
I can’t speak for Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens as a whole because I’ve only tried one flavor, but the watermelon flavor wrecks the experience.
That said, other flavors could be acceptable. I’d probably stick with the plain one, honestly, having tried this one. Better yet, the tablets. Minimal opportunity to taste it.
The texture probably won’t be helped by a change in flavor, though. It wasn’t chunky, per se, but it felt like a lot of tiny, half-dissolved flakes on my tongue.
I feel bad criticizing this product this way because I really like the ingredients list. The price isn’t even that outrageous compared to others. It’s less than Athletic Greens and Organifi, more than Amazing Grass.
The Pros and Cons of Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens
So do the pros outweigh the cons with this one? Let’s see.
- The list of ingredients is solid. Everything on the list serves a purpose. There aren’t any artificial sweeteners or colors. The watermelon flavor I tried has watermelon flavor, organic luo han gua extract, and organic stevia extract.
- I noticed a slight increase in how energetic and clear-headed I felt after using it.
- I didn’t see any special instructions, like only drinking it on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before coffee.
- This is less expensive than several options on the market, like Athletic Greens and Organifi Green Juice.
- The packaging is excellent, so I don’t mind storing the tub on my counter (visual reminders to take supplements are always lovely).
- Shipping was fast, and the products I ordered were packaged well.
- The watermelon flavor that I tried wasn’t that great. Other flavors may be better, though.
- There was some texture there, somewhere between flaky and gritty.
- The flavor is strong, so unless you’re putting it in a berry-heavy smoothie and don’t mind the stevia taste, it will probably overpower anything you mix it with.
- This is more expensive than Amazing Grass, and less accessible (you can find Amazing Grass at big-box stores, grocery stores, and health food stores).
- There are 25 servings in a container, so a container would not cover you for the month if you wanted to take this every day.
Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens makes the same claims as most greens powders:
- Easy way to get your greens, fruits, herbs, and probiotics in
- Supports healthy energy, detoxification, digestive function, and a healthy gut
- Reduces constipation, gas, and bloating
- It’s also made with real grass juices.
- It contains adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms, which not all greens powders do. I love that it has ashwagandha, reishi, cordyceps, and astragalus because mushrooms have wonderful health benefits and I don’t eat them.
- Ancient Nutrition products are USDA Certified Organic.
- It contains no artificial sweeteners or fillers.
- Each tub contains 25 servings.
- It’s meant to be taken once per day with eight ounces of water or a smoothie.
Here’s a look at the texture:
The flavor deserves its own special section. The watermelon flavor is trying hard to overpower whatever else is going on. Still, the stevia and–I guess–luo han guo, which is a sweetener I’ve never tried, really take control of the whole experience.
There’s also some mix of beets and a hint of something spicy, like horseradish (I’m guessing that’s the ginger).
To top it off, you can still tell this is a greens powder. Under all the flavoring, the general “greens” vibe is still there.
I was hoping for something lighter and fresher, like some of the BCAAs I’ve tried, but this strays far from that mark, but that could be because of the quality of ingredients they use and if it’s worth it for you, this is a good product.
A Closer Look at the Ingredients
I appreciate the variety of ingredients that make up the Ancient Nutrition Organic SuperGreens Powder. I won’t go over all of them here, but I’d like to highlight a few and explain their benefits.
Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice
Alfalfa grass juice may help lower cholesterol, help manage blood sugar, and provides antioxidants.
Organic Beet Root
Beets can help fight inflammation, boost athletic performance, manage blood pressure, improve digestion, and support brain health.
Organic Lemon Fruit
If you need to boost your intake of vitamin C, lemons can help. They may also be good for your heart, kidneys, digestion, and weight loss.
Organic Peppermint Leaf
This is one of the ingredients that could potentially boost your energy, but peppermint’s also good for digestion and headaches.
This is another algae powerhouse. It may help improve cholesterol levels, remove toxins from the body, boost the immune system, maintain healthy blood pressure, and control blood sugar levels.
Organic Wild Blueberry
Wild blueberries may be good for heart health, vision, blood sugar levels, brain health, and wound healing.
Matcha can give you the energy boost that feels calm and steady, unlike what you get from coffee (caffeine rush and crash, anyone?). Beyond that, though, matcha may be good for preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer and helping you lose weight.
You’ve probably heard elderberry’s good for boosting the immune system. It may also be good for your cardiovascular system and help reduce stress.
Organic Noni Fruit
Noni fruit may be good protection against inflammation. It could also benefit joint health, weight management, blood pressure, gum health, and bone health.
Organic Ashwagandha Root
This one is helpful for inflammation, memory, blood sugar, and stress control.
Organic Reishi Mycelium
Reishi is good for immunity, stress reduction, energy levels, and sleep. It’s also good for the cardiovascular system, liver, kidneys, cancer support, etc.
Organic Turmeric Root
Turmeric boosts the immune system, lowers inflammation, fights oxidative damage, improves brain health, reduces the risk of heart disease, and helps with arthritis. It usually needs to be combined with black pepper for the body to absorb it.
Organic Ginger Root
Ginger is good for digestion, but it may also help with stress management, blood pressure, lung health, and heart health.
Organic Cordyceps Mycelium
Cordyceps can give you a bit of an athletic boost, may have anti-tumor effects, and may offer anti-aging properties. Cordyceps could help with type 2 diabetes, fight inflammation, and boost heart health.
Organic Astralagus Root Extract
From astralagus root extract, you may be able to expect a boost to your immune system, anti-aging properties, and help lowering inflammation. It may also help with heart health, diabetes, allergies, and fatigue.
Did I Feel an Energy Boost?
Sometimes, greens powders like Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens will make me feel like my head is clearer. I can be more productive. That’s accompanied by a feeling of having more energy overall, but not the jittery kind you’d get from overcaffeination with coffee.
I noticed a slight uptick in energy and productivity. Still, I’ve noticed it more when I’ve consumed Athletic Greens and Organifi’s Green Juice, but I also took them for a longer period of time.
Still wondering about greens powders? Maybe these FAQs will help:
Answer: It depends on the brand. Generally, just once per day. Some will say you can take an extra scoop, either at the same time or later in the day.
Answer: Again, it’ll depend on the blend, but in general, they may help you reach your nutrition goals, lose weight, fight constipation, improve your immune system, maintain healthy blood pressure, increase energy, and look and feel better overall.
Answer: To determine whether a greens superfood powder is healthy, look for a variety of ingredients, organic ingredients, probiotics if you’re seeking digestive support, and no artificial sweeteners or colors.
Answer: This one is subjective, too. If you’re on tight a budget, you’d probably be better off spending the money on fruits and vegetables at the store. Green superfood powders aren’t exactly inexpensive. If you have some flexibility and would like to try one to boost your overall health and energy levels, there’s no harm in giving them a try to see how you feel. They’re not without benefits, but they should be the icing on the cake (a healthy diet), so to speak.
Alternatives to Consider
There are so many greens powders on the market, it makes zero sense to stick with one that you don’t like the flavor of. I’m not saying they’re all the same except for the taste, but they’re similar enough to branch out and try new ones. Some may give you better results than others; some may make you feel less-than-great.
Athletic Greens is one of my favorites, but it’s so expensive. Some people complain about the flavor–and I can see why–but it doesn’t bother me like the Ancient Nutrition one, but you will have to try to compare the two as everyone has different taste preferences.
Organifi tastes good (minty), and it gave me energy, but it, too, is on the expensive side. When I tried this one, I felt like I was missing out if I didn’t get Reds and Golds. That made the cost even higher, though not everyone will feel compelled to purchase all three.
Texas SuperFood costs more than Ancient Nutrition, less than Athletic Greens, and about the same as Organifi. The ingredients list is quite expensive, and there are ingredients you don’t usually see elsewhere in greens powders.
I see help for mental clarity, digestion, heart health, and inflammation there.
You can get 30 servings for around $70.00 if you’re willing to subscribe; it’s about $90.00 per bag if you don’t want to commit. Purchasing more than one bag at a time can save you up to $10.00 per bag.
ActivatedYou Morning Complete
I have mixed feelings about ActivatedYou Morning Complete even though I’ve noticed mental clarity, better digestion, and more energy from it. The pricing is all over the place based on sales and special offers–so don’t pay full price–and the checkout process is annoying (full of attempts to upsell).
The flavor isn’t great, but I don’t taste it when I mix it with juice.
However, I feel great when I use it, and, as long as you catch one of the sales, the price isn’t that bad–a little more than Ancient Nutrition’s greens powder, on average, but you get 30 servings.
Amazing Grass is a good one to try if you’re on a budget or just not sure about greens powders. You can find them wherever health supplements are sold.
This is one of the most affordable options, comes in interesting flavors, and doesn’t have an overpowering taste. I’ve mixed it in water and smoothies. The texture is grittier than some of the others, but not the worst.
Leave it to Bulletproof to add some nootropics to their Greens. I approve and love anything that promises to enhance my brainpower while improving my general health.
This one combines 12 fruits and vegetables with a superfood and mushroom complex (including green tea extract, which should give you a little boost) and digestive aids.
It’s sweetened with stevia and has pineapple to help take the edge off the flavor. You can expect to pay around $40.00 for 30 servings.
I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s a blend I would trust, and it’s going on my to-try list.
The Ladder Superfood Greens are the new kid on the block. The ingredients list is more modest than others, but the nutrition label shows that each scoop is teeming with B vitamins and zinc, along with 50 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium and 75 percent of vitamin D.
This one is likely to give you more energy than the others, as it contains about as much caffeine as a cup of green tea. It’s approximately $60.00 for 30 servings.
I’m not sure how it tastes, but I fear this one might be a bit overpriced compared to the others.
Conclusion: Worth a Try
As much as I really wanted to love Ancient Nutrition Organic Super Greens, I couldn’t finish the tub. I could probably get past the texture if not for the flavor, especially if I mixed it into a smoothie.
I could even reason that, though I didn’t feel the intense burst of energy and the mental clarity I’ve gotten from similar products in the past, the cost is much more reasonable. And I did feel some effect and might have seen more results if I used this in my daily routine more. I would like to try other flavors and report back if I see the energy surge that I am used to with similar products.
If you’re curious about greens powders and want one that’s middle-of-the-road as far as ingredients and price go, this is a good one to try. Just be sure to choose a different flavor (or mix in with smoothies) I can’t say any of those will be better, but I know I can’t recommend the watermelon one (from my personal experience).
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Crystal Schwanke has been on a fitness and health and wellness journey for more than a decade. She used to do wellness-related ghostwriting work and content writing for several well-known websites.
During this time, she tried all the protein powders, meal replacement shakes and mixes, and workout programs. Crystal’s favorite way of eating is Paleo(ish) and even when she isn’t writing about health and wellness and fitness, she often spends her time researching for the sake of learning. Her goal is to better equip herself so she can build a framework that will allow her to handle anything life throws at her.