Life Greens™ is a potent blend of fruit & vegetable antioxidants, prebiotic fibers, digestive enzymes, and probiotics formulated to support digestive and immune health†.
The formula is gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, and vegan friendly and uses only naturally-derived flavors and sweeteners.
Life Greens™ comes in three tasty flavor options so you can boost the plant nutrient content of your favorite shake, smoothie, or beverage by adding Double Chocolate flavor, Mixed Berry flavor, or Cafe Mocha flavor.
Recommended Use: mix one serving (approximately 11g) into 8 to 10 ounces of any cold beverage up to two times daily.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Greens Do The Body Good!
In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) published official recommendations, with the hope of reducing the upward trends in heart disease; the largely preventable leading cause of death. Their advice - adults should eat at least 400g of produce per day, (fruits and vegetables not including potatoes or other starchy tubers) which amounts to 7 or 8 half-cup servings. Every day! More recently, additional information suggested that the actual amounts of produce needed to promote optimal health might be more like 9 to 11 half-cup servings per day (on a 2000 calorie diet).
Now, taking a greens supplement is not a total replacement for getting real, fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies, but it certainly helps you consistently and conveniently boost the plant nutrient content of your diet. Plus, there’s solid evidence that suggests these nutritional shortcuts serve as important functional-foods to support overall health and performance.
Using a greens supplement is an easy way to increase the diversity of plant nutrients in your diet. Most adults tend to stick to a fairly narrow selection of the hundreds of varieties of fruits and veggies available. It’s just the nature of getting into a routine (or rut) with our menu choices.
Concentrated supplement forms of fruit/veggie powders may offer unique absorption characteristics compared to eating whole foods too, especially if you tend to under-chew your food and eat quickly, or if you suffer from decreased digestive enzyme efficiency. The superstar ingredient is a blue-green algae known as Spirulina platensis, which happens to be one of the most nutrient-dense and sustainable foods on the planet. By weight it’s 65% protein (and contains all of the amino acids), provides essential omega-3 and omega-3 fats, a plethora of key vitamins and minerals and potent antioxidant nutrients we’re still learning about.
There’s good human evidence that spirulina supports our immune function and a number of trials show that it is a beneficial functional food for Type 2 Diabetes and cholesterol management. Additionally, the antioxidant properties of several plant nutrients as supplements (including blueberries, spinach, & spirulina) show promise for protecting the brain from ischemic damage. Performance studies in healthy trained and untrained volunteers also suggest benefits for athletic performance. In fact, subjects using spirulina saw increases in exercise performance tests such as increased fat-burning, (>10% more fat burn in one study) reductions in carbohydrate utilization, significantly improved time to exhaustion and increased antioxidant capacity, which seemed to also result in reductions in muscle damage markers.
Objectively, and considering the primary aim of all the “eat more produce” campaigns to reduce or prevent heart disease and obesity trends and help people improve health, it’s safe to say that more of us should be tossing a few grams of a greens food supplement into our morning smoothies to fill in several important nutrient gaps and support our health.