Let’s face it: most of us don’t eat enough vegetables.
The USDA recommends five to seven servings of fruits and veggies each day, and even that may be low.
If you don’t get enough veggies, you may be missing out on key micronutrients that help you look and feel your best. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: greens powders.
Greens powders are nutrient-dense superfoods that contain antioxidants and supports a healthy immune system.
While greens powders aren’t a substitute for whole veggies, they do give you a serious nutritional boost, especially on days (or weeks) when your diet is a little short on veggies.
But not all greens powders are created equal. Ingredients vary widely from brand to brand, as do the resulting health benefits.
Which is the best greens powder? And how do you know if a greens powder is high-quality?
This article can help. It covers the following:
- What Are Greens Powders?
- Greens Powder Health Benefits
- Downsides to Greens Powder Supplements
- Keto Greens Powder Ingredients
Greens powder is exactly what it sounds like — a bunch of green vegetables, green superfoods, and other nutritious ingredients that have been dried and ground into a powder.
You can usually mix greens into water or smoothies. They’re considered dietary supplements and offer an extra micronutrient boost on top of your healthy diet.
Companies often bill greens powders as the perfect food. The ingredient list for greens is often quite long and includes a variety of healthy plants and compounds, such as:
- Barley grass
- Oat grass
- Broccoli sprouts
- Apple fiber
- Green tea extract
- Adaptogens (lion’s mane, reishi, ashwagandha)
Greens powders typically taste pretty terrible on their own, so most formulations also include either natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, or added sugars.
There are a lot of different greens powders on the market, and because the ingredients vary from brand to brand, a lot of the health benefits depend on which particular powder you choose.
That said, most greens share a few common characteristics, like high vitamin C content and plentiful antioxidants.
As a result, there are a few health benefits you get from many high-quality greens.
Immune System Boost
Taking a greens powder supplement every morning is a great way to strengthen your immune health.
In one study, healthy people who took greens daily saw a 30% increase in gamma delta-T cells, which detect dangerous pathogens and tell your immune system to turn on[*].
Participants also saw a 40% decrease in damage to their white blood cells — the cells that seek out and destroy harmful bacteria and viruses and then make antibodies to protect you from future infection.
In another study, researchers split people into two groups — greens or placebo — and followed them for 28 weeks. The people who took greens had significantly fewer sick days[*].
Oxidative stress happens all the time, but there are things you can do to slow it down. One of the best ways to slow oxidative damage is to get plenty of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are common in greens and brightly-colored plants, like blueberries and raspberries. They turn off oxidative stress, protecting your cells from damage and helping them (and you) stay young[*].
Most greens powders are packed with antioxidants, so it’s no surprise that they can help prevent oxidative damage.
One study found that when people took a daily greens supplement, their antioxidant capacity increased by 50%[*].
High Blood Pressure
Greens powder may even help with high blood pressure, although research is still pretty new.
In a small study of 40 people with hypertension (high blood pressure), those who took a greens powder for 90 days saw a significant decrease in blood pressure. On average, the greens powder brought them into the healthy range[*].
While greens powders are healthy in a lot of ways, they also come with a few drawbacks you’ll want to consider.
Added Sugars or Artificial Sweeteners
Greens powders don’t taste great on their own. Unsweetened greens powders are grassy and vegetal and often leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth.
For that reason, most companies choose to sweeten their greens powders. The type of sweetener matters when it comes to your health.
Some greens powders contain artificial sweeteners like sucralose (Splenda). Artificial sweeteners are bad for you in a variety of ways, like compromising your gut health and contributing to weight gain.
Other companies sweeten their greens powders with added sugar, which you don’t want in your diet. Here’s what happens to your body when you eat sugar.
A lot of nutrients in greens powders are fat-soluble, meaning you don’t absorb them well unless you take them with a fat source. Fat-soluble nutrients include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Many antioxidants
Most greens powders are fat-free. If you dissolve them in plain water and drink them, you’re missing out on several key nutrients.
Some greens powders are processed with heat, which destroys sensitive phytonutrients in many of the vegetables and superfoods the powder contains.
So even if you see impressive ingredients on a greens powder’s label, you may not actually be getting much nutrition from them.
The healthiest greens powders are cold-pressed to preserve the integrity of their ingredients.
Keto Greens Powder: Non-GMO Organic Greens Without the Carbs
It can be challenging to get enough greens on a ketogenic diet, especially when you’re first starting out.
Greens powder is a valuable addition to a keto diet, but we couldn’t find a good option on the market. Many brands had too much added sugar, questionable ingredients, high-heat processing, and other issues that compromised their quality.
Keto Greens Powder has a few things that set it apart from other powders.
Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Organic Ingredients
Our greens powder contains 22 different nutrient-packed vegetables and fruits, all of which are non-GMO and organic.
We didn’t just throw a bunch of stuff into our formulation. Every ingredient pulls its weight. Keto Greens Powder contains:
- Organic greens blend. Fourteen essential leafy greens that provide a diverse variety of micronutrients.
- Organic berry blend. Eight different organic berries and fruits that contain rare phytonutrients you won’t find anywhere else.
- Antioxidant blend. A mix of different antioxidants that work together to support your immune system and protect your cells from stress.
Our greens powder is also gluten-free and vegan.
Cold-Pressed to Preserve Nutrients
All our ingredients are cold-pressed and cold-processed.
A lot of companies use heat to process or pasteurize their greens. It’s cheaper and more convenient than cold-processing.
However, many nutrients break down when heated. When you heat your greens powder during processing, you get a product that looks impressive on the label but is nutritionally bankrupt.
We cold-press all our ingredients to preserve their nutritional integrity. If you see it on the label, you’re getting the maximum benefit from it.
Many people report that greens powders cause them to feel sluggish or give them a stomachache. Raw greens can be hard on your digestive system, especially when you’re getting so many of them at once.
When you don’t digest your greens well, you also don’t get the nutrients they contain.
That’s why Keto Greens Powder includes a custom blend of digestive enzymes. They help break down the greens so your body can access all the nutrition within them — without the stomachache or sluggish feeling.
MCTs and Ketones for Energy and Mental Clarity
Our greens powder is the only one on the market that contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and ketones.
MCTs and ketones help your body get into ketosis, which has many benefits such as suppressed hunger and increased energy levels.
Delicious Citrus Flavor
Keto Greens Powder is naturally sweetened with stevia and comes in a vibrant lemon flavor. It tastes like lemonade, but with far more nutrition and none of the sugar or carbs.
If you want to boost the nutrients and antioxidants in your diet, Keto Greens Powder is a perfect choice. It’s packed with high-quality ingredients that will cover your micronutrient needs make you feel great.
Of course, greens powder works best in the context of a healthy diet. You still want to make sure you’re getting plenty of whole foods and quality veggies.
Fortunately, we can help with that too. This beginner’s guide to keto has everything you need to eat well and improve your health, starting today.