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Which Greens Powder Is Best For You?

You’ve no doubt noticed that everyone‘s been talking about taking greens powders to plus up their wellness routines. And though wheatgrass, spirulina, and chlorella are on their way to earning household name status, they’re far from the only star ingredients today’s greens powders are packing. In fact, there are so many unique options these days that you can easily tailor your pick to your individual needs, whether you’re looking to nourish your gut, support your immunity, or boost your energy.

So which blend is the right one for you? Here are our nutritionists’ top picks for every goal. 

For Overall Health: plnt brand Organic Biogreens

If you’re interested in greens powders for the straightforward reason of raising your overall nutrient intake, plnt’s Organic Biogreens is a no-brainer. In addition to organic, raw, non-GMO greens from algae, sprouts, grasses, and a blend of vegetables, it also contains antioxidant-rich berries, as well as powerhouse herbs and spices (specifically turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon). 

Read More: 6 Reasons To Add A Greens Powder To Your Wellness Routine

“Benefits include helping you meet the recommended daily intake of various vitamins and minerals and boosting your intake of antioxidants, which fight cell-damaging free radicals that put you at risk for chronic diseases,” explains The Vitamin Shoppe nutritionist Roseanne Schnell, C.D.N. “These ingredients also support detoxification, immune, heart, and gut health, energy, and a healthy inflammatory response.”

General wellness seekers can’t go wrong here. Plus, plnt’s Biogreens are finely ground, meaning they’re easy to blend into your favorite beverage and smooth to drink down.

For Gut Support: Alani Nu Super Greens

Popular sports nutrition brand Alani Nu (famous for their dessert-level delicious protein shakes and fun energy drinks) keeps gut health top of mind with their Super Greens. In addition to a solid assortment of greens and superfoods—think organic wheatgrass, spirulina, barley grass, and antioxidant powerhouses goji, acai, and pomegranate—it also boasts an impressive lineup of gut-loving ingredients. First up, a complex of digestive enzymes to support easy-breezy digestion. Then, five million CFUs of a variety of well-known probiotics. Finally, organic inulin—a prebiotic fiber—nourishes the probiotics in your gut, contributing to the two grams of fiber each serving of this greens powder offers. 

The Vitamin Shoppe nutritionist Karen Cooney, M.A., C.N., C.H.H.C., loves this pick because of the digestive system support that those added prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes offer, in addition to the usual perks of staple greens powder ingredients.

For An Energy Boost: Garden of Life Raw Organic Perfect Food Energizer 

Garden of Life’s Raw Organic Perfect Food line makes it easy to customize your greens routine to your specific health needs (and flavor preferences), and the Energizer blend, specifically, works double-duty by combining greens with ingredients that provide a natural energy boost. You’ll find a mix of sprouts, USA-farmed grasses, and a wide variety of fruits and veggies (all organic, of course), with the addition of vitamin B12, maca, yerba mate, cordyceps mushrooms, and baobab to help you feel energized. Because of these powerful add-ins, you could even use Energizer as a natural pre-workout!

In all, this option contains 45 high-quality ingredients to help power your day, boost your focus, and promote long-term health.

For Immune Support: Amazing Grass Immunity Greens Blend

Opt for this elderberry-flavored powder from one of the oldest brands in the greens powders game whenever you want to go the extra mile for your immune system, suggests Schnell. The Amazing Grass Immunity Greens Blend offers a mix of organic grasses, green vegetables, and algae to cover your greens bases—and from there goes all in on extras for your inner defenses. Elderberry (an immune support all-star) takes center stage of its antioxidant blend, while rose hips and hearty amounts of added vitamin C and zinc provide your immune system with the tools it needs to run smoothly, Schnell notes. In fact, each serving offers the full daily recommended amount of zinc and 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C (a hefty dose!) to help you feel your best all year long. 

For Nourishing Beauty Inside And Out: Vital Protein Collagen Beauty Greens

Whether you already take collagen or are looking for an easy way to dabble, this blend combines unique ingredients to help nourish your inner and outer beauty. Vital Proteins’ Collagen Beauty Greens pairs their popular bovine collagen peptides (15 grams worth) with organic wheat grass, alfalfa, kale, spinach, and barley grass for a dose of nutrition and nourishing collagen protein, then takes things up a notch by including 120 milligrams of hyaluronic acid, which is famous for supporting hydrated, plump skin and hair, and two billion CFUs of probiotics.

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Putting all of these ingredients together gives you a daily supplement that “has benefits for not only hair, skin, and nails, but for joints and digestive health, too,” Schnell says.

For a Protein Plus-Up: Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein & Greens

Another way to maximize space in your supplement cabinet: this one-of-a-kind Protein & Greens powder from Garden of Life. It combines 20 grams of plant-based protein from organic sprouted brown rice, pea, and chia proteins with a dose of quality greens, including organic spinach, kale, broccoli, and alfalfa grass. Cooney loves that it kills two birds with one stone by helping you level up your protein intake and get your fair share of vitamins and minerals. “It’s a great option for overall health and vitality, as well as for building muscle,” she says. It also includes organic carrot and beetroot for extra nutrition, 1.5 billion CFUs of probiotics, and a number of different digestive enzymes to help your body reap the most benefits possible. Talk about a powerhouse!

For Covering All Your Bases: Vibrant Health Green Vibrance

Want to go straight for a greens powder that pulls out all the stops? Green Vibrance from Vibrant Health is it. The list of ingredients in this truly next-level formula is long, long, long, including everything from the green grasses, algae, and veggies you’d expect, to adaptogens like Holy Basil, immune-supporting vitamin D3, liver-loving burdock and dandelion root, digestive enzymes, and a whopping 25 billion CFUs of probiotics. 

“It helps you up your intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, in addition to promoting detoxification and liver health, offering extra immune support, and promoting heart, bone, gut, and brain health, and a healthy stress response,” says Schnell. “Because of its unique ingredients, Green Vibrance is a great choice for anyone looking for a very comprehensive greens powder.”

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