Athletic Greens AG1 is undoubtedly the most well known greens powder on the market, and it certainly seems like a good idea to anyone on a busy schedule who wants a catch all to make sure that they stock up on the nutrition that they’d normally get from green vegetables. Overall AG1 reviews from customers are generally positive and all in all it’s a solid product. The question really comes down to if Athletic Greens AG1 is the best greens powder available, and that’s where we’d start to ask some questions. The main issue we have with athletic greens come from the fact that they us a proprietary blend, which makes it difficult to tell whether you’re getting good value for money and the fact that since AG1 took the market by storm, there have been several competitors that have made better greens powders in terms of taste, price and some that contain more and better ingredients.
AG1 is a decent product, and if you wanted to try greens powders for the first time, you could ultimately do a lot worse. But, it’s not the top of our best greens powder list by a long way.
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Most customer reviews of athletic greens are pretty positive, if you exclude the first timers who just don’t like greens powders, which is always going to be a few people with a product like this. The other issue for some people is quite simply that the product is overhyped and is quite pricey, with some people suggesting that the amount of servings is misleading with a monthly supply coming to $180/month. The only other real negative comes from people saying that they didn’t see any real benefit to athletic greens.
Which again is relatively understandable, if you have a healthy diet, get enough greens and take a multivitamin, there isn’t really going to be that much in athletic greens for them. We’d generally recommend that if you’re already eating healthy, then the real use of products like AG1 is to use it as a safety net, for example you know you’re going to be eating out and want to still make sure you’re getting all your micronutrients. In short most negative reviews of AG1 come from the pricing or from mismarketing.
Commonly asked questions about AG1
There’s not really much doubt that greens powders are good for you, although you do miss out on one of the benefits of eating leafy greens as a whole food, and that’s the fact that they fill you up, making you less likely to overeat. Greens powders are also slightly less bioavailable, meaning that you don’t absorb quite as much of the nutrients, but for most people this is negligible and with the average American diet being pretty bad, products like athletic greens are good for most people.
Athletic Greens are flavored pineapple, vanilla or papaya. Like most greens powders they do come with a vegetable under taste. Although some people also like to mix them into other make the flavor nicer. Typically blending it together with fruit is most people’s go to. If you’re not a massive fan of these flavors though, we’d recommend that you go for an athletic greens alternative, there are quite a few available.
As far as AG1
goes it covers off most of your daily vitamin requirements with the exception
of calcium, magnesium and potassium, but it’s not too hard for you to find
other sources of these. So it’s off to a pretty good start.
As for the
majority of it’s other ingredients however they’re broken down into 3 sections.
Alkaline, Nutrient-Dense, Raw Superfood Complex (7388mg)
This includes organic spirulina, lecithin, organic apple powder, inulin, organic wheatgrass juice powder, organic alfalfa powder, organic chlorella powder, organic barley leaf powder, acerola fruit juice powder extract, broccoli flower powder and a host of other powders. Unfortunately, we don’t actually know what the exact break down of this is. But, typically nutritional labels are written from highest dose to lowest dose (this is a requirement within some EU countries. Looking a spirulina as the main focus it has a host of health benefits including anti inflammatory effects and potentially even chronic fatigue. 
Nutrient-Dense Natural Extracts, Herbs, and Antioxidants (2732mg)
Unfortunately for AG1, by not listing the ingredients break down here it seems quite unlikely that they’re in high enough doses to be effective. Again, remember doses are typically listed from largest to smallest. Which means, by the time we start getting to the ingredients that have brain boosting effects, we have issues. The first four ingredients alkaline pea protein isolate, citrus bioflavonoids extract, artichoke extract and citric acid aren’t really interesting (the last one is actually just a flavoring, being to sour what sugar is to sweet).
Rhodiola Rosea, Milk Thistle and Ashwagandha are interesting, but when there are 19 ingredients and only 2732mg, we find it unlikely that ingredients this far down the list are going to be dosed at the 200mg, 200mg and 600mg required to be effective respectively. Especially Ashwagandha (12th), which is fantastic for reducing cortisol build up and healthy sleep. Stevia is a sweetener, kola extract is sometimes used as a stimulant, hawthorn berry root and dandelion root are largely used as diuretics and you start to get an idea, that there really isn’t much here.
Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex (154mg)
Again the dosage is just too low astragalus root extract, bromelain, burdock root powder, reishi mushroom powder, shiitake mushroom powder just are too low in terms of dosage. For example Bromelain has a huge list of benefits, particularly as a supplement for joint pain, but the dosage is 100mg – 200mg a day. Which as we can see would be the bulk of this entire blend.
Greens AG1 is a good product, it’s just no longer the best greens powder on the
market, it’s a safe choice for anyone looking for a first time purchase and in
all honesty it tastes pretty good as greens powders go. They’re not for
everyone mind. It’s a good alternative to a multivitamin if you want to get
some added anti oxidants and generally a lot of the good stuff you expect to
get from green vegetables, the downside to it however is that it pays homage to
a lot of very beneficial herbs rather than actually including functional doses.
It seems that they’re hiding behind a proprietary blend when it simply isn’t
possible that there is enough of each of the ingredients to reach effective
Whilst it’s not a bad product, we generally prefer Super Green Tonik, whilst we prefer the taste, this is obviously subjective. The main reason we recommend Super Green Tonik instead is the transparent label which means that we verify it uses effective doses of some of the most powerful ingredients in the formula.
1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/