Let's start with the Force Factor Smarter Greens tablets and get those out of the way as this will be pretty quick. They're not great. The idea is nice, but functionally most of the ingredients in them are under dosed, unfortunately to get this many ingredients into a capsule just doesn't work. A quick example would be the Ashwagandha, Rhodolia, Cordycepts and Holy Basil that make up the stress reduction blend. The stress reduction blend contains 4 ingredients and totals 600mg. Ashwagandha's effective range starts at 600mg, Rhodolia at 200mg. Which means that at least something is going to be under dosed here. This is pretty much common throughout the Smarter Greens Superfoods pills as a whole. So, they could do in a pinch if you wanted to keep a pack at the office in case you forgot to have your Greens Powder in the morning and wanted to keep topped up. But, they're not great as a standalone product.
As for Force Factors Smarter Greens Superfoods powder, we've got a lot more to go through. And it's middling, it has a very large amount of brown rice protein in the formula (estimated to be a third or more of the 9 gram greens and vegetables blend) this is a cheap filler that doesn't really offer much in the way of the nutritional profile we'd want in a greens powder and has far more value in a vegan protein powder. Then there's what appears to be at least a gram of tapioca, which is also pretty much nutritionally empty, so it seems like a rather misguided inclusion.
Force Factor are pretty middle of the road in terms of essential vitamins & minerals by comparison to some of the competitors which are much more comprehensive in terms of hitting your daily nutrition.
We also don't see any of the good mood and overall healthy super herb inclusions from the smarter greens superfoods capsules, which is also a bit disappointing, although it does mean you could take the two together. At which point it would be close to being a good product, but the problem is that even at that point if we compared it against Super Green Tonik, which has the correct amount of the ingredients that Force Factor underdoses in these two items, then it loses out.
There are definitely some Force Factor Smarter Greens benefits, and as we often say, it's really hard to make a greens powder that won't do any good for you at all. There's just better options available. This is pretty true of the other slight variations on the other Force Factor Smarter Greens blends available as well.
The customer feedback was generally mixed, getting 4* out of 5 on Amazon sounds pretty good, but this isn't actually that high for greens powders. Most come in at 4* and up. The reviews that are unhappy generally complain about the flavor, which we can't say is overly surprising.
In terms of health benefits people seemed to say it's pretty good, which we'd expect as the majority of the US populace don't get all of their essential vitamins so this would be of benefit to most even just from that.
The most common questions about Force Factor Smarter Greens
The natural unflavored version of smarter greens superfoods isn't great, we'd recommend giving this a pass. As for the pomegranate, it's ok, but doesn't cover the greens taste very well, so if you're particularly inclined to not want a greens powder that tastes vegetably, then we'd say avoid. The lemon lime does the job pretty well, but is a little saccharine and we'd have preffered something a little bit sharper. So it tastes pretty good, but there's a lot of better options, it's definitely worse than AG1, Spruce or Super Green Tonik.
Aside from helping cover vitamins and minerals, there's a host of antioxidants which is good, the guy bacteria is going to support digestive health, although, not as well as a dedicated probiotic. The prebiotic blend does add something a little extra here, but still scores middling against other greens powders. Other than that it's quite focused on Flax, Brown Rice and Barley which don't have nearly as many health benefits when it comes to secondary benefits than other greens blends and they don't really include much in the way of super herbs, so for gut health we score 4 out of 5 for a greens blend, 3 out of 5 for nutrients and everything else is a 1. So, in short, not nearly as much as the competition.
Firstly it's a requirement of many countries to list ingredients in blends from largest to smallest, this is important to know as it allows us to make reasonable assumptions on the blends contents. For example, coffee extract is the third largest ingredient in one of the blends so we can make assumptions based on maximum legally saleable caffeine content to work out that all ingredients below that in the list are contained in a smaller volume than said maximum.
Greens Grains and Vegetables Superblend 5830mg
Whilst being the bulk of the product this is the most disappointing element of smarter greens superfoods powder, as we've already mentioned it's far more heavily weighted towards being a grains powder than a greens powder.
This means that it misses out on ingredients like spirulina and short changes you on broccoli, kale and spinach which come with far more benefits than the grains which we generally get enough of in our diets.
Flax actually has a few negatives for men, with large doses potentially lowering hormone production and spirulina would have the same health benefits, although it is more expensive so it's quite obviously why Force Factor Smarter greens superfoods made this call.
Fruits and Fiber Superblend 1975mg
This isn't much better than the greens blend, exotic berries etc are all well and good, but the majority of this blend is the tapioca powder. Tapioca is basically just starch. It's almost pure carbs and contains very little other nutrients. There's some coffee extract in here, which keeping in mind is the 3rd largest ingredient in the blend. Considering it's highly unlikely that this is in a dose of more than 200mg (otherwise customers would be bouncing off the walls) that means that your getting less than a gram of each of the fruits vegetables and superfoods in the rest of the blend at the hydrated state. Nothing great here, tapioca and fruit sugars (fructooligosaccharides) the second largest ingredient.
Enzyme Support Matrix 50mg
This is all fine, there's a decent amount of gut bacteria in here and some good supporting food for them. The catch is probiotic pills do work a little bit better to promote a healthy digestive system as not everything in Force Factor Smarter Greens Powder will make it to the gut.
This is a fine inclusion, it aids with the absorption of essential vitamins & minerals, doesn't do anything else, and 10mg is a better dosage, but there's nothing wrong with including this.
Force Factor isn't great. It's definitely going to have some health benefits, and it's not bad for your gut. But this is not nearly enough to support your health and definitely not going to supplement a poor diet.
We don't recommend force factor against any of the leading competitors and certainly not when compared against the likes of super green tonik or spruce. It's packed full of filler and doesn't contain nearly enough greens to even really call itself a greens powder. It's more of a grains and roots powder, which we're pretty sure most people wouldn't want to buy.