This week’s review is Green Vibrance.
In retail stores the most popular green drinks are as follows:
These three products all occupy different niches in the greens powder area. Amazing grass is affordable, Macro Greens is more robust and has a great taste, while Green Vibrance has a selling point unique unto its own:
It’s an incredibly robust mixture .
For me this review will be quite fun because its mix of ingredients is very diverse and thus there’s a lot to analyze.
Let’s get started!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the company that makes this product. Any opinions I state are entirely my own. I own a company that makes a similar product, but I write these reviews to provide insight and clarity. In general I think all of the products I review provide remarkable health benefits, and if I point out a particular feature of a product it’s not to villify or idolize a particular company, but allow curious consumers to make the best choices.
Ingredients and Nutrition
The nutrient profiles of greens powders can usually be categorized in three ways:
Simple mixes tend to focus on only a few ingredients and try to make them as high quality as possible. Dr. Schulze would be a good example. Balanced mixtures have a more diverse set of ingredients, and often strive to have a decent taste. Macro Greens and Incredible Greens are two mixtures that fit into this category.
Robust mixtures try and include everything but the kitchen sink, and often have 50+ ingredients that span across a very wide variety of nutrients. Vitamineral Green and Pure Synergy are examples of this sort of formulation.
Green Vibrance falls into the latter category. But unlike other robust mixtures its widely available through retail channels, and is quite affordable to boot.
Types of Ingredients
In my superfood powder buying guide I went over the different categories of nutrients. Green Vibrance has a variety in all the major categories.
They are as follows:
- Grasses: Grasses typically form the base of green drinks, and Green Vibrance has 5 different types.
- Fibers: Green Vibrance has lecithin, FOS, flaxseed, and a few other long chain carbohydrates.
- Enzymes and Probiotics: 12 different strains, 25 billion total in a scoop. That’s a wide variety, and the probiotic density is second only to Incredible Greens as far as I know.
- Land and Sea Vegetables: Self-explanatory. Has a decent amount and variety of both.
- Herbs and roots: These are beneficial for their micronutrients and medicinal and performance enhancing properties, but can make some mixtures unsuitable for pregnant women.
Green Vibrance has 64 different ingredients, so there’s more than enough to spread out all over….and it does.
So with regards to the nutrients in Green Vibrance here’s the final verdict:
It’s a really complete mixture that isn’t lacking in any area.
The number of ingredients isn’t necessarily the best indicator of the nutriciousness of a drink, but it’s a decent indicator, especially if the nutrients tend to be high quality and are sourced well, and that’s true of Green Vibrance.
- Most ingredients are either organic or wild harvested
- All the grasses are “grass juices”, which I find are often better tasting and make formulations mix a little better.
There’s not enough space to talk about all the different ingredients in Green Vibrance. I don’t want to write the unabridged Encyclopedia of alternative medicine.
So instead, I want to point out some ingredients/qualities that are unique to Green Vibrance.
- 5 Grasses. Many greens powders just use wheatgrass or barley grass. A few use three different types, but I’ve never heard of a greens powder that uses 5! The real unique one is Kamut Grass, which is a trademarked form of Khorasan Wheat, which is a little more nutritious than typical wheat.
- Hydrilla Verticillata – Hydrilla is a hypergrowing weed that spreads very quickly in water. It’s like aquatic kudzoo. I’ve never seen it used in green drinks before, and am honestly not sure if it should be classified as a fiber or seaweed.
- Gentian Root: An extremely bitter chinese herb that helps aid digestion.
- Schizandra Berry: An adaptogenic herb found in east Asia. I’m a large fan of adaptogens, and think this is a fine ingredient to include in a mixture.
- 12 Strains of Probiotics: Having probiotics in a green drink is not all that unique, but having 12 different strains of probiotics is pretty remarkable! Green Vibrance has 25 different colony forming units per serving
- Phyto-Boron: On their website Vibrant Health talks about the importance of this nutrient. Boron is rarely mentioned as an essential nutrient, but it helps testosterone homeostasis and vitamin D balance.
Taste, Texture and Mixability
As would be expected, Green Vibrance has a dark green color when mixed with water.
I found the texture to be a little bit on the coarse side, but this was only noticeable when mixed with water.
I usually add my green powders to smoothies, sauces, and sometimes dishes at dinner or lunch and when it was cooked with regular food I did not notice it all that much. In my opinion the taste is a bit on the salty side. It doesn’t contain any stevia, so anyone who prefers their green drinks with something sweet might do well to mix it with juice or a little bit of sweetener.
The texture is consistent and a little bit thick. When I drank it in water I thought the taste was good enough, but would recommend putting it in a juice concoction or smoothie to someone just beginning with these drinks.
Cost and Where To Buy
On its website Green Vibrance is listed as costing $49.95 for a 30 day supply, which is 12.7 ounces.
However, since the Vibrant Health company focuses heavily on widespread distribution the price varies by location. Here’s the cost of a 12.7 ounce of Green Vibrance at various online outlets:
Vitamin Shoppe: $40.99
*These prices were written on 07/23/2012*
Who Should Buy Green Vibrance?
I think Green Vibrance is a great choice for someone looking for a robust mixture without wanting to spend a lot of money. Because of its widespread distribution through different retail outlets it’s very easy to get a good price on a bottle, and the diversity of nutrients is hard to beat at its price.
Comparing Green Vibrance to Other Products
To help compare Green Vibrance to other greens powders, here’s a table comparing the most important qualities of popular brands.
|Amazing Grass||Macro Greens||Green Vibrance||VitaMineral Green||Vega One||Dr. Schulze|
|Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review|
|Product Page||Go To Page||Go To Page||Go To Page||Go To Page||Go To Page||Go To Page|
Important Information About This Table:
The information I used for this table was updated on 07/18/2012
To determine the $$/oz I used the price off the company website
Vega One does not offer a tub with 30 servings, so I extrapolated the price from its bottle that provides 20 servings
The classifications I used for taste and mixture type are based on my own opinion are yours may vary.