Healthy Essentials: Green Vibrance

Green Vibrance by Vibrant Health - 60 serving containerWe all know that greens are good for us - to eat, juice, take intravenously - ok, that last one is taking it a bit far, but you get the idea. Greens are good for you. You need them, so get them.

One of the powerhouse ways that I like to get my greens (& soooo many other healthy essentials, like enzymes, probiotics, liver support, etc.) is with Green Vibrance from Vibrant Health.


Get Your DAILY Greens

Some people juice their greens or take a green powder because they have a true aversion to eating their green vegetables. That's not me. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable - I don't only crave it, I get excited about eating it just like I get excited about eating brownies. I know this is only one of the many ways that I am not normal, but I'm comfortable with that. At least this is one of those areas where my "lack of normal" is exceptionally helpful to me and my health. Still, with my love of broccoli, kale, spinach, collards, and so many other wonderfully green foods - I know that it's hard to get a truly amazing dose of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that these greens pack in every single day. That's one of the reasons that Green Vibrance is on my Healthy Essentials list.


What Are The Best Greens To Get And Why?

Gross Food Face - woman with red hair, green shirt.I've tried many greens throughout the years. I've had barely-there greens, swampy-slime greens, "are-you-sure-this-is-green??" greens...you get the idea. I've found greens that were disgusting, but since they were packed with good nutrients, I suffered through them. ("Bitter-beer face" has nothing on my "Oh my word, what was that!?!" greens face.) I've had greens that tasted good, but found that I was paying too much for them. Why? Simple - the lighter taste came with lighter nutrients (fillers made them more palatable and took the space of the nutrients I was trying to get).

I have found a few greens that fit the requirements of being nutrient dense while still having decent flavor. My favorite of all of these greens is Green Vibrance, and here's some of the reasons why:

(Click one of the links above to take you directly to that reason why I choose Green Vibrance.)


Cost of Greens (Relatively)

A Little Over $1 A Day

Before we go into detail of each of the above reasons I take Green Vibrance over any other green, let's deal with the expense. I get a 60 serving container of Green Vibrance from iHerb for around $68 (depends on discount). First, for those looking to try it and are new to iHerb, you can get a $10 discount off of your first order of $40 or more by following this iHerb link or putting in the code tas065 when you order. Next, let's look at why $68 is actually a great deal.

That's a little over $1 a day. A head of lettuce costs about $1 a day and has a great deal less nutrients, but there's more...keep reading.

Saving On Products It Replaces

It replaces other products for me: Food-Based Multi-Vitamin, Probiotics, Prebiotics and More (see More Than Just Greens below for more details). That's a huge reduction in overall cost. Getting more products from one source saves money. If you're looking into greens, then you care about your health. A good food-based multi-vitamin and probiotics are central to your health. Green Vibrance covers those needs as well as many other supplements you may or may not already be taking, but could certainly benefit from.

Coffee vs. Greens - Choices: It's that simple

Where Else Are You Spending It?

Cup of coffee - It's an example that we've all heard or seen applied many times to other things. I hate to be cliché, but it's still true, so it bears pointing out. If you're willing to pay $1 for a cup of coffee (or a snack), shouldn't you be willing to pay around $1 for your health? It really is that simple.

You Genuinely Don't Have The Money

I've had friends that genuinely didn't have the money to pay $1 a day (especially per person when looking to the health of their family). I understood then and I understand now, if that's your situation. I'll tell you what I told her: Buy it and take 1/2 a dose. 1/2 of the serving is still going to do a great deal more for your health than any other product. 1/2 of a nutrient-dense, multi-health formula is still going to do wonders for you and your family. Just because you can't do everything, doesn't mean you can't do anything - remember that!

Just because you can't do everything, doesn't mean you can't do anything -
Remember that!Natasha Renée Hayes


Green Vibrance: Mix of Greens (get a mix of greens in one place)

One of the reasons that I like taking Green Vibrance vs. juicing my greens or taking a simple powdered spirulina is the mix of greens. We all know that different foods have different amounts and spectrums of nutrients. We understand that though a carrot and a clementine are both orange, they're not made up of the same stuff. Sure, they might have some of the same nutrients, but not all of them. This is no difference when looking at sources of greens. That's why I like to mix it up.

Mix your greens with Green Vibrance: spirulina, wheat grass, oat grass, barley grass, kelp, spinach and more.

Green Vibrance takes a collection of greens from different sources (land and sea) and puts them together into one product:

  • Certified organic Barley grass juice powder
  • Certified organic Oat grass juice powder
  • Certified organic Kamut grass juice powder
  • Certified organic Wheat grass juice powder
  • Certified organic Spirulina powder
  • Chlorella (pharmaceutical grade)
  • Certified organic Parsley
  • Certified organic Spinach
  • Certified organic Alfalfa sprout powder
  • Certified organic Broccoli sprout powder
  • Freeze dried Green Bean powder
  • Freeze dried Zucchini powder
  • Certified organic Kelp (sea vegetable)
  • Certified organic Rockweed (sea vegetable)
  • Certified organic Alaria (sea vegetable)


Green Vibrance: More Than Just Greens

I'm always interested in getting more of my needs met in one place - especially when it comes to purchasing products. (I like clothes that can be dressed up or down, a purse that doubles as a briefcase, a cake plate that becomes a punch bowl - Multi-purpose, baby - that's what I like!) Multi-purpose makes things easier to buy, store and travel with, and it usually saves money. All of those apply with Green Vibrance.

Greens Plus Probiotics, Vitamins, Enzymes, Liver Support, Antioxidants and More: Green Vibrance Review at Younger-Body.comGreen Vibrance has more than just greens. It also has:

(Click one of the links above to take you directly to that added nutrient in Green Vibrance.)


Greens Plus Multi-Vitamin Replacement

The first time-saver, money saver and storage saver that Green Vibrance gives me is the multi-vitamin. First, please know that all multi-vitamins are not created equal - it all depends on the source of the vitamins. That's why I always get my vitamins sourced from natural foods.

If you're looking for a multi-vitamin, I can strongly suggest Garden of Life's Raw One Multi-Vitamin for Women, or Garden of Life's Raw One Multi-Vitamin for Men. These are the multi-vitamins we used to take (and still do, depending on our current nutrition, travel and lifestyle needs). When we're at home, or traveling to stay somewhere for an extended period of time, we use the Green Vibrance instead. It gives us all of the vitamins we were getting in the Raw One Multi, with the exception of some B-Vitamins. To make up for this lack, we find it easiest to simply supplement with a good B-Complex. You can get one here.

Feel free to follow this link and compare the breakdown of vitamins for yourself. The breakdown of vitamins in Green Vibrance is below:

  • Vitamin A from beta carotene (4,764 IU)
  • Vitamin C (45.5 mg)
  • Vitamin D3 from Lichen (2,000 IU)
  • Vitamin E water dispersible d-alpha-tocopherol acetate (100 IU)
  • Vitamin K (124 mcg)
  • Vitamin B12 (2.66 mcg)
  • Calcium (106 mg)
  • Iron (3.74 mg)
  • Magnesium (27 mg)
  • Selenium from Orgen-SE mustard seed ext. cert, organic (50 mcg)
  • Chromium from Indian mustard, hydroponically grown (80 mcg)
  • Sodium (46.7 mg)
  • Potassium (203 mg)

Greens Plus Probiotics

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus HA-122 (2.5 billion)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus HA-111 (2.5 billion)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus B, HA-114 (2.5 billion)
  • Lactobacillus paracasei HA-108 (2.5 billion)
  • Lactobacillus plantarum HA-119 (2.5 billion)
  • Bifidobacterium breve, HA-129 (2.5 billion)
  • Bifidobacterium longum, HA-135 (2.5 billion)
  • Lactococcus lactis HA-136 (2.5 billion)
  • Propionibacterium shermanii HA-182 (1.25 billion)
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum HA-132 (1.25 billion)
  • Streptococcus thermophilus HA-110 (0.75 billion)
  • Lactococcus helveticus HA-128 (0.5 billion)

Greens Plus Prebiotics and Fiber

  • Larch arabinogalactans FiberAid (600 mg)
  • Fructo-oligosaccharides (600 mg)
  • Stabilized brown rice bran (500 mg)
  • Whole apple powder certified organic (400 mg)
  • Milled Flaxseed concentrate non-GMO, de-oiled certified organic (200 mg)
  • Apricot fruit powder (90 mg)

Greens Plus Enzymes

  • Protease 4.5, Aspergillus oryzae (500 HUT)
  • Protease 6.0, Aspergillus oryzae (400 HUT)
  • Lipase Aspergillus niger (300 FIP)
  • Amylase Aspergillus oryzae (400 DU)
  • Invertase Saccharomyces cerevisiae (75 SU)
  • Cellulase Trichoderma longibrachiatum (500 CU)

Greens Plus Liver Support

  • Alma fruit powder (100 mg)
  • Silymarin milk thistle seed extract, Silibum marianum 80% silybin (60 mg)
  • Carrot root extract 4:1 (50 mg)
  • Chicory root extract 4:1 (50 mg)
  • Dandelion root extract 4:1 (50 mg)
  • Chicory root powder certified organic (25 mg)
  • Gentian root extract 4:1 (15 mg)

Greens Plus Antioxidants

  • Amla fruit powder (100 mg.)
  • Whole freeze dried strawberry (250 mg)
  • Goji berry juice powder (150 mg.)
  • Vitamin E (143 mg./100 i.u.)
  • Silymarin standardized extract (60 mg.)
  • Ginkgo biloba standardized extract (20 mg.)
  • Green tea catechins standardized extract (20 mg.)
  • Grape seed standardized OPC extract (20 mg.)
  • Grape skin extract (20 mg.)
  • Pomegranate extract, 40% ellagic acid (20 mg.)
  • Schizandra berry extract, 2% schizandrin (100 mg)
  • Acerola berry juice powder (200 mg.)
  • Tomato concentrate, 2% lycopene (100 mg.)
  • Pluss all the carotenoids from cereal grass juice powders, algae, and Apricot
  • Plus uncounted milligrams of polyphenols from green food components and tocotrienols from stabilized rice bran.

Greens Plus Lecithin

Lecithin is good for many things, including a cell membrane and nerve support.

  • Sunflower lecithin powder (non-GMO) 98% oil-free 700 mg

Greens Plus Immune Boosters

  • Elutherecoccus senticossus standardized extract
  • Suma extract
  • Astragalus membranaceus standardized extract
  • Schizandra berry extract, 2% schizandrin
  • Vitamin E
  • FiberAid arabinogalactan
  • ResistAid arabinogalactan
  • Beta-1,3-1,6 glucans

Greens Plus Bone Health Support

  • CALZBONE Cissus quadrangularis extract
  • Phyto-Boron
  • Vitamin D3 in alfalfa base
  • Plant calcium

Greens Plus Circulation Support

  • Sunflower Lecithin powder
  • Vitamin E
  • Silymarin standardized extract
  • Ginkgo biloba standardized extract
  • Green tea catechins standardized extract
  • Grape seed standardized OPC extract
  • Pomegranate extract (40% ellagic acid)


Taste of Greens

If it's disgusting, you're not going to keep drinking it. Taste is important. Green Vibrance is that it doesn't have any off-putting tastes. There's nothing that stands out and it doesn't taste like swamp water (though it does look like it).

Sweet or Salty?

Taste is about more than palatability - it also has to do with flavor. I've had greens that tasted fine because they added stevia, so they were a little sweet. This is great, if you like sweet. If you don't? Good luck.

One of my reader's pointed out that she gets really tired of sweet things and would love to have her greens salty. That's one of the things that I like about Green Vibrance (other than the no disgusting flavors) - they don't add any sweeteners. That gives me control of flavors. If I want it sweet, I add a scoop of Stevia or mix it with a chilled juice or herbal tea. (Yes - it tastes better cold.) If I want it salty, I add salt, maybe even garlic or mix it with a Raw Gazpacho Juice Recipe, or chilled broth. The point is, you control the flavor. Sweet or Salty? Your choice.


Greens: Easy Mixing

Vitamin Shoppe Shaker Bottle

If you've ever had the experience of chewing the chunks in your greens or getting a burst of powder that didn't get blended, you appreciate the importance of a green that mixes well.

I find it easiest to have my greens "shaken, not stirred".  To accomplish that, I use this simple little shaker cup I picked up from Vitamin Shoppe. If you have trouble finding one (I can't find them online), here are a few more options you could pick from. Just click on the image, and it'll take you to it on Amazon.

I particularly like BlenderBottle GoStak Twist n' Lock Storage Jars. You can take your greens and a few servings of protein all to be used in the same bottle! (I told you I like multi-purpose.) For the moms and dads out there, you could even use a sippy cup. Just make sure to take out the filter first, put a finger over the sipping area and wash when done. I certainly don't want to get any of you into trouble with this suggestion. Hey, it's all about using what you have (again with the multi-purpose!).


What About You?

Do you take greens? What do you use? What do you like and dislike about it? Give us tips. Tell us your success stories and your horror stories. We can help each other out...or at least have a good laugh together. Come on...tell me all about it. ;)


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Comments
Cynthia DeWitte commented on 18-Mar-2015 12:31 PM
While the greens are gluten free, even if they are wheat grass, is the product gluten free? My concern is cross contamination due to some of these grasses being from high gluten plants.
Natasha Renée Hayes commented on 19-Mar-2015 04:44 PM

Cynthia,

That's an excellent question! Gluten is in the grain, not the grass, so wheatgrass is truly gluten-free. Here's a good reference for you:

"The Gluten Intolerance Group, a national celiac disease support organization, has researched the gluten- free status of barley and wheat grass. Here is what they have concluded: US Department of Agriculture research chemists who specialize in wheat gluten and cereal proteins say gluten is only found in the seed kernel, the endosperm, and not in the stem and leaves."Gluten Free Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines "gluten-free" foods that

  • Can't contain the gluten grains wheat, barley and rye, or crossbreeds of these grains, such as spelt; and
  • Contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

Some manufacturers seek to stay much lower than this, and Vibrant Health is one of them. Here's what they say about their carefulness in making Green Vibrance gluten-free:

Green Vibrance contains NO grains or grain byproducts. As such, it is formulaically gluten free. Nevertheless, we have gone one step further and actually assayed the finished product for gluten through an outside lab, and found none...Gluten free means there are less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Vibrant Health products are all far below this minimum standard.Vibrant Health on Green Vibrance

Though the FDA's rules on Gluten-Free labeling only went into effect August of 2014, Vibrant Health has been keeping Green Vibrance way below this standard. This is easy to do when they are careful about the grasses they use. As they said, "NO grains or grain byproducts", which is where the gluten is found.

I hope this information is helpful! Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any other questions.

Thanks for asking about Gluten - I'm sure this information will benefit many others!

Cynthia DeWitte commented on 19-Mar-2015 09:22 PM
I ran across an article today about this very thing. It stated that the grass must be harvested before the heads begin to form, because that is when gluten synthesis begins. During that time, the grass can have gluten on it due to being in contact with the gluten containing heads, thus cross contamination. That is what I was wondering about. I aim for gluten zero due to the severity of reactions of my family members.
From what you posted, this should be a good product for the majority of people who are avoiding gluten, but if it isn't for sure gluten zero, it might pose a problem for a few.
Natasha Renée Hayes commented on 20-Mar-2015 11:49 AM

Cynthia - you are right. If the grass is harvested after seeds begin to form, then gluten may be present. Not all manufacturers of super green products are careful about when they harvest their grasses. Vibrant Health is.

Here's what they say about their harvesting method:

"These grasses are harvested when they reach about six inches to a foot in height. They are harvested just before the 'jointing' stage is reached, the time when nutrient density is greatest. This stage of growth occurs many weeks prior to the formation of the plant's seed head -- the part of the plant that eventually delivers the grain with all its gluten. So even though Green Vibrance uses cereal grass juice powders, there is absolutely no grain harvested along with them. Hence, there is no gluten in Green Vibrance, either from those juice powders or form any other ingredient in Green Vibrance."Vibrant Health on Green Vibrance

Hope this helps! :)

tim commented on 05-Jan-2016 09:06 AM
I take green vibrance daily but I'm about to start the hCG diet protocol and I wonder is there anything about green vibrance that would screw up my weight loss it's only a few calories with no fat so I'm not worried about that
Natasha Renée Hayes commented on 01-Feb-2016 12:20 PM

Tim - that's a fantastic question.

You will be fine. I have taken my Green Vibrance during the HCG Diet and I didn't have any problems with stalls in losing fat. I like to take my Green Vibrance with water and stevia, which I feel improves the flavor without adding calories from juice.

Hope this helps! :)


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