The supplement industry can seem extremely confusing.
To illustrate my point here is an example of some daily recommendations:
- Immediately upon waking: Whey protein (20g), BCAAs (5g), Caffeine (200mg)
- Breakfast, 30 – 60 minutes after waking: multivitamin (1 dose), Vitamin C (1000mg), Vitamin D (1000 – 3000 IU), Vitamin E (400 – 800 IU), Calcium (500 – 600mg), Fish Oil (2 – 3g)
- Mid-morning 60 – 90 minutes after breakfast: Green Tea Extract (500 – 1000mg)
- Lunch: Fish Oil (2 – 3g)
- Pre-Workout #1, 60 minutes before exercise: Caffeine (200 – 400mg), Green Tea Extract (500 – 1000mg), Pre-workout (1 dose)
- Pre-Workout #2, 15 – 30 minutes before exercise: Whey Protein (20g), BCAAs (5g), Creatine (2 – 5g), Beta-Alanine (2 – 3g)
- Post-Workout, within 45 minutes of exercise: Whey Protein (20g), Casein Protein (10 – 20g), BCAAs (5g), Creatine (2 – 5g), Beta-Alanine (2 – 3g), Carbs (30 – 60g)
- Dinner: Vitamin C (1000mg), Calcium (500 – 600mg), Vitamin D (1000 – 3000 IU)
- Bedtime, 30 minutes before going to bed: Casein Protein (20g), Fish Oil (2 – 3g)
The whole purpose of supplementation is to make it more convenient for us to meet our daily nutrient requirements.
Given that we are so busy with our jobs and daily lives, we barely have enough time to get sufficient hours of sleep. How are we expected to keep track of these timings and recommendations? Is the whole industry built on making consumers feel inadequate?
We all want to get the best out of the things we buy and with such complicated daily schedules, it is understandable if you’re feeling clueless as to whether your current supplementation habits are truly meeting your needs.
Because we understand this dilemma we have put together a simple process for you to follow when it comes to taking super greens.
Before delving into the ‘when’ of taking this greens supplement, we first need to have some understanding of ‘what’ super greens are.
What are Super Greens?
For those who are new to this area, super greens are dietary supplements that are made from ingredients such as vegetables, leafy greens, seaweeds, fruits, herbs, and extracts from nutritional foods.
As a low-calorie supplement, they are often extremely dense in micronutrients and can therefore be used to help you easily meet your daily nutrient requirements. Some of the common vitamins included are vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, and B12.
Given that green powders are made from a wide array of nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and plants, it should not come as any surprise to hear that researchers have found consuming green powders to have multiple health benefits such as increasing energy levels, improving health markers, and supporting body detoxification (1, 2, 3).
You can check out our article Why You Should Think About Consuming Super Greens Powder to learn more about the benefits of green powders.
That being said, super greens are not meant to replace whole fruits and vegetables from our diet, rather to supplement vitamins, minerals and other compounds that may be lacking in what we eat.
When To Drink Super Greens
Because super greens are typically designed to deliver the maximum amount of micronutrients in a scoop there isn’t a need to dial in on a specific time or schedule to consume it. Simply put, you can consume it at any time of the day, with or without meals.
We all have different schedules and habits. You may be someone who usually skips breakfast, be it due to work, school, or family commitments, perhaps you don’t find the time or have little appetite. You might consider consuming your super greens the moment you wake up. That way, you can just mix it with the glass of water that you usually drink to quench your thirst on waking, but this way you get your nutritional needs met too.
Alternatively, if you are trying to cut down on caffeine, you could swap out your daily morning or afternoon coffee with a glass of super greens instead.
SuperGreen Tonik, includes ingredients such as Organic Kale, Ashwagandha Root Extract, Bacopa Monnieri, Rhodiola Rosea, Gingko Biloba, L-Tyrosine, and L-Theanine.
These ingredients have been found to improve brain health, cognitive abilities, attention, concentration, and also to help combat fatigue — making it the perfect substitute for the usual energy boost that gets you through the day! You can find out more about the benefits here.
In short, everything you need can be found in a serving of super greens.
We prefer to not be prescriptive about when to take SuperGreen Tonik, we encourage finding the timing that best suits your schedule. It is more important to make it convenient for yourself so ensure that you are consistent with your supplementation.
What Is The Best Way To Consume Super Greens?
We get this question fairly often and, in part, the answer is: it depends on your personal preference.
Some enjoy consuming super greens by just mixing it with water. Others prefer to throw it in with their juice, smoothies, pre- or post-workout snack.
When your super greens taste as good as SuperGreen Tonik’s refreshing mint flavor any of these preparation methods would be fine.
Go out there and experiment! Search up on some recipes, or even create your very own — but don’t forget to share them.
How often should I Consume Super Greens?
Because of how nutritious super greens are one serving a day should be able to help fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet — provided that you are already following a well-balanced diet which includes whole fruits and vegetables.
This follows the same principle as taking a daily multivitamin, except that it has added benefits to your health. While the “once a day” recommendation is a great guideline, there are instances where it might be beneficial for you to consume an extra scoop or two.
For example, if you are traveling overseas for work or vacation, it might be a good idea to throw in an extra scoop of super greens for added nutritional insurance. This is because you may not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and the food you consume may not necessarily be the healthiest.
Additionally, you may want that extra boost to your immune system. SuperGreen Tonik contains ingredients such as dandelion leaf extract, garlic extract, and olive extract — all of which are known for their immune-boosting properties. This allows you to boost your immune system so that you aren’t so susceptible to environmental stress.
Another example could be if you ate nothing but protein, broccoli, and rice all day.
As a fitness fanatic, I understand the need to eat clean and train hard in order to maximize gains made in the gym, but it is clear that the nutritional profile from your diet is limited.
Admittedly broccoli is a good vegetable source, but you are shortchanging yourself of the benefits of consuming a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, your body requires essential vitamins and minerals to recover adequately from your strenuous training sessions.
A poor diet may hinder recovery, resulting in a decrease in performance and also puts you at a higher risk of injury. In the long run, a lack of vitamins and minerals can cause your health to deteriorate — counterproductive when you are working so hard to be fit and healthy.
So we can see that daily nutrition is very important.
You may consider using super greens to supplement your nutritional deficits but it is also recommended for you to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, as well as proteins and carbohydrates.
Greens before bedtime
Generally speaking, super greens are specifically designed to produce the highest amount of essential nutrients all in one scoop. When to consume greens is a personal preference, but we would recommend steering clear of consuming greens before bed.
Super Greens have ingredients that can promote energy, concentration, and focus, which is a good thing; because of this, however, consuming them before bed can negatively impact your sleep quality.
Some of these ingredients are:
- Organic Kale
- Ashwagandha Root Extract
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Ginkgo Biloba
These elements have been observed to increase health, cognitive capacities, awareness, concentration, and fatigue, making it an excellent replacement for the normal power boost that gets you through the day.
All of us lead different lives and have varying commitments in terms of work and family life. Some people, myself included, tend to skip breakfast as I don’t tend to feel hungry until mid-morning; because of this, I take one scoop of super greens and add it to my protein smoothie around about 11 am each morning.
Others may work as medics, police, or firefighters that require late shifts; in such cases, it probably makes sense to take greens during the shift to boost energy and help support concentration. But again, to reiterate, most people should avoid taking greens supplements before bed.
The bottom line
Super greens are made from a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They are packed with micronutrients making them a fantastic option to meet your daily nutritional needs.
When it comes to consuming super greens it is certainly up to personal choice. As a rule of thumb, super greens should be consumed once a day (with potentially one more scoop if needed). You can consume it however you like, be it with water, or as a smoothie — get creative!
While super greens may be a nutritious and convenient way to get your daily greens it should be noted that they are meant to supplement your diet. You should aim to consume most of your daily nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, using super greens to fill any nutritional deficit in your diet.
The benefits of consuming fresh whole fruits and vegetables are, after all, irrefutable when it comes to maintaining a healthy body. There are benefits of super greens and fresh vegetables.