3 Common Myths About Green Powders
Along with other plant-based supplement products, greens powders and blends are quickly becoming some of the most popular supplements on the market. Whether you're preparing to manufacturer your own blend or purchase the right blend for your needs, you may want to consider these green myths...
Myth #1: All greens supplements are the same.
This myth is absolutely false. In the same way that all pre-workouts, multivitamins or protein blends aren't the same – the same can be said for greens blends.
Depending on the specific greens blend you're looking to use (or the specific blend you're looking to formulate), there's a good chance that your product of choice will contain a unique (or at the very least different) combination of vegetables, grains, herbs, grasses, and other ingredients. As a result, the nutritional content of your greens blend will vary from that of other greens products on the market.
Along with the differences that can exist among greens blends based on their ingredient lists, the ways in which those ingredients are processed can have a significant impact on the nature of the finished product. A good example of this might be the differences that exist between a brands' standard greens blend and their "raw" greens blend.
Myth #2: If I'm taking a greens blend regularly, then I don't need whole fruits and vegetables.
No matter what ingredients your greens blend of choice may include or how nutrient dense it may be, at the end of the day it's still a dietary supplement – and that's an important factor to keep in mind.
As is the case with any dietary supplement, the end goal isn't to replace elements of your regular diet with a given product. Instead, a greens blend (or any other supplement that you might be taking) should is often intended to support a healthy and well-balanced diet.
Myth #3: There's no "right time" to take a greens blend.
Truthfully, this last one is more of a partial truth than it is a myth. While you are absolutely free to take and enjoy the full benefits of your greens blend at nearly any time of day, you may want re-think taking them post-workout...
While there may be no "official" stance on the matter, there is plenty of scientific research available concerning the effects of antioxidants on the body's ability to recover post-workout. Currently, the majority of the research available suggest that antioxidants may actually hinder our body's natural ability to adapt, heal, and grow after intense exercise.1-3