Cheapest place to buy: amazon.ca
Size of container: 530g
My rating: 5 stars
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience and results from using the product for over a year. I was not asked to review this product by the Progressive Company. If you decide to purchase this product through my links, I may be entitled to a small commission.
According to the manufacturer’s website, the Progressive VegeGreens is a blend of fruits, vegetables, grains, oils and herbs which apparently contains over 60 ingredients from land, sea, green food concentrates, plant oils, phytonutrients, herbs and extracts and botanicals.
These distinctive blends supply an extraordinary spectrum of nutrients that can only be obtained by consuming the entire rainbow of vegetable colours.
This product is an impressive superfood supplement to be added to any diet, whether heathy and complete or not.
The power of the progressive VegeGreens comes from the numerous individual nutrients that each blend contains, as well as the synergy between the blends.
Aspects of the Progressive VegeGreens
This green powder combines a variety of healthy foods packed with nutrients and for which health claims are found everywhere.
Many studies have shown that fruits and vegetables sold in markets nowadays are lacking key nutrients compared to 50 years ago.
Thanks to the modern farming methods, long-haul transportation and crop-breeding practices; Our foods are depleted from vital vitamins and minerals.
So, solely relying on whole foods as a source of a complete and balanced nutrition is insufficient and every individual should be aware to add a daily supplement to fill the gap.
I have been using the Progressive VegeGreens pineapple coconut for over a year now and I can confirm that it is a good supplement to be added to any diet.
In fact, and according to the manufacturer, every scoop of this stuff is packed with the antioxidant equivalent of 6 to 8 servings of fresh veggies.
You can drink it straight by mixing one scoop into one cup (250ml) of water or natural juice once daily in the morning or before bed (avoid mixing with juice before bed).
You can also add it to your favourite smoothie recipe by blending all of your ingredients together.
Consuming it this way completely hides the unpleasant taste if you are using the original Progressive VegeGreens (unflavoured).
I personally find that taking it with food makes it easier to digest and less likely to experience any gastrointestinal disturbances.
So, I recommend taking it with breakfast.
And What’s more, your stomach will thank you!
Also, if you are taking any medication, you should space them out as some of the ingredients may interact with the medication.
Again, there is no evidence or studies but if you’re cautious like me, I always avoid taking my supplements too close to taking medications.
If you read the label of the product, it says to consult your doctor prior to using this product if you are taking any type of medication or natural products.
Every supplement out there has this claim because the manufacturer does not want to deal with liability issues.
Now I will tell you that I’ve heard of stories of people with a history of kidney stones consuming green powders and ending up in the hospital.
Actually, a colleague of mine had this and he was consuming a green powder on a daily basis. It can definitely happen so read the label carefully.
But also, since green powders in general contain lots of nutrients and are concentrated in nature, one needs to drink insane amounts of liquids (i.e. water, natural juice, decaf tea/coffee) to ensure kidneys are working properly.
I personally was not taking this product when I was pregnant or breastfeeding as I am very cautious but some women do continue taking it throughout their pregnancies with no issues.
Another thing is hypersensitivity. Some individuals are more sensitive than others, so watch out for symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, swelling, etc and discontinue use.
I didn’t have any issues with hypersensitivity and I am intolerant to some allergens. You’ll never know though until you try it.
Pros and Cons of this product
I’m going to start this section by talking about the cost.
I personally buy the Progressive VegeGreens Pineapple Coconut on amazon and it costs me $62,99 plus taxes, so around $67.
The container of 530g lasts me almost 60 days because my husband also drinks a scoop from time to time. So, it costs me $1,12 per day to add 6 to 8 servings of veggies and fruits to my diet.
I’m pretty sure that this is cheaper than adding that many fresh veggies and fruits.
And who can eat 6 to 8 servings of fruits and veggies a day anyways, unless you are blending or juicing and drinking it throughout the day. It really sounds like a lot!
Now let’s talk about improvements to my health.
I’ve seen positive results since I started using it. Don’t get me wrong, it does take time before you start noticing any difference.
It took me about a month to feel more energized in the morning (I’m not a morning person) and to see improvements to my skin’s dryness and itchiness.
I have extremely dry skin especially during winter time and this stuff really helps with this somehow.
I don’t have any health problems and I eat a pretty healthy diet, so I didn’t notice any other improvements.
I can’t talk about the taste because I use the pineapple coconut flavor and I love it. It contains 4 g of carbs (most of it is fibre and phytonutrients) and can fit in a Ketogenic Diet nicely.
Now let’s talk about health claims.
My issue is the lack of studies to prove any of the benefits claimed such as increasing energy levels, renewing mental clarity, Strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the body, supporting the heart, liver and digestive health and restoring a healthy PH balance.
Let’s look at some ingredients:
Consider green tea extract, ginkgo biloba, oat bran, blueberry concentrate (in the Blueberry Medley), Red wine extract, etc.
There is some evidence or studies that show the benefits of each of these ingredients: The beta-glucan in oat bran can indeed reduce cholesterol levels, the antioxidants found in blueberries help the skin’s dryness and boost the immune system, the healthy ingredient in red wine (i.e. resveratrol) helps improve heart health, the green tea and the ginkgo to boost the immune system and improve brain function.
These are all good ingredients.
But the fact is: Studies that have claimed improved memory, improved heart health; etc. used hundreds of milligrams in order to see any potential benefits.
The amounts found in the progressive VegeGreens are so low (20mg in a 530g container) that it is hard to come to any conclusion.
Maybe it is the special blend of over 60 ingredients that does the trick.
Who knows?! Until scientifically proven, it is a marketing strategy and it is up to the consumer to decide.
Morale of the story
There are so many types of greens sold in the market nowadays and there is absolutely no harm in including them as part of a healthy diet.
If you are not keen on eating your veggies and you’re lacking nutrients, you may notice some benefits from taking the Progressive VegeGreens.
Please keep in mind that there are no studies or evidence to back up the manufacturer’s claimed benefits.
My personal view is to give it a try and see for yourself.
That is exactly what I’ve done and I like the energy boost and the skin complexity I’m getting as a result of using the Progressive VegeGreens daily.
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have questions or concerns about the Progressive VegeGreens, you can leave them in the comments below and I will gladly respond.
Have a great day!