All Day Energy Greens shake Review: Does it work?

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Expert rating: 2.9/5

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Intro: What is it?

All Day Energy Greens is a vegetable beverage that claims to be a “hi-octane energy drink” for overall health and wellness.  It also clams to provide the nutritional requirement of over 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

The brand is heavily marketed towards elderly people; in fact all the reviews and testimonials are of people in their late 60’s and 70’s. This product claims it can help you feel young again, and that it’s meant to protect every cell in body. So are these claims true? What can this shake really do? To answer these questions continue reading the review below.

All Day Energy Greens Ingredients

Alfalfa Leaf Powder Soy Lecithin Powder Carrot Powder Spirulina Powder Organic Barley Grass Powder
Aloe Vera Leaf Powder Rose Hips Fruit Powder Acerola Fruit Extract Parsley Leaf Powder Stevia Leaf Extract
Apple Fiber Powder Apple Pectin Powder Chlorella Algae Powder Horsetail Aerial Parts Powder Red Raspberry Leaf Powder
Watercress Aerial Parts Powder Organic Beet Root Powder Organic Brown Flax Seed Mohave Yucca Root Powder Spinach Leaf Powder
Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract Astragalus Root Powder Damiana Leaf Powder Eleuthero Rot Extract Milk Thistle Seed Extract
Suma Root Powder Chinese Licorice Root Extract Royal Jelly Extract Organic Nopal Leaf Powder Organic Dulse Leaf Powder
Enzyme Blend Grape Seed Extract Green Tea Leaf Extract Ginger Root Powder Gingko Leaf Extract
Echinacea Purpurea Aerial Parts Powder

 

Although there are all natural ingredients, some of them are known to potentially cause problems:

Gingko Biloba: Tree extract used to increase mental focus. Side effects are possible, especially in people with blood circulation problems. Risks include bleeding, stomach pain, nausea, restlessness, dizziness, and rapid heart ate. When eaten alongside other herbs it further increases the risk for bleeding.

Chinese Licorice: An enzyme inside this ingredient is known to cause water retention, high blood pressure, and it can lower potassium levels.

Astragalus: An herb used to improve the immune system. It can delay the effectiveness of medications meant to improve the immune system.  It can also raise blood pressure and blood sugar. Certain strains of it can lead to toxic side effects.

Milk Thistle: Plant used to help reduce liver disease and cancer, though studies have shown it doesn’t have this effect. It has been shown to be toxic in animals. It has the highest amount of mycotoxins out of any plant supplement. Mycotoxins are types of molds which can have toxic side effects.

Horsetail: Plant extract often used as a way to stop bleeding and to heal wounds. The European Food Safety Authority board declared none of the reported benefits have been proven. It can also lead to lack of limb control, and it can cause slow heart rate and cause related side effects seen in heart complications.

Eleuthero: Also known as Siberian ginseng, it’s used to enhance mental performance, though studies have not shown it to be effective in any way. The American Cancer Society claims this extract has not been proven to have a positive effect.

Macronutrients and Calories

Calories 30 Calories from Fat 10 Total Fat 1g, 2% Total Carbohydrate 4g, 1% Dietary Fiber 1g, 4%
Sugars 1g Protein 1g, 2% Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 583% Vitamin E 1%
Vitamin B6 10% Vitamin B12 13% Iron 6% Iodine 11% Sodium 2%

 

Calories

It’s incredibly low on the amount of calories, and most of it comes from fat. To find the overall fat content this you perform a simple formula:

10 calories from fat, divided by 30 calories=0.33 time’s 100= 33.3% fat in each serving.

According to the FDA, anything above 20% is considered a high fat food, so this drink qualifies as being high fat.

Fiber

With only one gram of fiber and several vegetables added, it’s likely that some of the nutrients have been lost. Even a small amount of vegetables would have much more than 1 gram of fiber seen in this product.

All Day Energy Greens uses powdered apple fiber and pectin, which is a good source of fiber, although there’s only a small amount included.

The Quality of All Day Energy Greens protein

At only 1 gram of protein, there isn’t much here to suggest it will help satisfy hunger, or help rebuild muscles. Protein is required in order to retain lean muscle mass, and it’s effective in helping the body function properly.

The protein comes from the chlorella:

  • Chlorella: A high source of protein, these green algae is also often used as an alternative medicine. 3 separate studies and one of which was published on Pub Med mentions this can lead to problems for the immune system, and it can also cause inflammation.

There have been concerns over the safety of the protein used in this brand. Though there’s also such a small amount of it, another worry is that you aren’t actually benefiting from a high protein source.

The Price and Quality of All Day Energy Greens

With shipping and handling, a roughly 30 days’ supply costs $47.98, if you get it directly from the manufacturer.

So the overall price a day is:

$47.98/30=$1.59 for one full size serving.

There’s not much to this drink, there’s only a 1 gram of fiber, protein, and fat. It doesn’t seem to have any appetite suppressant qualities, nor is it affective as a meal replacement.  There are also some questionable ingredients that have not been proven to have a positive effect. Some of the additives have been tested by respected organizations who claim some of these ingredients are useless and potentially harmful.

The company also mentions there are over 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. This may seem impressive, but the lack of vitamins means you aren’t actually getting the same benefits as real fruits and vegetables.

The USDA claims there is a benefit to eating 5 servings, but they didn’t mean to get it through a powdered form of fruits and vegetables.  The reason why the company re-adds vitamins is because a lot of it is lost through processing.

The Lack of Nutrients

The label shows that there’s a small amount of macronutrients and micronutrients. Some of the added vitamins also don’t do much to add to the overall nutritional profile.

The only vitamin above 20% is Vitamin C, which has a high 583% of the daily recommended value. This may seem impressive, but it comes from a cheap ingredient in citrus bioflavonoids. According to Drugs.com, these types of ingredients have been:

“Found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs”

One drink is recommended a day, and at the less than 20% of your vitamin and minerals for everything but vitamin C, you have to largely supplement with whole foods to get your days’ worth of nutrients.

There are also digestive enzymes added which come in the form of Amylase, Cellulase, Lipase, and Protease.  According to WebMD, these enzymes are needed when:

“the pancreas cannot make or does not release enough digestive enzymes”

So supplementing is unnecessary. They also add that these enzymes can be potentially:

“contain possibly harmful impurities/additives”

It’s unnecessary to take these, and in fact they may produce unwanted side effects.

Contamination with Lead

Consumer Labs did an independent study on the quality of All Day Energy Greens, which tested for:

Contamination with heavy metals, microbes, and pesticides”

According to their research, there was lead inside this brand. Getting elevated levels of lead has lead to brain disorders, damage to the nervous system, and general poisoning of the body.

It’s important as well to watch out with the daily supplementation of lead, as this can lead to long term issues.  According to WebMD, lead poisoning is possible from:

months or years of exposure to small amounts of lead”

Nowhere on the label for this drink is there mention of taking a break from drinking it, nor do have they listed the exact levels of lead.  Another way to get lead poisoning is by taking one large dose of it in one sitting. Since it’s unknown exactly how much is contained inside this brand, it has an unknown risk factor.

Business

The company is called the Institute for Vibrant Living, and they sell many health supplements. You can reach them below:

Phone Number: (800) 218- 1378

Address: 661 E. Howards Rd. Ste C

Camp Verde, AZ 86322

There was also controversy for the following errors:

  • A lawyer sent a letter to the company for having high levels of lead in many of their brands, including All Day Energy Greens. According to the letter, this violates California’s prop 65, which requires companies to list the amounts of potentially carcinogenic ingrdients.
  • The company is featured on Rip Off Report.com for allegedly double billing a customer. It’s unknown if this issue was resolved.

Customer Opinions

Currently there are 430 reviews available on Amazon.com, customers have this to say:

“(has an) unacceptable amount of lead per serving”

“The price for this has skyrocketed”

“it’s ok”

“do not fall for this product”

Overwhelmingly, even the people who thought it had an effect mentioned it had a bad taste. Also, many of the people who have benefited also add that it could be a placebo effect.

Conclusion

There aren’t many macronutrients to this product, and the amount of minerals is low considering the addition of vegetables. Other things to consider about this drink includes:

  • It’s heavily marketed only towards the elderly: The company exclusively targets people in their late 60’s and above. It’s unknown if this is because the average person won’t benefit from supplementing. They never add any proof that it can help provide energy as well. The company also makes the bold claim that it can help provide energy to every part of the cell, though they never cite any evidence for this claim either.
  • The protein and fiber are very low: Just one gram of each is added, so it’s not a very effective at reducing hunger. It’s also unlikely to have any benefits on helping people retain muscle. Much more protein is needed in order for the body to get the proper levels of amino acids. Also, the protein comes largely if not all from chlorella; this is an algae that has been criticized for its potential side effects.
  • Not many nutrients are available through the vitamins: Considering there’s a large amount of vegetables and fruits added it’s odd that it doesn’t translate to more vitamins and minerals. This is likely due to the processing that goes into this product. It loses some of its nutrients due to the way it’s treated. There’s a high amount of vitamin C, but this comes mostly from the added citrus bioflavonoids and not from the vegetables and fruits added. Since it’s water soluble vitamin, when digested it loses a lot of its nutritional value.
  • It’s expensive for what you’re getting: This product is very limited in the amount of nutrients it has. It’s not high enough in macronutrients to satisfy as a meal replacement, and many of the ingredients can potentially cause side effects. 7 of the ingredients in this formula have been linked to side effects according to clinical studies. Some of the symptoms include poisoning, damage to the nervous system, brain damage, and dangerously low blood pressure. There’s also the problem with the contamination with lead. This additive can potentially cause serious issues, and it can build up toxic effects even in low doses.
  • Many customers did not like the taste: The average customer mentions that the flavor was unpleasant. This is common for green drinks since there’s a lot of vegetables added. For many, there were complaints that it was difficult to drink.

Not many nutrients are available, and there doesn’t seem to be any hunger suppressing properties. There are also numerous complaints against the taste, and there are fears of the lead content found inside this drink. Better options are available to help you lose weight while keeping your energy levels high.

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