A drink is not what I expected to be featuring on this blog, but I have become a fan of this particular product. I struggle to drink the fluid I am supposed to, (other than my morning coffee and a margarita here or there!) so a product that tastes good and has health benefits is a win for sure.
8greens or 8G was developed by a woman looking to improve her own health. Dawn Russell, a cancer survivor, was seeking ways to improve her daily intake of nutrient rich food, greens in particular. Over a number of years she was able to perfect her recipe and deliver a product that tastes good (refreshing citrus flavor) and provides the consumer with a kick of energy producing nutrition.
8G contains spinach, wheatgrass, kale, bluegreen algae, spirulina, aloe vera, chlorella and barley grass. This proprietary blend, according to the web site, has:
- as much Vitamin C as 6 oranges
- as much B12 as 7 cups of milk
- as much B5 as 15 cups of broccoli
- as much B6 as 6 cups of spinach
- as much zinc as 10 cups asparagus
- is alkalizing
- decreases inflammation
- increases circulation
- increases collagen
It does not have:
The greens are dehydrated (with no enzymatic or chemical breakdown of the nutrients in the process) and are in small effervescent tablets that dissolve quickly in water.
One a day is recommended although as many as 3 a day are considered fine. I felt the need to figure out the price per serving as the product is not inexpensive. I buy the six packs which are $78. Each tube has 10 tablets so that comes out to approximately $1.30 a serving. My soda machine here at work is $1.00 a soda so it actually seems pretty reasonable to me. And a whole lot healthier!
What I notice when I drink an 8G is more energy and focus, likely due to the B vitamins. I like the idea of getting extra greens as I love my veggies and eat a lot of salads, but know I frequently do not get the recommended daily intake of greens/veggies. It is a way to help with my hydration, which I struggle with. I try to have one 8G a day and a cup of green tea. Two fluids with health benefits. I tell myself my morning coffee is also loaded with antioxidants:-)
The product is available on the 8G website, 8greens.com, and at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
If you are a soda drinker, this is a great replacement. Cheers!