Better Days Greens is a greens supplement that the manufacturers claim tastes great while being a convenient way for you to get your daily serving of fruits and vegetables. Made from various organic superfoods, it's gluten free, sugar free, and available in both a caffeinated and non caffeinated version.
They say it offers a range of amazing benefits, including more regular bowel movements, better immune function and overall health, and a significant improvement in digestive discomfort levels. However, after conducting our own Better Days Greens review, it is clear that this simply isn't true.
Better Days Greens uses only natural organic greens and other natural ingredients but, outside of apple cider vinegar and caffeine, they are all lumped into four proprietary blends. This includes an Organic Greens Blend, Fruit Serving Blend, Phytonutrient Anti-Oxidant Blend, and Digezyme Enzyme Blend.
Proprietary blends are always a red flag, as they hide ingredient dosages and are often used to mask an ineffective product.
However, even through them we can see that all of the beneficial ingredients have been used in dosages that are far too low to do you any good. They are then also surrounded by other ingredients that have little to no proof they will do you any good at all.
Coming in an extensive range of flavors that includes raspberry limeade, strawberry colada, arctic pop, peach limeade, grapefruit twist, and watermelon lime and a choice of either a bulk bag or stick pack, while having a reasonable price and money back guarantee are all admittedly attractive selling points.
However, they are not enough to negate the fact that this is yet another superfood powder that claims benefits that it simply can't provide. The guarantee does mean it's relatively risk free, but there are just better options out there.
It is hard to accurately review the feeling of past customers of the Better Greens powder, as it is only sold on the official website, which does not have a facility for leaving a review.
However, after scouring the internet for anything from a blog post to second hand sale review, the general consensus from past users seems to be that BetterDays Greens tasted great but did not really offer any health benefits, which backs up our initial conclusion. Although this is from a total of what appear to be about 3 unbiased resources that aren't trying to sell the product. Which means that we can't really draw all too much from this.
It does also mean that we can't be sure that they honor the money back guarantee as there are no people that have mentioned recieving it. That doesn't mean that they don't honor it, but a lot of companies do later get caught weaseling out of them later.
How Does Better Days Greens Taste?
The few unbiased reviews said it was great and we tried it at the office and can agree it is one of the better tasting greens powders on the market. It mixes well the single serving sachets are conveinient and the strawberry flavor is good. If you're looking to use this as an alternative to something unhealthy then it's a pretty good option. Particularly if you're looking to avoid a less healthy source of caffeine.
Apple Cider Vinegar Powder - 100 MG
Apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals. There are claims that it can reduce the glycaemic index of food, lower your blood sugar and lipid levels, suppress hunger, prevent weight gain, accelerate weight loss, and combat diabetes.
Unfortunately, not only is there no conclusive evidence that it will actually benefit the human body, but there is proof it can be harmful when taken in doses of more than 30 mg per day (1). This means the 100 mg present in each serving of Better Days Greens is more likely to do you harm than good.
Caffeine - 120 MG (0 MG In The Non Caffeinated Version)
Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that is popular in things like energy drinks as it can boost your energy levels extremely well. It can then also help you focus and promote fat burning and weight loss.
The issue is, for it to produce any notable effects, you need to consume at least 200 mg of caffeine per day (2). This means the 120 mg in each serving of Better Days Greens is unlikely to do you much good.
Alfalfa leaf contains a powerful antioxidant called pinitol, which can boost your liver, kidney and digestive system health and functions, reduce inflammation, and benefit various organs throughout your body in a variety of ways (3).
However, alfalfa is only proven to produce these effects if you eat large amounts of the fresh plant. This means the extracts used in greens powders like Better Days Greens are unlikely to be of any use.
Barley Grass Whole Leaf
Barley grass is full of essential nutrients and benefits the human body in a range of ways. It boosts your heart health and functions, aids weight loss, and reduces your blood sugar and cholesterol levels (4).
The problem is, you must consume 1,000 mg of barley grass each day for it to do any of this. As this is twice the weight of the entire blend that it is located in, there can't possibly be enough barley grass in Better Days Greens to do you any good.
Oat grass is similar to the grass that produces the common oat and is said to be rich in protein, fibre, and essential vitamins and minerals and boost your skin, immune system and gut health and functions.
Unfortunately, as no studies have ever been able to prove any of these claims, its presence in Better Days Greens is very unlikely to do you any good (5).
Wheat Grass (Non Grain)
Wheat grass powder is thought to be very low in calories while containing a rich profile of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There are claims that it can reduce cholesterol levels, oxidative stress and damage, inflammation, the symptoms of arthritis, and the risk of heart disease (6).
The issue is, none of these claims have been proven. This means it is very likely that the presence of wheatgrass in Better Days Greens will offer no health benefits at all.
Chlorella is a chlorophyte green algae full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It gives you an energy boost as well as sugar without causing blood glucose spikes, reduces cholesterol and blood glucose levels, treats diseases and illnesses, detoxifies the body, and generally improves your overall health (7).
With no optimal dose of chlorella having been established, it is possible that Better Days Greens contains a useful amount. That said, with it buried in the middle of a large yet light blend of ingredients, this is still quite unlikely.
Spirulina is a blue green algae full of antioxidants, fatty acids, minerals, protein and vitamins. It can aid your heart and immune health and functions, metabolism and weight loss, fight free radicals, and help reduce oxidative damage and stress, hunger, inflammation, and blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
However, these health benefits are only seen if you consume a minimum of 2 grams of spirulina per day (8). As that is four times the entire weight of the blend it is located in here, it's impossible for Better Days Greens to contain enough spirulina to be of any use.
Sea kelp is a large brown genus of seaweed that is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals. It's said to be able to enhance the health and functions of the immune system and prevent the absorption of certain carbohydrates, which would help to prevent weight gain.
The problem is, studies on sea kelp are still in their infancy, so it is impossible to determine if its presence in Better Days Greens will be of any use or not (9).
Broccoli Flowering Head, Sprout & Stalk
Broccoli is a widely eaten brassica vegetable that is known for being able to benefit the human body in a variety of different ways, with perhaps its most notable benefit being the ability to reduce your cholesterol levels.
Unfortunately, as broccoli has only been proven to produce these effects when you consume the fresh vegetable, the presence of its powdered form in greens powders like Better Days Greens is unlikely to do you any good (10).
Cabbage is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins and is said to be capable of boosting your gut and digestive health and reducing inflammation (11).
The issue is, these benefits have only ever been proven when eating fresh cabbage, so the cabbage leaf powder in Better Days Greens is highly unlikely to do you any good.
Kale is rich in minerals, phytochemicals and vitamins, and can reduce inflammation, your cholesterol level, and the risk of heart disease, improve your bone, eye and immune system health and functions, and protect your body and organs from oxidative damage and some illnesses.
However, these benefits are only produced if you consume at least 5 grams of kale per day, and may not be produced at all unless you eat the fresh vegetable (12). This means the kale powder in Better Days Greens is guaranteed to be worthless.
Parsley leaves contain many nutrients and antioxidants and can improve your bone, eye, heart and immune system health and functions. They can also help the body combat bacteria and chronic diseases and viruses, and benefit it in a variety of other ways (13).
The problem is, these benefits have only ever been proven if you consume fresh parsley leaves, so the presence of parsley powder in Better Days Greens is very unlikely to be of any use.
Dandelion is high in potassium and claimed to prevent bloating and water retention, improve digestion, protect the pancreas, boost liver and gut health and functions, and benefit the human body in a range of other ways (14).
Unfortunately, most of these claims have never been proven and those that have require doses of dandelion far greater than could possibly be present here to be consumed in order to be produced. This means it is another useless ingredient in the Better Days Greens formula.
Dulse is a type of seaweed that is high in antioxidants, fibre, minerals, protein and vitamins. It is claimed to help reduce cholesterol levels and inflammation and combat mineral deficiencies and some other health conditions.
The issue is, none of these claims have been proven. This means the presence of dulse in Better Days Greens is just as likely to do nothing as it is to do you any good (15).
The Fruit Serving Blend contains apple fruit powder, cranberry fruit powder, and blueberry fruit powder.
Cranberry powder contains anthocyanins, polyphenols, quercetin, vitamins and manganese and can boost gut, immune system and urinary tract functions and treat liver disease, hypertension, and other illnesses, but only when consumed in 250 mg doses, which cannot be present here (16).
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin antioxidants that boost brain, heart, and liver health and functions and reduce inflammation, but these benefits are only seen when eating large amounts of the fresh fruit and have not been proven to be produced by its powdered form (17).
Apples are then high in vitamin c and known to boost the immune system, but numerous studies have been conducted on apple powder and none have shown that it can replicate these benefits (18).
This means the entire Better Days Greens Fruit Serving Blend is virtually guaranteed to do nothing at all.
The Phytonutrient Anti-Oxidant Blend uses broccoli sprout concentrate, onion bulb extract, tomato fruit, broccoli flowering head and stalk, carrot root, spinach leaf, kale leaf, and Brussels sprout bud.
The broccoli and kale leaf are exactly the same as those used in the Organic Greens Blend and they will again provide the same benefits and have the same issues with the ways in which they are used.
They are then joined by ingredients in onion bulb extract, tomato fruit, and carrot root that, while full of nutrients as fresh fruits and vegetables, have never been proven to be of any use in their powder forms.
You do then also have spinach, which is high in fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins. It can boost your eye, heart, and immune system health and functions, and reduce your blood pressure, oxidative stress and damage, anxiety, stress and the risk of heart disease and certain other illnesses.
However, as 1,000 mg are required each day to produce these effects, which is far more than can possibly be present here, the use of spinach in Better Days Greens is pointless (19).
The digestive enzymes featured in the Digestive Enzyme Blend are amylase, protease, lactase, cellulase, and lipase.
The problem is, not only is it missing two of the most important digestive enzymes in maltase and sucrase, but 500 mg of digestive enzymes are also needed per day to boost gut health and digestion (20).
That means the 150 mg present in Better Days Greens will do little to nothing.
BetterDays Greens may taste good and be a green drink you can simply mix into your daily routine to top up your intake of fruits and vegetables, but it just won't benefit your health in the ways they say.
It's worth giving a go of course with the money back guarantee. But there are better products at the price range. Assuming it's honored, and it's still a little early into the products life for us to know with it being relatively new to market.
It's still not the worst greens powder we've reviewed though.