ORAC Energy Greens is a wholefood superfood green drink containing over 42 natural, organic ingredients. It claims to provide the antioxidant equivalent of 24 servings of fruits and vegetables. The following ORAC Energy Greens review focuses on the label contents and establishes an overall value.
Product Name: ORAC Energy Greens
Company Name: Paradise Herbs
Product Description: Greens superfood drink powder
Rating: 6.9 out of 10
SUPERFOODS – ORAC ENERGY GREENS REVIEW
The superfood section of ORAC Energy Greens has an emphasis on grasses with 5 different grasses, including, wheat, barley, oat and alfalfa. There are two different sea vegetables and 5 different vegetable powders including broccoli, spinach, kale, tomato and parsley.
The entire superfood section of the product provides around 3.5 grams of superfoods. This is not a lot compared to other products reviewed on this site.
One good thing is that it appears that grasses are juice extracts. Juice extracts provide the most nutrient-density compared to freeze-dried powders, because the phytonutrients are largely found in the juice of a plant or vegetable.
Overall, the superfoods are a good variety that covers the three main categories of superfoods: grasses, sea-algae and vegetables. However, under 4 grams of total superfoods is under-achieving. Consider Living Green Supreme Food with 7 grams of superfoods per serving.
SUPERFOODS SCORE: 6.5
ORAC Energy Greens has a section of antioxidants under the trademarked name of Nature’s C with Qpower. I guess this is a proprietary blend of 5 different berry extracts with Quercetin (Qpower). Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that is linked to enhanced immune function. This is a nice antioxidant panel with the different berry extracts but again, less than 1 gram makes it limited.
Then you have a long list of ingredients, too long to go into, that include more berry extracts, a decent probiotics section, a mushroom section, some herbs and so on and so forth.
Though I appreciate the scope of ingredients in ORAC Energy Greens and I also appreciate that they break out each ingredient amount, one entire serving is 6 grams. It’s just not a whole lot of nutrient-density per serving.
Many of the ingredients are in the amounts that achieve “bragging rights” but not enough to really make a tremendous health impact on the body.
NUTRITIONAL PANEL SCORE: 7.1
TASTE – ORAC ENERGY GREENS REVIEW
The taste and texture of ORAC Energy Greens is not too bad. For this ORAC Energy Greens Review I decided to bypass my normal routine of mixing it in an organic juice and put it in straight, purified water. It does have a grassy taste but is balanced nicely by the berry flavors. Texture is fine. This is a very “drinkable” product… even in water.
TASTE SCORE: 7.9
VALUE – ORAC ENERGY GREENS REVIEW
People will see the 42 ingredients in this product or look at the ORAC value that they mention, (Oxygen Radical Asborption Capacity, measures the antioxidant capacity) and be impressed. ORAC Energy Greens is not a bad product but it is limited in the amount of nutrient-density you are ingesting and therefore is limited in the therapeutic health benefits.
I’m not impressed with the trademarks and patents of their proprietary blends. For the most part, these are crafted in boardrooms to add uniqueness to a product for marketing purposes, and rarely enhance the benefits of raw bulk ingredients.
A 60 serving canister is around $50, and so each serving is approximately $.85 and each serving provides around 6 grams. Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw for example, is a much better value, giving you an additional 4 grams of nutrition for just $.10 more per serving or better yet, if you want a complete meal replacement type formula, we recommend Total Living Drink Greens.
VALUE SCORE: 6.2
PROS & CONS – ORAC ENERGY GREENS REVIEW
An extensive list of ingredients
Good grasses in the form of juice extracts
Solid antioxidants, probiotics, herbs and other ingredients
- Just not a whole lot under the hood at only 6 grams per serving
SUMMARY – ORAC ENERGY GREENS REVIEW
ORAC Energy Greens is a decent product with lots and lots of pretty ingredients on the label. It has an ok superfood panel, ok probiotics, ok antioxidants and some ok other things. Basically it is an ok product.
There’s much better green drink formulas out there that pack a way bigger health-punch. I hope this ORAC Energy Greens Review was helpful and I welcome feedback.