Drinking a glass of green vegetable powder is not always a pleasant experience, but it’s probably one of the most effective ways to enhance your vitamin and mineral intake.
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens is one of the most popular greens powder alongside Ora Organic’s and Athletic Greens’s green powders, however, I must say it’s the one with the least variety of ingredients among the three.
However, unlike the other two, it doesn’t have a proprietary blend, thus you know exactly how much of each ingredient is actually being used and you can more easily determine the supplement’s effectiveness. For that reason, this supplement is special.
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens Nutrition
One scoop weighs 16.17 grams and contains the following nutrients:
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
Sodium: 75 miligrams (3% DV)
Calcium: 65 miligrams (8% DV)
Iron: 2 miligrams (11% DV)
Potassium: 107 miligrams (4% DV)
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a wide variety of nutrients, particularly vitamins, which means that nutrient-wise, it’s not as rich and varied as other supplements. Though, that’s to be expected with only 6 ingredients. Other supplements like Ora Organic’s Green Powder have over 20 ingredients, so you’re bound to have a broader range of nutrients at your disposal.
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens Ingredients
Even though it doesn’t have as many ingredients as other supplements, the ingredients and dosages used by Transparent Labs are scientifically-backed.
Here are the ingredients and respective dosages within their formula:
- Spirulina (3,000 mg)
- Organic Chlorella (3,000 mg)
- Organic Acacia Fiber (3,000 mg)
- Organic Green Banana Flour (3,000 mg)
- Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Fiber (1,000 mg)
- Chicory Root (1,000 mg)
Despite the micronutrient variety, you will find that these ingredients are particularly rich in antioxidants, prebiotics and other compounds that are usually not included in product labels.
These compounds each have their own special effect on the body, which is often underlooked and sometimes underestimated but they’re vital for our wellbeing.
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens Benefits
Needless to say, the benefits of taking this supplement derive from the individual qualities of each ingredient, so I took the liberty of researching each one to determine what effects they have on our health.
Not only is spirulina known for being rich in different nutrients, but it’s also a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory capabilities.
Its main active component is called phycocyanin, which can fight off free radicals and inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules. (1, 2, 3)
Chlorella is touted for its ability to detox the body.
It does so by binding to heavy metals and reducing their presence in the body. For instance, a study on animals, found that algae, including chlorella, can weaken the heavy metal toxicity of the liver, brain and kidneys. (4)
In addition, chlorella has also been found to help lower the amount of harmful chemicals that are found in food, namely dioxin, a hormone disruptor that sometimes contaminates animals in the food supply. (5, 6)
Chlorella is also claimed to provide other health benefits such as boosting the immune system, but there’s not enough evidence to support the claim.
Due to its high soluble fiber content, acacia fiber is used to lower cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar in check, protect against diabetes, and treat digestive disorders like irritable bowel disease (IBS).
Also because of its fiber content – acacia fiber is said to suppress appetite, reduce gut inflammation, alleviate constipation, relieve diarrhea, and support weight loss efforts (by providing you with prolonged satiety).
Green Banana Flour
Even though we usually eat bananas when they’re yellow and ripe, unripe bananas are also safe to eat, but most people usually find them less tasty.
Most studies on green banana flour linked it to positive health benefits related to gastrointestinal diseases, glycemic/insulin metabolism, weight control, and renal and liver complications associated to diabetes. (7)
Jerusalem Artichoke Fiber
Jerusalem Artichokes are not only a good source of vitamin C and iron, but they also contain a prebiotic fiber called inulin, which is known for improving gut health.
In other words, inulin feeds the existing friendly-bacteria in the gut which helps them reproduce, and in turn reduce the number of bad bacteria. A super ratio of friendly bacteria is linked to reduced inflammation and improved metabolism and immunity.
Like the Jerusalem Artichoke, Chicory Root is rich in inulin. In fact, it is composed of 68% inulin by dry weight, according to the Scientific World Journal. (8)
As such, it will encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which will lead to several health benefits, including reduced inflammation, mineral absorption, and other benefits mentioned previously. (9, 10, 11, 12)
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens Pros & Cons
- NO proprietary blends (you know exactly what’s being used and the exact dosages)
- Ingredients are available in scientifically-researched dosages
- No artificial sweeteners, colorings, preservatives
- Non-GMO and gluten-free
- Not as affordable
- Less variety of ingredients
Transparent Labs Prebiotic Greens Price
One tub costs $39 but you can reduce the price if you buy it in bulk. That comes down to $1.30 per serving, which is not unreasonable, but you can also find more affordably priced products. For the variety of ingredients the product contains, some people might think the price is not justified, but we also need to account for the weight of each ingredient.
In this supplement, the lowest dosage per ingredient is 1 gram, which tells you that the benefits associated to a particular ingredient may be more easily achieved. Even though supplements with a wider variety of ingredients are more attractive, that doesn’t necessarily translate into a more effective supplement.
In terms of nutritional and ingredient variety, I don’t think Prebiotic Greens can compete against supplements we have previously reviewed, namely Ora Organic’s Greens Powder, but the ingredients they have picked have a scientific basis. What’s more, they are available in dosages we have learned to generate results in clinical trials, something that can’t be said about certain supplements with a WIDE variety of ingredients.
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2 – Farooq SM, Boppana NB, Devarajan A, Sekaran SD, Shankar EM, Li C, Gopal K, Bakar SA, Karthik HS, Ebrahim AS. C-phycocyanin confers protection against oxalate-mediated oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunctions in MDCK cells. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 1;9(4):e93056. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093056. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2014;9(7):e103361. Asokan, Devarajan [corrected to Devarajan, Asokan]. PMID: 24691130; PMCID: PMC3972226.
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6 – World Health Organization. Dioxins and their effects on human health.
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