I'm always up for anything that helps us add beneficial nutrients to our diet easily so happy to see another green drink mix on the market. This one, however, has the added benefit that the grasses and veggies included are fermented using molasses and probiotics, making them far more digestible than the simple – albeit still useful – powders you normally get in these superfood mixes.
I am always cynical, as you know, and am not easily swayed by fancy marketing. Fermented foods bother me a bit. I think mainly because they are touted as the be-all-and-end-all for everyone's health. There is no getting away from the fact that we have been eating fermented food for eons, both deliberately and accidentally. The main benefit seems to be making things more digestible - fermentation breaks down phytates, thus at least making minerals especially more available to the body - and adding strength to our own intestinal microbiome. More digestive and intestinal support is indeed key to our health so I can't argue with that. I'll have to stop feeling so cynical!
That said, there are some people who simply don't do well on fermented food; I know quite a few hyper-sensitives who need to be careful with it. I think the issues may come down to people with histamine, oxalate, yeast, saccharomyces or even strep sensitivity (the latter in eg. PANDAS). Not many, I'll admit but those would be the people who may have to go slowly using a product like this or avoid it entirely until the gut is a little less sensitive. My own advice is usually to do some gut healing first and then very gently add in ferments, which I think then can accelerate healing. For the rest of us, fermented nutrient mixes will most likely be beneficial.
So, my cynicism and cautions out of the way, this looks to be a good product. It is gluten-free – although not suitable if you are sensitive to the other non-traditional fractions of the grains as it does contain wheat, barley and oat grass. Nevertheless, it fits the traditional gluten free criteria because it has no gliadin peptides in it. It is also dairy, soy and GM free.
Not sure how much the actual probiotic in it would be live, but anything that boosts the extra that's coming from the ferments anyway, I welcome. I wouldn't use it instead of a probiotic supplement personally, but it's a nice addition.
As well as the fermented grasses, it has plenty of chlorella and spirulina. I like the inclusion of the flax fibre, the seaweed and the enzymes. The adaptogenic herb blend I think might be particularly helpful for people with adrenal fatigue and blood sugar issues, given the licorice and cinnamon included. Good liver support with milk thistle and antioxidants from green tea and rosemary. Not sure I would recommend it for people with high blood pressure or medicated diabetes, though.
In terms of taste, there is a sweetened version with stevia and an unsweetened one for purists! It costs over £1 a day if you use the recommended one scoop daily, which seems quite pricey to me, but if you see it as a supplement that packs quite a lot of punch for your pound, I think it's reasonable. You could always alternate days or use half a scoop to eke it out if necessary. Overall, a good addition to your morning routine, I think!
Nutrition Tip: Introduce this slowly at quarter of a scoop or less if you are likely to spark a detox. If you can't tolerate this product go for coconut or water kefir, which seems to be the most gentle.
Other Ingredients: Organic Flavors, Citric Acid, Rebaudioside A (from leaves of Organic Stevia rebaudiana) Contains: Wheat (Wheatgrass)
Green Supremefood is available online for £34.99 for a 210g tub.