If you’ve spent any time scrolling through TikTok over the past couple of years, I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of Athletic Greens.
The search term Athletic greens has nearly 255 million views on TikTok, and the brand has amassed a following of nearly half a million people on Instagram. But what is it about this particular green powder that has made it so popular?
Well, celebrity investors like Hugh Jackman, Cindy Crawford, and Lewis Hamilton certainly didn’t hurt, but it’s the brands’ carefully curated sponsored posts with social media’s most influential content creators that really launched it into the stratosphere.
As with most trending products, AG1 has its fair share of criticisms, so I wanted to give it a try for a few months to see if it really made a difference or was it just another overpriced wellness fad.
What AG1 says: To help build immunity, support microbiome and gut health, improve nutrient absorption, and better adapt to stress.
Who I am: I am a healthy, active woman in my 20s who enjoys a varied diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, fish and meats, but I struggle with bloating, constipation and low energy.
As I tried: I had AG1 every day for three months to see if it would make a difference to the above ailments.
- Improved digestion, thanks to the inclusion of pre and probiotics
- Effective in relieving swelling
- Wide range of essential nutrients
- Pleasant taste compared to other green powders on the market
- Free of gluten, nuts and dairy products
- Easy to incorporate into your daily routine
- Ideal for supplementing vitamins and nutrients in diets deficient in fruit and vegetables
- Slightly more expensive than other green powders
- The concentration of some ingredients may exceed the body’s absorption capacity
- Some components may interfere with medications, requiring prior consultation with a healthcare professional.
In my quest for more information, I spoke with Dr. Ralph Esposito, Chief Science and Nutrition Officer at Athletic Greens and a professor at New York University. He was able to shed light on various aspects of AG1 and its effects.
What’s in AG1?
Athletic Greens AG1 is absolutely chock full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and adaptogens, including (but not limited to):
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Niacin (Nicotinamide)
- Niacin (nicotinic acid)
- Pantothenic acid
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Thiamine (B1)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- C vitamin
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K2
- Calcium carbonate
- calcium citrate
- Calcium Phosphate
- Chromium Picolinate
- Magnesium glycinate
- Potassium phosphate
- zinc citrate
- Bifidobacterium Bifidum
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Beetroot Powder
- Burdock root
- Citric acid
- Dandelion root
- Eleuthero root
- Grape seed extract
- Green tea extract
- Milk thistle
- Reishi mushroom
- Shiitake mushroom
- Slippery elm
AG1 is a supplement, not a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle. You will still need to eat a balanced diet full of lots of fruits and vegetables.
Is AG1 good for bloating and digestion?
Dr. Esposito explained that AG1’s effectiveness in reducing bloating and improving digestion is primarily attributed to the presence of well-researched probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. These probiotics are renowned for their positive impact on the gut microbiome, leading to dramatic improvements for many individuals.
Whenever I travel I struggle with bloating and constipation so on my last trip I took a few sachets of AG1 with me to see if that would help.
I think it’s due to lack of sleep, eating at different times, and eating foods my body isn’t used to, but starting the day with a glass of AG1 has helped kick-start digestion in the morning and relive the uncomfortable constipation that usually plagues me when I go away.
How long does AG1 take to run?
Dr. Esposito advised that after 90 days of taking AG1 “almost everyone should notice some kind of benefit.” For me, the effects on my digestion didn’t take long to show. While before I started taking AG1 in the morning it would have taken a while for my digestion to kick-start in the morning, I now find that things are moving much faster.
In the past I had to hang around before going on a long run waiting for a movement, but after having AG1 things are much more efficient digestion-wise.
I already eat a diet high in fruits and veggies, so the AG1 didn’t fill any nutrient gaps, but adding daily pre- and probiotics has helped with the stubborn bloating I experience periodically.
I haven’t noticed an improvement in my energy levels, but my skin is the best in years. I’ve also started a new skincare routine, so it’s hard to know how much credit AG1 can take for that, but it sure didn’t hurt.
What is the best time of day to take AG1?
Dr. Esposito recommends consuming AG1 on an empty stomach in the morning for optimal nutrient absorption. However, some people take it in the afternoon as a replacement for midday refreshments.
I opted for mine in the morning, sometimes on its own or as part of a breakfast smoothie. When I forgot I had it in the afternoon, and felt like it was good for an afternoon cheer me up.
What does AG1 taste like?
I’ve tried a few different green powders in my day and there were one or two that tasted so bad that the only way I could drink it was to pinch my nose and gulp it down. Compared to those, AG1 was a breeze to drink.
In a smoothie with berries, yoghurt and other good things it is barely felt. When mixed in water on its own it has a strong flavor, but because it is naturally flavored with fruit and stevia it tastes much better than the green hue would suggest.
AG1 breaks a fast?
Yes, drinking AG1 would break the fast. You can’t consume anything with calories to fast, which means things like water and black coffee are fine, but AG1 with its 50 calories per scoop would technically break your fast.
Is AG1 good for IBS?
When it comes to managing IBS, Dr. Esposito recommends a personalized approach and suggests consulting a healthcare professional for tailored guidance. He said that “Everyone’s IBS is different.” Some people have IBS-C, IBS-D or mixed IBS. I have suffered from IBS pretty much all my life. So I understand it’s such a difficult condition to treat. But I think it needs to be more of a personalized approach.’
Is it worth it?
97 is a lot to spend on a 30-day supply of supplements, but AG1 has worked wonders with its ability to improve digestion and its nutrient-rich formula, so I’ll continue to take it every day.
How much does AG1 cost?
A bag of AG1 costs 97 and comes with 30 servings, so that’s about a month’s supply.
You can also sign up for a subscription where you will be sent one grant per month for £79 or a double subscription where you will receive two grants of AG1 per month for £150.
AG1 is available in the UK
Yes, it absolutely is. Athletic Greens have their own DTC website where AG1 can be purchased and it is not available from other UK retailers.
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