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- I tried Enso Supergreens for three weeks to try boosting immunity, energy, and digestion.
- Usually, I don’t enjoy green drinks, but I liked its consistency and refreshing minty flavor.
- It did seem to improve my energy and digestion, but I can’t say whether it helped my immunity.
“Supergreens” isn’t a scientific term — it comes from the marketing world, where it’s used to describe nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens, algaes, seaweed, and grasses. Some influencers say these supplements could help with a range of health concerns, from bloating to breakouts.
Still, not much evidence has explored whether supergreen supplements really do everything that some people have suggested. So, it can be tough to know if they actually live up to their hype, or if they’re just a passing gimmick.
To decide for myself, I tried an organic supergreens drink powder from Enso Superfoods that claims to promote energy, digestion, and immunity. I drank one glass a day for three weeks during the 2022 holiday season — I have ulcerative colitis (UC), so I need extra help with my digestive tract over the holidays.
Discover my thoughts on this supergreens supplement below.
What’s in it?
Enso Superfoods: Supergreens is an organic drink mix made from dehydrated plants. You stir a scoop of powder into a glass of water, or your liquid of choice, to create an instant green drink — no blender required.
You’ll find 20+ supergreens on the ingredient list, including:
- Leafy greens, like kale: Certain leafy greens contain nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, and are loaded with antioxidants that may help support the immune system.
- Algaes, like spirulina and chlorella: Spirulina has B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals like zinc and copper. The supplement also contains chlorella, an algae that contains folate, or vitamin B9, which helps your red blood cells grow and function as they should.
- Grasses, like barley and wheatgrass: Barley grass has vitamins A, B1, C, and E and may enhance immunity. Wheatgrass contains antioxidants and may help boost digestion.
- Other greens, like dandelion: Dandelion greens contain vitamins A, C, D, and several B vitamins, and they may also help reduce inflammation.
Each serving of this supergreens drink has:
- 31 calories
- 4.8 grams (g) of carbohydrates
- 85% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin A
- 53% of your DV of vitamin B6
- 93% of your DV of folate
- USDA-certified organic
- Made in the US
- Third-party tested for herbicides and pesticides
- Free of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
- 100% vegan
- Nut, sugar, caffeine, and gluten-free
Taste and consistency
Confession: I’m not a big fan of most green drinks. Their strong leafy flavors and thick consistency usually remind me of a blended salad. No thanks.
If you’re the same way, you’ll probably appreciate the flavor of this drink: It tastes like peppermint, rather than a mushy salad.
The minty flavor comes from peppermint leaves, with a dash of extra sweetness from organic monk fruit. While there’s still something of a leafy aftertaste — imagine eating a peppermint candy wrapped in kale leaves — it isn’t overwhelming. I noticed it less every day I drank it.
It also has a good consistency. The powder mostly dissolves after a bit of stirring, and it’s not much thicker than your base liquid. There’s no sludginess, unlike some green drinks.
As a result, I didn’t have to hold my nose or suppress a gag after I drank it. Instead, I enjoyed drinking this every day — in fact, I even looked forward to my daily glass.
Some days, I even blended the powder with plain kefir to make a kind of supergreens smoothie. Weirdly enough, the kefir aftertaste helped cancel out the salad one —- and my concoction didn’t need any extra sweetener.
This supergreen supplement’s claims of extra energy intrigued me, particularly since I try to avoid having caffeine every day.
Over the three weeks I tried this drink, I didn’t notice much difference in my energy levels on days when I slept well.
However, when I slept poorly the previous night or felt sluggish, I felt perkier. The supergreens drink seemed to offer a gentle pick-me-up on days when I needed a little extra help getting started.
Though Enso’s website claims their supergreen supplement can work as an alternative to morning coffee, the drink didn’t provide the same zing for me. But I still enjoyed its subtle boost during December, when I had a full schedule packed with decorating, shopping, and wrapping to prep for Christmas.
Because of my UC, my gut can get out of whack during the holidays — particularly when I enjoy baking (and eating) family brownie recipes with my mom.
Though I snacked on several potentially triggering foods, I didn’t have any major digestive issues while I tried this green drink — except for one night, when I accidentally used spoiled milk to make a glass of mushroom hot chocolate.
Without being graphic, let’s just say I spent the evening very grateful for my Squatty Potty. However, my night of tummy troubles stayed just that: A single night. Often, one digestive episode triggers a full-blown UC flare-up for me. But that didn’t happen this time.
I wondered if the drink’s probiotics and digestive enzymes may have helped soothe my gut. That said, I take a mess of other supplements that could have also played a role — like aloe vera juice. So it’s not totally clear how much I can thank the drink for avoiding a flare-up.
To sum up, I wouldn’t recommend this green drink as a free pass to have triggering foods in excess, if you live with digestive issues. But it’s nice if you want a little extra boost to your system.
However, I didn’t notice any significant impact on my immunity when I tried this supplement. But that’s not the drink’s fault — I didn’t have a good opportunity to test it.
I didn’t spend time with anyone I knew to be sick during Christmas, and I also didn’t attend my annual family New Year’s gathering, since most of the usual attendees had to cancel. (Thanks, COVID.)
The jury’s out on exactly how much of an impact this had on my immune system — if any. That said, I haven’t gotten sick since I added the drink to my routine. So, I’m certainly not complaining.
How much does it cost?
For me, the biggest downside to this supplement was its cost.
Each bag of this supergreens powder costs $59.99 for a one-time purchase. I’ll be honest: That number makes me cringe.
But to put it in perspective, you get 30 servings per bag, making each glass around $1.99. That’s just a few cents more than a tall plain coffee from Starbucks — and Starbucks coffee isn’t organic and doesn’t provide a full serving of vegetables. If you don’t mind making the investment up front, you might find that an affordable price.
You can also get a bag of this supplement for $39.99 if you purchase a monthly subscription, which brings the cost down to around $1.33 per serving. But I personally don’t like buying supplements on a subscription service. I’d rather buy it as I need it, in case I don’t use the whole bag in one month.
Overall, I had a good experience with Enso’s supergreens supplement powder. The peppermint flavor made me actually enjoy drinking my veggies, and I feel like the added digestive enzymes may have helped soothe my angry gut.
If you want to try a supergreen supplement but don’t like the taste of other green drinks, this could be an excellent option. I could definitely see this supergreens powder as a welcome addition to smoothies or protein shakes.
However, I didn’t notice any significant impact on my immunity, and while I did notice a subtle boost to my energy levels, I don’t consider this supplement a coffee alternative.
Considering the price, I’m not sure I’d make this a part of my monthly wellness routine. But, I might consider splurging on a bag every other month, just to keep on hand when I want an extra serving of greens or a digestion boost.