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Beyond Greens Review: Pros, Cons, Effectiveness, and More

Written by Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Last Updated on November 9, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

3.5

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The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:3.0
  • Ingredient Safety:4.0
  • Value for the Price:3.0
  • Brand Transparency:4.0

Beyond Greens is a greens powder superfood supplement claimed to support immunity, aid in gut health, and provide whole-body detoxification and clean energy. It contains several beneficial ingredients for health, but most doses are likely not enough to be effective.

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Beyond Greens Review: Pros, Cons, Effectiveness, and More
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Pros

  • 365-day money-back guarantee if product is unopened
  • Contains some beneficial ingredients
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Some consumers report poor taste
  • Claims to be third-party tested, but lacks a certified seal
  • Most ingredients not in clinically effective doses

What Is Beyond Greens?

Beyond Greens is a potent green powder supplement intended to bolster immune health, energy, and digestion.

It is said to do this primarily by supporting a balanced gut microbiome. Our “gut” refers to all of the organs of our digestive system – the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus.

Proper gut health is critical, as our gut plays a role in many essential functions such as digestion, immunity, and overall health.

Beyond Greens contains several ingredients beneficial for health and immunity, such as probiotics, prebiotics, echinacea, rhodiola, functional mushrooms, matcha, and milk thistle. The matcha also adds a hint of flavor.

Many of these proposed benefits can be found in antioxidant-containing foods such as fruits and vegetables, but realistically, most of us don’t get enough in our diet.

Beyond Greens is non-GMO and free of gluten, dairy, soy, and shellfish. It is keto-friendly and vegan and free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

It contains stevia for sweetness, which is a calorie-free natural sweetener.

It is made by a company called Live Conscious, which was formerly LiveWell. Live Conscious is a company passionate about philanthropy.

The website states Beyond Greens is third-party tested; however, I could not locate an official seal of approval confirming this.

I found several anecdotal reviews on Amazon, where people reported improved energy and focus when taking this in the late afternoon, generally during the afternoon “slump” time.

Evaluation of Ingredients

Beyond Greens contains a good amount of ingredients – 14 in total. It does not have any complexes or proprietary blends, so each ingredient dose is evident on the label.

These ingredients are said to support various aspects of health, such as energy, mood, gut health, immunity, and detoxification.

When I see the words “detox” or “detoxification,” I often am a little skeptical, as this is supposed to be your liver’s job. If you have a functioning liver, you shouldn’t need any detox products.

Rhodiola Root, 50 mg

Rhodiola root is a traditional herb from Russia and Asia known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are ingredients intended to help the body better handle stress.

Some studies have shown that rhodiola may help reduce stress, increase energy, and enhance focus.

One 8-week study was done on rhodiola involving 100 participants. Symptoms such as chronic fatigue, poor sleep quality, short-term memory, and concentration ability were measured.

Those supplemented with 400 mg of rhodiola extract daily saw an improvement in symptoms after just one week.

Rhodiola may also enhance exercise performance. However, the research results are mixed.

For example, one 2012 study showed those taking rhodiola had a reduced perceived exercise exertion, meaning they felt they didn’t have to work as hard to perform the exercise.

However, a 2018 research review revealed studies that showed that rhodiola had no effect on exercise performance.

The typical dose that showed benefit in studies is at least 400 mg, which is significantly higher than what is present in Beyond Greens.

Summary

Rhodiola root is an herb that may help reduce stress, fight fatigue, and enhance focus. More research is needed to confirm this.

Matcha Leaf, 200 mg

The matcha leaf, made from green tea leaves, is ground into a concentrated antioxidant-rich powder. Because it is concentrated, it also contains more caffeine than traditional green tea.

Matcha is most commonly known for making matcha tea, a concentrated form of green tea you’re probably seeing in your local coffee shops.

Matcha is particularly high in antioxidants called catechins, responsible for many potential health benefits of the tea, such as enhancing focus and memory, weight loss, and supporting immunity.

It also contains l-theanine, which has been shown to promote alertness and help avoid energy crashes that may commonly occur when ingesting caffeine.

In most research, doses of at least 1,000 mg of matcha were needed to produce any benefit.

Summary

Matcha powder is packed with antioxidants that may benefit health at doses of at least 1,000 mg per day. It may not be appropriate for those who are caffeine-sensitive.

Reishi Mushroom, 25 mg

Reishi is a mushroom commonly grown in Asia. It is rich in antioxidants and boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, reduces stress, and increases energy.

A 2012 study on reishi mushrooms was done involving 48 breast cancer survivors. Those taking reishi mushroom powder for four weeks reported reduced fatigue.

Another 2008 study showed those taking reishi mushroom capsules experienced improved white blood cell counts and immunity. However, other similar studies showed no effect.

The doses that showed an effect are much higher than the 25 mg present in Beyond Greens.

Summary

Reishi mushrooms have antioxidant and immune-enhancing properties. However, based on the available research, the dose present in Beyond Greens is likely not enough to produce any benefit.

Cordyceps Mushroom, 25 mg

Cordyceps mushroom is another mushroom commonly found in Asia but is also found all over the world. It is a genus of parasitic fungi that grows on the larvae of insects.

While this doesn’t sound particularly appealing, cordyceps mushrooms do have several purported health benefits.

These potential benefits include increased energy, improved exercise performance, reduced fatigue, and immune system support.

In one small study, a dose of 333 mg of cordyceps mushrooms was seen to improve exercise performance in those taking it.

Another 2002 study showed cordyceps mushrooms to reduce inflammation in the body by turning off proteins that typically increase inflammation.

Summary

Cordyceps mushrooms may support healthy energy levels and immunity. More extensive research studies are needed to confirm this as well as the ideal dose.

Turkey Tail Mushroom, 25 mg

Turkey tail mushrooms are grown worldwide and get their name from their signature turkey tail appearance.

They are said to contain immune-boosting and antioxidant properties.

They contain compounds called flavonoids and prebiotics that have been seen to protect the immune system, according to a 2016 research study.

Prebiotics are beneficial fibers that support a healthy gut.

One small 2014 study showed those taking an extract from turkey tail for eight weeks had a more significant amount of healthy bacteria in their gut.

Summary

Turkey tail mushrooms may support immunity and a healthy gut. But based on the research, the dose present in Beyond Greens is likely not enough.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom, 25 mg

Lion’s mane mushroom is a mushroom native to Asia said to support brain function and memory, digestion, lower inflammation, and aid in immunity.

There are a few studies that support the role lion’s mane mushrooms have on immunity and reducing inflammation. However, most are animal studies.

Another small study involving patients with colitis saw improved digestive symptoms in those taking lion’s mane. However, other studies show no benefit.

Summary

Lion’s mane mushroom can support digestion and the immune system, but more human studies are needed to confirm this.

Chlorella, 500 mg

Chlorella is a type of algae rich in omega-3 fats, zinc, and vitamin A. It is considered a superfood and is said to protect the liver, detoxify the body, and enhance immunity.

In one 2008 study, chlorella was seen to protect the livers of rats from cadmium toxicity.

Studies have also shown chlorella to effectively help remove heavy metals from the body that could be harmful in excessive amounts.

Summary

Chlorella is a nutrient-rich alga that may help remove harmful toxins from the body. At least 1200 mg is typically given to show an effect in studies, so the amount in this supplement may be inadequate.

Echinacea Purpurea, 900 mg

Echinacea is a medicinal plant that can benefit immunity and gut health and may help prevent the common cold and flu.

Echinacea contains prebiotics called fructans, which act as antioxidants, aid in gut health, and support the immune system. Prebiotics are health-promoting fibers that can support gut health.

Several randomized trials have demonstrated echinacea’s potential immune-enhancing benefits.

For example, studies have shown those taking echinacea along with other antioxidants such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin C have reduced symptoms of acute upper respiratory infections.

These benefits have also been seen in studies using echinacea alone, so it appears to have its own benefits.

Summary

Echinacea is a plant that can benefit immunity and gut health. The dosage seen to be most effective in studies is 300–500 mg 3 times per day; therefore, this supplement likely provides an adequate dose.

Milk Thistle Seed, 200 mg

Milk thistle seed is a common herbal remedy extract from a prickly plant.

Silybum marianum, the main active compound in milk thistle, contains antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, especially for protecting the liver.

There are some studies showing the benefits of taking milk thistle on the liver, especially in those who have liver disease. However, some results have been mixed.

Summary

Milk thistle seed and its compounds may protect the liver from damage, but the optimal dose is not yet determined.

LactoSpore (Bacillus coagulans), 3 mg

LactoSpore is a patented probiotic made by a company called Sabinsa, claimed to be one of the most well-absorbed strains.

It contains the beneficial bacteria Bacillus coagulans, which is said to support immune and digestive health.

Several studies have shown benefits in taking B. coagulans in those with diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

However, the benefits of this probiotic for the general population are still not confirmed.

Summary

LactoSpore is a potent probiotic that may reduce digestive symptoms in those with IBS. The ideal dose is not yet determined.

FOS, 190 mg

FOS, or fructooligosaccharides, are a type of prebiotic.

They are found naturally in several foods such as bananas, onions, leeks, garlic, and asparagus.

A prebiotic is a non-digestible fiber that can help feed the “good” bacteria in our bodies, or probiotics. Therefore, FOS plays a role in our gut health.

One animal study showed that FOS may protect against Salmonella, one of the most common types of foodborne illness.

It is also a natural source of fiber, which can help those that are prone to constipation.

Summary

FOS is a prebiotic fiber that may support gut health. The optimal dose from supplements has not yet been determined, but you can also obtain your daily dose from food.

XOS, 20 mg

XOS, or xylooligosaccharides, are a lesser-known prebiotic fiber. It is being added to more supplements recently as it does not need as high of a dose to be effective.

It holds the same benefits as FOS in that it can support digestive health.

A 2015 pilot study showed that XOS may be particularly beneficial in modifying changes in the gut that often happen in early diabetes.

Another 2016 study showed that taking rice porridge containing XOS for six weeks improved gut microbial balance. In other words, they had more of the good bacteria.

Summary

XOS is a newer prebiotic that may support digestive health. More studies are still needed to confirm its benefits.

Acacia Gum, 190 mg

Acacia gum is a soluble fiber with several proposed health benefits, including reducing sore throats and coughs, weight loss, relieving pain and irritation, and aiding in wound healing.

One 2012 randomized trial showed those taking 3,000 mg of acacia gum per day for six weeks experienced more significant weight loss than the placebo group.

This dose is significantly higher than what is in Beyond Greens.

Summary

Acacia gum is a soluble fiber that may aid in weight loss. Not enough research has been done on its other proposed benefits, though, and the dose in Beyond Greens is much lower than the amount researched.

Ceylon Cinnamon Bark, 314 mg

Ceylon cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree and is also known as “true cinnamon.”

Ceylon cinnamon is considered the highest quality cinnamon as it contains less of a potentially harmful ingredient called coumarin.

It is high in antioxidants and may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

Several studies have shown cinnamon’s health benefits, including its role in lowering inflammation.

Summary

Ceylon cinnamon is a high-quality form of cinnamon that is rich in antioxidants. There is no set dosage recommendation yet, but most studies use at least 1,000 mg, which is more than what is in this product.

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Beyond Greens based on the available research:

  • Supports a healthy immune systemModerate Evidence
  • Supports gut healthModerate Evidence
  • Promotes whole-body detoxificationModerate Evidence
  • Provides clean energyModerate Evidence

Two of the ingredients in Beyond Greens, echinacea and the functional mushrooms, may support immunity. The echinacea dose is likely adequate, but the mushroom dose is not.

The probiotics and prebiotic fibers present have some research to support this, but an ideal dose is not yet determined.

Milk thistle seed and chlorella may protect the liver and help detoxify the body, but the dose may not be enough.

Matcha and rhodiola extract may support healthy energy levels, but more research is needed on the proper dose.

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

The instructions for Beyond Greens are to mix one scoop of green powder with 8–12 ounces of your favorite beverage at any time of the day.

The most commonly reported side effects of taking Beyond Greens include gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

There are also a few additional risks to make a note of:

  • Those with a mushroom allergy should not take this product, as it contains four types of functional mushrooms.

  • It may not be appropriate for those who are caffeine-sensitive, as it contains matcha powder. However, it is a low dose, so there is likely not a very large amount of caffeine in this product.

  • Cinnamon may cause liver issues in high doses. However, the form of the cinnamon present in Beyond Greens is lower in coumarin, the ingredient thought to be responsible for this risk. The amount of cinnamon present in this product is also not considered a high dose.

Always consult with your medical doctor before starting a new supplement to determine what’s best for you.

Cost and Where to Buy

The cost for Beyond Greens is pretty affordable at $31.95 for a 1-month supply from the manufacturer.

The more you buy, the more you save. For a 2-month supply, the cost is $28.99 per month and only $24.95 per month if you purchase a 4-month supply.

You can also purchase Beyond Greens on Amazon, but the cost is more at $39.99 or $37.99 with their subscribe-and-save program.

There is a 365-day money-back guarantee for returns, as long as the product is unopened.

The website states you can return opened products as well, but I couldn’t find the timeframe that you need to do this by.

How Beyond Greens Compares to Alternatives

There are a few other superfood products on the market similar to Beyond Greens.

The most similar products are Nested Naturals Super Greens, Organifi Green Juice, and Athletic Greens.

All of these products contain a mix of superfoods, probiotics, prebiotics, and adaptogens in varying amounts.

Contrary to Beyond Greens, the three alternatives contain proprietary ingredient blends, where you only see each ingredient as part of a complex. This is not preferred because then there’s no way of knowing the dose of each ingredient.

Athletic Greens by far has the most ingredients and is the only one that is third-party certified by NSF for Sport, a reputable independent testing body.

This provides added peace of mind that the product contains what it says it does and is held to the highest quality standards.

See Also: Athletic Greens vs. Beyond Greens: Which Is Better?

As far as pricing goes, Nested Naturals Super Greens and Beyond Greens are the most affordable. Organifi Green Juice is in the middle, and Athletic Greens is the most expensive.

However, the third-party seal of approval does help to justify Athletic Green’s higher price tag.

If I were to suggest any of these products, I would choose Athletic Greens, as they took the time to assure their product was third-party tested and safe. It also contains a more comprehensive list of vitamins and minerals.

The Bottom Line

Beyond Greens is a superfood supplement that contains some health-promoting ingredients. It is intended to be used as a supplement, not replace a complete multivitamin or a balanced diet.

For someone who doesn’t get enough fiber or antioxidants in their diet, Beyond Greens may help supplement some of their daily needs.

However, many of the ingredient doses present are likely not enough to produce any significant health benefits.

If you’re looking to improve your nutritional intake, I would suggest first improving your diet and starting a daily multivitamin to correct any potential nutrient deficiencies.

A Word from Our RD

Beyond Greens is a supplement that contains several health-promoting ingredients, but it is not meant to replace a healthy diet.

If you are not getting enough fiber or nutrients in your diet, I recommend starting by consuming more whole plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

The combination of nutrients present in these foods may provide more substantial benefits than single isolated nutrients in a supplement.

To start eating more plants, add one fruit or vegetable with each meal. The more variety you enjoy, the more variety of nutrients you will consume.

You can also get probiotics from food sources such as Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, or kefir. 

If you try these things and still struggle to eat a balanced diet, I would suggest Athletic Greens as a better superfood greens powder option.

Athletic Greens is independently tested and contains a more comprehensive blend of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than Beyond Greens. 

Whether you are getting your vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from a greens supplement or your food, consistently having them daily will yield the most significant benefits.

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