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- I tried Enso Supergreens for three weeks to try to boost immunity, energy and digestion.
- I don’t usually like green drinks, but I liked the texture and the refreshing mint flavor.
- It seemed to improve my energy and digestion, but I can’t say if it helped my immunity.
If you like wellness Tiktok or Instagram, you may have seen promotions for super green supplements cross your timeline before.
“Supergreens” is not a scientific term – it comes from the marketing world, where it is used to describe nutritious foods such as leafy greens, algae, seaweed and grass. Some influencers say these supplements can help with a variety of health issues, from bloating to acne.
There’s no denying the nutritional benefits of dark leafy greens—in fact, research links these vegetables to a reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Still, not much evidence has examined whether super green supplements really do everything that some people have suggested. So it can be hard 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 super green drink powder from Enso Superfoods that claims to promote energy, digestion and immunity. I drank one glass a day for three weeks over the 2022 holidays — I have ulcerative colitis (UC) so I need extra help with my digestive tract over the holidays.
Discover my thoughts on this super green supplement below.
What’s in it?
Enso Superfoods: Supergreens is an organic drink mix made from dehydrated plants. You stir a spoonful of powder into a glass of water, or the liquid of your choice, to make an instant green drink – no blender required.
You’ll find 20+ super greens on the ingredient list, including:
- Leafy greens, like cabbage: Certain leafy vegetables contain nutrients such as vitamins A, C and K, and are full of antioxidants that can help support the immune system.
- Algae, such as spirulina and chlorella: Spirulina has B vitamins, vitamin E and minerals such as 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 properly.
- Grasses, such as barley and wheat grass: Barley grass has vitamins A, B1, C and E and can improve immunity. Wheatgrass contains antioxidants and can help improve digestion.
- Other greens, such as dandelion: Dandelion greens contain vitamins A, C, D and several B vitamins, and they can also help reduce inflammation.
Each serving of this super green 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 the DV of folate
It is also:
- USDA certified organic
- Made in the USA
- Third-party tested for herbicides and pesticides
- Free from artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
- 100% vegan
- Nuts, 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 texture usually remind me of a mixed salad. No thanks.
If you’re the same way, you’ll probably appreciate the taste of this drink: It tastes like peppermint, rather than a mushy salad.
The mint 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’s not overpowering. I noticed it less every day I drank it.
It also has a good consistency. The powder mostly dissolves after a little stirring, and it’s not much thicker than your base liquid. There is no lethargy, unlike some green drinks.
As a result, I didn’t have to hold my nose or suppress a gag after drinking it. Instead, I enjoyed drinking this every day – in fact, I even looked forward to my daily glass.
Some days I even mixed the powder with regular kefir to make a sort of super green smoothie. Oddly enough, the kefir aftertaste helped to lift the salad — and my concoction didn’t need any additional sweetener.
This super green supplement’s extra energy claims intrigued me, especially since I try to avoid caffeine every day.
During the three weeks I tried this drink, I didn’t notice much of a difference in my energy levels on days I slept well.
But when I didn’t sleep well the night before or felt sluggish, I felt more energized. The Supergreens drink seemed to offer a gentle pick-me-up on days when I needed a little extra help getting going.
Although Enso’s website claims that their super green supplement can work as an alternative to morning coffee, the drink didn’t give me the same kick. But I still enjoyed the subtle boost in December when I had a full schedule packed with decorating, shopping and wrapping to prepare for Christmas.
Because of my UC, my stomach can go haywire during the holidays – especially when I enjoy baking (and eating) family recipe brownies with my mom.
This super green powder not only contains potentially gut-soothing greens, such as peppermint leaves and wheatgrass. It also contains digestive enzymes, such as:
Although I ate several potentially triggering foods, I didn’t have any major digestive issues while trying 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 thankful for my Squatty Potty. However, my night of stomach problems was 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 might have helped soothe my gut. That said, I do take a mess of other supplements that could have played a role as well – like aloe vera juice. So it’s not entirely clear how much I can thank the drink for avoiding flare-ups.
To summarize, I would not recommend this green drink as a free pass to overindulge in trigger foods if you live with digestive issues. But it’s nice if you want a little extra boost to your system.
Several of the greens in this Enso supplement, such as kale and wheatgrass, contain antioxidants that can potentially strengthen your immune system.
However, I did not 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 who was sick this Christmas, nor did I attend my annual family New Year’s gathering, as most of the regular attendees had to cancel. (Thanks, COVID.)
The jury is out on exactly how much of an impact this had on my immune system – if any. That being said, I haven’t gotten sick since adding the drink to my routine. So I’m certainly not complaining.
How much does it cost?
For me, the biggest downside to this add-on was the cost.
Each bag of this super green powder costs $59.99 for a one-time purchase. I’ll be honest: That number makes me cringe.
But to put that into perspective, you get 30 servings per bag, making each glass about $1.99. That’s just a few cents more than a tall regular 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 upfront, you may find it an affordable price.
You can also get a bag of this supplement for $39.99 if you buy a monthly subscription, bringing the cost down to about $1.33 per serving. But I personally don’t like buying supplements on a subscription service. I rather buy it as I need it, in case I don’t use the whole bag in a month.
Overall, I had a good experience with Enso’s supergreens supplement powder. The peppermint flavor actually made me enjoy drinking my greens, and I feel like the added digestive enzymes may have helped soothe my angry gut.
If you want to try a super green supplement but don’t like the taste of other green drinks, this could be an excellent option. I could definitely see this super green 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 part of my monthly wellness routine. But, I might consider splurging on a bag every couple of months, just to have on hand when I want an extra serving of greens or a digestive boost.