Living Fuel SuperGreens is generally targeted at everyone, but if we want to be slightly more specific, it’s a product that would benefit people who are looking for a convenient way to meet their daily veggie needs.
These are people who may always be on the go and do not have much time to prep meals that are nutritious, anyone who has difficulty accessing nutritious food regularly, and anyone who needs help with weight loss.
Of course, the market today is saturated with products that all claim to be the ultimate blend that fulfills a bucket list of health benefits like improving one’s physical strength, detoxification, providing additional nutritional value, regulating the body’s internal systems, stimulating mental acuity, helping with mental illnesses, and then some.
Background on Living Fuel
Living Fuel was founded by K.C. Craichy in 2002. After witnessing his wife go through bouts of health and mental issues, Craichy was motivated to create a product approached healthy living from a new perspective.
After pouring through countless books and research on health and nutrition, he found seven key areas of health: hydration, nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, environmental hazards, and meditation. He realized that his wife was deficient in all seven areas, and therefore used them as the foundation of all LivingFuel products.
So, what’s the deal with this Super Greens from Living Fuel?
The distinctive factor about the Living Fuel Greens is it’s absurdly high nutritional profile. The Living Fuel supplement is labeled as a food product and not a health supplement. It claims to be able to replace whole meals through its sheer nutritional density, in all the right categories, that even whole meals can’t provide in one sitting.
At first glance, this is an extremely bold and understandably unbelievable claim—replacing whole meals? What exactly is in this thing? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients it contains.
LivingFuel SuperGreens Ingredients
The supplement is gluten-free, plant-based, and vegan and keto-friendly. Since more and more people are turning to veganism, going for plant-based and ketogenic diets, and ridding gluten from their diets, this is great news. Ingesting the LFSG would then not interfere with your diet.
The ingredients are classified into eight categories: superfoods, enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It contains 53 essential nutrients and over 90 essential vitamins.
Since there are so many ingredients in this product, we’re going to list just some of the main ingredients under each category that have a stronger health effect. You can find the whole ingredient list on their website.
Ingredients: Barley, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Spirulina, Kelp Leaf, Chia Seeds, Beetroot, Dandelion root, Ginger root
Barley provides an abundance of vitamin A which maintains our body’s natural defense mechanisms. For instance, the mechanisms in our eyes, lungs, and gut which prevent bacteria and infections from forming. Its high fiber content may also prevent gallstones from forming and causing blockages in the gallbladder. It also lowers the risk of requiring a gallbladder surgery.
Broccoli provides anti-cancer phytochemicals and lowers cholesterol levels. There are certain chemicals in broccoli that bind with bile acids in our liver, gallbladder, and gut. This speeds up their elimination process and stops them from being reused.
Spinach gives us vitamin C, A, and K. This has a whole boatload of benefits including promoting eye health, cancer prevention, and blood pressure regulation.
Spirulina has a high concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, and essential fatty acids. Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin that our body needs but is unable to produce, so the inclusion of spirulina is definitely a plus here. B-12 is known to boost our overall energy, improve our energy and prevent heart diseases.
Chia seeds are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, topping even that found in salmon. It’s also high in fiber and protein which is beneficial to weight loss. The fiber is soluble and absorbs a lot of water. Thus, when you consume it, you get fuller faster.
Overall, LFSG is a rich source of fiber and chlorophyll. This boosts cleansing and detoxing in the body, and rids the system of heavy metals and toxins.
Other Ingredients include…
The LFSG contains a whopping 82,800 units of antioxidants. This is more than 6 times the amount found in a cup of blueberries! Just imagine how much antioxidants you’re going to receive with just one serving.
Vitamins and Minerals
Just one serving of the LFSG gives you more than 8,000% of the recommended daily intake of B12, 600% of vitamin K, 500% of B6, 300% of B1, B2, E, and manganese, 200% of folate, 167% of A and D, 100% of selenium, zinc, and vitamin A. These are a lot of numbers that don’t really make any sense, but in essence, it is a lot of vitamins jampacked into one serving of LFSG.
What it DOES NOT include
I really appreciate the transparency here. It is common to find companies that list all the ingredients included in detail, but it is rare to find ones that list both what is and what is not included in the product. Living Fuel has a list of ingredients and additives that the LFSG does not contain on its website. Here it is for easy reference:
- GMOs, irradiation, pesticides, herbicides
- Added sugar, soy protein, wheat
- Gluten, yeast, milk, whey
- Eggs, nuts, maltodextrin
- Preservatives, fillers, hydrogenated oils
- Artificial flavoring, artificial coloring
- Heavy metals
With so many ingredients packed into a product, how exactly do they work together to live up to what Living Fuel claims the product can do, replace whole meals entirely? And if the consumer wishes not to use it as a meal replacement, in what ways can this product act as a supplement?
There are a number of benefits according to the manufacturers:
- An overall boost in energy, vitality, and mental ability
- Enhanced immunity
- Improved digestion and detoxification
- Increased metabolism and weight loss
- Stronger muscles and bone density
- Stabilized blood sugar levels
- Reduced cravings
- Supports an alkaline diet
Some of these benefits stem from others. For instance, the LFSG stabilizes your blood sugar levels. This reduces the need for additional sugar in your diet, and any craving for sugar you have after ingesting this product will likely be from eating habits that you’ve developed over the years—stress eating, binge eating, or simply being conditioned to eating at certain times.
If you develop the discipline to stay away from sugary foods, you’ll also increase your weight loss.
Additionally, the food we normally consume tends to create a highly acidic environment in our bodies. This is not healthy and it upsets pH balances. This disrupts the body’s homeostasis, causes our immune system to weaken and collapse, and causing us to become more susceptible to illnesses.
We also face a higher risk of developing gut problems, digestive issues, and other health concerns. Ingesting LFSG promotes an alkaline environment to counter these health risks.
Take note: when you first start ingesting the LFSG, your urine might turn bright yellow. Don’t be alarmed—it’s just a symptom of the detoxification going on in your body. The color change is just a result of your body getting rid of excess vitamins. Once you increase your fluid and LFSG intake, after a while, your urine will return to a light yellow.
This product boasts a significant amount of phytonutrients. However, a downfall of the LFSG is that it contains vegetable powders instead of juice extracts, and phytonutrients are highly concentrated in the juice of produce.
If the juice is first extracted from the produce, freeze-dried and then made into powder instead, these phytonutrients would be more readily absorbed into the body.
What’s it taste like?
Unfortunately, this might be the biggest deterrent in the ingestion of the LFSG. It has a taste that you’ll just have to get accustomed to over a period of time.
Due to the sheer amount of organic raw produce, the Living Fuel Super Greens has a slightly pungent smell and an earthy or nutty taste to it. And without artificial flavoring added, it is nearly impossible for the taste to be covered up. We highly recommend that you take it with coconut milk or fruit smoothies.
It’s probably going to be difficult to chug the blend down in one go if that was what you were thinking about. Enter chia seeds — the ingredient that honestly, while an excellent source of fatty omega acids, is the one factor that introduces a very unpleasant, slimy and awkward texture into the blend.
See, chia seeds are highly absorbent. When you mix water or any liquid with the powder, the chia seeds absorb this liquid and swell up. They turn slimy. You’d be inclined to chew them— and I imagine that chugging down a liquid filled with slimy, swelled up seeds would be unnatural.
Maybe, just maybe, if you like boba or tapioca balls that you find in bubble tea, you might find chewing the chia seeds more bearable… But I think that would be a stretch. Once you start chewing them, the taste of raw organic produce is going to remain, so we’d highly recommend that you take it with a smoothie or a liquid that balances out the flavors.
The blend will turn brown after mixing because the enzymes in it are activated in water which causes the color change. So, don’t be alarmed when you see it!
Is it affordable?
Honestly, if you’re taking the Living Fuel Super Greens as a supplement on top of the meals you take every day, it is expensive. However, if you’re taking it as a replacement for some or all of your meals, it might actually save you some money.
It’s only available by ordering through their website. You can order a one-time purchase or a subscription plan. Unfortunately, getting a subscription plan won’t get you any discounts.
The Living Fuel Super Greens tub only comes in one size: a canister of 12 complete two-scoop servings. It costs USD 75 per canister, USD 6.25 per serving, and however long it lasts will depend on how you decide to take it. One serving consists of two scoops, and if you take one serving as breakfast every day, this canister will last you about 12 days. That’s over USD 150 a month!
At first glance, that’s insanely expensive to be spending on a supplement— but remember! It can replace a whole meal.
So let’s put this into a case scenario: let’s say you want to replace your breakfast with the LFSG. And let’s say your breakfast normally consists of a Starbucks Coffee and a muffin. I’d say that would cost you almost USD 8 at least, and those don’t give you as many nutrients as the LFSG does.
Another thing you can do to make it less expensive is to split each serving into half. So instead of having two scoops per serving, you simply take one scoop per serving and have it as a supplement. The amount of nutrition in half a serving would still be high, anyway. It’s like having an enhanced salad with your meal.
Take note: the blend claims to be able to curb hunger for three to six hours, but so far it has only just managed to curb hunger for about three hours, and that’s with low physical activity. So if you’re an office worker, you might be able to get by it relatively easily but if you’re an athlete or someone who does a lot of physical work on a daily basis, taking it as a supplement might be better.
The only thing is that the Living Fuel Supergreens is only sold in canisters, not individual packets, so it is less convenient to carry around if you are planning to replace meals with it outside your home.
Our Final Verdict
It’s not often that you find a powder that’s so densely packed with nutrition, it can replace a whole meal entirely. Although the founders of Living Fuel recommend taking the powder as a meal on its own, I imagine that it would be difficult for most people to cut out whole food entirely from a meal, especially seeing how the taste of Living Fuel Supergreens leaves a lot to be desired.
Taking that into consideration, I’d say that the Living Fuel definitely falls on the more expensive side. But if you can comfortably afford it, then it could prove a great tool to help with weight loss and the physical strengthening of your body.
- Hi, my name is Sandra! I am the main author and reviewer of Super Greens Expert. I am a keen juicer as I was want to get all my daily veggies. Having found super greens I now use one such supplement daily.