Today I’m reviewing the Patriot Power Greens from Patriot Health Alliance, a supplement company located in Salt Lake City, Utah that is so patriotic, they make donations to the U.S. Armed Forces under your name if you buy from them. It’s pretty heavily marketed toward senior citizens who want to feel young again, so what does it actually do?
Made from forty fruits and vegetables, most of which are organic, Patriot Power Greens is comprised of a relatively wide variety of ingredients that include spirulina, beet juice, kale, a few kinds of seaweed, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, prunes, berries, coconut water, and the prebiotic fiber inulin, which is linked to digestive benefits.
It also contains six digestive enzymes and ten strains of probiotic bacteria, including B. Lactis, L. Paracasei and S. Thermophilus, which are linked to improved digestion and nutrient absorption. However, it doesn’t state how many probiotics are in a serving, so it’s hard to measure its effectiveness against other products.
One scoop contains 20 calories, one gram of protein, four grams of carbohydrates, and two grams of fiber.
What Does Patriot Power Greens Taste Like?
The product is berry flavor, and it tastes very good — a little like artificial mixed berry flavor with undertones of apple and passionfruit.
I only say it tastes artificial because I’m not used to this kind of flavor from an “all-natural” product. But the flavoring appears to stem largely from apple powder, which is one of the first ingredients, and acai berry, pear, pomegranate, papaya, grape, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, black currant, mango, and passionfruit.
It’s actually almost as sweet as real fruit juice, which might be off-putting to folks who are averse to sugary food. For my money, it’s one of the best tasting products on the market.
Does Patriot Power Greens Really Work?
On the positive side: the product’s website cites a lot of studies that show probiotics can improve digestion, heart health, and possibly some influencers of mental health, which is true enough, but again it doesn’t state how many probiotics you’re getting in a serving. This is really important — competitor Green Vibrance contains 25 billion per serving while Sun Warrior’s contains 2 billion. A dedicated probiotic supplement usually contains between one and ten billion. How effective is Patriot Power Greens compared to anything else that contains at least one probiotic bacterium? We don’t know.
I’m really emphasizing this factor because the digestive benefits are the only claims this product might be able to back up, if it bothered providing specific information about quantities. Not only does the company neglect to disclose how much of each ingredient it contains, it also doesn’t provide information as to what vitamins and minerals this “health supplement” actually contains. It only says that it contains 30 percent of your daily Vitamin A and 6 percent of your daily iron, which isn’t that high for a greens a powder. That would be more acceptable if it was just marketed as a probiotic supplement, except it also doesn’t say how many probiotics it has.
Their website — which seems squarely aimed at senior citizens — claims that Patriot Power Greens provides “unlimited stamina,” that it doesn’t just reduce but “neutralizes inflammation,” that it turns “old guys into young bucks” and claims their a number of their clients have completely lost their memory problems, joint pain and impotence. It also says it can and should replace certain prescription drugs, like NSAIDs for joint pain. It does not provide studies or evidence as to why, besides those perfunctory probiotic studies.
I believe the marketing borders on irresponsible and scammy, preys on the insecurities of the elderly, and makes unsubstantiated claims.
When you factor in postage and handling, this costs $59 per tub of 30 servings, so it’s on the more expensive side as far as these products go.
It’s not a lot when compared to industry dominator Athletic Greens ($4.23 per serving), but it’s pricy when compared to its other competitors, particularly given how little evidence it provides for its claims. For comparison, it costs $35 for fifteen servings of Onnit’s Earth Grown Nutrients ($2.30/serving), $40 dollars for thirty servings of AI Sports Nutrition Red & Greens XT ($1.33/serving), $65 for 60 servings ($1.08/serving) of Green Vibrance, $30 for thirty servings of PharmaFreak Greens Freak ($1/serving), $50 for ninety servings of Sun Warrior’s Supergreens ($0.55/serving), and $52 for a hundred serves Amazing Grass’s Green Superfood ($0.52/serving).
Rating Out of 5
The only thing I can truthfully say about this product is that it contains probiotics and digestive enzymes that may improve digestive health. But I couldn’t find other information about how effective it is, what vitamins and minerals it contains, and what benefits the myriad fruits and vegetables may confer upon its user.
I was not a fan of Patriot Power Greens. I’ve seen a lot of greens powders that don’t back up their claims, but Patriot Health Alliance takes that lack of transparency to a new level.