Equip is a supplement company I recently stumbled upon, when Dr. Anthony Gustin (the founder and CEO of Perfect Keto) mentioned one of its products in his newsletter.
As it turns out, Anthony is also the driving force behind Equip. Since I’m a huge fan of Perfect Keto and its clean keto-friendly products, I was excited to take a closer look at what Equip has to offer.
For this first review, I decided to check out Micro Greens — the brand’s organic and vegan-friendly micronutrient greens powder.
Before we dive into the product details, let me tell you a little bit about Equip.
Who Is Equip Foods?
Equip Foods* is a relatively young company, having only been actively marketing itself for the past year. Nevertheless, the brand can draw from its sister company Perfect Keto’s wealth of experience and food manufacturing expertise, as the latter has been one of the leading keto supplements brands since its inception in 2016.
Equip was started by Dr. Anthony Gustin, a functional medicine and sports rehab clinician. Dr. Gustin wanted to find a way for his patients to fuel their bodies with the nutrients they need. Without having to overthink everything they eat. That’s why he created Equip — blends made from 100% real foods. And none of the junk found in other supplements.
As of this writing, Equip offers an excellent, albeit relatively small, supplement portfolio consisting of the following products:
- Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules: Fermented food in a capsule.
- Ceylon Cinnamon Capsules: Metabolic support capsules.
- Clean Carbs: A carb powder made from cold-pressed sweet potatoes.
- Complete Collagen: A high-quality and vanilla-flavored collagen powder.
- Grass-Fed Beef Protein: I already have a bag in my pantry and I can’t wait to review it.
- Grass-Fed Liver Capsules: The liver is one of the most nutrient-dense organs on the planet, but most people don’t like its taste. Capsules are a perfect solution to that problem.
- Joint Support+: Micronutrient mix to support joint function.
- Micro Greens: The subject of this review.
- PureWOD Pre-Workout: Another product I’m really interested in.
Equip sent me a bag of its Micro Greens powder for this review and I ordered additional products for testing and future reviews, including the beef protein powder* and beef liver capsules*. So stay tuned for more content around Equip’s supplements.
Micro Greens Review
Equip Micro Greens is one of the cleanest greens powders I’ve reviewed so far. It consists of only the following carefully-chosen ingredient categories:
- Brain support
- Digestive enzymes
- Liver support
- Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs; to improve absorbability and provide energy)
- Organic greens blend
- Organic antioxidants fruit and berry blend
- Stevia (a non-caloric sweetener)
Equally important to what Micro Greens contains is what it doesn’t have, including:
- Artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners
- Dairy (including whey)
- Grains (including gluten)
In a nutshell, each serving of Micro Greens has only 25 calories but gets you the equivalent of 22 organic fruits and veggies — all from 100% whole food ingredients.
Absorbability and Digestibility
Before we get into the individual ingredients, let’s talk about absorbability and digestibility for a moment.
Absorbing nutrients from food is a complex and intricate process. As a result, you can’t always be sure that your body will absorb and use what you eat. That’s particularly true with plant-based foods that are generally more difficult to digest than food from animal sources.
That lack of absorbability is why many synthetic multivitamin products are a waste of money; your body simply doesn’t absorb them. But you can also encounter that problem with real food.
For example, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A. But unless you eat your carrots with fat, your body can’t absorb that fat-soluble vitamin.
Equip addresses this issue in its vegan greens powder by adding several ingredients that help the body to better absorb micronutrients, including:
- MCTs to assist with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).
- Digestive enzymes, including amylase, bromelain, cellulase, lactase, lipase and protease.
You can probably tell from their names what some of these enzymes do. For example, lactase helps break down milk sugar (lactose), lipase breaks down fats (lipids), and protease assists with the digestion of protein.
Others might not be so obvious, so let me break them down for you (no pun intended):
- Amylase converts starches and glycogen into simple sugars.
- Bromelain is another protein-digesting enzyme.
- Cellulase breaks down cellulose (found in entire plants) and certain related polysaccharides (carbs).
These extra absorption-improving ingredients are one of the reasons why I like Micro Greens so much, and why I think this greens powder has an advantage over some of the other brands I reviewed.
With each scoop (serving) of Micro Greens, you get:
- 4,500 mg of organic greens
- 4,500 mg of organic fruits and berries
- 1,000 mg of MCTs
- 475 mg of liver support nutrients
- 300 mg of digestive enzymes
- 133 mg of brain-supporting micronutrients
Here’s the exact breakdown of each ingredient category:
Organic Greens Blend
- Alfalfa leaf
- Barley grass
- Broccoli sprouts
- Dulse (also known as “the bacon of the sea”)
- Oat grass
Organic Antioxidant Fruit and Berry Blend
- Acerola berry (also known as Barbados cherry)
- Apple juice powder
- Goji berry
- Maqui berry (also known as Chilean wineberry)
- Pineapple juice powder
- N-acetyl cysteine: An antioxidant and precursor of the amino acid l-cysteine.
- Alpha-lipoic acid: Another antioxidant that’s essential for aerobic metabolism.
- Gotu kola extract [centella asiatica]: Known as the herb of longevity in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
- Milk thistle seed [silybum marianum]: Silybum has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hibiscus flower extract: Prevents oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
- Inositol: A type of sugar that’s abundant in your brain. It helps facilitate communication between brain cells and neurotransmitters.
- Reishi mushroom powder: The compounds found in the reishi mushroom can reduce stress, boost your immune system and lower high blood pressure, among other things.
Minerals and Vitamins in This Superfood
Equip’s greens powder contains the following micronutrients, with their daily values (% DV) in parenthesis.
Note that some of the vitamin names below represent a group of compounds. For example, retinol, retinal, retinoic acid and several provitamin A carotenoids are all classified as Vitamin A. Where I know the exact compound Micro Greens contains, I have included it in [square brackets].
- Vitamin A (70%)
- Vitamin B3 [niacin] (25%)
- Vitamin B5 [pantothenic acid] (8%)
- Vitamin B7/B8 [biotin] (25%)
- Vitamin B9 [folate] (25%)
- Vitamin B12 (40%)
- Vitamin C (60%)
- Vitamin D3 (25%)
- Vitamin E (25%)
- Vitamin K (30%)
- Calcium (25%)
- Chromium (25%)
- Copper (30%)
- Iodine (130%)
- Iron (10%)
- Magnesium (25%)
- Manganese (30%)
- Molybdenum (25%)
- Phosphorus (4%)
- Selenium (25%)
- Zinc (25%)
As I mentioned earlier in this article, absorbability is key when it comes to supplementing with vitamins and minerals. As a result, I recommend trying to get as many micronutrients as possible from real food sources rather than from pills.
Micro Greens consists of cold-pressed fruits and veggies. That means most, if not all, of the micronutrients are preserved in this greens powder.
Looking at the list of vitamins and minerals above, you can tell that each serving provides a considerable amount of the daily values needed by your body. Even some of the electrolytes that are often harder to come by, such as calcium and magnesium, are included in ample amounts.
Taste and Texture
Most raw greens have a bitter taste that’s shared by the products that contain them — especially if there are no artificial flavors to mask the bitterness.
In my opinion, Micro Greens has a pleasant taste with hints of berries and just the right amount of sweetness (thanks to the use of stevia).
At the same time, you can certainly tell that you’re drinking minimally processed plants, as you can tell by the minimally bitter taste (if you mix the green powder only with plain water). I didn’t mind that, nor did my wife and kids when they tried it.
The second indication that you’re consuming plant material when you take a sip of Micro Greens is the gritty texture. Again, it’s not something that bothered me but it’s worth pointing out.
It’s like when you try unsweetened organic ketchup for the first time after having only eaten the more popular junk food version for years. Eating real ketchup tastes like biting into a fresh tomato — it’s different, but it’s how ketchup should taste.
Equip’s Micro Greens powder isn’t cheap, with a list price of $59.00 per pouch (or just over $2 per serving).
On the other hand, neither is a serving of 22 organic fruits and veggies if you buy them at the store and slice them up.
To make the price more palatable, Equip (like many other supplement brands) offers a subscription at a 15% discount. Additionally, Equip provided me with a promo code (MK15) that gets you an additional 15% discount.
You can use that promo code on either a one-time purchase or a subscription. In the case of the latter, you can score a combined 30% discount.
Is It Worth It?
Even if you leverage both the subscription and my promo code, you’ll have to shell out about $40 per month on this greens powder. So you’re probably asking yourself if the benefit is worth the cost.
Honestly, I periodically ask myself that question any time I get a new supplement to try or review. More often than not, I lean towards not spending the money; I’d usually rather invest it in real food, such as pastured meat, wild-caught seafood and organic fruits and veggies.
However, I’ve come to the conclusion that certain types of supplements are very likely worth the money. As of right now, a high-quality greens powder and beef liver capsules are on the top of my supplement list.
Because they’re packed with nutrients that I know my body needs to improve my immune system (something that’s on everyone’s mind these days, thanks to COVID-19), boost muscle recovery, and fill any gaps I have in my diet.
I never have any issues getting adequate amounts of protein and fat, and I can easily see if I don’t. For example, if I don’t eat enough fat, I get kicked out of ketosis. If I don’t consume enough protein, I lose muscle mass.
But it’s much harder to recognize whether I’m getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin A (for example) — unless I’m severely deficient.
That’s why I continue using greens powder and beef liver capsules — both of which are packed with micronutrients from real food sources.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the label doesn’t spell that out, I recommend refrigerating the open container to maintain the freshness of the powder’s ingredients.
I usually just mix it with 8 ounces of water, but my wife prefers to mix it into her post-workout shake or smoothie. You can also add it to recipes or baked goods, but remember that heat can destroy or deteriorate some of the heat-sensitive micronutrients.
Yes. If you follow an intermittent fasting schedule (as I do) you can’t have a greens supplement during your fasting window. If you did, you’d break your fast.
Micro Greens is a low carb supplement that you can have if you follow a ketogenic diet, as I do. So yes, it’s keto-friendly.
Essential nutrients are those your body can’t produce. Thus, you have to get them from the food you eat. Examples include fat and protein (macronutrients) and certain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Micro Greens is free of gluten, dairy, nuts and eggs. But if you’re severely allergic to any of these, I recommend reaching out to Equip Foods before you place an order to ensure that there is no possibility of cross-contamination due to potentially shared production environments.
Conclusion – Equip Micro Greens
It’s no secret that I’m a fan and affiliate of Perfect Keto because they use the same or similar ingredients that I would use if I had my own keto supplements brand.
Equip Foods is owned and operated by the same team as Perfect Keto, and I can tell that their products follow the same strict guidelines regarding ingredient quality and processing methods.
So far, I’ve only tried Equip’s green powder*, beef protein* and liver capsules*, but these three products have convinced me that the brand is one I want to get behind and recommend to friends, family and my readers.
In particular, Micro Greens is a super-clean, real-food supplement that tastes great and has scientifically-proven health benefits. It’s one of those products that I let my kids have without even thinking twice about it.
So check it out* and let me know what you think about Micro Greens by leaving a comment below.