Legion Genesis Green Superfood Powder - Acai Berry
It’s a well-known fact that people who eat higher amounts of fruits and vegetables are, on the whole, healthier and more likely to live longer, disease-free lives than those who don’t eat enough. 
One of the reasons eating enough fruits and vegetables is so beneficial is the essential vitamins and minerals they provide. However, another lesser-known reason is they can also contain other types of phytonutrients that confer a variety of health benefits.
Two good examples of this are sulforaphane and anthocyanins, which are found mainly in broccoli and blueberries, respectively. They are known to have a variety of beneficial health effects but are not found on food labels, which focus only on essential nutrients vital to life. “Nonvital” phytonutrients like these, however, are one of the major reasons why a multivitamin can’t replace a vegetable-rich diet.
The question then becomes how to include as many of these beneficial molecules in our diets as possible.
While it would be great if we could do that by just eating a few types of vegetables that we like, that’s not the case. It would require eating a wide variety of plants and vegetables, including some that are pretty obscure and unpalatable.
And that’s where the greens supplement comes in.
The idea of taking a supplement that can provide many of the benefits that a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables has to offer without having to completely overhaul your diet sounds great in theory.
Well, the average greens supplement does a poor job of this. The reality is, you’d be better off buying a well-formulated multivitamin, and here’s why...
The Failings of the Average Greens Supplement
- 70+ whole-food ingredients!
- 12 servings of fruits and vegetables in just one serving!
- Probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes for optimal nutrient absorption and digestion!
If you’ve seen one greens supplement, you’ve seen them all. And there are two major reasons why most can’t live up to their marketing claims:
Despite having many whole-food ingredients, they’re often woefully low in certain essential micronutrients, unjustifiably high in some, and missing others altogether; and
They often provide little to no additional benefits beyond the over- and underdosed collection of essential micronutrients.
Let’s look at each of these points separately.
The Truth about Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation
It’s easy to assume that a supplement that is (purportedly) packed full of micronutrients must be healthful.
The reality, though, is that supplying superdoses of certain micronutrients won’t provide any health benefits, and in some cases, it can even be harmful.
Furthermore, if you’re not deficient in the vitamins and minerals provided, or if you are but the amounts provided are too small, you’re not going to gain anything by supplementing with more.
For example, many green supplements boast about their extremely high levels of antioxidants, but research shows that supplementing with large amounts of antioxidants is unlikely to provide any health benefits and may even increase the risk of disease. 
And, just for the sake of clarity, it’s worth noting that antioxidants aren’t themselves bad but, in certain contexts, they can be. Thus, it’s dishonest to market a supplement as healthful or better than others because it has high levels of antioxidants.
On the other hand, vitamins and minerals that people tend to be quite deficient in, like vitamins D, K1, and K2, and zinc—vitamins and minerals found in a well-designed multivitamin — are either extremely underdosed or nonexistent.
Another misleading aspect of how greens supplements are often marketed is the claim that synthetic forms of vitamins found in most multivitamins are worse than natural forms or even dangerous.
Well, most people believe that if something comes from nature, it must be better than something synthetically made—hence, the all too common (and meaningless) marketing claims of “all natural” that we find on many food and supplement products.
There is some truth to these claims, but they don’t apply equally to all molecules. Not all natural vitamins are better than synthetic forms, and not all synthetic forms are harmful.
There are notable examples of natural vitamins having unique properties that synthetic forms do not, such as vitamin E, and notable examples of synthetic vitamins outperforming the natural ones, such as synthetic folic acid being better absorbed than folate from natural sources. 
The bottom line is that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting all vitamins and minerals from natural sources.
That said, supplements that brag about containing only natural vitamins are preying on our tendency to assume they’re automatically healthier or better. Those that also demonize all synthetic vitamins are simply lying and hoping you don’t know any better.
The Great “Alkalize Your Body” Hoax
Take a look at the greens supplements on the market today, and you’re going to see a lot of talk about how they “alkalize” your body.
Well, while I wish we could optimize our health and protect ourselves against disease by simply using food to create an “alkaline environment” in our bodies, the evidence is clear—it’s just not that simple.
In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity of a solution. A pH of less than 7 is said to be “acidic,” while a pH greater than 7 is “basic” or “alkaline.” The further a substance is from neutral, the more it can react with other substances and cause chemical changes.
Alkaline diet proponents split up foods into three categories:
- Acidic foods, which are basically grains and all sources of good protein, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs
- Neutral foods, which are fats, sugars, and starches; and
- Alkaline foods, which are plant-based foods like fruit, nuts, legumes, and vegetables
When you eat foods, the metabolic byproducts (called “ash”) have pH values. Some are acidic (a pH score lower than 7), some are alkaline (a score higher than 7), and some can change in pH after absorption, like baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
As the story goes, the more foods you eat with acidic metabolic byproducts, the more acidic your entire body becomes. And an acidic body, alkaline dieters claim, is a petri dish for disease where all kinds of horrors can fester and grow, ranging from osteoporosis to diabetes to cancer.
Thus, if you eat a bunch of acidic foods, you’re thought to be poking the wasp’s nest of disease and dysfunction. Eat a bunch of alkaline foods, however, and you’re bulletproofing your body against the modern onslaught of superbugs, mutant foods, and hazardous chemicals.
The pitch is neat, and, ironically, an “alkaline” style of eating can be rather healthy, but the Emperor of Alkalinity is without clothes.
The biggest problem with the alkaline diet theory is the scientifically proven fact that the foods you eat simply can’t cause large or lasting changes in the pH value of your blood. 
We’re lucky that this is the case too.
Life on earth requires a tightly controlled pH of about 7.4 in and around cells and living organisms, and a dramatic change toward alkalinity or acidity means certain death. 
This is why, unless you have kidney disease, your blood is going to remain at a comfortable pH of about 7.4 regardless of what you eat for dinner. Ironically, this was demonstrated in research stretching all the way back to the 1930s, but the cockroach of the food-blood-pH myth just won’t die. 
One of the reasons it’s still scurrying around, however, has to do with how food affects the pH of a different bodily fluid.
You see, the changes in pH caused by alkaline and acidic byproducts resulting from the food we eat aren’t detectable in our blood but are detectable in our urine. 
A bale of spinach will make your pee more alkaline than a big ol’ bronto burger, and seeing that change on the pee strip can be gratifying. It’s an immediate change for the better, you think.
However, the flaw is that research shows that the pH level of our urine simply isn’t a reliable indicator of the pH of our blood or of our overall health and susceptibility to disease. 
When you eat acidic foods, the low-pH byproducts are quickly neutralized by special molecules in the blood. 
This process produces carbon dioxide, which is exhaled through the lungs, and salts, which are disposed of by the kidneys. Part of this disposal process includes the production of new bicarbonate ions to go back into the blood, and thus, the body is able to sustain the entire cycle.
Some people claim that the kidneys alone can’t handle this process and that the body must pull minerals from the bones to neutralize acidic ash, thus increasing the risk of osteoporosis, but this has been disproven by several studies.
Ironically, as researchers from the University of Calgary noted, increasing protein intake, which increases the “acid load” (including animal protein, which is the most acidic of all foods), has been shown to improve, not impair, bone health. 
The bottom line is that you absolutely should include plenty of alkaline-forming foods in your diet, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, but not because they “alkalize” your body or manipulate your blood pH levels.
They’re just great sources of vitamins and minerals, fiber, carbohydrate, and other nutrients.
Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, and Prebiotics, Oh My!
The marketing of many popular greens supplements leans heavily on digestive enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics.
These substances, we’re told, improve our digestion and nutrient absorption and boost immunity, performance, and well-being.
However, the reality is that they’re only included because they’re cheap and widely considered helpful. Well, as you’ll soon see, they’re unlikely to do much of anything unless you have gut problems.
Why You Probably Don’t Need Food Enzymes
Enzymes are molecules that cause or speed up chemical reactions in the body. They’re essential to life.
Many greens supplements contain various types of digestive enzymes, which are substances produced in the mouth, stomach, and intestines to help break food down into usable nutrients. The type of enzyme you see most is the food enzyme, which is a substance found in uncooked nuts, vegetables, and fruit.
The theory is that supplementing with enzymes like papain from papaya or bromelain from pineapple “predigests” food, thereby reducing the demand for digestive enzymes. This, in turn, is supposed to “free up” energy for other bodily processes like “detoxification” and tissue repair. Some companies even claim that digestive enzymes can help you lose weight.
It may sound plausible, but there’s a distinct lack of scientific evidence to back up these claims. 
Research shows that digestive enzymes can help people with digestive disorders like pancreatic insufficiency, lactose intolerance, a sensitivity to certain types of carbohydrates, and age-related decline in protein digestion, but most people digest food just fine and won’t benefit from regular enzyme supplementation. 
The bottom line is that, except in the case of dysfunction, your body produces all the digestive enzymes it needs. Therefore, you have little to gain from eating food enzymes like those found in greens supplements.
Digestive enzymes are something you should implement in response to a metabolic problem, not something you should take daily in the hope of improving your health.
It’s Hard to Know Whether Probiotics Will Help You
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts found naturally in your body that support gut function and health.
Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics, but most fall into one of two groups: lactobacillus, which are found in yogurt and other fermented foods, and bifidobacterium, which are also found in some dairy products.
Scientists are still determining exactly how probiotics work, but research suggests that probiotic supplementation can be beneficial for people with certain conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and colic and for the prevention of infectious- and antibiotic-related diarrhea. 
That’s not how the probiotics found in many greens supplements are sold, though.
We’re told that, as healthy individuals, they can boost our immune system and improve our digestion and gut health.
Well, such claims are controversial, unsubstantiated, and, quite frankly, misleading.
We know probiotics play a pivotal role in your gut and research is showing promise that, one day, there will be bacteria that can increase general health and well-being in otherwise healthy people.
There is preliminary evidence that the types of probiotics commonly found on the market today may be an “all-around good thing for everyone,” but no studies have confirmed these theories yet. 
The bottom line is that we just don’t know and it’s disingenuous to say otherwise.
As if all of that weren’t enough, there’s another major hurdle with probiotic supplementation: if the bacteria isn’t prepared and stored properly, it dies.
For example, heating the bacteria too high during processing kills them.  Freeze-drying can kill them too. Furthermore, if the wrong delivery system is used, the bacteria dies in the stomach, before it can even reach the small intestine. 
So while we are excited to see what comes out of probiotic research and look forward to being able to use them to improve our gut flora, we don’t believe strains commonly available are worth including in greens supplements.
Prebiotics Are Great...But You Probably Don’t
Need to Supplement with Them
Prebiotics are generally a type of fiber known as soluble fiber, which is a nondigestible carbohydrate that grows in plants. When eaten, it reaches the colon intact and is then fermented, which promotes the growth and/or activity of “good” gut bacteria.
Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, remains unmetabolized and helps food move through your digestive system.
Prebiotics are found in various fruits, vegetables, and certain grains. Foods like chicory root, artichoke, garlic, leek, onion, banana, oatmeal, wheat flour, and asparagus are great sources of prebiotics.
There’s no question that prebiotics are good for your health. They’re part of the reason why you should be eating six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day and why regular consumption of oats has been associated with a reduced risk of various types of disease. 
The American Dietetic Association recommends 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories but doesn’t distinguish between soluble and insoluble fiber.  That said, research has shown that 2 to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day can improve the cholesterol profile. 
If you eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other plant-based foods, you will get plenty of soluble fiber.
For example, a medium-sized apple contains 1 gram of soluble fiber, a cup of dry oatmeal contains 4 grams, a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts also contains about 4 grams, a banana contains about 0.7 grams, and a cup of green beans contains 1 gram.
Similar to probiotics, there’s evidence that supplementation with prebiotics can help people with imbalanced gut flora.Supplementation also makes sense if, for whatever reason, you simply can’t get enough fiber through your diet.
That said, if you eat enough vegetables and have no gastrointestinal problems, there’s currently no convincing evidence that supplementing prebiotics is going to benefit you.
Introducing a New Breed of Greens Supplement
When we set out to research GENESIS’s formulation, we started with what we didn’t want it to be: a poorly formulated multivitamin supplement with little else to offer.
Instead, we wanted to focus on select plants, fruits, and vegetables that can provide several key benefits particularly important to people living an active lifestyle:
- Improving physical and mental performance
- Increasing energy levels
- Decreasing feelings of anxiety and fatigue
- Increasing feelings of well-being and vitality
- Protecting heart and circulatory health
- Promoting faster recovery
- Boosting immunity and longevity
We conducted an extensive scientific review of a wide variety of molecules known to meet those targets, and we carefully chose a handful that safely deliver consistent results.
The result is the most potent greens supplement on the market built specifically for athletes, with every ingredient backed by sound clinical research and included at clinically effective dosages.
Let’s take a look at the formulation.
As you know, people who eat several servings of fruit and vegetables live longer, healthier lives than those who don’t.
Some people ensure they eat enough of these foods every day, but many people find supplementation helpful in meeting their daily needs.
This is why we started with a greens blend consisting of three plants: spinach, kale, and dandelion leaf.
We chose these plants because each is considered a “leafy green” vegetable and is high in one particular molecule of concern: nitrate.
Dietary nitrates are found most commonly in leafy greens and beets, which accounts for their ergogenic and circulatory benefits, and a diet high in nitrates is conducive to long-term heart and circulatory health. 
We chose the combination of spinach, kale, and dandelion leaf rather than simply using a large dose of lettuce or rocket, because spinach and kale have other beneficial compounds in them such as isothiocyanates, which are known to confer a variety of health benefits.
Dandelion is also high in dietary potassium, which is by far the most common nutrient deficiency and not one that can be easily solved with supplements.
GENESIS CONTAINS A 4-GRAM BLEND OF SPINACH, KALE, AND DANDELION LEAF PER SERVING
Reishi mushroom, or Ganoderma lucidum, has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 2,000 years.
It contains a large number of bioactive molecules and was known to the ancients as “the mushroom of immortality,” and it has been used historically to treat a variety of conditions ranging from insulin resistance to immune deficiencies to fatigue to cancer. 
Modern Western science is now catching up with and validating this Eastern traditional wisdom. Specifically, Reishi doesn’t seem promising as a first-line treatment for disease, but it does boast an impressive list of benefits that extend to healthy individuals.
Research shows that supplementation with reishi mushroom...
- Improves subjective sense of well-being 
- Helps protect liver health 
- Reduces feelings of anxiety and fatigue 
- Protects DNA from oxidant damage, which is a major factor in aging 
- Inhibits the creation of new fat cells 
- Reduces the time it takes to fall asleep 
- Helps protect brain health 
- Improves blood glucose control 
- Raises “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels 
- Boosts and balances the immune system 
- Helps protect kidney health 
- Exerts anti-cancer effects 
The clinically effective dosage of reishi mushroom extract ranges between 1.5 and 5 grams.
GENESIS CONTAINS 2.5 GRAMS OF REISHI MUSHROOM EXTRACT PER SERVING
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is widely considered one of nature’s richest and most complete sources of vital nutrients.
It’s often used as a vegan source of protein and is particularly rich in B vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. It also contains a notable amount of phycocyanobilin, which is a molecule that provides potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects.
Phycocyanobilin accomplishes this by stimulating immune cells, and, rather uniquely, spirulina contains another compound known as a Braun lipoprotein that prevents the immune system from overreacting and creating widespread inflammation.
Research shows that supplementation with spirulina…
- Improves the cholesterol profile 
- Increases muscle endurance 
- Helps control allergies 
- Reduces muscle damage caused by exercise 
- Helps the body eliminate heavy metals 
- Lowers blood pressure 
- Helps protect liver health 
- Reduces systemic inflammation 
- Improves insulin sensitivity 
The clinically effective dosage of spirulina ranges between 2 and 10 grams.
GENESIS CONTAINS 5 GRAMS OF SPIRULINA PER SERVING
Astragalus membranaceus is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it has long been used to increase stamina, vitality, and longevity and to treat colds and flu.
Astragalus contains a variety of beneficial molecules such as flavanoids and polysaccharides, but one of the more notable components is astragaloside IV, which is a type of compound found in many plants known as saponins.
Research shows that supplementation with astragalus membranaceus…
- Boosts the immune system 
- Helps protect heart health 
- Reduces blood pressure 
- Helps protect kidney health 
There’s also animal research suggesting that astragalus promotes longevity, but this has yet to be explored in human studies. 
GENESIS CONTAINS 3 GRAMS OF ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS PER SERVING, PROVIDING 9 MILLIGRAMS OF ASTRAGALOSIDE IV
For centuries, the natives of Northern India have known the many benefits of the moringa tree. Virtually every part is useful, and it grows quickly, can survive droughts, is highly nutritious, and can even help produce clean water.
The leaves have long been a part of India’s medicinal traditions, and research confirms just how extraordinary their nutrient profile really is.  Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain four times the calcium and two times the protein of milk, three times the potassium in bananas, four times the vitamin A in carrots, and seven times the vitamin C in oranges.
We chose to include moringa for two reasons:
- Its high potassium content, which most people can benefit from due to inadequate potassium intake; and
- Its large amount of various types of isothiocyanates, which are thought to be responsible for many of the health benefits of moringa
Research shows that supplementation with moringa…
- Helps protect heart health 
- Reduces blood pressure 
- Mitigates DNA damage 
- May have anti-cancer benefits 
The clinically effective dosage of moringa ranges between 500 and 2,000 milligrams of the leaf.
GENESIS CONTAINS 1 GRAM OF MORINGA OLEIFERA LEAF PER SERVING
Maca is a plant native to Peru that’s grown for its fleshy root, and its cultivation goes back thousands of years, as it was an integral part of the diet and commerce of the ancient Incan civilization.
Historically, maca has been used as an energy and libido enhancer and for improving hormonal function. Knowledge of its special properties all but disappeared, but, thanks to German and North American scientists studying the “lost crops of the Andes,” maca was introduced to the world in the 1960s and again in the 1980s.
Research shows that supplementation with maca…
- Improves subjective sense of well-being 
- Improves sexual function in men and women 
- Improves sperm production and health 
- Improves libido in men and women 
- Helps preserve joint health 
- Can reduce feelings of anxiety and nonclinical depression 
The clinically effective dosage of maca extract ranges between 1 and 3 grams.
GENESIS CONTAINS 1.5 GRAMS OF MACA EXTRACT PER SERVING
A broccoli sprout is a three- to four-day-old broccoli plant that contains a larger amount of certain beneficial bioactive compounds than the adult plant. 
The molecule most responsible for the broccoli sprout’s benefits is glucoraphanin, which, when eaten, turns into another substance sulforaphane, which triggers the production of certain proteins that help cells protect against disease. 
Research shows that sulforaphane is a promising anti-cancer nutrient and is also known to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 
The clinically effective dosage of broccoli sprout depends on how much sulforaphane it provides, and the clinically effective dosage of sulforaphane is 1 to 9 milligrams.
GENESIS CONTAINS 500 MILLIGRAMS OF BROCCOLI SPROUT PER SERVING
Delicious with no artificial sweeteners, flavoring, food dyes, or fillers
While the clinically effective dosages of key ingredients alone puts GENESIS light years ahead of other green supplements on the market, there’s still more that sets it apart: what we leave out.
GENESIS is naturally sweetened. While artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners may indeed be harmful to our health, and that more research is needed. 
And while artificial flavors seem to be benign, they just aren’t necessary, natural flavors taste equally good.
We've chosen to stay on the safe side and use the natural sweeteners stevia and erythritol instead. Stevia is a sweet herb in the Chrysanthemum family, and research has shown that it can:
- Increase insulin sensitivity 
- Help regulate blood glucose levels 
- Offer anti-carcinogenic properties 
- Decrease oxidative stress associated with eating large amounts of carbohydrates 
- Reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the body 
- Lower bad cholesterol levels 
- Protect the kidneys 
And in case you’re worried that naturally sweetened means horrible tasting, you can rest easy.We’ve taken special care to ensure that GENESIS tastes delicious whether it's mixed in water, milk, or dairy substitutes like rice, oat, and almond milk.
We don’t use artificial food dyes in any of our products. Many pre-workout drinks contain artificial dyes, known as azo dyes, such as FD&C Yellow #5 (tartrazine), FD&C Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue), FD&C Red No. 40 (Allura Red AC), and others.
Like artificial sweeteners, consumption of azo dyes might not be as harmful as some claim, but there is evidence that these chemicals can cause various negative effects in the body. 
GENESIS contains absolutely no “label stuffing” ingredients. We have a simple standard that we live by: every active ingredient used in LEGION products must be backed by published scientific literature and must be integrated at clinically effective dosages.