I’m always on the lookout for ways to ensure I’m getting all the nutrients I need. I try to eat and live as healthy as possible, but even then it’s hard to get enough of what I need from diet alone, especially with the inflammatory disease that constantly plagues my life.
Most of us could benefit from a form of nutritional insurance through taking vitamins and supplements, which led me on the search for the perfect supplements. I was most intrigued by two brands that seemed to offer an easy solution: Athletic Greens and Athena Club. Both the Athletic Greens AG1 and Athena Club's The Dailies (Daily Multivitamin and Probiotic) promise to deliver the essential nutrients most people tend to lack in a non-nausea-causing form. However, that's where most of the similarities end.
So if you're looking to make a decision between both of these brands, stay tuned:
$50 VS $100
A huge factor for me when it comes to supplements is the price. Yes, I don't want to skimp on quality but that doesn't mean I have to blow through my paycheck.
Athena Club's The Dailies, which includes all your essential nutrients for less than $2/day when you sign up for a subscription and buy them as a bundle. Once you've subscribed, you don't need to worry about reordering because they'll be delivered straight to your door. You can also purchase the probiotic and multivitamin individually for $28 each if you're only looking for one of the other. And did I mention that they ship free?
On the other side of the spectrum, Athletic Greens costs twice as much – a whopping $99 (30 servings) when you buy them each month without a subscription. If you know you're going to use it every month, you could sign up for a subscription for $79. That's still almost $30 more expensive than the competitor. Athletic Greens does offer further discounts for two daily drinkers, where you get twice the product for $149, but again, still more expensive than Athena Club. Also, shipping is an additional $9 even for subscribers.
PILL VS POWDER
Although both Athena Club and Athletic Greens promise to deliver similar nutrients to your system, one of them does it in pill form while the other one is powder.
Athena Club's The Dailies includes everything you need to feel your best – Daily Multi and Daily Probiotic. Both of these supplements are made with the most bioavailable, high-quality ingredients and contain no synthetic fillers. The Daily Multi has a no-nausea capsule design and it tastes minty, so it’s even easier to digest. The Daily Probiotic is made with live cultures and features four of the best, most clinically studied probiotic strains to support your immunity, gut, vaginal health, and more. On top of that, because Athena Club is committed to being sustainable, they package all of their supplements in glass bottles to cut back on plastic.
Athletic Greens supplements come in powder form. You add a scoop of the AG1 to a glass of water and mix to prepare the supplement drink. As with any supplement drink, there’s a taste barrier that can take a while to overcome. While you’re getting over 75 vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced superfoods, probiotics, and adaptogens in one daily serving, there’s just no getting past the strong taste of some of the ingredients.
4 VS 2 PROBIOTIC STRAINS
The reason why Athena Club’s probiotic supports both vaginal health and gut health is due to their formula incorporating four of the best, most clinically studied probiotic strains. In particular, the highly acid and bile-resistant L. acidophilus LA-14 effectively supports vaginal and kidney health because it is able to survive the journey from the mouth to the large intestine and L. Rhamnosus HN001 has been shown to support vaginal health and may even support mood after pregnancy. These two strains along with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 sets Athena Club’s probiotic apart from competitors and makes it a powerhouse supplement for anyone serious about improving their overall health.
AG1 contains two strains of probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus - UALa-01 and Bifidobacterium bifidum - UABb-10. While Athena Club’s probiotic contains 32 billions CFUs for optimal effectiveness, Athletic Greens hasn’t provided information on how many active cultures are present in its supplement.
TASTE VS NO TASTE
Taking vitamins isn’t my favorite thing to do. But truth be told, I dislike green powders even more than I dislike pills. It feels more torturous as I have to chug a 12-ounce glass of green water compared to the two seconds it takes me to swallow four pills.
Athena Club even has added a mint insert to their daily supplement to get rid of any "pill" flavors. Also, it's a nice surprise when taking their supplements. As for Athletic Greens, green supplements are always going to taste earthy and grainy, so it will probably take some getting used to at first. It’s definitely not something I enjoy taking, it tastes like grass with a sweetness that seems artificial even though no artificial sweeteners are used.
In my book, Athena Club is superior to Athletic Greens. Not only is Athena Club cheaper, but it tastes way better, which is major in my book. It only contains the nutrients I absolutely need and am probably not getting from my diet, while delivering them in a sustainable form. And I'm spending half the amount of money I would for Athletic Greens! So if you're anything like me, Athena Club is probably the best choice for you.