L'Evate You Review: Are Steve Harvey's Greens Good?

L'Evate You Review: Are Steve Harvey's Greens Good?


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L’Evate You is Steve Harvey’s nutrition brand, and at the time of publishing this article they sell a greens powder in different flavors. The brand suggests that just one scoop a day can support “Total-body health and wellness,” and that the product contains 30 “superfoods.”

But does L’Evate You contain research-backed ingredients at effective doses, or are these just marketing claims? Are there any questionable additive ingredients? What are real customers saying about L’Evate You? And how does the product compare to other popular green powders?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in L’Evate You based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to be effective for supporting overall health, or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll compare L’Evate You to other popular green powders like AG1, and feature unsponsored customer reviews.

Ingredient Analysis

L'Evate You green blend and digestive blend ingredients

L’Evate You contains a large number of active ingredients, so we’ll break down our ingredient analysis into sections. The green blend and digestive blend are shown above.

Organic wheat grass powder and organic barley grass powder are some of the whole food, nutritious ingredients in this blend.

We don’t have any issues with the ingredients in the Greens Blend, but the total greens dose is much lower than most green powder products we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.

The greens blend totals only 1,711 milligrams (mg), or 1.7 grams (g). According to the USDA, one tablespoon of wheatgrass powder equals 8 g, so the dose of the entire green powder blend in L’Evate You is less than 25% of the dose in one tablespoon of wheatgrass powder.

The Digestive Enzyme & Probiotic blend has nearly as high of a dose as the Greens Blend, and we haven’t come across any evidence that otherwise healthy individuals benefit from digestive enzyme supplementation (nor does the brand’s product page cite any).

The ingredients in the Power, Energy & Longevity Blend and the Antioxidant Blend are shown below:

L'Evate You power blend and antioxidant blend ingredients

Again, we’re unsure if the individual ingredient doses here are high enough to provide any benefit. The average ingredient dose in the Antioxidant Blend is 21 mg.

According to the USDA, one single blueberry has a dose of 2,000 mg. This means that one single blueberry has a dose 95x higher than the average ingredient dose in this Antioxidant Blend.

Whole fruit is mostly water, but even if you subtract the water you end up with a dose for one blueberry of 320 mg, or more than 10x the average ingredient dose in L’Evate You’s blend.

The remaining ingredients in this supplement are shown below:

L'Evate You mushroom blend and inactive ingredients

The Mushroom Blend has the same issue as the previous blends in our opinion. The average ingredient dose is only 21 mg, and we haven’t come across any medical studies suggesting raw, unextracted mushroom powder has health benefits at such a low dose. Nor does the brand cite any.

Natural flavors is included as an inactive ingredient, and as we discussed in our review of Katy Perry’s drink brand De Soi, at least one medical review suggests that some flavoring additives may be harmful to human health.

Overall, we are unimpressed by the formulation of L’Evate You. But before comparing it to other green powders on the market, we’ll feature some unsponsored user reviews of the brand.

We Tried L'Evate You Ourselves

L'Evate You UGC

One of our product testers named Jodie Steinberg tried L'Evate You. Here's her experience: 

The packaging was a soft pouch and when I opened it, some of the chocolate powder spilled out. A hard container would be better. I think the packaging is a bit cheap and the powder gets around the seal so it’s hard to seal it back up properly.

Mixability was good. This product blended into water without any issues.

I am not a fan of the taste. I bought the chocolate flavored one and it tastes like Yoo-Hoo mixed in with green vegetable flavor. The chocolate does not mask the green vegetable taste at all and simply combines with it making a taste that is odd and off putting.

I didn't experience any side effects of otherwise unexpected effects while using this product.

As far as product effects, I didn’t find it increased my energy, helped me exercise harder or made me feel different at all.

Overall, I would rate L'Evate You 2/10 and do not plan to purchase it in the future.

L’Evate You vs. Other Green Powders

AG1 by Athletic Greens is arguably the most popular green powder on the market, so it makes for a good brand to compare L’Evate You to.

As we documented in our AG1 reviews article, the plant powder blends in one serving of AG1 total over 10 g, or around 5x more plant material than L’Evate You per serving.

Both products contain natural flavors which we recommend that consumers exercise caution with.

AG1 has added vitamins and minerals, and we think it’s a good thing that L’Evate You doesn’t, because we haven’t come across any convincing evidence that taking supplemental vitamins and mineral blends improves health in otherwise healthy adults (and green powders are naturally nutrient-dense to begin with).

Overall, we consider AG1 to be slightly better than L’Evate You due to its significantly higher plant powder content (which is the primary purpose of a greens powder), although we don’t currently recommend either product.

Interested consumers can check out Athletic Greens at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

Real Users Try L’Evate You

A YouTube creator named “Byrd_Squad” has a review on L’Evate You that has over 20,000 views:

A TikTok creator named Teowonna Clifton shared her experience after using the supplement for 45 days:

@thatteowonna 45-day update on L’evate You by @steveharvey ♬ original sound - Teowonna Clifton

Does L’Evate You Cause Side Effects?

L’Evate You doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, which makes it challenging to say whether or not a supplement is likely to cause side effects.

The only ingredient of note in regard to side effects is maca. As we detailed in our Oats Overnight reviews article, maca is an indigestible plant fiber much like potato, so it can irritate the digestive system.

We don’t consider this ingredient to be dangerous, but we prefer gelatinized maca.

Overall, we consider L’Evate You unlikely to cause side effects in otherwise healthy adults (but it’s always best to clear use of a supplement with a doctor).

There is no mention of side effects from use of this supplement on the L’Evate You website.

Our Clean Green Powder Picks

Complement Daily Greens is our top green powder pick.

This greens powder is extremely nutrient-dense without any added vitamins, providing 50% of the iron Daily Value (DV), 46% of the chromium DV and 35% of the vitamin A DV in one serving.

This powder uses organic stevia leaf extract and organic natural flavors to add flavoring, which meets our formulation standard given that organic natural flavors provide a higher standard of ingredient safety in our opinion than natural flavors or artificial flavors according to USDA flavoring guidelines.

Interested consumers can check out Complement Daily Greens at this link, where the product costs only $49 for a one-time purchase.

Green tea is a nutritionally-rich green powder that's shown in a 2006 medical review to have a number of health benefits, including:

"anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power."

Pique Japanese Sencha Green Tea is our top brand pick, because it only has one ingredient (organic green tea), is packaged in a convenient stick pack so it can be mixed into water and doesn't need to be prepared, and only costs $16. 

Interested consumers can check out Pique Japanese Sencha Green Tea at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.

Dietitian Reviews L'Evate You

A TikTok creator and dietitian named Katey Davidson reviewed the ingredients in L’Evate You:

@tasteofnutrition Replying to @amandarenae10 L’Evate You Vital Greens Powder by Steve Harvey Review! 🌱 #levateyou #levateyourhealth #levateyourgreens #steveharveygreens #greenspowder #greenspowdersupplement #greenspowderreview #greenscreen ♬ A tropical house that feels Summer vibes - Roa

Pros and Cons of L’Evate You

Here are the pros and cons of L’Evate You in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Contains many whole food ingredients
  • Good mix of plant ingredients
  • Contains probiotics
  • Unlikely to cause side effects
  • Relatively affordable ($49)
  • Website is easy to use

Cons:

  • Doesn’t appear to be clinically tested
  • Low overall green powder dose
  • Contains flavoring additives
  • Contains raw maca
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Conclusion

L’Evate You does provide a large number of different plant compounds, but the total dose of those compounds is significantly lower than other popular green powders.

We don’t consider this product to be a good value due to the low overall green powder dose, and we find it strange that a product marketed as a green powder contains nearly as high a dose of enzymes and probiotics as plant ingredients.

The good news about this product is that it doesn’t have any active ingredients we consider dangerous. Raw maca is the only ingredient we believe may cause (minor) side effects, because it’s an indigestible plant fiber, but we don’t believe this supplement is likely to cause side effects in most adults.

The price and branding is good, and most user reviews we came across while researching this article were favorable. We just wish the brand would up the green powder blend dose and remove the natural flavors.

At the time of publishing this article, L’Evate You only appears to be available at the brand’s official website and not on Amazon or other third-party retailers.