Top 25 Best Packs of Aojiru to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 25 Best Packs of Aojiru to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Nutrition drink. Energy drink. Longevity drink. America’s obsessed with its health right now, so it’s no surprise that this green juice from Japan is getting laurels heaped upon it. Unfortunately, we have precious little information on aojiru in English, and it doesn’t help that nutrition and the human body are complex topics.

To clear up some of the mystery, we ordered the 25 most popular packs of aojiru from Japan’s e-commmerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo) and drank them all. We then compared the following points:

  1. Nutritional Value
  2. Safety
  3. Taste (How Easily It Went Down)
  4. Cost

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional aojiru.

Table of Contents

How to Choose Aojiru – Buying Guide

We’ll get into how we tested and compared all the packs of aojiru, but before that, we want to introduce four things you should look out for when picking out aojiru.

① When Looking at Ingredients, Think about Why You’re Drinking

Most aojiru features one of the four following ingredients: kale※1, ashitaba※2 (an herb also known as Angelica Keiskei), barley grass※3, or Japanese mugwort※4. All of them have different effects on the body.

We’ll talk about each one by one, but in actuality, you don’t want to confine yourself to a single ingredient. It’s best if you drink two or more packs of aojiru that feature different ingredients so you can absorb varied nutrients.

※1 ケール: kale
※2 明日葉: ashitaba
※3 大麦若葉: barley grass
※4 よもぎ: Japanese mugwort

Kale: When You’re Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age. Whether It Tastes Good is… Questionable

Kale: When You're Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age. Whether It Tastes Good is... Questionable

If you can’t sleep, chomp on some kale for the melatonin. Kale is also said to help prevent cancer and dementia, including Alzheimer’s, which are diseases often brought on by age or genetics. It’s also rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and C. There’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from a little kale.

Just don’t go in hoping for a delicious smoothie. Kale’s very bitter and smells leafy and planty. Though there are people who love how it tastes, they’re not in the majority.

Barley Grass: When You’re Stressed or Dieting. Doesn’t Taste too Bad Either

Barley Grass: When You're Stressed or Dieting. Doesn't Taste too Bad Either

If you want to feel young and energized far into the future, if you’re worried about lifestyle diseases, try consuming some barley grass. It’s rich in GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps calm the mind, which may come in handy during times of stress.

Other notable nutrients include SOD, an enzyme that detoxes superoxide radicals, and β-glucan, which stops blood sugar levels from spiking after a meal and keeps you feeling full for longer.

It doesn’t have a strong taste either, so aojiru with barley grass as the main ingredient isn’t hard to swallow. That may be one of the reasons it’s surpassing kale in popularity.

Ashitaba: When You’re Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies. Best if You Can Consume It with Soy

Ashitaba: When You're Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies. Best if You Can Consume It with Soy

You want ashitaba aojiru if you have high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, or are suffering from obesity/the general malaise of a sedentary lifestyle. It also works to stave off hay fever, soothe irritation caused by allergies, and reduce swelling. It’s a must-have if you drink too much alcohol.

When you drink ashitaba aojiru, try mixing it with soy milk or consuming it with soy products. Soy isoflavones (in addition their own health benefits) have the effect of further enhancing the nutritional properties of ashitaba. Taste-wise, it’s a bit bitter, but the resulting aojiru doesn’t taste as medicinal as most.

Extra note: ashitaba is rich is phytochemicals like chalcone, coumarin, and lutein. Currently, there’s a lot of research being done on the health benefits of phytochemicals and the role they play in assisting various bodily functions–it’s a fascinating topic worth following.

Japanese Mugwort: You Need This, Ladies. Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid

You Need This, Ladies. Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid

Get this if you’re constipated. Compared even to the other leafy greens we introduced today, Japanese mugwort’s got a lot of fiber and will do wonders for digestion. It’s rich in iron and folic acid as well, both of which are nutrients women need a lot of, especially during pregnancy.

Finally, Japanese mugwort has plenty of chlorophyll. As a nutrient, chlorophyll can lower cholesterol levels. It also detoxes and promotes cell activity–meaning that it helps with anti-aging.

 ② Look at How Much of Each Nutrient You’re Getting

Plants typically used in aojiru are naturally rich in nutrients like fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins–but how much you’re getting will depend on the product.

When Drinking to Promote Health, Look for Fiber, Iron, and Calcium

When Drinking to Promote Health, Look for Fiber, Iron, and Calcium

If you’re drinking aojiru for the health benefits, check for fiber※4, which helps with digestion and the passing of waste from the body, as well as iron※5 and calcium※6(most people suffer from a deficiency of these minerals). If you’re on a diet, you want to make sure you’re getting plenty of fiber but not too many calories.

Remember that the American Heart Association wants you to consume about 25 – 39 g of fiber a day. The National Institutes of Health recommend adult women get 18 mg of iron a day and adult men get 8. They also call for 1,000 mg a day of calcium for both men and women. Remember that these numbers can fluctuate depending on your age and health.

※4 食物繊維: fiber
※5 鉄: iron
※6 カルシウム: calcium

When Drinking to Look More Fabulous, Check for Vitamin C

When Drinking to Look More Fabulous, Check for Vitamin C

If you’re looking to supplement your skincare, then pay attention to what vitamins are included. Now, it is true that vitamin A keeps skin healthy, B1 and B2 protect against irritation, and E has anti-aging properties. However, if you have a healthy diet, it’s easy enough to meet your RDA and you don’t need huge amounts in aojiru.

You do want to look for Vitamin C, however. You need about 100 mg a day, so try purchasing aojiru that contains about 20 – 100 mg of the antioxidant.

③ If You’re Worried about Safety, Look for Official Labels

There’s no point in purchasing an aojiru that could have an adverse effect on your body. Here are a few ways you can determine that your green sludge is only full of the good stuff.

Products can be Labeled Organically Grown or Pesticide-Free

When Drinking to Look More Fabulous, Check for Vitamin C

We’d say most people drink aojiru not for the amazing bitterness of it, but because it’s good for you. Consumers and, by extension, producers care how the greens were cultivated because, after all, nutrition starts in the field.

Veggies can be certified organically grown※7, meaning they weren’t genetically modified and were grown on fields that have been fed with organic fertilizer for upwards of two years. They can also be pesticide-free※8, which is pretty self-explanatory–guarantees that no pesticides or agrochemicals were sprayed on the plants during cultivation.

※7 有機栽培: organically grown
※8 農薬不使用: pesticide-free

A JAS Certification Tells You There’s No Additives

If You're Worried about Safety, Look at How the Ingredients were Cultivated and What Additives are Included

Plenty of brands throw artificial flavors and other additives into aojiru so it won’t taste so bad. That includes artificial sweeteners, which shouldn’t be had in excess, so scan the ingredients list before purchasing. Watch out for aspartame※9, acesulfame potassium※10, and sodium nitrite※11 in particular, which have been identified as high-risk additives.

Your safest bet would be to look for an Organic JAS certification※12–this green label guarantees there are no additives in your aojiru. Many brands are also eager to share exactly what goes into their products (especially if it’s good stuff), so it never hurts to check out official sites before purchasing anything.

Just remember that not all additives (or GMOs!) are bad, especially when had in moderation; this information’s here for you to consider, but you don’t need to avoid genetically modified ingredients and additives like the plague.

※9 アスパルテーム: aspartame
※10 アセスルファムK: acesulfame potassium
※11 亜硝酸塩ナトリウム: sodium nitrate
※12 有機JAS認定: Organic JAS Certification

④ Think about Whether You’re Willing to Commit

You can’t just eat an apple once and expect to never have to go to the doctor’s again. Nutrition doesn’t work that way. Same thing with aojiru–if you want to really reap the health benefits, you better make sure you’re willing to drink and buy it for a long, long time.

Doesn’t Have to Taste Amazing, but Get Aojiru that isn’t Repulsive

Doesn't Have to Taste Amazing, but Get Aojiru that Isn't... Bad

Doesn’t matter how healthy the aojiru is. If it tastes so bad that you suffer every time you put it to your lips, you’re going to feel stressed about drinking it (not good for you) and you’re going to want to throw everything out (not good for your wallet).

There’s plenty of aojiru that adjust flavor using healthy ingredients–extra fruits and vegetables, matcha, and green tea, for example. If you’ve never had aojiru before and are worried about the taste (especially because we keep warning you), then try one of these first.

Calculate How Much a Serving’s Going to Cost You

Calculate How Much a Serving's Going to Cost You

If you take the time to calculate, you’ll see you can get aojiru that costs about 15 yen (~15¢) a serving or aojiru that costs over 150 yen (~$1.50 a serving). Convert that into annual expenditure, and you’ll see that 15¢ aojiru will only put you down about $55 a year, but $1.50 aojiru will have you forking over $550 a year.

Brands don’t spend the same amount on ingredients and research fees, and these discrepancies give rise to different prices. Larger companies that mass produce products will also, of course, offer products for cheaper, whereas smaller businesses that are closely involved with every step of the manufacturing process tend to charge higher prices.

One’s not always better than the other–depends on your own preferences. In either case, after you’ve dispensed with all the formalities of checking for nutrients, take a second to think about cost and whether you’re comfortable with paying that much money in the long run.

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

Now to introduce the 25 most popular packs of aojiru that we ordered and the process by which we tested them.

{The Products We Tested}

  1. Yakult Aojiru no Meguri (ヤクルト 青汁のめぐり)
  2. Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% ( 山本漢方製薬 大麦若葉粉末100%)
  3. Yakult Watashi no Aojiru (ヤクルト 私の青汁)
  4. Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass (日本薬健 金の青汁 純国産大麦若葉)
  5. Nihon Yakken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes (日本薬健 25種の純国産野菜 乳酸菌×酵素)
  6. Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~ (伊藤園 毎日1杯の青汁 粉末タイプ ~無糖~)
  7. Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru (新日本薬品 自然の極み青汁)
  8. Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables (アサヒ 朝しみこむ力 青汁と21種の野菜)
  9. Healthter Japan Domestically Produced Sanshu no Kodawari Aojiru LAB Plus (ヘルスタージャパン 国産三種のこだわり青汁乳酸菌プラス)
  10. Suntory Shizen no Chikara Goku no Aojiru (サントリー 自然のちから 極の青汁)
  11. Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru (大正製薬 コレスケアキトサン青汁)
  12. Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru (小林製薬 キトサン明日葉青汁)
  13. KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru (健康道場 粉末青汁)
  14. Yakult Maroyaka Kale (ヤクルト まろやかケール)
  15. Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ (キューサイ ケール青汁~粉末~)
  16. Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta (輝きの青汁 プラセンタ入り)
  17. Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru (末左衛門の九州青汁)
  18. Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen (キューサイ 青汁 冷凍タイプ)
  19. Egao no Aojiru Mansai (えがおの青汁満菜)
  20. Sanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Sanmai (三昧生活 青汁三昧)
  21. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass (バイオフーズ HealthLead 有機大麦若葉)
  22. DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru (デイジャパン 乳酸菌青汁)
  23. Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru (セブンプレミアム 九州産野菜11種の青汁)
  24. TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru (トップバリュ 五種の国産素材 青汁)
  25. Ito En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru (伊藤園 ごくごく飲める 毎日1杯の青汁)

We then tested each for the following things:

Test ①: Nutritional Value
Test ②: Safety
Test ③: Taste (How Easily It Went Down)
Test ④: Cost

Test ①: Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value

First up, nutritional value.

We looked at how much fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C was in each product; we also checked to make sure the calorie count wasn’t too high. We then graded everything on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Aojiru is All Over the Place When It Comes to Nutritional Value. Always Check the Label before Purchase

The Big Takeaway: Aojiru is All Over the Place When It Comes to Nutritional Value. Always Check the Label before Purchase

There were some similarities between products from the same brand–for example, the two products from Kyusai were bursting with vitamin C. Otherwise, there were no general trends: there were no magic ingredients that guaranteed high nutritional value, nor was there a magic price point that promised quality products.

Basically, not all aojiru contains the same amount or even the same type of nutrients. If there’s a particular vitamin or mineral you need, make sure you find it on the label before adding anything to your cart.

Test ②: Safety

Safety

Aojiru’s something you drink regularly for a long, long time, so makes sense you’d want to take as few chances as possible. We checked for things like whether the product was organically grown or pesticide-free or manufactured at an ISO-certified facility or tested for chemical residue, then graded each on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Just a Product’s Expensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe

The Big Takeaway: Just a Product's Expensive Doesn't Mean It's Safe

There were products that boasted about the vegetables being domestically produced but then didn’t talk about whether or not pesticides were involved; there were others that promised the main veggies were organically grown or pesticide-free, but quietly passed over all the other ingredients.

Only five out of the 25 products we tested were produced at an ISO certified facility, and only seven mentioned that they’d undergone pesticide residue testing–that is, a great minority.

In addition, there’s two main kinds of pesticide testing in Japan–interval testing, where inspectors only check certain samples after fixed intervals of time, and full inspections, where every single product is scanned for defects. Kyusai was the only company that stated their products had undergone full inspections.

Finally, out of the products we tested, Biofoods’s HealthLead Organic Barley Grass was the only one that received an Organic JAS Certification–and it wasn’t expensive at all. We found that a product’s price doesn’t reveal much about its safety, so the best thing to do is to glean information from the product’s packaging and the brand’s site.

Test ③: Taste (How Easily It Went Down)

Taste (How Easily It Went Down)

Aojiru is notorious for its… unpleasant taste. But we wanted to know if there were products out there that didn’t taste like a mixture of medicinal herbs and grass.

We rounded up a few volunteers from our editing department and had them try all the aojiru. They then rated each on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Kale Smelled and Tasted like Grass, but Barley Grass wasn’t Too Bad

Kale Smelled and Tasted like Grass, but Barley Grass wasn't Too Bad

Aojiru that featured barley grass as its main ingredient neither smelled nor tasted too strong; it was easy enough to swallow. However, aojiru that featured kale was grassy and bitter and consequently not the most pleasant to drink.

For some of our staff, it was their first time drinking aojiru–and most immediately agreed that kale was nasty. It came off harsh, especially to the inexperienced tongue.

We also found that aojiru with either green tea or matcha mixed in was fine. There were also some products with added sweeteners. However, a lot of our staff thought that these tasted artificial, so they didn’t receive high scores either.

Test ④: Cost

Cost

You should be worrying about cost. Doesn’t matter how good the aojiru tastes or how nutritious it is; if you can’t fit it in your budget, you won’t keep drinking it.

We calculated how much a single serving would cost by dividing the full sales price of the item (in Japan).

The Big Takeaway: Brands that are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More, but There are Steals that Balance Quality and Price

The Big Takeaway: Brands that are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More, but There are Steals that Balance Quality and Price

The most expensive aojiru was about 162 yen (~$1.60) a serving, the cheapest was about 13 yen (~13¢) a serving–that’s quite a difference.

There was one product we found to be a real bargain. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass was only about 13 yen a serving. There were a few things that betrayed its price–like how the contents weren’t portioned out and individually wrapped for us–but it was still 100% barley grass powder. The Organic JAS Certification only added to our peace of mind.

Again, it didn’t seem like expensive products were that much safer or more nutritious. So make sure to do your research and decide whether or not the product’s worth the price before purchasing anything.

The Final Verdict: Top 25 Best Aojiru to Buy Online

Now to introduce the 25 best packs of aojiru available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from D to A+.

※As prices for Japanese products in America often fluctuate, we listed the Japanese price per serving in the tables.

25. Zanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Zanmai (60 servings)

Sanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Sanmai

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Price: $54.59

Doesn’t Taste Bad, but Contains Aspartame. Carefully Weigh the Pros and Cons of This Product before Buying

This featured domestically grown barley grass, bittermelon, and kale as its main ingredients. There was also some vitamin C added in, but not in significant amounts. It wasn’t as tough to swallow as typical aojiru, but it was sweet and tasted a bit peculiar.

The formula contained phenylalanine in the form of aspartame. There are scientific studies demonstrating that aspartame poses several health risks to the human body, so you may want to do your research and think carefully about whether or not you want to be consuming this substance regularly.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Bittermelon, Kale
Nutritional Value C Taste C
Safety D Price per Serving 68 yen

24. KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru (30 servings)

KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru

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Price: $44.22

Nutritious. But of a Taste Only Aojiru Lovers Can Appreciate

This was wholly made up of domestically grown broccoli, kale, barley grass, ashitaba, and moroheiya (also sometimes referred to as jute mallow). There were no additives. It felt thick, and you could almost taste the nutrients. However, many of our volunteers disliked the flavor–we’d say get this only if you’re used to consuming aojiru or similar vegetable smoothies.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Broccoli, Kale, Barley Grass, Ashitaba, Moroheiya
Nutritional Value B Taste D
Safety B Price per Serving 160 yen

23. Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables (40 servings)

Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables

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Price: $16.97

A Blend of Barley Grass and 21 Types of Veggies. Unfortunately, Taste is Meh

This aojiru featured pesticide-free barley grass from Oita prefecture, with 21 other types of vegetables blended in. However, this didn’t taste like other barley-grass based drinks. Though it felt nice and smooth traveling down our throats, volunteers started complaining that it smelled too strong and tasted of grass.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, 21 Vegetables
Nutritional Value C Taste C
Safety C Price per Serving 41 yen

22. Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru (30 servings)

Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru

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Price: $19.38

Designated Health Food. Doesn’t Smell Too Bad but Tastes Medicinal

The little jumping man tells us that this product has been certified as a designated health food. That means that it’s undergone safety and efficacy tests and its claims have been found credible. This aojiru in particular is meant to reduce cholesterol with the help of the fiber chitosan.

It contained many other nutrients, but it wasn’t made clear what they were and how much there was. It was also supposed to taste like matcha, but most of our volunteers thought that it simply tasted like medicine.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Ashitaba
Nutritional Value D Taste C
Safety C Price per Serving 67 yen

21. Suntory Shizen no Chikara Kiwami no Aojiru (30 servings)

Suntory Shizen no Chikara Goku no Aojiru

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Price: $45.47

Addition of Matcha and Green Tea Helps a Lot with Flavor. Not Much by Way of Nutrition Facts, Though

The main ingredients were barley grass and ashitaba; matcha and green tea were also mixed in and made this aojiru a heck of a lot easier to drink. (That there was no kale probably also helped.) It didn’t smell too strong and had a light aftertaste.

However, there was very little information about what kind of nutrients were included and in what amounts, so we couldn’t rate it too highly.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Ashitaba
Nutritional Value C Taste B
Safety D Price per Serving 111 yen

20. Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru (30 servings)

Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru

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Price: $13.63

A “Rolled” Aojiru Dreamt up by a Tea Artisan. Cuts Back on Bitterness

This aojiru is purely made up of barley grass from Kyushu. By steaming and the rolling the blades as you would with tea leaves, the brand produced a tastier aojiru–without adding sugar. This was 100% pure aojiru; still, not a single volunteer complained about taste during testing.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value C Taste B
Safety D Price per Serving 50 yen

19. Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru (50 servings)

Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru

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Price: $9.07

Smell and Taste were Average, but Not Amazing Considering How Many Veggies were Blended In

The aojiru part of this drink was made up of barley grass and kale, and then other vegetables were added to the recipe. It tasted okay, average among all the aojiru we tested, and we thought the brand could’ve done more to adjust the vegetable blend for flavor.

In the end, it was a good deal, and we liked that it was available anywhere that carried 7 & i products (that is, most 7-11 convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan).

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale, Goya, Mulberry Leaves, Broccoli, Spinach, Other Vegetables
Nutritional Value C Taste C
Safety D Price per Serving 20 yen

18. Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru (50 servings)

Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru

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Price: $10.30

Added Sweeteners Make This Easier to Drink. Also Quite a Steal

This was as reasonably priced as Seven Premium’s aojiru. You can serve yourself 50 cups for less than ten bucks. As for taste, some thought it wasn’t bad, but others didn’t like it. There were sweeteners added in, but it didn’t taste too fake or sugary.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale, Ashitaba, Bittermelon
Nutritional Value C Taste C
Safety D Price per Serving 20 yen

17. Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~ (24 servings)

Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~

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Price: $20.52

Fortified with Lactic Acid Bacteria and Enzymes. Tastes Light and Doesn’t Smell

It had LAB from kefir (a cultured dairy product similar to yogurt), as well as enzymes from malted rice. There was even some dietary fiber thrown in. This product said it was light and easy to drink–it lived up to those claims. There was no bitterness or unpleasant smell, though we wouldn’t say it was delicious either. There were also less nutrients than average.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Kale, Spinach, Broccoli
Nutritional Value B Taste B
Safety D Price per Serving 57 yen

16. Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta (30 servings)

Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta

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Price: $12.99

Contains Placenta for Your Skincare Routine. Goes Down Easily

The main ingredients were barley grass, kale, and bittermelon; then there was some placenta, LAB, and fiber thrown in for beauty. Most of volunteers also agreed that it didn’t really taste like anything and was thus easy to drink. Again, the brand didn’t list how much of each nutrient we were getting, so we had to dock a few points.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale, Bittermelon
Nutritional Value D Taste A
Safety D Price per Serving 27 yen

15. Ito En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru (24 servings)

Ito En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru

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Price: $28.29

You Can Really Guzzle This Down! But Because It Comes as a Liquid, It’s Pretty Pricey

This was the only aojiru we tested that actually came as a smoothie. We liked that we didn’t have to go through the trouble of mixing it ourselves. That did make it pricier than usual, but if you think the convenience is worth it, then we aren’t ones to judge.

Our volunteers actually liked its scent, taste, and aftertaste. It had agar in it, which gave it a light, pleasant flavor. It was one of those rare aojiru that we could drink with gusto–or, in Japanese, “goku goku nomeru.”

Type Liquid Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale
Nutritional Value C Taste A
Safety D Price per Serving 123 yen

14. TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru (60 servings)

TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru

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Price: $17.65

The Five Main Ingredients were Organically Cultivated. Simple, Mellow Taste

The five main ingredients–barley grass, moroheiya, mulberry leaves, kale, and ashitaba–were produced domestically and organically cultivated. It tasted pretty alright, and all our testers agreed that this aojiru scored higher than average on every count. Plus, the producer’s TOPVALU, which means that it’s widely available in Japanese supermarkets.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Moroheiya, Mulberry Leaves, Kale, Ashitaba
Nutritional Value C Taste A
Safety C Price per Serving 33 yen

13. Egao no Aojiru Mansai (31 servings)

Egao no Aojiru Mansai

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Price: $18.16

Boasts 10 Different Organic Ingredients. Sweet and Easy to Drink

This was a blend of (mainly) barley grass with 17 other green ingredients, including matcha, green tea, kale, mulberry leaves, moroheiya, bittermelon, and ashitaba. All of our volunteers were surprised by how sweet it was. It contained an okay amount of nutrients–nothing special–but at least you don’t need to worry about hating the taste.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale, Mulberry Leaves, Moroheiya, Bittermelon, Ashitaba, Others
Nutritional Value C Taste A
Safety C Price per Serving 65 yen

12. Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru (30 servings)

Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojir

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Price: $19.89

Designated Health Food that Features Chitosan. Hasn’t Much of a Smell, so Anyone can Drink It

This was another designated health food; it featured chitosan, which is said to lower cholesterol. The main ingredient was domestically produced and organically cultivated barley grass; matcha was then added to make a light and easy stomachable aojiru. Try it if you wanted to get more chitosan in your diet and have never had aojiru before.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value D Taste A+
Safety A Price per Serving 73 yen

11. DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru (44 servings)

DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru

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Price: $10.61

Easy to Swallow. Lactic Acid Bacteria also Helps with Digestion

This featured barley grass from Kyushu and had LAB added in. It derived its flavor from grape sugar, but there were otherwise no additives or artificial flavors/fragrances. People liked how it felt–not powdery–and how it tasted–just a bit sweet–and not one person gave it a low score for flavor or mouthfeel.

However, there was hardly any information on how much of each nutrient was available, so we weren’t able to give it points there.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value D Taste A+
Safety B Price per Serving 40 yen

10. Yakult Watashi no Aojiru (60 servings)

Yakult Watashi no Aojiru

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Price: $15.83

Features Barley Grass Organically Cultivated on a Contracted Farm. Tastes a Bit Unique

The barley grass was cultivated without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizer and was made into aojiru at an ISO certified facility the day it was harvested. This product is committed to freshness and safety.

It had a mild, simple taste and didn’t really smell like anything. However, some people did compare it to nori (dried seaweed), so it may not be for everyone. Still, it was a well-rounded product available for a reasonable price.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value B Taste B
Safety A Price per Serving 29 yen

9. Yakult Maroyaka Kale (60 servings)

Yakult Maroyaka Kale

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Price: $28.76

Smelled and Tasted Like Leaves, but at Least It was Safe and Nutritious

Yakult churns out a ton of different aojiru, but this one’s the purest–it’s kale and nothing but kale. That does mean it had the bitter taste and scent of kale, so don’t buy this hoping it’ll be easy to down.

It contained a good amount of calcium and the most potassium out of all the products we tested. Yakult also went through the trouble of letting us know their products are safe: this aojiru uses only pesticide-free kale and is manufactured at an ISO certified facility.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Kale
Nutritional Value A Taste D
Safety A Price per Serving 46 yen

8. Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass (90 servings)

Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass

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Price: $19.45

100% Barley Grass. Good Price Point and Not Bad Tasting at All

This was completely made up of barley grass that’s periodically subjected to pesticide residue and radiation testing; it was also domestically produced without the use of pesticides. It provided a decent amount of nutrition and contained more potassium than average.

Our volunteers agreed that it didn’t taste bad, and it didn’t have much of an aftertaste. One box includes 90 single-serving packages, which would mean one cup comes out to about 24 yen (23¢)–we’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value B Taste A
Safety A Price per Serving 24 yen

7. Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen (35 servings)

Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen

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Price: $51.27

Frozen Means Freshness and Nutrients are Preserved. You Have to Steel Yourself for the Taste Though

Kyusai organically cultivates its own kale from seed to sprout to full-grown veggie; it also has its products undergo full inspections and testing for any pesticides. This was the only frozen aojiru we tested; that meant the kale retained all its freshnessas well as all its taste and smell. This aojiru is not for the weak-hearted.

We were getting plenty of nutrients though. This provided loads of calcium and potassium; it also contained 122 – 252 mg per serving of vitamin C, far beyond the 67 – 136 mg of the runner-up. That means that with just a single cup of aojiru, you can fulfill your RDA for vitamin C. It’s perfect, as long as you can get over the price and the taste.

Type Frozen Main Ingredients Kale
Nutritional Value A+ Taste D-
Safety A+ Price per Serving 162 yen

6. Healthter Japan Domestically Produced Sanshu no Kodawari Aojiru LAB Plus (64 servings)

Healthter Japan Domestically Produced Sanshu no Kodawari Aojiru LAB Plus

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Price: $20.37

Many Find This to be the Best-Tasting Aojiru of the Lot. Domestically Produced with No Pesticides

This aojiru was largely barley grass, with kale and mulberry leaves blended in. Matcha and brown sugar were added for flavor and LAB for the health benefits. Nothing tasted bitter nor too strong, and the aftertaste was light and pleasant. Many of our volunteers actually claimed that this aojiru tasted the best.

The main ingredients were all domestically grown without pesticides. This also had the most calcium of the products we tested. The official store’s on Amazon Japan, so we gave it points for being a convenient purchase as well.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, Kale, Mulberry Leaves
Nutritional Value B Taste A+
Safety C Price per Serving 35 yen

5. Nihon Yakken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes (30 servings)

Nihon Yaken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes

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Price: $17.39

Contains LAB and Enzymes. Skillfully Juggles Nutrition, Taste, and Cost

This aojiru’s made from domestically grown, pesticide-free barley grass, with 25 kinds of veggies thrown in for flavor and nutrition. It’s seasoned with Okinawan brown sugar. Many of our testers didn’t think it tasted like aojiru and said it went down easily. It’s also got 20 billion lactic acid bacteria swimming around in it.

In Japan, this is available on any big e-commerce site as well as in most drugstores. It isn’t the cheapest aojiru around, but overall, everything–nutrition, taste, and cost–is well-balanced.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass, 24 Other Vegetables
Nutritional Value B Taste A+
Safety A Price per Serving 42 yen

4. Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% (44 servings)

Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barely Grass Powder 100%

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Price: $11.30

As Cheap a Price as You’re Going to Get for Individually-Packaged 100% Aojiru. Nutritionally Sound, as Well

There was nothing too odd or unpleasant about the taste or scent–many of our volunteers compared the aftertaste to that of matcha and said the aojiru didn’t really smell. It was 100% barley grass, cultivated without the use of pesticides and tested for chemical residue. It was also manufactured at an ISO certified facility.

It had a decent amount of nutrients and a single serving was only 9 kcal. We thought it was a pretty good deal for 100% unadulterated aojiru, wrapped up in single-serving packages.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value B Taste B
Safety A+ Price per Serving 23 yen

3. Yakult Aojiru no Meguri (30 servings)

Yakult Aojiru no Meguri

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Price: $13.10

Responsibly Produced, Sweet Tasting, Reasonably Priced

This aojiru was mainly barley grass, cultivated without pesticides and on contracted farms. There were galactooligosaccharides (the prebiotic GOS), soluble fiber, and dextrin added in. Just like the rest of Yakult’s products, the aojiru was produced at an ISO certified facility.

It was quite sweet, and even our volunteers who disliked aojiru didn’t mind this one. It smelled slightly peculiar, but the scent certainly wasn’t strong. It contained 3.2 g of fiber and 218 mg of potassium–quite a good helping of nutrients.

The only thing that kind of bothered us was that even though most aojiru is only about 10 kcal a serving, this one was 48 kcal a serving. Granted, one single-serving package contained twice the amount of powder as that of competitors, but even taking that into account, this product packed twice the calories. Might not be the best choice for diets.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value B Taste A
Safety A Price per Serving 44 yen

2. Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ (30 servings)

Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~

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Price: $29.03

If You’re Looking for Nutrition, Look No Further. Just Make Sure You Don’t Mind the Taste

This tasted better than Kyusai’s frozen aojiru, but we’d still say the powdered alternative is not for the uninitiated. Still, we couldn’t ignore all the fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C this provided–most people found it well worth suffering through the taste (which can grow on you).

It was 100% kale, sown and grown in-house. You’re meant to mix in 7 g of powder per 100-150 mg of water, which made for a thick solution, but it did melt in to water more readily than Kyusai’s fine powdered aojiru.

If, more than anything, you want a safe and nutritional aojiru (and wouldn’t mind a good deal as well), this is probably your best bet. Kyusai also offers samples, so if you get a chance, we recommend giving it a taste before purchasing.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Kale
Nutritional Value A+ Taste D
Safety A+ Price per Serving 107 yen

1. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass (230 g)

Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass

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Price: $8.90

Organic JAS Certification that Can be Had for Cheap. A Very Good Aojiru on All Fronts

This aojiru was all organically cultivated barley grass and produced at a ISO 9001 certified facility. And even though this was the only product we tested that received the Organic JAS Certification, it came out to a mere 13 yen (~13¢) a serving, which was a real steal.

This had the most iron of the lot–1.4 mg–but there wasn’t much vitamin C. It didn’t have an overwhelming amount of all the other nutrients either, but everything’s clearly listed on the label so you can make sure you’re getting everything you need.

Again, this was all barley grass, so it tasted like, well, barley grass. You might not be a big fan if you don’t like herbal blends or aojiru. However, it didn’t taste odd or too strong and shouldn’t take that long to get used to. You will have to measure out your own servings as there’s not individual packaging. All in all, this is a straightforward product that does everything well.

Type Powdered Main Ingredients Barley Grass
Nutritional Value B Taste B
Safety A+ Price per Serving 13 yen

Tips on How and When to Drink Aojiru

Tips on How and When to Drink Aojiru

If you pay attention to when you drink aojiru, you can maximize its benefits. If you’re looking to take in the greatest amount of nutrients possible, then make it a habit to have it with breakfast.

Just keep in mind that it takes time for your cells to start switching out (a few days in your intestines to about a month for your skin). Make sure you drink aojiru consistently for at least two weeks to a month before you start looking for any changes.

If you’re worried about aojiru being too bitter, try mixing it with milk or soy milk or sweetening it with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. You can also sneak some aojiru into pancakes, cookies, and other sweets and watch as your kids take in all those healthy vegetables without suspecting a thing.

Summary

We consulted a nutritionist, purchased the 25 top-selling packs of aojiru, and tested them all.

You probably noticed already, but most aojiru’s either kale or barley grass. Stuff that’s 100% kale is great for your health, but it takes some guts to stomach that taste and smell. If you’re a picky eater and it’s your first time ever getting aojiru, then barley grass is your safest bet.

We hope we’ve somewhat dispelled all the confusion around aojiru. Here’s to hoping you’ll find one for yourself that you’ll be drinking for many, many years to come.

Original by Mariko Konno; Translation by Jasmine Li

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