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Run Oregon Test Kitchen: HANAH ONE Daily Superfood

Superfood. This word has always been a bit daunting to me. It’s always sounded like a cross between a hunk of tree bark and a scoop of tofu. Not that there’s anything wrong with tree bark. Or tofu. I know some people LOVE tofu. I’m just not one of them. I love food, and admittedly some of the not-so-good for you stuff. But I’ve been trying to make a more concentrated effort toward eating nutritiously in the last year or so, at least most days of the week, and as I’ve been amping up my activities, I’ve realized that I need the extra energy that something like a superfood could provide.

Enter the HANAH ONE Daily Superfood. HANAH believes in preventative medicine and how it can shape us day-to-day, and their vision follows the ancient Ayurvedic principles. HANAH ONE is a proprietary Ayurvedic rasayana. “Rasa” means “essence” and “ayana” means “circulation,” and rasayana transports nutrients through your body and encourages the growth of new cells while getting rid of the damaged ones as well as toxins in your body. This cleansing and regenerating action helps restore your body’s general well-being as well as improves your energy, clarity, recall, and libido.

One jar of HANAH ONE contains 20 servings of a dark, thick substance that resembles molasses. You also have the option of buying a Go-Pack of 12 convenient squeezable packets which are great for travel. Or, if you prefer, you can get a combo package of both.

So what’s in it? HANAH ONE is made in India from 30 wild-harvested botanicals in a base of Keralan mountain honey, artisanal ghee, and seasame oil which helps with absorption. It contains turmeric, ashwagandha, amalaki, and shatavari.  It’s also free of gluten, wheat, soy, caffeine, and lactose. The instructions are easy and straight-forward.. take one Go-Pack or tablespoon of it “as is” or add it to your favorite coffee, tea, smoothie, or broth. It couldn’t be simpler.

So the real question is, how does it taste? Okay, here’s where I’m going to be really honest. The taste, in my opinion, was not for me. Of course, that’s a subjective question, because the way that I think things taste isn’t a universal thing.  I would venture to guess most people wouldn’t absolutely fall madly in love with the taste of this stuff completely “as is.” And why would you, honestly? This is a supplement which contains potent adaptogenic herbs, not a bag of Doritos or chocolate ice cream. After I tried it straight “out of the box”, so to speak, I decided it might be best to add to my smoothies and coffee. The first time I added it to my morning cup of joe, I noticed the flavor of it immediately. It had a bit of a spicy edge to it, and there was definitely a bit of an aftertaste. After a little more creamer, however, it didn’t taste bad at all. It was different, but not in a bad way. The same could be said for the taste when I experimented with putting it in my overnight oats. When I put it in my smoothies, I didn’t notice it at all.

The website suggests you start with two tablespoons a day for the first two weeks of use to get maximum benefit. Noticeable effects are supposed to be felt within 7 to 21 days of consistent use. After the second week, you can reduce from two tablespoons to one daily, but it’s advised to continue taking it every single day because the effects are cumulative. I’ve currently been adding it to my coffee and smoothies for almost two weeks and I’ve gotten used to the taste. I have noticed I feel better after starting my day with it and I have a bit more energy. I also feel like I’ve regained a little focus, which is amazing considering I’m a mom of two who is torn in a million different directions. I haven’t felt a radical change quite yet, but I imagine you’d need to continue taking it every day for at least a month to really notice. Or perhaps it’s more noticeable if you stop taking it. That’s how most healthy-for-you options out there work, right?

If you’re looking to add something healthy to your diet, this could give you a boost. I like that it’s so convenient and easy to use. You could try it in numerous ways, at any time of the day, and there are even recipes on the website.

Anthony: Like my fellow partner in crime Nikki, I had also received both the HANAH ONE jar and to-go packets. For my personal review of these bad boys, I wanted to do some research on the nutritional information on what exactly is in this stuff – a lot! There are quite a bit of ingredients listed on their website, along with photos and information as to why it’s good for you – which was good enough for me.

Initially, I was interested in this product because of it being a superfood and the fact that it helps with digestive health, which for me personally is a major issue in my “running life”. HANAH is supposedly good for running in several ways actually. I tried it for a couple of weeks, about one teaspoon/day, in green smoothies or tea first thing in the morning. As Nikki mentioned, taste is a subjective thing, but I actually didn’t have much issue with it. It tasted relatively sweet, with an underlying hint of honey. There is a bit of bitterness to it and, for me, a spoonful of this stuff on its own is not something gI would do on a consistent basis, though I could handle licking the spoon after dumping it into my smoothie.

Does it work as it claims? I am going to jump in with a “maybe”. I was given comfort and peace of mind (which  is a very important thing in life to have) by knowing I was ingesting something nutritionally sound – nothing but straight up organic, natural good for you ingredients. I have yet to fully feel a huge bump in energy, focus, or digestive health. Perhaps it will take a little more time to get the full effect (I am a few weeks into my testing), and it’s probably to give bodies some time to adjust to something new.


Company: HANAH

Product:

Price:

  • Jar (contains 20 servings) $55
  • Go-Pack (12 squeezable packs) $49
  • Combo Jar + Go-Pack $89
  • Buy here.

Thank you to HANAH for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Nikki Mueller (121 Articles)
I'm a mother of two boys who is a certified group exercise instructor for Baby Bootcamp in SW Portland. I have two young boys and am actively involved in their co-operative preschool. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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