Thursday, July 21, 2011

Created by Physicians....

I had to try it, it is a Dietary Supplement drink, sold at Whole Foods and I had to buy it.  Why not?  It is created by physicians, right?  So it has to be good for you.  The flavor I picked was Acai Grape, which should work, as the dark and smokey flavor of the Acai berry should go well with that same smokey flavor of the tannins in the grape.  Yeah, it only went so well.

According to the side of the bottle, the "unique combo of powerful plant extracts including muira puama, catuaba, guarana and yerba mate, release energy at a steady rate for 6-8 hours*".  The "*" says that this statement has not been approved by the FDA.  So, what you have is a group of doctors who claim that these chemicals do something that the doctors in the FDA don't agree to.  Well, the muira puama helps with sexual dysfunction as it is sometimes referred to as "potency wood", according to the peoples of the Amazon.  Catuaba is made from the bark of a bunch of trees in Brazil and is used as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.  Guarana is a plant in the Amazon area that has twice as much as caffeine as coffee.  Finally, the yerba mate plant is found in South America and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

So, what I drank yesterday, was essentially liquid Viagra with caffeine?  Did it give me energy for 6-8 hours?  No.  I was tired before drinking it, while drinking it and after drinking it.  Did it give me more....  sexual "oomph"?  No.  I fail to see the purpose of a drink that has chemicals to treat male sexual issues but is packaged as an energy drink and sold to both sexes.  One word: FAIL.

I have to say that the flavor could have made up for it but it was a bland and tasteless concoction that would make any herbalist happy to know that they could not do any worse.  So, what does function:Alternative Energy get from me?  A 2 out of 5 stars.  I drank it, but fail to see the effects.

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