I don't use energy drinks like Red Bull, but I do like electrolyte drinks after a long run. My big thing is the amount of sugar and calories in these types of drinks, the less the better.
Zipfizz is the only energy drink that comes in a tube, with 10 calories and zero sugar. It contains no ephedra or other artificial stimulants, but it does have amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, including 41,667 grams of vitamin B12. It does contain 100 mgs of caffeine from natural sources of green tea and Guarana.
The B12 is what gives the dose of energy, which can last between 4 - 6 hours after drinking.
The first time I tried Zipfizz, it was mid-morning, after I had a lousy night of sleep. I already drank my cup of joe, and had a full day and night ahead of me. I mixed a tube with 16 ounces of water (they suggest between 16 and 20 ounces), and gave it a go.
I tried the pink lemonade first, it was tart, like real lemonade, and I liked the added fizziness of the drink. About a half hour after I drank it, my head was less foggy. I didn't feel jittery, and decided to go for a run. I hit the treadmill for four miles, and felt good! I felt alert well into the evening, which was good because I had to take Luke to Cub Scouts. If you've ever been in a room with 10 seven year old's, then you know how that goes.
Zipfizz comes in five flavors, pink lemonade, grape, orange soda, citrus and berry. They also have a limited edition orange cream, which was pretty good too.
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Note: I was given a sample of Zipfizz for the purpose of this review. The opinions on the product are my own.