Don’t Buy The Hype: Artificial Energy Boosters Are Not Healthy For You

Wellness, Purpose & Abundance - Jim & Beth Mayhew Blog Post
July 26, 2015
Wellness, Purpose & Abundance - Jim & Beth Mayhew Blog Post

It’s 1:55 PM and Sandra’s feeling the afternoon slump right before her big client meeting. It’s 10:17 PM and Will has at least 3 more hours of driving through road construction to reach his hotel. It’s 9:45 AM and Jason’s big final exam is just 15 minutes away. Each thinks, “I really need something to get me through the next few hours.”

Thankfully, each planned ahead and packed a tube of  Young Living’s NingXia Nitro, confident that their mental focus, clarity and attention will soon get the boost they seek, naturally and safely!

NingXia Nitro is completely natural, providing your body with the nutrients it needs for cognitive fitness.

Young Living’s NingXia Nitro is designed to deliver unique benefits from a wide range of powerful cognitive enhancers, including a proprietary blend of Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Chocolate, Yerba Mate, Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils. Combined with other supportive ingredients such as Bioenergy Ribose®, B vitamins, green tea extract, choline and Korean ginseng, NingXia Nitro’s powerful formula supports a health body and mind.*

NingXia Nitro Ingredients

Proprietary Nitro™ Energy blend: D-Ribose, Green tea extract, Mulberry leaf extract, Korean ginseng extract, Choline (as Choline bitartrate), Proprietary Nitro Alert™ oil blend: Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla)† oil, Chocolate oil, Yerba mate oil, Mentha spicata (Spearmint)† oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint)† oil, Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg)† oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper)† oil, Wolfberry seed oil. Other Ingredients: Purified water, Nitro juice blend concentrate: (Cherry, Kiwi, Blueberry, Acerola, Billberry, Black currant, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cranberry), Coconut nectar, Natural flavors, Pectin, Xanthan gum

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

energy drink comparison

“They wouldn’t put that stuff on shelves if it wasn’t safe!”

You can believe if you want, but it’s simply not true. Johnson & Johnson recently admitted to a change in their formula to eliminate formaldehyde from it’s baby shampoo. That’s just one lone example from one of the more “respected” names in the industry, of a company using a known carcinogen in their BABY product. Skeptical? Ok, I’ll give you that. But would it shock you to know that their European version had already been using their newest formula because of Europe’s stricter regulations? If a respected company like Johnson & Johnson is willing to deceive us about their “gentle” products, can we trust what the energy drink industry tells us?

Let’s look at the suggested amount (usage) for energy drinks. 5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength is sold in a 2 ounce bottle. I purchased mine in the checkout of my local grocery store on sale for $2.50 right around the candy, gum and other products that target our youth. According to their website, the recommended use is 1/2 bottle for “moderate energy boost” and a full bottle for “maximum energy boost.” The very tiny print on the bottle does indicate this, but you might need a magnifying glass to read it.

As found on the company’s “Myths” page, here’s their statement about the quality of their ingredients:

MYTH: A 5-hour ENERGY® shot contains a full day’s serving of fruit and vegetables.
FACT:  No fruit or vegetables are added to the product. The supplement facts panel of a 5-hour ENERGY® shot lists the product’s ingredients or you can see it on our “How to Use” page.

Notice, however, right at the top of the page they’re advertising department makes this claim:  “Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY® shots include berry, grape, sour apple and strawberry-watermelon.” HUH? Berry? Which “berry? Last we checked there are a multitude of berries! Grape, sour apple and strawberry-watermelon… ______ what exactly? If, by their own admission, “No fruit or vegetables are added to the product” then what is it? They don’t specify the “what.” That should make you suspicious at the very least and cautious, too.

Artificial sweeteners? They’re ok, right?

One of the statements on their website boasts that their produce does not contain Aspartame. Great! Except that they go on to boast that instead of Aspartame, it DOES contain Sucralose. OOPS! Pick your poison, because both are! Don’t just read labels and accept their advertising claims. Sucralose is every bit as threatening to your health as Aspartame. All natural Stevia, however, is a safe alternative to sugar.

Conclusions…

Do your research and ask the right questions. Challenge the conventional thinking. We owe it to ourselves to make wise choices about our diet, including supplements. Be diligent, curious, and learn. Your body will thank you. Perhaps you’ll find that changing your diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting regular sleep and exercise will be all you need to eliminate the afternoon slump.

But when you’d like that extra boost, grab a NingXia Nitro. 

 

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