As I up my activity levels at long last, it seemed like an opportune time to test out and review samples of Uptime RTD Supplements, their name for their energy drink. I also enlisted my eldest son, who is a complete stud these days with his wrestling and weight lifting regimen.
According to Uptime, they use the best blend of ingredients to provide you with the energy and focus you need without the side effects. Their website and drinks don’t share a lot of ingredients, but by doing some online research, I pretty much figured out what they included.
The main ingredients for this drink appear include taurine, angelica root, Panax ginseng, gingko biloba, bee pollen extract, gotu kola, Coenzyme Q10, and cane sugar. Some quick research revealed the possible reason for inclusion:
- Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid important in the metabolism of fats.
- Not sure why Angelica is included, unless it’s for the reduction of intestinal gas (flatulence).
- Panax ginseng is taken for physical stamina, preventing muscle damage from exercise, and athletic endurance.
- Some people use Panax ginseng to help them cope with stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being.
- Ginkgo seems to improve blood circulation, which might help the legs function better.
- People take bee pollen to improve stamina and athletic performance
- Gotu kola is also used to combat fatigue.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is used by your cells for growth and maintenance.
- Cane sugar is, well, cane sugar. It makes things sweet.
The main reason not to give this drink to your smaller children is the amount of caffeine. With 142 mg of caffeine, the Uptime energy drink contains about 1 1/2 cups of coffee.
For those looking to cut carbs, Uptime Energy Drink has 40 g of carbs, 39 g of which are sugar. Also available in a sugar-free version, but since ingredients are hard to come by for this product, I was leery. From the bottle label though, it may have been a better option (<1g carbs).
We both liked the bottle with the resealable cap; comfortable in hand, lightweight, and recyclable.
For both my son and me, Uptime Energy Drink had a pleasant, citrusy flavor, with enough carbonation to make it interesting, but not enough to inhibit chugging when needed.
We both felt more energetic after imbibing, not surprising from the amounts of sugar and caffeine. Ultimately, this drink does what it purports to do, so if you’re looking for an energy drink, this one appears to do what it promises.
This is marketed as, and really seems to be, a cleaner energy drink for those looking for a change from some of the more mainstream options.
Some people have reported side effects such as stomach issues – as with all products, try a little before jumping into the deep end. Your experience and results may be markedly different than ours.
*Product provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.