Saturday, May 22, 2010

HyDrive Recovery Formula Review

Next in line of the HyDrive products is the Recovery Formula, which is grape flavoured.

It is not surprising that this HyDrive has a strong grape aroma and a similarly intense taste. Once again, drinking this almost compares to drinking Gatorade, except that the HyDrive grape flavour is much more natural and intense. It is slightly sweet, but not as sweet as grape soft drinks, and has a slightly sour finish, which makes the aftertaste refreshing. Half way through the bottle I noticed that the finish and aftertaste started to exhibit some aloe notes. I love aloe drinks and the jelly that many contain. The Recovery Formula is another great tasting HyDrive energy product. These guys really know what they are doing.

Like the previous HyDrive energy drinks, this one contains 145 mg of caffeine and the same basic vitamin and energy ingredients. I say basic, because there is a list of energy ingredients and vitamins that are found in every HyDrive beverage. The differences in the Recovery formula are the Aloe Vera Extract, Acai Extract, Folic Acid and Vitamin E. These observations are based on me comparing the Alertness Formula label to this one. The energy kicked in about 30 minutes after I started drinking this and took another 15 - 20 minutes for my energy levels to reach a peak. The drink kept me there for about 3 hours and brought me back down gracefully without a crash.

The ingredients are not the only difference. The text on the label is in white, not black. This creates a contrast between the purple beverage and the text, which makes the label easier to read. I really liked this. Someone actually thought about it. There are so many other energy drinks on the market that don't bother changing anything about their labels that it is almost impossible to read them on some flavours they sell. The worst is small, thin white text on a shiny silver can, especially if you are trying to read it outside in broad daylight.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Vitamin E - 3IU
  • Niacin - 20 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 2 mg
  • Folic Acid - 200 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 - 6 mcg
  • Caffeine - 145 mg
  • Taurine - 50 mg
  • Aloe Vera Extract - 50 mg
  • L-Carnitine - 25 mg
  • L-Arginine - 25 mg
  • Acai Extract - 3 mg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: purified water, surcrose, citric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavour, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, monopotassium phosphate, sucralose, hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, gum arabic, glycerol ester of wood rosin, red #40, blue #1.

Cost - not for sale in Canada
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 7.9/10
Overall - 16.9/20...another fantastic HyDrive product

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