Sunday, July 25, 2010

Helix Energy Mix Review

I am slowly making my through all the products I have received and/or purchased in the last month. Today I am trying the Helix Energy Mix, which like other energy mixes you have to dissolve in 500 mL of water. The package suggests to use bottled water, but that is not something I have at my house so tap water in a pint glass it is.

The resulting energy mixture has an inviting orange aroma and a smooth orange taste. You can still notice that this is powder because it has that effervescent tablet taste. If you don't know what that it is, it is a slightly salty taste and something else I can't quite put my finger on. There are no unpleasant notes, if you don't mind the effervescent taste, and the aftertaste is fairly refreshing and enjoyable. The aftertaste changes a little bit towards the end of the drink. You can start noticing a diet orange taste. It is not bad, but if you don't like diet drinks, you might be a little turned off. This is not a bad energy mix at all and dissolving it in a bottle of water is very convenient.

Once again the label does not list how much caffeine it is in the packet, but tells you how much of the proprietary blend there is. This is one of the ways you can distinguish between American and Canadian labels. The other is the lack of French. A quick browse through the Helix website reveals that there are 170 mg of caffeine per pack, which is pretty damn good. I started to feel awake within 10-15 minutes. In another 15-20 minutes I started to experience some jitters and my mind was racing. I was definitely ready to run around the neighborhood and punch things. The effects lasted for about 4 hours, which was pretty damn good. What was ever better was that there was no crash at the end. This is one solid energy mix.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Vitamin C - 60 mg
  • Niacin - 10 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 - 6 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 2.5 mg
  • Proprietery Energy Blend (taurine, caffeine, d-glucuronolactone, l-carnitine, panax ginseng) - 500 mg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, magnesium oxide, yellow 6, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanocobalamin

Cost - $1 from the King of Caffeine
Taste - 8.8/10
Energy - 8.5/10

Overall - 17.3/, great refreshing taste, excellent kick

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