The first product I tried was E3 Live. It's a liquid algae from Klamath Lake in Oregon. The website boasts that some possible benefits from taking a daily dose are increased energy and mental clarity. I could use both. It stimulates the red blood cells to improve the oxygen supply. The recommended dosage is a tablespoon a day, but I took two since my body is accustomed to a lot of "green." I did feel an increase in energy, not much but a little. It was like having a nice cup of tea. It was natural, not jolting at all, and I liked that, but it wasn't quite enough. What I did really like about the E3 Live was that my mind wasn't so muddled. It really did give me mental clarity each time I took it.
The second product I tested was Holistify Fat Burning Lemonade. This is a "pharmaceutical superior grade" amino acid complex "the body uses to turn fat into energy." This lemonade not only burns fat, it "cleanses, energizes and restores the body." Anytime I hear that a product in a powder performs such miraculous feats as burning more fat throughout the day after injesting a mere teaspoon makes me suspicious, but I was willing to try it nonetheless. Yes, this product gave me more energy, too much in fact. I felt like I had taken a shot of speed. The ingredients in the lemonade are all natural, yet they were too much on my body. If I wasn't working out, I was fine and actually liked the boost I got from this, but during my workouts, my heart rate raced higher than usual and I knew that couldn't be good for me.
Yerba Mate is considered the healthiest of the common stimulants, tea included. The Guayaki Organic Energy Shot is infused with this beneficial plant along with a higher than daily dose of vitamin B12. Each bottle claims that drinking a full shot will give you "a powerful, long-lasting boost of clean energy." I was skeptical, assuming it was no different than the five-hour energy shots I had thus far successfully avoided, but I trusted the friend who placed the little yellow bottle in my hand and encouraged me to give it a try. I was amazed. Not only did this one little shot give me a full few hours of "clean energy," it didn't make my heart race while working out. I had more endurance, more energy and was able to get through my day easily. There were no stimulating side effects when the dosage wore off, in fact, I didn't even notice it. The only problem was that I wanted to take this every day, and wondered if it maybe was a bit addictive.