Most of us reach for some sort of pick-me-up at least once a day. Coffee is actually very healthy, but it can do a number on your gut if you have too much, and too much caffeine in any form can be dangerous.
I probably don't need to even say it, but pop and energy drinks are not a good thing. If they contain sugar than you are usually getting 150-300 empty calories, and the sugar-free ones are full of nasty chemicals.
Wojo believes it is the solution to your healthy pick-me-up needs. Wojo is a line of liquid...pods, for lack of a better word, filled with a concentrated blend of vitamins and energy boosting herbs. They contain very little to no caffeine. There is no sugar, flavour, colours or anything else added at all. You are meant to simply pour a pod into your beverage of choice.
Although one blend is designed to give you energy, there are also formulations for Focus, Calm, Sun (Vitamin D), Well and Mood.
I was generously sent the Energy and Calm varieties to try. The Energy vials contain a blend of thiamin, niacin, Vitamins B6 and B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, a 'proprietary blend' of schisandra fruit extract, ginseng extract and eleuthero extract, taurine, and just 12 mg of caffeine. The Calm variety contains thiamin, niacin, B6, B12 pantothenic acid, ginseng, eleuthero and L-Theanine. Both also contain water, vegetable glycerin, citric acid, potassium sorbate and xantham gum.
Schisandra, which I'd never heard of, is apparently an adaptogen that can help boost immunity and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Eleuthero, from what I can gather is Siberian Ginseng.
So what do I think? Well I don't notice any effect of either, but I am pretty immune to these things. I can guzzle a Monster Zero drink (which I do once in a while) and won't feel a thing. What jumped out at me is the taste. Its horrendous. It tastes like those large, brown multivitamin horse-pills that are sometimes difficult to swallow. I don't know about you, but the taste and smell to me is just awful. I dumped it first into plain water but couldn't drink it without adding a whole bunch of fruit flavoured stevia water enhancer. I tried just dumping it down my throat like I do with oregano oil, but that was a big mistake (which almost led me to throw up). On the website they say you can mix it into any fluid including coffee. I wouldn't advice that! If this is something you are interested in trying, I would use juice or a smoothie or something strongly flavoured.
So do I recommend this product? No. Its very expensive and I don't really see the point. I suppose if you feel you need the vitamins, minerals and herbs they contain, but don't like swallowing pills than these may be a good option. Otherwise, get your caffeine boost from coffee or tea, and get your vitamins, minerals and/or herbs individually in pill form.
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary samples of this product but all opinions on this blog are my own.