The NutriBullet is a very popular blender to make smoothies and other healthy snacks. Odds are you or someone you know owns one. If you have been shopping lately you may have noticed NutriBullet supplements too. In this review I want to look at the NutriBullet Superfood Energy Boost, which is a supplement that one can mix up in the NutriBullet with or without any of the other things you make smoothies from. As the name implies, this supplement is touted to improve energy levels. Does it really boost your energy levels? Lets take a look at its ingredients and see if its right for you. For more information, also see my review of NutriBullet Fat Burning Boost.
Superfood Energy Boost Nutrition Facts
One serving of the energy mix is 2 tablespoons. There are 30 servings in each 5.29 oz packet. This is a 1 month supply. The Superfood Energy Boost mix has these nutrition facts:
|Calories 15||Calories from fat 0|
|Percent Daily Value|
|Total fat 0 g||0 % DV|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0 % DV|
|Trans fat 0 g||N/A|
|Cholesterol 0 g||0% DV|
|Sodium 0 mg||0 % DV|
|Total carbohydrate 2 g||< 1% DV|
|Dietary fiber 1 g||4% DV|
|Sugars 0 g||0% DV|
|Protein 2 g||N/A|
In the table above
N/A = no daily value established
% DV = percent daily value (based on eating 2000 calories per day)
The label also tells us that the SuperFood Energy boost provides O% DV of vitamin A, 2% DV for vitamin C, 1% DV for calcum and 4% DV for iron.
From the table, we can see that the SuperFood Energy mix doesn’t give us much. It’s got 1 gram of fiber which is 4% of our daily value for fiber so that’s something. But, overall, I don’t see anything that would boost our energy levels. So, if the Energy Boost powder is really going to increase our energy levels, I think we will have to look at its ingredients. Let’s do that now
SuperFood Energy Boost Ingredients
The label indicates that these are the ingredients in the product
|Organic chia seed||Organic hemp powder||Organic green tea powder|
|Organic guayusa powder||Organic beet root powder||Organic maca powder|
Read the ingredients from left to right. This will tell you which is present the most and which is present the least. In other words, the SuperFood Energy Boost has the most organic chia seed and the least organic maca powder.
Let’s now look at each of these 6 ingredients in this mix and see which ones might be responsible for giving people more energy
Chia seeds are an good source of omega 3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid which is different than EPA and DHA found in fish) and other healthy nutrients. That said, if the Superfood Energy Boost, lives up to its claims, I not convinced that chia seeds play a role in this. Here’s why. You’d think if chia seeds gave people more energy, then they might help us exercise better – but the research doesn't seem to show it.
In a clinical study published in 2011 titled Omega 3 Chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading, 6 exercise-trained men were given either Gatorade or a 50/50 mixture of Gatorade and chia seeds. They then performed a 6 mile run that was timed.
But, that's not what happened.
Those getting the mixture of chia seeds + Gatorade were no faster than those who only drank Gatorade.
Losing weight can help improve energy levels. Is it possible chia seeds help us lose weight? While anything is possible, according to this 2012 study titled Chia seed supplementation and disease risk factors in overweight women: a metabolomics investigation, 56 overweight women were randomly given either 25 grams of chia seeds or 25 grams poppy seeds a day for 10 weeks.
The results: The women getting the chia seeds lost no more weight than those getting poppy seeds. I'll point out that 25 grams is much more than is in the NutriBullet Superfood Energy Boost.
Hemp seeds (like many other varieties of seeds) are a good source of many nutrients. For example, hemp seeds are are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid ) as well as arginine and vitamin E and many minerals.
That said, does hemp improve energy levels in people? If it does, I can’t find any evidence for it. Several websites do discuss that hemp does this and they point out that hemp has minerals like magnesium and iron as well as carbs . Ok, these nutrients can help the us make energy, but that’s not the same thing as making you feel like you have more energy to get through your day.
As I was researching hemp and energy, I came across this cannabis energy drink. Guess what else it contains – caffeine!
The fact that caffeine is being added to cannabis energy drinks says to me that hemp/cannabis -alone – does not improve energy levels.
But what about metabolism? Can hemp help us burn more calories buy raising metabolic rate? I'd say yes but its not because of anything special in hemp. Every time you eat something, your body invests energy to breakdown that food. This is called the Thermic Effect of Food. This can raise metabolism a little bit -but not much.
It's unlikely that the calories you use digesting food (or hemp) will significantly raise metabolism or cause significantly more calories to be burned. In other words, hemp wont help us lose weight.
Green Tea Powder
Unless its removed, green tea contains caffeine. The label of the Superfood Energy Boosts does not tell us if it contains caffeine or not. If it does, then this might help raise energy levels as would other energy drinks that contain caffeine.
If the Superfood Energy Boost contains caffeine, I don't know how much as there is no mention of it on the product label.
Another name for guayusa is Ilex guayusa. This is a plant that contains caffeine. In fact, according to this 1991 report, Indians in Peru and Ecuador, using guayusa, as a morning stimulant would have to vomit to reduce over-dosining on caffeine!
In this rat study from 2016, rats given either high doses of guayusa resulted in weight loss and fat loss compared to high dose caffeine use. How much guayusa did they give to these rats -150 mg per kilogram of body weight. How much is that?
Well, there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. So if you weighted 180 pounds (82 kilograms), it would be 82 X 150 = 12,300 mg. This amount is potentially lethal in humans so don't use anywhere close to this.
Remember, people have died from overdosing on caffeine. The amount of guayusa powder in the SuperBoost supplement is much less than this study used this and won't cause any problems.
If guayusa, boosts metabolism, energy levels or weight loss, it's likely because of its caffeine content.
Beet Root Powder
Beets contain nitrates, which are compounds that can relax blood vessels. That's because nitrates are converted to nitric oxide, a potent relaxer of blood vessels. As blood vessels relax, they open up, allowing more blood to flow. There are studies of beet root juice helping improve exercise performance and beets might also help lower blood pressure too.
Given how popular beets are, one might expect them to be “tops” but as this video points out, the green vegtable, arugula, contains more nitrates than beets.
See my review of SuperBeets for more information on beets, nitric oxide and that particular supplement.
The scientififc name for maca is Lepidium meyenii. Maca is often seen as an herb that can improve both sexual desire /performance and energy levels. For example, maca was an ingredient in the male performance supplement, Triverex, which I previously reviewed (click link to read review).
Some fitness-people also hear that maca might raise testosterone levels to. This might be why maca was an ingredient in the testosterone booster supplement called Regimen (click link to read that review). According to this 2002 study, neither 1500 mg or 3000 mg of maca raised testosterone although, after 8 weeks, men reported greater sexual desire
A 2008 study noted that 3.5 grams of maca powder helped menopause symptoms although it did not alter estrogen levels.
Studies aside, notice that maca is the last ingredient listed in the Superfood Energy Boost nutrition label above. That means it is present in the smallest amount. I am not sure how much might help energy levels. I feel more studies should be done.Here's Maca Powder on Amazon.
Ingredients That Raise Energy Levels
I believe these are the main active ingredients in the NutriBullet SuperFood Energy Boost mix:
- Green tea
I believe this because both of these ingredients have caffeine. Of these ingredients, I believe guayusa is the main ingredient. I believe it has more caffeine than green tea.Here is guayusa on Amazon.
How Much Does The Superfood Energy Boost Cost?
I discovered the NutriBullet Superfood Energy Boost at Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99.
Here it is on Amazon too.Compare prices.
Is The Superfood Energy Boost Organic?
Yes, all the ingredients in the SuperFood Energy Boost come from Organic ingredients. The product is certified organic by the CCOF – California Certified Organic Farmers.
What About Nut Allergies?
There is a disclaimer on the package that says that the Superfood Energy Boost is made in a facility that processes other products that may contain nuts. To be safe, people with nut allergies should avoid this product.
SuperFood Energy Boost Side Effects
Unless you are sensitive to caffeine, I don't think the NutriBullet SuperFood Energy Boost has any significant side effects. That said, I would not use it close to bedtime – because of the naturally occurring caffeine. I also feel woman who are pregnant or breastfeeding should refrain from using this supplement, unless their doctor says its ok.
Like all supplements, stop using the Superfood Energy Boost at least 2 weeks before having surgery. People taking medications like blood thinners and others should ask their pharmacists if there are any interactions.
Does The Superfood Energy Boost?
I think the NutriBullet Superfood Energy Boost will give some people a bit energy and I believe that is because 2 of its ingredients contain caffeine. How much caffeine does it have, I cant say. That information is not provided on the package. As such, I would not be surprised if people felt more energized by sprinkling a bit of this mix into their NutriBullet smoothies or whipping it up by itself.Here is the SuperFood Energy Boost on Amazon.