Sunday, October 20, 2013

8hr Buzz Energy Shots: Review

What is 8hr Buzz?

8hr Buzz is one ounce, liquid energy "shot" that you can take if you need a quick and long-lasting boost of energy. 8hr Buzz Energy Shots are flavored (a whole variety for different tastes), but have no carbohydrates, no sugar, and only 5 calories per shot. These shots are full of essential nutrients, as well as helpful vitamins like Vitamin B and C to keep you energized all day.

Where can you buy 8hr Buzz?

You can purchase 8hr Buzz Energy Shots at many retail stores throughout the United States. Some of those stores (and you can find them on the distributor locator on the 8hr Buzz website) include: 7-11, Dollar Plus, Lion and Bear Distributors, Wholesale Club, etc.

8hz Buzz Energy Shots have as much caffeine as one cup of coffee, even though it feels like they contain more.  As always, you should limit your caffeine intake to avoid nervousness and rapid heartbeat. You should not take more than one 8hr Buzz Energy Shot per day, and you should avoid this product if you are pregnant, nursing, or under 12 years of age. This product does contain phenylalanine. The high amount of Vitamin B6 and B12 falls within normal RDA limits. It is not approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement. If you want to read the exact ingredients in each flavor, check out this link.

I was lucky enough to be able to review different 8hr Buzz Energy Shot flavors so that I could share my opinion with you. I got to try: Extra Bold Coffee, Peach Passionfruit, Berry Blast, and Juicy Grape. I am always a sucker for trying new energy-themed drinks or food. Since I am in medical school, as you can imagine, I need all the energy I can get! To be honest, I am not a huge Red Bull fan; I really don't like many of the common energy drinks that you find in your local grocery store or in the gas station. I feel like they have a very chalky, medicine-like taste. I can't get through an entire can to get the energy boost because I dislike the taste so much.

Since I don't like the taste of standard energy drinks, I have tried many other things -- energized water, energized foot, and other energy shots. Coffee and soda, unfortunately, do not work for me because I drink at least one Diet Pepsi a day and I am always chugging coffee. Caffeine has to be in a much higher amount or added to other ingredients to have an effect on me. I have had other energy shots, and I also do not like the taste, but at least those go down faster and I can still get the energy boost that I need to stay up for a few hours studying. The problem? I have found that I get an energy boost for a few hours (not as long as they advertise), and then I crash before I intend to, which isn't effective when I need to stay up all night.

I was very surprised by 8hr Buzz Energy Shots, as I had never heard anything about them, so I guess I was wary of how they would work. First of all, I really like the unique pouch design; I haven't seen other companies with this product presentation. It makes them very convenient for slipping in your purse if you are going to the library or if you have a long day at work and you need a buzz halfway through the day. They don't take up any room at all, but they definitely pack a punch. All you have to do is tear off the top and squeeze it into your mouth like toothpaste.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the taste, especially of the Peach Passionfruit, which was very sour. The Extra Bold Coffee did not taste like coffee to me, but it wasn't as unpleasant. The Juicy Grape was a little better, just a tad bitter. My favorite flavor was the Berry Blast; I wouldn't drink a whole cup of it or anything, but it was the most true to the flavor it was supposed to represent, and it wasn't as sour as the other flavors. However, do not let this aspect completely turn you off to this product. After-all, this isn't an energy drink - it is an energy shot, so really the idea isn't to have the best flavor, but rather the effect of the product. I definitely liked the Berry Blast flavor better than the chalky flavor of Red Bull or Monster, although I am not sure everyone would agree with me. The initial flavor of all of the 8hr Buzz Energy Shots is better than the after-taste, also. However, it goes down quickly.

What really surprised me (in a positive way) was the boost that I received from 8hr Buzz Energy shots. If they did not work, the rest would still be sitting on my table. After I tried the first one, the other three were gone within a week. I first picked up the Juicy Grape around 7 pm, when I started to feel myself become a little drowsy. On a typical day, I get up at 6 am, and I am in class anywhere from 3:30-5 pm, then I need to go home and study for as many hours as I can before I fall asleep. On the weekends, I also get up around 6 am and try to study for as many hours as I can with minimal breaks. It gets extremely monotonous, so, especially after class, I physically can't keep myself awake all night. I don't like to get into the habit of taking energy shots on a daily basis, but in this case, I "had" to do it for the purpose of the review. (: I was very pleased, because I was able to stay up until 2 am and I got a huge chunk of studying accomplished that first night.

How did I know it wasn't all in my head? Well, first of all, about ten minutes after taking the 8hr Buzz Energy Shot, I felt a huge wave of warmth run through me. Every time I took one, I felt flushed and had to open a window or get out from under the blankets. This may not be the best for my body, but I see no problem with taking these every once in awhile. When I take other energy shots, I do not feel the same increase in warmth (only when I have chugged an unpleasant Red Bull in the past), so I took this as an immediate sign of 8hr Buzz Energy Shots working on me. This is, apparently, the effect of the Niacin (Vitamin B3) which increases blood flow near the skin. Also, like I said, drinking additional coffee or soda does not cause me to stay up later at all because I am so conditioned to it. I feel as though the ingredients in 8hr Buzz are the right combination for my body, to keep me alert. If there was a crash, I didn't notice, because it was far past my bedtime! 8hr Buzz really does have an increased duration of energy compared to other standard energy shots/drinks, which tend to only last for three or four hours. The warmth wore off within 10 minutes, but the effect lasted. I was not jittery or bouncing off the wall...I wasn't shaking and I didn't get a headache. I felt a nice, healthy alertness and concentration, which kept me in-tune to my textbooks and very motivated for the rest of the night. Remember -- to get the maximum effect from 8hr Buzz, you need to take it as one energy shot. Don't drink half at once and leave the rest for later. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs the occasional boost!

Interested in learning more about 8hr Buzz? Check out the links below:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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