Friday, June 11, 2010

Phix Energy Drink - Product Review

I'm not a big supplement or energy drink kind of guy, and typically try to keep things fairly simple when it comes to a daily vitamin/supplement regiment.  In my younger years I would not hesitate to try a new product, but as I get older and more stubborn, I find myself highly resistant to adding something new into my daily routine. Compared to some of my friend's daily dose of vitamins/supplements, mine is quite minimal: a Multivitamin, some Omega-3 fatty acids, a Glucosamine / Chondroitin Sulfate supplement, and some Amazing Grass Green SuperFood mixed into one serving of FRS Healthy Energy drink.

Sometimes change can be good.  Recently, an old high-school friend introduced me to an energy drink that I have been using in my training (gradually working it in over the last two months or so).  He was very clear that it wasn't formulated with the endurance athlete in mind, yet, I figured I'd give it a go - first taking one serving prior to my morning training runs, and then using it in the middle of my quest for a 50-mile PR at the Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race.  The product is called Phix Energy, and it is absolutely worthy of inclusion in my list of products that are "must tries".

A sophisticated herbal supplement designed to improve energy levels without spikes, jitters, or crashes, Phix Energy  contains green tea anti-oxidants, energy restoring NADH and yerba maté, and vitamins and minerals.  Phix Energy is all natural, vegan, made from organic ingredients, and gluten free.  How does it work?  From the Phix web-site:
  • Enhanced Energy and Clarity: Phix contains a small amount (80mg) of caffeine from yerba maté, a traditional drink in many countries.  Green tee extract and NADH also have mild stimulant qualities.  The result is a gentle and sustained pick-me-up, with no spikes and crashes. 
  • Cellular Support and Protection: Phix contains several types of important antioxidants, which can help protect your DNA from oxidative damage. 
  • Immune System Support: Phix ingredients such as Vitamin C and Eleuthero are designed to help support healthy immune function. 
  • Blood Sugar Balance: Phix contains chromium, which helps to balance blood sugar levels.  By balancing out extremes of high and low blood sugar, chromium may help prevent fatigue. 
  • Muscle Fatigue and Recovery: If you're active, it is important to replace electrolytes and water - soluble vitamins for optimal athletic performance and recovery.
    PHIX Energy Supplement Facts

    Serving Size: One Stick

    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 36 1.8%
    Total Carbohydrate 8.9g 3%
    Sugars 8g
    Vitamin A (as Mixed Carotenoids 1%) 1250 IU 25%
    Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid, USP-FCC) 50mg 83%
    Vitamin B1 (as Thiamin Mononitrate, USP-FCC) .375mg 25%
    Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin, USP-FCC) .425mg 25%
    Niacinamide (USP-FCC) 5mg 25%
    Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI, USP) .625mg 31%
    Folic Acid (USP-FCC) .1mg 25%
    Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin, USP) .0025mg 42%
    Biotin (USP) .0125mg 4%
    Pantothenic Acid 2.5mg 25%
    Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate) .05mg 42%
    Sodium (as Socium Citrate) 19.6mg <1%
    Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate, USP) 24.75mg <1%

    Proprietary Phix Mix (1600mg)†: NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotiden), Cafffeine from Yerba Maté (80mg), Eleuthero, Catechins from decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Maltodextrin.

    Other Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Stevia, Silica.

    Daily value not established. * Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    When it comes to my morning training runs, I often find myself stuck in a rut, taking several miles to "wake up" and feel energetic.  Consuming one serving (one stick) of Phix Energy about 30 minutes prior to my morning run seems to help kick-start my body and mind, helping me get the most out of my training.  I also took a serving of Phix Energy about 35 miles into the Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race, and felt as if it gave me that boost of energy I needed to knock out a new 50-mile PR by over 15 minutes. It is super simple to use - just empty one serving stick into a bottle of water, shake and drink.  Phix Energy has worked so well for me that I plan on using it during the Badwater Ultramarathon next month.

    ***Of course, the lawyer in me has to mention (and do so in typical small print style) that I am writing this post based on my own experience with Phix Energy (others certainly can be different), receive no financial benefit from (other than a bunch of samples that my high-school friend was kind enough to send me), or have any interest in, the company that manufactures the product, and have obtained the nutritional and other information contained in this post directly from the Phix web-site. I simply really, really like the product.  And, of course, seek immediate medical attention for erection lasting longer than 4 hours.....kidding!!!


    1. Hahaha, nice disclaimer.

      I'm hesitant to try new supplements, etc. too but that's a pretty glowing review you gave this Phix stuff. I just might have to give it a whirl.

    2. I was laughing as I wrote the disclaimer. I gave a few packets to a couple of friends to try and they also had great things to say about it. I think they have a free trial on the site - you pay 8 bucks for shipping and they send you 15 sample packets. If you do give it a go, let me know what you think.

    3. I was one of those receiving samples of Phix and I love it! I tried it because it has natural components. I take no daily suppl. or vitamins and go for a 20M run with water, 1tblt of Nuun & 2 gels. The past few days, I had a Phix in my bottle while running and riding the bike. As I don’t take anything else, the mild kick from the drink made me feel so energetic! and I didn’t crash when finishing that bottle; I kept going with water as always. Good recommendation Tony!

    4. A question Tony: Did you have to eat anything prior to your run to keep from feeling nauseated? That's been my problem with taking supplements in powder, gel or pill form prior to a run - something in them makes me sick if I don't eat first. And I hate to eat first thing in the morning.

    5. Hey Anne. No, I didn't have to eat anything prior to my run to keep me from a feeling of nausea. I mean, I eat my regular pre-run food, but even when I skip that I don't have any issues at all. I used Phix today on my 35-mile run and I got a nice lift 28 miles in.