Energy drinks are often considered the bad boys of the drink world. Many people refrain from drinking these energy powerhouses due to the high caffeine levels and sugar content found in each can. Now and then though, you’ll hear of an energy drink that’s supposed to be healthy and different from others on the market. The question is, are these statements true? Can an energy drink be healthy? These are claims made by Verve Energy Drink.
Verve is advertised by its parent company Vemma as being the first clinically proven healthy energy drink. While these claims may be debated by some, one thing is clear, like most energy drinks Verve Energy contains caffeine. Verve Energy features a moderate level of caffeine. In each 8.3-ounce can of Verve, you’ll find 80 mg of natural guarana caffeine. You’ll also find one of the longest ingredients lists to ever be placed on a drink can.
Let’s learn a bit more about what’s inside Verve Energy and whether it is truly a healthy energy drink people can enjoy.
What’s Inside Verve
According to Vemma, Verve has a list of ingredients designed to provide you with energy and keep you healthy. Can that claim be true? While that determination should be up to experts, one thing is sure, Verve has a ton of ingredients in it. Inside each can, you’ll find 12 vitamins, 65 plant-sourced materials, and 80 mg of natural caffeine. That’s a lot in one can. Unfortunately, however, the ingredient label on a Verve can isn’t exactly forthcoming. Over the years, this label has changed. Is there a reason why? No one knows, but here’s a look at the ingredients that are currently shown on the label of a Verve can.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic Acid
- Natural Caffeine
- Choline Chloride
- Proprietary Wildcrafted Mangosteen, Organic Glyconutrient-Rich Aloe Vera, and Organic Tea Blend
- Reconstituted Mangosteen Juice, Aloe Vera Gel, Green Tea, Mangosteen Extract
- Proprietary Plant-Sourced Major, Trace, and Ultra-Trace Mineral Blend
- Ultra purified reverse osmosis carbonated water
- Natural Fructose
- Natural Flavors
- Citric Acid
- Potassium Sorbate
- Xanthan Gum
- Malic Acid
Unfortunately, those who are hoping all these ingredients mean Verve is truly a healthy energy drink may be slightly disappointed. On the old Verve ingredient list, they included things like Titanium, Tin, Cobalt, and Silver. Many of the ingredients listed have no benefit for the human body. Does this change the health claims of Verve? Not necessarily, but it does show that they went a little overboard when it came to adding things.
The Caffeine in Verve
The caffeine in Verve Energy comes from natural sources. The 80 mg of caffeine found in each can comes from Guarana Seed Extract and Green Tea. This isn’t considered a huge dose of caffeine and should be relatively safe for people to have. However, like with any energy drink, it is important not to drink too many cans of Verve. This will help you avoid too much caffeine intake and prevent symptoms of caffeine sensitivity being an issue.
Here’s a look at where Verve Energy stacks up against other energy drinks on the market when it comes to caffeine content.
|Verve Energy||80 mg of caffeine|
|Red Bull||80 mg of caffeine|
|Monster Energy||160 mg of caffeine|
|Bang Energy||300 mg of caffeine|
|Rockstar Energy||160 mg of caffeine|
The Issues with Verve
You may not be familiar with Verve. If that’s the case, there’s a reason why. The parent company, Vemma, found itself in a bit of hot water in 2015. It turns out the company and its products were part of a pyramid scheme. The main target of the scheme was college students. With so many people being affected, the company was shut down for some time. It has since reopened, but Verve and the other products they offer are only available through certain dealers.
As you can see, Verve doesn’t contain a huge amount of caffeine, but the rest of the ingredients list is quite startling. If you’re looking for a safer alternative to other energy drinks that are high in caffeine and sugars, Verve could be the answer. Don’t expect to find it sitting on the shelves in every store though. If you want to try Verve, plan on doing a bit of shopping in order to find it.
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