Advocare Spark mango strawberry flavor

ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK INGREDIENTS

In our fast-paced 21st century lives, we are constantly on the move. So much to do, so little time. Trying to balance work, school, emails, exercise and entertainment, maintaining a healthy social life (and keep up with others on social media)… it’s exhausting. No wonder we sometimes turn to Advocare Spark energy drink for a little energy boost.

Caffeine is an obvious choice for many people. Some people choose tea or coffee. Because you're here, you're probably like me and prefer energy drinks. Besides, while caffeine does boast a long list of benefits, coffee itself doesn’t carry any additional nutritional value.

Most energy drinks come packed full of vitamins and minerals for an even bigger boost to mental and physical performance. There are many energy drink options on the market, from canned and carbonated Red Bull and Monster to the powder and portable Advocare Spark energy drink, ZipFizz, Gfuel, and of course, our favorite - REIZE.

With so many types, tastes, brands and benefits of energy drink available, how do we know which is the best one? Well, our 21st century lives might be fast-paced, but at least we’re constantly connected to the Internet, so that seems a good place to start.

Products, pricing, and personal reviews – all the information on energy drinks is right there for you.

I even did my own review of Advocare Spark energy drink, which you might find interesting. Or to compare Spark to Zipfizz, which is another very popular powder, my Zipfizz review might be worth a look.

Let’s dig a little deeper into Advocare’s Spark energy drink – a low-calorie, low-carb product that promises to deliver a boost of energy and enhanced mental focus.

Advocare Spark energy drink mango strawberry sachets
Advocare Spark energy drink mango strawberry flavor sachets.

REVIEW OF ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK

Advocare Spark energy drink is a product of Advocare International L.P., an American company founded in 1993. The company sells nutritional supplements, weight management, energy, and sports nutrition dietary supplements using the direct selling business model. Spark is one of approximately 90 Advocare products.

Advocare Spark energy drink describes itself as a unique blend of 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work together to deliver a healthy boost in mental and physical energy. It’s a great option for the calorie-conscious consumer, containing only four grams of carbs.

It’s also completely sugar-free!

Advocare Spark comes in ten different flavors: Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Limeade, Fruit Punch, Grape, Mandarin Orange, Mango Strawberry, Pink Lemonade, Watermelon and Green Apple.

All colors (and flavors) of the rainbow!

It sells in pre-proportioned packages in powder form (try saying that five times fast) designed to be added to plain water. You can also buy Spark energy drink in canister sizes (42 servings) to get more boost for your bucks.

Although portable, powdered energy drinks do seem to pose a problem when it comes to the dissolving part. User reviews for Spark energy drink do mention a yellow/orange residue at the bottom of the glass. It might not seem like a big deal, but this can add up to significant servings lost over time! (Plus, it makes for extra work washing up – never fun)

Alternatively, REIZE, another energy drink option which comes in powdered form, has a trick up their sleeve – adding bicarbonate. The effervescent action of the powder to help the drink dissolve completely in cold water.

Advocare Spark powder undissolved in the bottom of a glass
Advocare Spark energy powder doesn't dissolve well.

INGREDIENTS IN SPARK ENERGY DRINK

So, what gives Spark its spark? One of Advocare’s most popular products, the sugar-free energy drink delivers its fuel and focus in several different ways.

From the 20-strong ingredients list, let’s take a look at the most important:

Caffeine

Each serving of Advocare Spark energy drink contains 120mg of caffeine. That’s 1.5 times as much as you'll find in a regular can of Red Bull.

Caffeine needs no introduction as a stimulant that boosts mental and physical energy. In fact, technically, it’s the world’s most popular drug. It’s said to improve memory, increase focus, boost metabolism, improve stamina, and relieve post-workout muscle pain. Apparently, it can even stimulate hair growth. No wonder it’s so popular! However, over-consumption can also cause nervousness, agitation, and disrupt a normal sleep cycle. Steer clear of Spark when it comes to bedtime, then.

If you want more control over your caffeine content and consumption, try REIZE as an alternative. It contains 50mg of caffeine per sachet so you can better customize your dose.

Taurine 

An amino acid antioxidant that helps move minerals through our system. Taurine occurs naturally in the human body, and research has found a long list of benefits associated with this “wonder molecule”. It promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, even hearing function. ‘Sounds’ good to us! (Sorry) It fights fat storage, is great for glucose control, and strengthens cells. Quite the superstar then – good call, Spark!

Taurine is also found in dark meat, eggs, and most dairy products – which is why it’s important for vegetarians and vegans in particular to supplement their diet with the stuff.

B Complex Vitamins

The building blocks of a healthy body, boosting brain and bodily functions. From eyesight to energy levels, hormone production to digestion, B vitamins play a vital role in general health and well-being.

Spark energy drink contains riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acids, which convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. Again, a good addition by Advocare – but let’s look a little more closely at this one.

Advocare Spark contains 750% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamins B-6 and B-12.

Now, we’re all for “the extra mile” – but over 7x the daily dose seems a bit much to us. Also, B vitamins are water soluble, which means that we absorb what we need, and, um, ‘expel’ the rest.

Talk about money down the drain…

L-tyrosine

Another naturally-occurring amino acid that helps in hormone production. L-tyrosine reduces stress, improve memory, and increase capacity to exercise. Sounds like Spark energy drink has ticked the fuel and focus boxes with this ingredient …

Actually, not quite. The levels of L-tyrosine in Advocare Spark fall well short of the minimum requirements to have any effect on stress levels, unfortunately. However, it reduces caffeine jitters, so that’s something.

Advocare spark drink - mango strawberry flavor
Advocare Spark proudly boasts "Vitamin & amino acid supplement", but falls well short of the minimum effective dose.

Choline

A new kid on the block in the world of recognized, required nutrients. Choline was only acknowledged as an important ingredient in our diets in 1998. Turns out it’s pretty important too, impacting liver function, muscle movement, and healthy brain development. We only produce small amounts naturally, so Spark energy drink supplements that for us.

GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid)

As far as we can tell, GABA is an ingredient unique to Advocare among other energy drinks. It’s an amino acid occurring in the brain as a neurotransmitter, and plays a key role in cell communication (no, we don’t mean smartphones …). Its primary role is to reduce neuron activity, which in turn has a lot of positive effects including increased relaxation, reduced stress, balanced mood and better sleep. The calming effect might seem contradictory to the desired effects of an energy drink, but a reduction in anxiety can of course mean an improvement in mental focus.

Smart work by Spark!

GABA is also responsible for the regulation of muscle tone. Strong work by Spark!

Other ingredients include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Inositol
  • Chromium
  • Vitamin E
  • Copper
  • Citrus flavonoids
  • Vitamin A
  • Beetroot extract
  • Sucralose
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Natural flavors
  • Citric acid

ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK TASTE

With ten available flavors, from fruit punch to pink lemonade, it’s no wonder Spark energy drink gets top marks (from most users, but you can’t win ‘em all…). The more flavors you make, the more likely one is to be someone’s favorite.

Advocare Spark powder doesn't dissolve well
A common complaint about Advocare Spark energy drink is that the powder doesn't dissolve well.

ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK PRICE

On the Spark website, a canister of Advocare Spark energy drink (42 servings) costs $54.99, working out at $1.30 a serving. We're not sure if that ships free or not because we didn't make it that far through the buying process. It was THAT annoying.

Instead of being able to simply buy the product, like you would expect, there were multiple steps inviting you to connect with a distributor. The distributors looked a lot like normal people. Ah, the perils and pains of multi level marketing schemes.

Don't trust the opinion of anyone who is trying to sell you something.... MLM scheme or otherwise. Business must be slow though, the link in the video description goes to an expired domain. 

Amazon sell the same size tub for $60.80 including shipping. Total Ninjas sell the same tub for $91.99 – we sure hope THAT includes shipping.

I bought some Advocare Spark from someone on Amazon. I paid $30.73 for 14 drinks. That's $2.20 per drink, including shipping. Not exactly super cheap. 

Against the rest of the market, Spark comfortably beats the bigger boys on the market. It’s much cheaper than buying a can of Red Bull or Monster from a gas station. However, even at $1.30 a serving, it’s still more expensive than REIZE.

REIZE ships straight to your door for around $1 per drink – check out our tasty offers here.

Advocare Spark ugly packaging.
I was expecting nicer packaging for my $30.73. The nice-looking box I saw in the Amazon listing was nowhere to be seen.

IS ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK HEALTHY?

There is no doubt that Advocare Spark gives you a boost of energy – the caffeine content alone will take care of that. Plus, the vitamins and nutrients, such as the Vitamin B complex, are vital to healthy bodies and minds. So far, so good.

However, the bottom line is that Advocare Spark energy drink is full of artificial ingredients that aren’t part of a natural diet.

For example, Cyacobalamin, a synthetic form of Vitamin B12, which nutritionists recommend should always come from a natural source such as poultry, fish or eggs. And sure, it’s sugar-free, but it’s sweetened with sucralose, which some experts say is even worse than sugar. The presence of zinc and copper isn’t ideal either. They are essential trace elements – but with the emphasis on “trace”. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing … and regular servings of Advocare Spark (on top of the zinc and copper you’re getting from other foods) could cause fever, coughing, stomach pain, and fatigue.

Fatigue … from an energy drink? Hope you kept the receipt, because you might need it.

NOT EVALUATED BY THE FDA?

By the way, if you’re one of those people who read footnotes (and the world needs more of you!), check out the Advocare Spark energy drink product page on Advocare’s own website. See that little asterisk? That leads to a disclaimer which states that none of their claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Hmm…

On the other hand, REIZE is made to pharmaceutical standards with the strictest quality control and premium-quality, globally-sourced ingredients that are specifically designed to boost your energy levels and to fuel your gaming.

Oh, one more thing. Something smells fishy here… literally.

Apparently, the intolerable’ levels of choline in Advocare Spark have caused some users to complain of an unfortunate side effect – an awful fishy body odor. Not ideal. Even if we’re by ourselves and deep into a single-player session, we don’t want that lingering around, do we?

Other users have complained about diarrhea and even more serious gastric pain after using Spark energy drink…

Advocare Spark causes fishy body odor.
Fishy body odor anyone?

Alternatives to Advocare Spark

Spark is great, but what if there is something even better out there just waiting to be discovered? 

Life is short, but armed with an open mind and willingness to try something new, you might just find something even better than Spark already exists. 

Here are some other products that might be worth investigating further if you are looking for products like Spark energy drink...

Ready-to-drink cans:

• Red Bull

Monster Import energy drink

Celsius 

XS energy drinks

Powders:

Zipfizz drinks

• Gfuel

• REIZE (10 out of 10)

A FINAL WORD ON ADVOCARE SPARK ENERGY DRINK

There’s no doubt that Advocare Spark energy drink is a good option for the calorie-conscious and the caffeine-cravers. The combination of ingredients is likely to be more effective than caffeine alone for a boost of energy and focus, too.

However, even with ingredients like L-tyrosine to manage the effects of high caffeine doses, some consumers still report jitters, headaches, and even palpitations. And look – you can’t get sugar-free flavor options like Blue Raspberry and Pink Lemonade without packing them full of artificial (and potentially dangerous) sweeteners.

Does a Blue Raspberry sound natural to you?!

REIZE energy drinks are specially formulated for Optimal Boost, to increase focus, stamina and performance without the jitters or the crash. REIZE, with its unique formulation, gets you into the optimal zone, and keeps you there for longer before gently bringing you back to Earth - minus the need to take a shower to get rid of any fishy smell!

Try it today.