Drink Neuro: Functional Beverage Review

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Neuro Functional Beverages are a line of beverages designed to assist a person with various aspects of daily functioning.

They do this by including herbs and other ingredients believed to induce certain life-altering effects. Neuro has been around since 2009 and at one time had a wide array of functional offerings.

Historically, here was the Neuro product line:

  • Neuro Bliss (mood enhancement)
  • Neuro Sport (fitness enhancement)
  • Neuro Sonic (mental performance)
  • Neuro Sleep (sleep enhancement)
  • Neuro Trim (weight loss support)
  • Neuro Gasm (changed to Neuro Passion 2012) (body performance)
  • Neuro Supreme- (“best kept secret”)
  • Neuro Aqua- (alkalize the body’s pH)
  • Neuro Sun- (vitamin D supplement).
  • Neuro Daily- (immune support)

Unfortunately, consumer spending speaks loudly and many of the Neuros didn’t survive. Either they did not function well enough for consumers to keep buying them or there just wasn’t enough demand for the function intended.

Now only 4 Neuro Functional Drinks remain.

Current Neuro Line Up

  1. Neuro Sonic
  2. Neuro Sleep
  3. Neuro Bliss
  4. Neuro Daily

In addition to trimming down their product line, Neuro has introduced a couple flavor variations to their most popular functional categories.

I was recently sent their newest product line by the company to review and here’s what I thought of each.

Taste

In general, all Neuro Drinks are fruit flavored and lightly sweetened. All are carbonated except for Sleep.

Bliss

Both the White Raspberry and the Summer Citrus Berry flavors are crisp and light. Their sweetness is enhanced with artificial sweeteners and the taste of these comes through just slightly.

Of the two, I like the Bliss flavor, Summer Citrus Berry the best.

Sonic

Sonic has stronger carbonation than Bliss, but the fruit flavors are equally as light. Again, the artificial sweetener taste comes through slightly as an aftertaste.

Sonic comes in two flavors and I think Super Fruit Infusion is just “ok” but Blood Orange Passion is a great tasting drink.

Sleep

Sleep is non-carbonated and comes in two flavors; Mellow Mango and Tangerine Dream.

Both have an appealing fruit flavor but Tangerine Dream reminded me of the juice barrels I drank as a kid. They always had that strange aftertaste. Mello Mango is best in the Sleep category.

Daily

Daily only comes in one flavor and it’s a great one at that. Tangerine Citrus is a nicely flavored beverage with just a hint of artificial sweetener coming through.

Neuro Functional Ingredients

Each Neuro Drink has a few ingredients that are believed to serve a purpose, some of them are based on scientific evidence while others have more “traditional” evidence for their use.

Bliss

  • L-Theanine: This amino acid also found in tea has a calming effect.
  • Alpha GPC: Believed to improve thinking skills.
  • Chamomile: Used traditionally for its calming and soothing properties.
  • Phosphatidylserine: Believed to moderate the body’s reaction to stress.

Sonic

  • Caffeine: A stimulant of the brain and body.
  • L-theanine: Produces a calming alertness.
  • Alpha GPC: Believed to improve thinking skills.
  • Phosphatidylserine: Believed to moderate the body’s reaction to stress.
Look here to find out how many Neuro Sonics would be deadly caffeine-wise.

Sleep

  • L-Theanine: This amino acid also found in tea has a calming effect.
  • Melatonin: Hormone responsible for inducing sleep.
  • 5 HTP: Shown effective for treating insomnia.

Daily

Vitamins D, A, C, and E as well as selenium and zinc. All of these are believed to be needed for proper immune function.

Does Neuro Work?

First of all, this comes with a huge disclaimer: Individual results may vary.

Just as the research behind some of the ingredients listed above had mixed results, so will Neuro’s effectiveness. Some people respond better to these ingredients than do others.

Neuro Bliss

I think one would truly need to be in a stressful situation to fully evaluate Bliss. My life is pretty stress-free so all that I can say is it did have relaxing properties, but whether or not it could prevent someone from going over the edge would be better tested by someone else.

Neuro Sonic

By energy drink standards, Sonic is on the mild side. With just 100mg of caffeine, it provides some level of alertness, but not the level avid caffeine users would be accustomed to. The L-theanine helps boost Sonic’s effects, which is nice.

Neuro Sleep

I drank Sleep about 30 minutes prior to wanting to go to bed, but I couldn’t even finish an episode of Modern Family before dozing off. I slept well too. I awoke feeling very rested. Of the 4, I believe Neuro Sleep functions the best.

Neuro Daily

Daily is a bit hard to evaluate as the immune system’s health involves many factors and the only way to evaluate its functioning is its ability to fight and stave off disease.  Daily’s ingredients are useful but whether or not one bottle daily would be effective or not is questionable.

The Four Left Standing

So I think what we have here are the 4 best Neuro Drinks after consumers voted with their wallets.

10 functional drinks have been narrowed down to just the 4 that consumers were the most interested in.

If you are new to Neuro, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in any of these 4 as long as you remember my disclaimer above.

Have you tried any of the Neuro Functional Drinks? What did you think?

If you can’t find Neuro Drinks in your area you can buy them online here.

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.
  • Brian

    Man, I haven’t felt a good buzz off an energy drink in forever…maybe after 3 but still. I want to try at least a couple of those.

  • The Crowing

    I’ll review NeuroGasm for you as soon as I get my hands on some ;) haha.

    Definitely stoked for these drinks though. They sound like a solid addition to any cooler, and I hope to see them around soon.

  • Evan

    These are the types of drinks that should be filling every 7-11 in the country. I want to try some of these.

  • Gilly

    Dusty, do you watch the TV show “Psych?” You seriously just sounded like Shawn… lol

    Anyway, I wanna try it now! At least a few of them!

  • Jon

    They look like shampoo.

  • Dusty

    Gilly, no I don’t. I kind of want to now just to see what you’re talking about!

  • Vinny G

    Bought a few of these today. I’m halfway done with a NeuroSonic. I came into the office today feeling completely like shit. I mean, dead tired. I went to bed at about 3 or so…so I was hating it this morning. Anyway, 50% of the NeuroSonic and I’m already not putting my head down on my desk and dozing off for a couple minutes, like I was earlier. I feel better. Lots better actually. Will let you know if it makes you feel like crap (Or if there is a “coming down”/crash factor) later.

  • Vinny G

    Update: I like the stuff. NeurSonic actually makes you feel good. Normally, I feel like sh*t when I crash from energy drinks…that doesn’t happen with these. NeurTrim works somewhat I suppose. Flavors are not the tastiest…but these things seem to work as advertised (For the most part). Cool beans.

  • Dusty

    Thanks for reporting back, Vinny. Great to hear other people’s opinions!

  • Gilly

    And it’s a good show, so it’s not a diss. :D

  • Liz

    I stopped in Famima (downtown LA), browsing at all the random drinks they had…came across this NeuroSonic. Had I known how much caffeine it had, I probably wouldn’t have bought it so late in the afternoon. My heart is beating a little faster than normal, hopefully it won’t keep me up all night. The taste kinda reminds me of a Juice Squeeze from Trader Joes. Its okay, I may pick one of these up again the next time I start falling asleep at my desk!

  • Patrick

    This review is weak. You could have at least kept yourself blind as to what you were actually drinking. Placebo effect anyone?

  • Eloise Please

    I bought the NeuroSleep just because I liked the bottle and the other ones did not interest me. Haven’t gone to sleep yet — but I look forward to agree or disagree with your review.

  • Jeremy

    I found these drinks, somewhat randomly, in my native London. I was on the final leg of an incredibly tiring and depressingly long journey. I’d just sat (facing backwards) on a cramped train, feeling ill, for 4 hours… And then I had a neurobliss. I sat on the last leg of my journey home giggling to myself, and laughing at my own jokes. I’m not normally insane, but this drink is thoroughly amazing!

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com ted

    Ah sweet Jeremy, didn’t realize they had jumped the ditch, cool thanks for the update!

  • Katie

    NeuroSonic did give me the boost I needed for my early morning weekend class. It was surprisingly pretty effective. (I stumbled upon it in the energy drink section of 7-11.) Later in the afternoon though I found my self crashing really hard.

  • Taraa

    Okay, here’s the thing. I have tried all the drinks except for the neurosleep and the neurotrim. I did enjoy the neuro bliss a lot actually. Very mildly stimulating and i do remember myself being in a pretty happy mood that day. I can’t recall if it was because of the summer-like sunshine outside or if it actually worked, over all though, it had a magnificent taste.

    As for the neurogasm, great taste but i didn’t notice much after drinking it. I felt the same after as i had before. I was only really impressed by the taste.

    NOW
    for the neurosonic. WOW. I don’t know if i’m really impressed or really freaked out. I’m still crashing from the drink as I type this and i drank it at about 7 am. I drank the whole thing, ( it wasnt specified otherwise) but i think you would only need to drink half of this puppy. I was hyped up beyond belief for only sleeping a few hours the night before. I have to agree with Dusty, it is definitely an energy drink as much as the company would like to avoid that saying, they definitely are. I would recommend neurosonic to the ones who can drink up to 5 cans of redbull or monster a day and be stoked but for me, i can’t handle the caffiend jitters. It comes with a major crash. Hope i helped

    and dusty, i definitely will not be trying the neurosleep. I do not want to vomit before i go to sleep. That’s just something i’d like to avoid all together. HAHA

  • kellie

    my friend and i both drank a bottle of the neurosonic and she’s a little hyper but as for me its been like an hour since i drank it and im pretty much still kinda tired. but it definitaly tastes good!!!!!

  • http://www.ukstep.com Jester

    I just found the Neuro drinks in south London and I bought a NeuroSonic, but the label says 35mg caffeine/100ml (150.5mg for the bottle) – this is different to your review?

    Still so tired after a Rockstar Punched Guava, I just cracked open the NeuroSonic so I’ll update later if it’s any good!

  • http://www.caffeineinformer.com ted

    Thanks Jester, I’ll check into it, when they were sent to us for review, we were told that they contained 50mg equivalent to two cups of green tea…Strange amount listed because I thought the legal limit in the UK was 32mg/100ml…..

Last Modified: May 28, 2014