Root9 Vitality Drink

Caffeine Level
50mg
Serving Size
Caffeine Strength
MODERATE
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Root9 Vitality Drink is a ginseng based energy drink that also contains caffeine through green tea extract.

We were recently sent some samples of Root9 for review. 

Flavor Varieties of Root9

  1. Panax Red: This flavor has berry undertones with a slightly sour flavor at the finish. It isn't overly sweet and has a slight aftertaste from the artificial sweeteners.
  2. Panax Gold: This flavor is a bit hard to pinpoint but smells and tastes a bit like pineapple. It is much more sour than Red and not as enjoyable to drink. Gold also has a sweetener aftertaste, but in this case it is stevia. 
root9-gold

Both flavors of Root9 have the same caffeine amount.

Along with the ginseng and caffeine Root9 Vitality Drink contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12.

It is certified vegan and both GMO and gluten free. Red is sweetened with Ace-K and Sucralose, while Gold is sweetened with stevia.

Each can of Root9 Vitality Drink contains 500 mg of ginseng, which is believed to have multiple actions on the human body. 

Root9's Effects

I experienced a slight lift from caffeine in Root9 and the ginseng seemed to produce an overall better sense of wellbeing and positivity throughout the day.

Research shows that 400 mg of Panax Ginseng seems to be the dosage needed for therapeutic benefit and Root9 contains 500 mg per can, so this beverage definitely has the ability to provide ginseng's many benefits as well as if not better than any ginseng supplement. 

Overall, I liked Root9 Vitality Drink, but thought the Red was much more to my liking flavor-wise. 

Reference: Attele, A. S., Wu, J. A., & Yuan, C. S. (1999). Ginseng pharmacology: multiple constituents and multiple actions. Biochemical pharmacology, 58(11), 1685-1693.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006295299002129

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Ingredients in Root9 Vitality Drink

Carbonated Water, citric acid, Korean red ginseng, natural flavors, green tea, ascorbic acid, Co-Q10, niacinamide, d-calcium pantothenate, ace-k, sucralose, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin, riboflavin, cyanocobalamin

Sugar content: Contains no sugar.

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Caffeine Comparisons

Root9 Vitality Drink contains 4.17 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (14.09mg/100 ml).

Caffeine (mg) per Ounce
10090807060 5040302010 0 Root9 Vitality Drink 5 Hour Energy Espresso Shot Spike Energy Drink
Total Caffeine (mg)
400360320280 24020016012080 400 Can of Root9 Vitality Drink Can of Coca-Cola Classic Bottle of Redline Energy Drink Can of Monster Energy Drink Can of Red Bull
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