Thanks to Rushmore Superfoods I received samples of their product to try for the purposes of this review.
RE calls their formulations vitality drinks instead of energy drinks which have become almost ubiquitous.  Why the difference?  Vitality is the state of being strong and active.  This indicates a more permanent and lasting state of well being and stamina.  Energy drinks are known for giving a quick boost that wears off after a short period.  What Rushmore Essentials wants it’s customers to understand is that regular consumption of their Vitality drinks will lead to a longer lasting sense of well being.

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Have you heard of antioxidants?  If you’ve been in public, gone to a grocery store, read a paper, watched TV or been on the Internet you are sure to have heard about them and their benefits.  Antioxidants are found naturally in fruits and vegetables and have been found to be excellent cancer fighters.  Fact of the matter is that people rarely eat enough of the needed fruits and veggies to get the antioxidants they need for well-being.  RE drinks use a combination of fruit juices and purees from some of the most antioxidant rich fruits known to man.  The RE Vitalize contains juice from 21 superfruits from all over the world.  This helps provide a source of antioxidants that wouldn’t normally be available in your every day diet.
The RE Vive shots are 2.5 ounces of juice with green tea and B vitamins mixed to give you a boost of energy and add to your natural verve.  This I would take about mid-afternoon with a snack.  Personally, I would not take this on an empty stomach.  The B vitamins without a bit of a buffer made me slightly nauseous.  Taken with a protein rich snack it allowed the nutrients to absorb a little more slowly.
An interesting fact about the RE Vive vitality drink shot is that it has an ORAC score of 7500 and one 2 ounce serving of the RE Vitalize drink has an ORAC of 4000.  ORAC is oxygen radical absorbency capacity – basically how effective the antioxidants in a food are at fighting free radicals.  You can check the ORAC of hundreds of foods in the ORAC Values database sorted either by score or alphabetically.  It is recommended that we consume between 3,500 and 5,000 ORAC per day in our diet.  One shot of the RE Vive or one serving of RE Vitalize and you’ve exceeded your daily need.  Don’t forget to still eat your fruits and veggies – we do still need fiber you know :).
When I received my box of Rushmore Essentials, or RE, beverages I was very sick with the flu.  I had no appetite and everything was turning my stomach.  They couldn’t have come at a better time.  Though the first few times I attempted to drink the RE Vitalize it didn’t set well, I knew the antioxidants and B vitamins in the drink would be essential to my complete recovery and restoration of my normal energy level.  I had to wait a couple weeks before I was able to drink the vitality beverage daily and add it to my smoothies.

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It tastes pretty decent.  The Re Vitalize mix of juices kind of has a taste similar to prune juice but the texture, mouth-feel and aftertaste are completely different.  It adds a really tasty zing to my daily breakfast smoothies. In the Re Vive Shots you could really taste the B Vitamins more strongly, but at least you know they are there with 100% fruit juices, green tea and not artificial sweeteners.
If you’d like to give these a try you can find the 2.5 oz Re Vive vitality shot and the 32 oz Re Vitalize at Costco, The Vitamin Shoppe and Amazon.com.  Search the RE website for other locations in your area.  Go here to get a $1 off coupon.
Want a chance to win a bottle of REVive or REVitalize? Click here for the contest running between 3/26 and 4/9/14. Open to US Residents only.
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