Hands up if you’re too busy to eat all of the best foods for your body because you’re either constantly working or looking after your kids. Well, I for sure have both hands in the air right now because I am doubly guilty (I’m typing with my mind non-believers). So, I bet you can only imagine my excitement when Myvitamins sent me out their delicious Sparkling Vitamin Waters range to sample.
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Vitamin Waters are pretty much what they sound like – a bunch of funky, fruit flavoured sparkling waters that give you your RDA of vitamins and minerals as well as a few nootropics and adaptogens for good measure. But there’s a little bit of a twist – each drink contains magnesium to support a normal electrolyte balance and each one serves a particular function too. The drinks are marketed as zero-calorie but that’s not entirely true. They all contain under 10 calories but they are zero sugar – bonus!
There are 4 drinks in the range; Defence, Focus, Glow, and Recharge. Sadly I wasn’t sent out ‘Glow‘ due to it being out of stock at the time but I can still give you a sweet review on the other 3. The Vitamin Waters also compliment the Myvitamins Shots perfectly – and you can find my review of those here. Anyway, enough of my rambling let’s get on with the main review.
Defence is a fantastic drink that is packed with a blend of nutrients to promote a healthy immune system including vitamin C, B6 and iron – which actually helps to reduce mental and physical fatigue. If you’re pretty active then chances are you’ll need a higher level of vitamins B6 and C in your diet as it’s easy to get burnt out, and both vitamins actually help to keep your immune system in check. You can check out the full ingredients list below:
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, White Tea Extract 1:20 (Camellia sinensis), Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Vitamin and Mineral Mix (Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Vitamin B12), Natural Flavourings, Sweeteners (Sucralose, Steviol Glycosides), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Colour (Carotenes).
It’s worth noting that white tea extract comes with a whole host of benefits due to it being so high in polyphenols, an antioxidant compound, such as; shielding the body from inflammation and free radicals, reduce your risk of heart disease, and protecting your teeth from bacteria. Another notable mention is brain-busting zinc which aids cognitive function. For the full nutritional breakdown see the table below.
So, now we know the theory behind the drink – what about the flavour? Well, it’s supposed to be ‘Orange & Mango’ flavoured but to me, it had that sort of strange orange taste that you get with soluble vitamin C tablets. I didn’t get a hint of mango, in fact, I’d say it was more of a peach which was still pretty nice. It could have been the white tea extract cutting through giving it a more peachy flavour. It’s super sweet at first but then you’re hit with a tang and a slightly metallic aftertaste. It wasn’t an unpleasant aftertaste and I’m guessing it’s from the iron or zinc – but who knows?!
Much like Defence, Focus uses vitamin C and B to boost your everyday energy levels, battling fatigue and stress. But it also uses vitamin A to promote healthy vision, pantothenic acid and zinc to keep your brain function in check, and thiamine which contributes to the normal function of your nervous system. It also features one of my favourite medicinal mushrooms – Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane is a powerful anti-inflammatory packed with antioxidant compounds that are thought to; reduce inflammation, boost immune and memory function, improve digestive, heart, and mental health’ and help to lower blood sugar levels and manage diabetic symptoms. For the full ingredients list see below:
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Lions Mane Mushroom Extract 5:1 (Hericium Erinaceus), Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Natural Flavourings, Vitamin and Mineral Mix (Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium Chloride, Vitamin C, Zinc, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12), Stabiliser (Acacia Gum), Sweeteners (Sucralose, Steviol Glycosides), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Concentrates (Safflower, Lemon).
This one is supposed to be ‘Tropical’ flavoured and boy it didn’t disappoint. Tropical is my all-time favourite flavour and with one swig you’re hit with coconut followed by a sort of zingy pineapple note. There’s no soluble vitamin or metallic aftertaste like Defence and I felt like acidity was on point in this one too. Flavour-wise it is an absolute winner for sure! It’s so nice I thought I was sipping on Malibu and pineapple juice in the middle of summer, which can’t be a bad thing right?!
Like Focus, Recharge contains vitamin B12 and vitamin C to reduce tiredness and fatigue whilst keeping the immune system healthy. It also contains antioxidant-rich Korean Ginseng Extract to improve cognitive and immune function, stabilise blood sugar and boost energy levels.
Other notable mentions are; pantothenic acid for your cognitive function and chromium to keep your blood sugar levels and metabolism stable. It also contains one of my favourite caffeine-free teas – rooibos. Rooibos is also low in tannings and oxalic acid. For those that don’t know, tannins can reduce the absorption rate of certain nutrients such as iron. Oxalic acid is known to increase the risk of kidney stones, so if you already have kidney issues this is a good one for you. Rooibos is also high in antioxidants which may improve heart health. For the full ingredients list see below:
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Rooibos Extract 1:2.5 (Aspalathus linearis), Potassium, Natural Flavourings, Magnesium, Salt, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Colour (Anthocyanins), Vitamin, Mineral and Extract Blend (Vitamin C, Biotin, Korean Ginseng 10:1 Extract (Panax ginseng), Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Vitamin B12), Sweetener (Sucralose), Concentrates (Sweet Potato, Apple, Radish, Cherry).
This one had a strange flavour to it, it’s supposed to be ‘Pomegranate & Lime’ but it wasn’t much like pomegranate or lime. Other than Rooibos I didn’t know what the hell I was tasting but it did have a nice tang to it at least. Although, the flavour of Rooibos followed by a tang was really odd. I just don’t know if I like the flavour or hate it altogether. Basically, this whole drink is confusing but I definitely felt a boost from the Korean Ginseng Extract so it all felt worth it.
Much like the Myvitamins Shots, it’s hard to determine whether or not these drinks work straight off the bat. In fact, I’d say you’d need to consume these daily for at least 30 days to reap the benefits. Although, I’m convinced the Korean ginseng in the Recharge Vitamin Water gave me a nice boost. Either way, these drinks are pretty delicious and as someone that doesn’t drink soft drinks anymore, it’s a really nice treat. Especially as they’re pretty sweet. I have to say though that these would also make mean mixers and would probably stave off a hangover pretty well due to all of the antioxidants.
I was super impressed with the Myvitamins Sparkling Vitamin Waters and if you’re living a ridiculously busy lifestyle… and looking for a way to up your vitamin content then they’ll definitely be a game-changer for you.
So, would I buy these again? That’s always the question on everyone’s lips. Well, the answer is – probably only the Focus one as it has my favourite adaptogenic mushroom in it and it was beyond tasty. But I would only ever buy these as a little treat. My main issue is the fact that they all contain sweetener Sucralose, which, if you have ever read my other posts, will know I’m not a massive fan of due to the fact that it has been linked with diabetes and the increase in the risk of IBS and leaky gut. As a general rule of thumb, I stay away from regular consumption of artificial sweeteners and sugars (even natural ones unless I’m eating a piece of fruit). I realise that this is probably a bit stricter than most live but having an autoimmune disease means I have to be particularly cautious.
Overall though I was super impressed with the Myvitamins Sparkling Vitamin Waters and if you’re living a ridiculously busy lifestyle (let’s be honest most of us are) and looking for a way to up your vitamin content then they’ll definitely be a game-changer for you.
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