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Review of The FRS Healthy Energy Challenge

FRS Healthy Energy Products

Energy is a vital, a precious resource. We need it to function and enjoy life. Many search for ways to get a little more energy into their lives. On that quest we turn to products claiming to boost energy levels. FRS Healthy Energy is an energy-enhancing product that claims to boost and sustain energy in a healthy way.

On your journey, remember Mother Nature provides us with the best sources of everything we need for energy, sleep, and overall well being. These can be found in “products” that come directly from the earth. Direct from the source is always best.

FRS Product Details

FRS Healthy Energy DrinksFRS Healthy Energy products claim to be Free Radical Scavengers that Fight Fatigue, Raise Mental Clarity, and Support immune system function. Catchy, but does it work?

Originally formulated as a health drink, FRS was discovered by athletes who used it to boost and sustain peak performance levels, utilizing quercetin as the key ingredient. Quercetin enhances energy by protecting natural adrenaline levels in the body. FRS naturally enhances the energy you already have; it doesn’t force the body to produce more adrenaline or at least that’s the claim. The product is endorsed by world-class athlete, Lance Armstrong, his charity, Live Strong, gets a donation for each sale.

FRS gives you energy for everything from daily tasks to running that marathon. FRS claims to help natural energy levels stay elevated for longer periods of time.

Apples Rich in QuercetinQuercetin, the main ingredient claimed to boost and sustain energy, is an antioxidant (also known as flavonoid) found naturally in the skins of apples, blueberries, onions, also in teas, capers, fennel seed, peppers, and red wines. Quercetin is the most active of flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties, too.

According to FRS, they use only the highest quality quercetin and combine it with a special mix of vitamins and metabolic enhancers, enabling full absorption by the body.

The new and improved FRS (improved from the original health drink) was refined by Dr. Lan Bo Chen, a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School who formerly worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Dr. Mitsunori Ono, President of MO Management, a scientific consultancy.

FRS Healthy Product Options

FRS offers a two-week “free” trial of their product. I put “free” in quotes since you must pay $7 for shipping. FRS comes in 4 forms: soft chews, liquid concentrate, powder, and ready to drink cans. Flavors available are lemon lime, orange, wild berry, peach-mango, and pomegranate-blueberry. Not all product options come in all flavors. The ready to drink cans come in low-cal (25 calories) options of peach-mango, wild berry, and orange; soft chews (40 calories) offer lemon-lime, orange, and pomegranate-blueberry; powder mix (10 calories) has diet wild berry, diet orange and diet lemon-lime; and the concentrate (20 calories) comes in orange, low-cal orange and low-cal peach-mango.

When you order a free trial, you receive a pack of 30 soft chews, one 11.5 ounce bottle of the ready to drink product, 14 packets of the low-cal powder, and one 10 ounce bottle of the low-cal concentrate.

Putting it to the Test: Real Life Product Trial

When I decided to review this product, I wanted to give it a real life trial myself. After all, if it does what it claims and is good for you, I want it! So in my quest for more energy and better “life” performance, I ordered the free trial.

The ordering process was easy to do online and I received my package within 5 days. It arrived in a sturdy box that contained just what it promised. Looking over the product I immediately noticed a few items; caffeine, sucralose, and food dyes are all ingredients in each product.

To many this is irrelevant, but when you’re looking for “healthy energy” do artificial sweeteners, stimulants, and potentially dangerous food dyes have a place? Right away I started to wonder if the quercetin claims where too good to be true.

I don’t do artificial sweeteners, caffeine for energy (okay except my cherished one cup of coffee in the morning), or food dyes. I try to take the time to know what I’m putting into my body and make sure it’s really all natural. This product clearly isn’t all natural, but for the sake of the review I tried it anyhow.

RKS Chew Ingredient ListI started with my pack of pomegranate-blueberry soft chews. My first reaction was “ewwww really sweet” and then came the chemical bite that made my toes curl. It’s not a super intense chemical taste, but it’s there. I’ve read comments from other users who noticed this “bite” and thought it was the pomegranate. I think it’s the sucralose. Speaking of sucralose, the main ingredient in the chews is sugar followed by corn syrup–why the sucralose too?

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener commercially marketed as Splenda or SucraPlus. It’s FDA approved and there are currently no known side effects. Isn’t that what they said about NutraSweet for years?

I didn’t like the taste, but what about the benefits? Well, I didn’t really notice any, which is good and bad. I wasn’t overwhelmed with a high boost of energy only to crash down later, but I didn’t feel energized or different in any way. FRS claims that with regular use the product will work as it fights free radical damage that ultimately zaps our energy supplies. I continued to try the soft chews, continued to dislike the taste, and didn’t notice any energy level changes.

I also tried my ready to drink can of low-cal peach mango beverage. Not bad tasting, mango is the overriding flavor, not as chemically laden as the chews, but it still has that chemical taste to it. It’s just not for me, doesn’t make me feel healthy to load my body with chemicals, dyes, and caffeine.

The amount of caffeine found in FRS ranges (depending on products) from 10 mg for one chew (recommended dosage is two chews) to 48 mg in the ready to drink option (that’s about 1/2 cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine).

Both the chews and the powder contain food dyes (red #40, yellow #6, and blue # 2). Red dye #40 and yellow dye #6 have been linked to behavioral problems in children (ADD-like symptoms), as well as other physical problems when ingested. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of any of these food dyes.

Before You Invest A Few Cautions

Aside from the obvious concerns I just mentioned about the caffeine, food dyes, and sucralose, there are few other points worth mentioning.

First, the trial package comes with a handy recommended dosage chart. The “three step system” suggests you take the product in the morning, next before your daily workout (I guess mid-morning if you don’t work out or are on an “off” day), and then again in the afternoon. Remember, you’re putting caffeine in your system each time. Caffeine to raise energy levels just isn’t “healthy energy,” at least not in my book.

If the claim that it’s the quercetin boosting energy, then why not just get it naturally in apples, blueberries, and onions either directly or in whole food supplements?

Quercetin Supplements are available at health food stores in the same high quality as in FRS but for much less money. I’d prefer to go straight to the source rather than mix my antioxidants with caffeine, dyes, and artificial sweeteners.

Finally, if you do decide to order the free trial package, beware. Many consumers have expressed being “scammed” with this trial. The offer clearly states (if you read it thoroughly, that is) if you don’t cancel within the first 14 days after receiving your package, you will automatically be charged the $64.95 for the next month’s automatic shipment.

I’ve read a number of consumers complaining of this practice, although it is stated in the offer. There are a lot of complaints about poor customer service when they tried to send their unwanted shipments back.

I didn’t call to cancel my trial in time so I was also sent the package. When I called to cancel it, I was treated well, with prompt, efficient service. They offered me 35% off the total cost to keep it; when I said no, the deal went to 50% off. I still declined but had to pay the $15 shipping costs to return the product. I found customer service friendly and helpful.

This product didn’t live up to its claims in my opinion. Of course, I’m not a pro athlete or marathon runner like Lance; I’m just an ordinary girl looking for a little more energy without harming my body in the long run!

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  1. Thanks for the honest review. Unlike the first few reviews google showed, I can tell that this one is truly un-biased. The advertising of FRS seems too good to be true. And when that’s the case, it usually is.

  2. Where has it been proved that taking anti-oxidants yields extra energy? What is the exact biological mechanism for this allegation? Where has it been shown that taking antioxidants, outside their normally stored bounds (within the context of micro-nutrients- note that apples have, along with quercetin, numerous adjunct micro-nutrients that may need to be there while the body utilizes this powerful anti-oxidant). Where are the scientific studies that cooroborate some of the outrageous claims of this company? Why does FRS dabble in tricky marketing techniques where they charge credit cards without permission and make it difficult to get your money back? How come little is said about the above?

    As for stating that you believe in the product because it worked for you, what about the “placebo effect.” I’ve also heard people that claim this product has done nothing. What are the percentages of success vs. failure? If you’re experience is due to the placebo effect, you’re wasting your time and money on a grossly overpriced product, but if you’re happy, so be it. It’s not fair, legal, or right to tout something that is based on mistruths and exagerations.

    • Harvey, you have asked some really great questions. You may want to read Dr. Leia’s response on the benefits of anti-oxidants. There are many studies that support the value of anti-oxidants in our diet. Also, we can’t answer your questions on the studies made by FRS. But we can offer our opinion of the product and the warnings of taking them up on the free trail. If you read the review fully you will discover we were not very excited about the product due to the reasons stated in the review. So please, read the review over again to get our full opinion.

  3. Let me tell you of my experience with FRS, which is quite different from the author’s.
    I am a 68 year-old male, in reasonably good shape, whose passion is tennis. Not “seniors” tennis, or doubles tennis, but real, full-out singles tennis. Very few people know my age, and I play against all comers. Obviously, time is my enemy, and I don’t know how long I can continue to play with this abandon, but at this stage I am having a good time and I’m sure my body will tell me when it’s time to slow down.

    A couple weeks ago, I decided to search out an “energy boost” supplement to help me through tough matches, and I saw the ads on the internet featuring Lance Armstrong, and figured I would try FRS, but I wanted to avoid the “free” ad at their website, having read the small print, which so many seem to ignore. Finding the product in my area was a bit difficult, but I finally located the canned version at a local GNC store, which sold the 11.5 ounce cans for $2.00 apiece. I purchased a few cans, and looked forward to trying the product on my next tennis date, later that evening.

    I had signed up for a “drop-in” doubles league to learn the doubles game, and about an hour before the scheduled start of play, I wolfed down a can of the Berry flavored FRS Healthy Energy, which was not bad tasting at all. (Be sure to shake the can, as there are lots of chunky materials in there to mix up. Now, I usually drink it from a glass. I don’t drink beer from a can either, but that’s another review.)

    As the evening progressed, I was very much aware of the energy boost I got from the FRS. I found myself chasing balls that other players had hit out of our court, just because it felt so good to sprint around. I was truly amazed at the extra zip I had, and my increased stamina.

    Another time I was warming up, hitting with a twenty-something fellow, and we were smacking some pretty good shots back and forth, and afterward we introduced ourselves to each other, and he said to me, “Man, you’ve got some serious speed!” You want to know how good that is to hear from a twenty year-old? If he only knew.

    The final test came when I had one of my singles training sessions with Dan, the tennis bum. He has been helping me with my singles game, getting me competitive and hitting the ball with more pace. Of course I’m giving him twenty years, plus he is way better than I am. I downed a can of FRS an hour before our session, and then practiced continuously with Dan for an hour and a half, and then played a full out set against him for almost another forty minutes. He barely beat me 6-4. And I still felt great.

    Last night, in league play, I went up against a fellow who beat me the last two times we played together, but along with Dan’s lessons and my can of FRS, I took him apart and won in straight sets.

    Think I’m a believer?

    Let me give this one caveat: I have recommended FRS to some people, and they don’t seem to get my results from it. Can’t say why. Also, you really should try it before you get involved with some strenuous exercise, not just popping a can and kicking back. You probably won’t notice any “high,” which is actually a good thing. BTW, my wife has found it at one of her grocery stores in our area for only $1.50 a can! Sweet.

    Sorry to go on so long, but I really am so happy I found FRS, I have become evangelical about it.

  4. While the jury is out on any actual or perceived benefit I too feel the trial is a scam. I didn’t know I was agreeing to an automatic shipment although revisiting the application it is mentioned. I also had to pay return shipment for product I had no idea I was to receive. I was treated fairly by customer support however no matter what the product benefit I will not buy any product from a company with underhanded marketing tactics of which I am convinced exist on this free trial.

  5. Count another consumer scammed by the FRS “trial offer”. The fine print is, well, the fine print. I learned of my failure to read when, to my surprise, my credit card bill showed the second charge for my first “automatic shipment”. This kind of marketing ploy is pretty underhanded. I now notice that they have since changed their order site to prominently display the “fine print” issue, I’m sure due to recent complaints; the customer service representative was pleasant but of no help given they expect the duped customer to pay the shipping to return an unwanted product ordered by virtue of the “fine print”. IMO the product offers nothing that an inexpensive couple of pills won’t provide or some fresh fruits and veggies. I wonder if Lance read the fine print before he signed on as lead sponsor, or maybe he gets a cut of the automatic refill order revenue?

  6. I can’t live without my FRS everyday at this point. It gives me that little lift. I Don’t like the chews. I like the concentrates. I did not read the fine print and starting getting the monthly shipments, not cool. I called to complain, and they took me off and I got my money back. Now I just buy it at Safeway when it is on sale.

  7. I actually wonder if a lot of the effect of FRS is from the caffeine and there are a lot of varying experiences due to a person’s sensitivity. Personally, I find it helps to lift my energy levels after training and helps me push harder for a bit longer. If I wasn’t training I don’t think I would find it cost effective enough for everyday use. It is a shame that a product that might be perfectly good feels that they need to employ some slightly sneaky tactics to get people to try it.

  8. What gets me is that they market it as a “Natural” energy product. What kind of “Natural” product puts Sucralose rat poison in their product? There is nothing natural about Sucralose.

  9. And they say it is made to help cancer patients with energy, Scroogle.org the words Sucralose or Aspartame etc and Cancer.

  10. They should post the caffeine amounts per serving on the back of the labels. This will be my last bag of FRS.

    Thanks for your informative review.

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