DISCLAIMER: Results will vary by individual. We are all different, and our chemistry reacts differently to different things. My review is scientific, but not medical, nor am I a medical professional. This review discusses my thoughts on ZEAL For Life by Zurvita, and the effect or lack thereof that I observed on my energy and focus while testing the product.
I’ve been hearing quite a bit about ZEAL For Life by Zurvita, and since a friend had some samples, I decided to give it a go. The flavour that I was provided for testing was Tropic Dream. I was really quite excited. Prior to testing, I went all day (until after 5PM CST) without coffee, to measure against the day that I would test the product which I would also be doing without coffee. On the day that I went without coffee during the day, I took my vitals for comparison at different intervals throughout the day. The results were fairly consistent throughout the day with an average resting heart rate of eighty (80) and an exercise rate of one hundred twenty eight (128). My blood pressure was one hundred thirty two over eighty (132/80) and my respiration per minute averaged eighteen. While waiting for the test to begin, I decided to examine the bottle and their website to see all of their fantastic claims. One of the first things I noticed is that right on the bottom it states that the drink mix is gluten free, vegan, and surprisingly, “Kosher”. This caught my interest, so I did some looking. Nowhere on the bottle did I find any sort of hechsher at all. I looked for any of the familiar Kashruth supervisory or endorsement markings. I found none. So naturally, I took to their web site. There also, I came up empty. The only thing that even came close to touching on Kashruth was found in their FAQ.
Q: Does Zeal Wellness contain any shellfish? A: Zeal Wellness does not contain shellfish or shellfish by-products. However, please be aware that Zeal Wellness contains many different individual ingredients and some of those ingredients may be processed in a facility that also processes shellfish.
Flabbergasted as to why they would avoid giving a supervisory mark, I turned to their fact sheets. There, as shown below, I did find an OU certification on their fact sheet. Bingo! We have a hechsher!
I went through their ingredient list on their web site to be certain, and enjoyed reading the write up that they have on each ingredient that I couldn’t pronounce if I tried for a month. After reading what each individual ingredient is supposed to do, and how it is supposed to work/react in/with your body, I was more excited than ever to try this wonder drink.
The following claims are made by the makers of ZEAL For Life:
The Zeal blend:
- boosts your energy*
- optimizes your health*
- enriches, restores and protects your body*
- helps maintain a healthy weight
Zurvita’s Zeal for Life combines many of the most powerful nutritional components available today into a single, delicious, real-food product. Recognized as what’s called a “functional food,” Zeal transcends the role of many supplements, and provides the body with the food-based nutritional components it needs in a more fundamental form.
The results? You can feel more vibrant and energetic, fueling a life of real purpose and significance.
- amino acids
- phytonutrients and more!
Zeals’ balanced nutrition can be a foundational support to good health, proper energy levels and successful weight management.
For this evaluation, as I have not used it long term, nor do I have the proper supply necessary to do so, I tested only the effects on energy and focus. I did not evaluate in any way the following claims, and can make no statement in regard to their effectiveness, or lack thereof:
- optimizes your health* – Not evaluated by the FDA
- enriches, restores and protects your body* – Not evaluated by the FDA
- helps maintain a healthy weight
Preparation was simple. I removed the plastic wrap from the lid, inserted a piece of ice (at a friends suggestion) to help mix, and filled with water. I replaced the cap and shook vigorously. After drinking the solution, I noted that a great deal of powder remained, so I added a small amount of water, shook again and finished it off. The odour was similar to that of orange juice, so that wasn’t off putting. As far as flavour, it highly resembled a pomegranate flavoured five hour energy drink, with an ever so slight hint of sawdust. It went down easy enough, there was no gag reflex, and it was actually quite good.
Now, on to the actual test itself!
I’m not a phlebotomist, nor do I have the equipment, so I am unable to provide any sort of a blood test or results of chemical composition, increase or decrease etc. I can only give the data above. As you can see, my exercise rate remained fairly constant. My Beats per Minute jumped eight (8) points in the first ten (10) minutes I presume that is the small amount of caffeine hitting my system. It then drops two (2) points and increases again at an hour. Likewise, my systolic pressure takes a bit of a leap at ten (10) and at thirty (30). My Respiration remained fairly constant, though elevated. As far as actual focus or energy, I was fairly disappointed. I felt no difference, whatsoever. In fact, by the thirty (30) minute mark, I was actually getting more sluggish. I reviewed the recordings of myself after as well, to see if there was a noteworthy change in demeanor, and saw that between the thirty (30) and sixty (60) minute marks, I actually nodded off a couple of times.
In closing, this “Energy” Drink may well work for others, but in my controlled testing, it was an extreme disappointment. It may work over long term use, but in terms of energy drink use (one use for immediate results) it failed miserably. I was afraid that the “placebo effect” from all of the hype of friends and commercials may skew my results, but I can safely say there was no external influence to these results whatsoever. I wanted it to work, it simply didn’t have any effect for me. I rate it two of five stars, for having attractive packaging and a smooth and palatable flavour.