10yrs or More
|HCF Quality (4.8)||(4.8)|
|Focus Factor (3.5)||(3.5)|
|Spark Canister (3.3)||(3.3)|
|PurZanthin ULTRA (3.3)||(3.3)|
|EcoSmart DHA 500 (2.3)||(2.3)|
|Life Plus Ubiquinol 100 (2.2)||(2.2)|
Spark Canister is a new energy formula developed by AdvoCare. This is an American company founded in 1993 and located in Piano, Texas, specialized particularly in weight-loss and sports nutrition supplements. Their list of product also includes a skin care line, as well as other nutritionals for specific health issues affecting modern man.
This particular supplement is part of the “Active” line of formulations and is described as a fast-acting energy booster and mental focus support. The big problem is that the Spark Canister is not listed on AdvoCare’s official web page. The original Spark formula is there, but although it is structurally very similar to the new product, there must be some differences between these products, otherwise why would AdvoCare launch a new one?
From our research we noticed the main difference consists in the serving sizes which are much smaller in the case of Smart Canister, which would mean it is a more concentrated formula. Other reasons for releasing a new product and changing its presentation could be the packaging and transportation issues. Putting a product in a solid canister rather than packing it in individual pouches would make the packaging process much simpler, and the transportation safer.
Spark Canister features a blend of vitamins, minerals, and other chemicals (including some very important amino-acids) that should work together and support mental sharpness and energy levels in a natural manner. In the section bellow we will analyze some of its ingredients and see if the producer’s claims are also supported by scientific and medical evidence.
Spark Canister contains the following ingredients: Spark Canister contains the following ingredients: Vitamin A (as Beta-carotene), Vitamin C (as Ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (as d-Alpha Tocopheryl acetate), Thiamine (as HCl), Riboflavin, Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin), Pantothenic acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Zinc (as Zinc Monomethionine), Copper (as Copper Glycinate), Chromium (as chromium citrate), Choline, L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Caffeine, Glycine, L-Carnitine, Inositol, Maltodextrin, Citric acid, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, beet root extract (for color), and natural and artificial flavor.
The list of ingredients starts with several vitamins (A, C, and the B spectrum of vitamins), and continues with several important minerals like Zinc, Copper, and Chromium. These are all substances proven essential for a harmonious development and function of the human body. The next ingredients are those included specifically to give the formula its energy boosting and brain function supporting qualities.
L-Carnitine is one of these substances. It is an amino-acid naturally produced by the body. The chemical is considered particularly important for preventing and reducing the effects of aging and mitochondria dysfunctions. It is believed that L-Carnitine can increase the mitochondria’s ability to burn fat. It is also believed to increase alertness and support the health of neurons. L-Carnitine is used to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, treat kidney problems, or male infertility. Its implication in energy production has made this substance a very popular ingredient of weight-loss supplements and sports nutrition powders and formulations.
Caffeine is also a very popular energizing substance, commonly included in this type of supplements. It is a natural stimulant that derives from numerous plant sources, including coffee, tea leaves, or cacao seeds. It acts directly on the central nervous system and is believed to improve concentration and focus by reducing tiredness. Caffeine consumption has been associated with numerous health benefits including cancer reducing, mood boosting benefits, and long-term memory improvements in adults. Some studies suggest caffeine can protect against type 2 diabetes, lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular conditions including stroke. Still, the side-effects of excess caffeine intake are not to be ignored. Insomnia, irritability, nervousness, jitters, irregular heartbeat and increased nervousness are just a few of the adverse reactions noted by those who consume more than 5-600 mg of caffeine per day.
- The formula is a new product that appears to be an improved version of the original formula (more concentrated, easily dissolvable)
- The product contains scientifically proven compounds (L-Tyrosine, Caffeine, Choline, vitamins, and minerals) shown to benefit human body through specific mechanisms
- Spark Canister comes in numerous flavors which offer consumers a wider choice range
- The standard price for less than a month and a half supply is relatively high (around $50)
- The formula is not listed on the official AdvoCare site at the time of this review
- There’s no actual evidence of the formula’s potency as a whole (by the time of this review it was not the subject of any clinical trial)
The main thing to keep in mind about this formula is that it features vitamins and minerals, which are constantly required by our bodies in order to maintain optimal function. Another important aspect when judging the formula is the presence of amino-acids, substances proven to cross the blood brain barrier (the thin membrane that protects and filters the substances trying to reach the brain). Amino-acids are precursors of neurotransmitters- naturally occurring chemicals responsible for maintaining cognitive capacities like memory, alertness, or focus. Many dietary supplements don’t feature this type of supplements because of the higher costs involved. This might be the reason why Spark Canister is part of the higher priced supplements.
The major negative aspects about the supplement are that is not FDA approved, clinically researched, and it does not come with a money-back guarantee. The manufacturer didn’t even include it in the product on its official web page, and although this may be the next step, at this time we consider it a major downside.