Redline is an extremely powerful energy drink made by the supplement company VPX Sports. Having used this energy drink myself, I can personally say that it is without a doubt the most intense energy drink I have ever consumed. Redline is known by many as being the most powerful energy drink available anywhere. In fact, it’s much too powerful for many people. It’s extremely concentrated as well.
The directions on the bottle say to start consuming only one quarter of an 8 ounce bottle, until you can assess your tolerance. That’s only 2 ounces of Redline! That should give you an idea of exactly how powerful this drink is. With a formula so extreme it begs the question – is it safe? I wondered this question myself after using Redline several times and decided to do some research on the subject.
Redline is a drink that contains 0 carbs 0 sugar and 0 calories. So where did they get all of that energy from? Let’s take a look at what does go into a bottle of Redline.
Caffeine 125-158 mg/serving (depending on the flavor) – This means one bottle of Redline contains a minimum of 250 mg of caffeine. That’s a pretty substantial amount of caffeine. To give you an idea, a cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine (depending on how strong you make it). So consuming one whole bottle of Redline (which you should never do in sitting) is equivalent to drinking 2 1/2 cups of coffee.
Redline’s Proprietary Blend – Most companies will tell you what’s in their proprietary blends but they won’t say how much of each ingredient. Here are the other ingredients in Redline, but we don’t know the proportions they’re in.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine – L-tryosine is a free-form amino acid that the body can convert into the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which is why it is sometimes used as a mood enhancing supplement. N-acetyl L-tyrosine is a much more stable form of tryosine that is more bioavailable and thus will raise tryosine levels much more than tryosine on its own. N-acetyl L-tyrosine is a very common ingredient in energy supplements for its mood enhancing benefits. It’s 100% safe.
Evoburn AKA Evodiamine (not in all flavors) – A chemical extracted from the Evodiae Fructus plant that acts as a thermogenic and as a stimulant. There are no published clinical trials of Evodiamine on humans and there has been limited research done on this herbal extract. With that being said, there seems to be little concern with the safety of this supplement.
Yerba Mate – A plant native to South America whose leaves contain caffeine and other stimulant compounds. Yerba Mate is a widely used herb and may have health benefits such as decreased risk of heart disease and cancer due to its high antioxidant capacity. It is considered to be safe.
Green tea – Contains caffeine and polyphenols and may have the ability to increase metabolism and aid in fat burning along with other health benefits.
Yohimbime – Extracted from the bark of the yohimbe tree, yohimbine is known for its ability to aid in lipid lowering. It is considered to be safe.
Toothed Clubmoss – A plant that is sometimes used in memory enhancing supplements. There is limited research on the effectiveness of this supplements although there seem to be no concerns about its safety.
5 HTP – A compound that is used to improve mood and is sometimes used to treat depression. It’s common in energy supplements as well. It is considered safe.
Vinpocetine – Another plant extract that may increase cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels. There have been a few clinical trials using Vinpocetine and no side effects were reported.
BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) (not in all flavors) – These are commonly included in energy and workout supplements. BCAAs are 100% safe.
Looking at the ingredients in Redline, I would consider it safe. Most energy drinks contain caffeine, various herbal extracts and amino acids. Depending on the amounts of these ingredients, the formula can be anywhere from mild to extreme. Redline is definitely on the extreme end and I believe it is due to high concentrations of these energy enhancing ingredients. Although I consider all of these ingredients to be safe, it is important to first assess your tolerance level with a drink this powerful. Consuming excess amounts of a drink with high concentrations of stimulants can definitely land you in the emergency room. With that being said, if you’re looking for some extreme energy, give Redline a try, keeping in mind that a little goes a long way.