Feel The Vibe. Join The Tribe. These were the first words first I noticed on the container of Life Shotz when a friend introduced me to it. Life Shotz is a supplement said to help people “feel happier,” “sleep better” and “feel more focused” among other things. I was intrigued when my friend -who I trust – told me she definitely felt better after using Life Shotz and so I decided to not only review it, but also try it for 10 days, to see if I felt any different. Let's see what we can discover about Life Shotz and if it's right for you.
What is Life Shotz?
Life Shotz is a powdered supplement that is :
” a totally unique combination of specialized vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that work synergistically to support our body's systems at the cellular level.”
To further quote the company:
“When you feed your body what it needs every day on a cellular level, you just feel better. You have a clear mind, better mood, ample energy, strong immunity and restful sleep.”
Because many of these claims can be felt, in this review I will also include how I reacted when I tried Life Shotz for 10 days.
Life Shotz is to be used once a day, mixed in 8-16 oz of water or mixed with their LSVIBE Shake.
Who Makes Life Shotz?
The product website is LifeShotz.com. The company behind Life Shotz is called OxyFresh Worldwide Incorporated. They (and Life Shotz) are located at 1875 North Lakewood Drive Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814. Their website is OxyFresh.com.
According to Whois.com, the LifeShotz.com website was registered in 2003, so it's been around a long time. The OxyFresh.com website has
been around since 1994.
While I view Life Shotz to be a wellness-oriented dietary supplement, the parent company – OxyFresh – deals with oral health products for both people and animals.
When I wrote this review the Better Business Bureau gave OxyFresh a rating of “A+.” See the BBB file for updates and additional information.
The company makes many different supplements. This review will only be on the Life Shotz powered supplement that is mixed in water or juice.
Contact Life Shotz
On their website I found this contact number: 877-469-2110.
Life Shotz Research
I was not able to find any peer reviewed research on Life Shotz specifically. When I searched google for “Life Shotz Research” I saw references to a study performed by Brunswick Labs, but I can't locate that study. I can't find it on the Life Shotz website. Therefore, I'm forced to conclude that Life Shotz powdered wellness supplement may have not peer reviewed research specifically.
If any Life Matters Brand Reps want to send me the study, I'll be glad to review it and update this section of my review.
Life Shotz Ingredients
According the the box I have, here are the ingredients in the sugar free version of Life Shotz.
|Amount Per Serving||Percent Daily Value|
|Total Carbs||6 g||2% DV|
|Dietary Fiber||5 g||20% DV|
|Vitamin C||300 mg||500% DV|
|Vitamin D||2000 IU||500% DV|
|Thiamin||75 mg||5000 % DV|
|Riboflavin||19 mg||1118% DV|
|Niacin (niacinamide)||10 mg||50% DV|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)||19 mg||950% DV|
|Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin)||350 micrograms||5833% DV|
|Biotin||240 micrograms||80% DV|
|Pantothenic acid||500 mg||5000% DV|
|Magnesium||30 mg||8% DV|
|Zinc||15 mg||100% DV|
|Sodium||5 mg||<1 % DV|
See below for a comparison between the sugar free version and the original Life Shotz.
While I don't think most people are lacking the majority of nutrients listed here, let's take a look at some of the ingredients listed above in Life Shotz
There are 2000 International Unites of vitamin D in Life Shotz. That's quite a bit compared to most other supplements. Because of this, if you take a separate vitamin D supplement, you might not need it if you drink Life Shotz.
Life Shotz provides 5 grams of dietary fiber per drink. That comes to 20% of the daily value for fiber. Technically this classifies Life Shotz as a “high fiber” product. Below you will see various fruits and fruit extracts listed as ingredients in the product. My guess is that this is where the fiber comes from.
While they don't specifically tell us on the label, based on the fruit ingredients, I believe the fiber in Life Shotz is soluble fiber.
Life Shotz, like many other energy/health drinks I see, provides a LOT of vitamin B12. In this product, you are getting 5833% of the amount that is normally recommended.
Energy products often give lots of vitamin B12 because of the prevailing myth that it will give people more energy or pep (like caffeine does). Life Shotz contains a specific type of B12 called methylcobalamin.
While one small study (6 people) did find that the type of B12 used in Life Shotz improved alertness in people, this effect is something I doubt occurs in most people who are healthy.
The methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 is sometimes thought to be better than the cyanocobalamin form which has traditionally been used. In the body cyanocobalamin is converted to methylcobalamin (and other types of B12).
So the idea is that bypassing cyanocobalamin and going straight to the methyl form is better. The problem is the evidence methylcobalamin is better is lacking.
Yes, people say that the methyl form is a better “methyl donor” but again, where is the proof? By using the cyano-form of vitamin B12, you are still getting methyl donors, which is another reason I dont think methylcobalamin is better.
Can vitamin B12 help people shed pounds? See my review of vitamin B12 and weight loss for more information.
High ORAC Blend
Here are the ingredients in the ORAC Blend. Each Life Shotz drink has 500 mg of this blend:
|Grape seed extract||Grape skin extract||Resveratrol (polygonum caspidatum root extract)|
|Grape powder||Wild blueberry powder and extract||Cranberry|
|Raspberry powder and seed extract||Prune||Strawberry|
|Tart cherry||Wild billberry powder and seed extract|
As you read the table above, read it from left to right. This will tell you whcih ingredients are present the most and least. Those at the end of the list are present the least.
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Basically ORAC refers to how well an antioxidant can absorb/neutralize free radicals in a test tube.
The idea is if something is a good antioxidant in a test tube, it will work the same way in a human body. But, do they?
The USDA maintained a ORAC database of foods, but it removed the list from their website in 2012 because they said ORAC effects in test tubes were not relevant to how those foods acted in the human body. They said that food is much more complex that simply showing how individual ingredients work in a test tube. I agree with that logic.
As such, while I'm sure the ingredients in the High ORAC list are all great, I'm just not sure to what degree they benefit us or not.
I did notice the ORAC blend contains tart cherry. I have a review of Tart Cherry Juice and the comments there are very interesting, especially for those with arthritis pain.
Life Shotz Super Fruit Blend
The Super Fruit Blend is is composed of the following ingredients. While they don't tell us how much of each is present, they do tell us that all ingredients adds up to 700 mg:
- Acai Berry (Euterpe oleracea) from a 5:1 extract
- Goji berry (lycium barbarum) from a 10:1 extract
- Saberry fruit extract (Emblica offcinalis)
To put things in perspective, 700 mg is less than 1 gram. Also, there are 28 grams in 1 ounce. So, there is very little of this super fruit blend present.
As an aside, I think the term “super fruit” is over-used and misused in the dietary supplement world. In reality all foods can be thought of as super foods.
Like all fruits, I'm sure acai berry has a variety of nutrients that likely do some good things in the human body. What I'm not convinced of however is whether it's more “super” than other fruits.
Acai berry is the main ingredient in another supplement called MonaVie (click to read the review). It's also popular in weight loss supplements although I can't find any good proof it helps people lose weight.
I wrote a review on acai berry research so see that for more information.
Goji Berry (lycium barbarum) is another popular super fruit that has been in products I've looked at previously including:
One small study did find people who drank 4 oz (120 ml) of goji berry juice -in addition to exercise and diet – lost more inches from their abdominal regions and had a slightly higher metabolic rate ( 10% higher) than people who just exercised and dieted.
My friend, who originally told me about Life Shotz, mentioned to me how she was sleeping better and felt better overall after drinking it regularly. In this review study, people drinking goji juice have reported feeling better and better sleep.
Saberry Fruit Extract
I noticed on the label, that this ingredient has a “TM” next to it, which means it's trademarked. There is no fruit called “saberry” that I can find. The word “saberry” appears to be invented and refers to a specific type extract fruit that has many names including:
- Indian gooseberry
- Malacca tree
- Emblica officinalis
- Phyllanthus emblica
Sayberry is said to be an “adaptagen.” This is a word that refers to the ability of something to change how it acts in the body, according to what your needs are. Another adaptogen you may have heard of already is ginseng.
The word “Saberry” is registered by the Sabinsa Corporation, a maker and supplier of various dietary supplements, located in East Windsor New Jersey.
I'm sure the sayberry extract likely contains a variety of compounds. It's likely an antioxidant and may even have anti-inflammatory properties but how relevant this is in people I cannot say since I am unable to locate peer reviewed human research on sayberry itself.
Sayberry is the last ingredient in the super food blend, which makes me think it might be the least plentiful ingredient in the blend.
Lift Shotz Also Has These Ingredients
- N-Acetyl Cysteine 300 mg
- Glycine 300 mg
- Quercetin dihydrate 100 mg
- L-glutamine 300 mg
Looking over the ingredients, I think I know why they are in Life Shotz. Let's briefly review them below.
Also called “NAC” this compound is formed from the amino acid, cysteine. NAC helps us make a powerful antioxidant called glutathione.
While there are glutathione supplements out there, I'm not convinced they work in most cases because glutathione doesn't seem to be able to get inside cells. NAC on the other hand, can enter cells, and help us make glutathione.
There is a tremendous amount of research on NAC for a number of conditions. While Life Shotz doesn't say why it contains NAC, my guess is because of it's ability to raise glutathione levels.
As we age, we appear to make less glutathione.
This is an amino acid which we make naturally in the body. It's also found in foods like fish meats and dairy products. This amino acid also helps us make the antioxidant, glutathione which was discussed above. I believe this is the reason glycine is in Life Shotz – an attempt to raise glutathione levels.
Most people just call this stuff Quercetin. It's a phyto-nutrient found in a variety of different foods like, onions, blueberries, brocoli, and kale to name a few. Like other phytonutrients, quercetin is also an antioxidant. It can also help with the production of glutathione.
There is a lot of research on quercetin, but how much might help us, I think needs more research. As such, I'm usually not a big fan of quercetin supplements. The website Querectin.com, lists the amount of this nutrient in various foods for those who want to get it naturally.
Glutamine is an amino acid that we make naturally in the body.
Glutamine helps the immune system and a little evidence hints it might reduce muscle soreness following exercise. But, I think putting glutamine is in Life Shotz is another attempt to boost glutathione levels.
I believe all 4 ingredients are added to Life Shotz in an attempt to raise glutathione levels. While they all make sense on some level, I believe the one that makes the most sense is:
How Does Life Shotz Taste?
I have to admit, I think Life Shotz tastes pretty good. I just mixed it with 10-12 oz of water and stirred it up with a spoon. The sugar free version has a tangy taste to it that I enjoyed. I thought it also tasted “fresh.” I know that's not very scientific but I'm telling you the first word that came to mind when I tried it. There was a bit of an aftertaste, but I did not mind it.
I also tried the original flavor of the product too. It's not as tangy as the sugar free version. It went down smooth. Neither version of Life Shotz is has a carbonated taste to them.
With both versions of Life Shotz, I think it's best to pour the powered contents when the packet is close to the liquid that you will mix it with to reduce some of the powder escaping into the air. Don't inhale the dry powder or you might cough (I did).
Life Shotz: My Experiment
I tried the sugar free version of Life Shotz for 10 days, which is the amount in 1 box. I followed the directions and drank only 1 packet per packet day after a meal. I didn't change anything else about how I lived my life. I purposely did not change my eating habits or exercise routine.
At the end of 10 days, I honestly, did not notice any differences. I didn't feel I slept better or had more energy during the day. I didn't feel more focused or happier either. I felt like I normally do. I generally feel pretty good but I sometimes had days when I felt less so.
That is opposite to the friend who gave me a 10 day supply. She said she definitely feels better after using it. Shes not a distributor either.
Some might say I didn't feel a difference because I'm super healthy. While I don't really have any serious chronic issues, I'd say I'm basically normal. I do try to eat healthy every day for the most part, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't also like diet coke too. I really do think I'm just the “average Joe.”
Is LifeShots Gluten Free?
Yes, all products produced under the LifeShotz name are gluten free.
Does LifeShotz Contain Caffeine?
No. The product website indicates that no LifeShotz product has any caffeine.
Does It Contain GMO Ingredients?
No, LifeShotz contains no genetically modified ingredients (GMO). So, it is Non-GMO.
How Much Does It Cost?
When I checked their website, 1 box (a 1o day supply) was costing $35 (plus $8.95 shipping) if you were buying it just one time and $25 if you were buying it on auto-ship (so you'd get it each month automatically). The shipping cost ($8.95) is the same whether you buy it one time only or do a monthly autoship program.
The LifeShotz.com website states that the product has no preservatives or artificial colors or artificial flavors.
What About Carbon Foot Prints?
I was happy to see that the Life Shotz company appears to be ecologically conscious, using recyclable materials and even biodegradable ink on their products. I don't see many companies calling attention to this.
Is it NSF Certified?
Yes, Lifeshotz is certified by NSF. This means it's been inspected by an independent company to prove it doesn't contain any ingredient that would cause an athlete to fail a drug test. For more info, here's the NSF website.
In addition, LifeShotz is also certified by the BSCG – Banned Substance Control Group. I don't see many supplements possessing this certification. I appreciate the extra layer of quality control. For more info on this, see the BSCG website.
Sugar Free vs Life Shotz Origional
Here are the labels of the Life Shotz sugar free and Original formula side by side so you can see the differences. :
|Life Shotz Sugar Free||Life Shotz Original|
|Dietary fiber||5g||9 g|
|Vitamin C||300 mg||300 mg|
|Vitamin D||2000 International Units||2000 International Units|
|Thiamin||75 mg||75 mg|
|Riboflavin||19 mg||19 mg|
|Niacin||10 mg||10 mg|
|Vitamin B6||19 mg||19|
|Folate||400 micrograms||400 micrograms|
|Vitamin B12||350 micrograms||350 micrograms|
|Biotin||240 micrograms||240 micrograms|
|Pantothenic acid||500 mg||500 mg|
|Magnesium||30 mg||30 mg|
|Zinc||15 mg||15 mg|
|Sodium||5 mg||None listed|
|High ORAC Blend of Ingredients||500 mg||500 mg|
|Grape seed extract||Same||Grape seed extract|
|grape skin extract||Same||Grape skin extract|
|Grape powder||Same||Grape powder|
|Wild blueberry powder and extract||Not same||Wild blueberry extract|
|Raspberry powder and seed extract||Same||Raspberry powder and seed extract|
|Tart Cherry||Same||Tart Cherry|
|Wild billberry powder and seed extract||Not same||Wild billberry extract|
|Super Fruit Blend 700 mg||Super Fruit Blend 700 mg|
|Acai berry||Same||Acai berry|
|Goji berry||Same||Goji berry|
|Saberry fruit extract||Same||Saberry fruit extract|
In the table above, in the middle column, notice in some places I said “same” which means the ingredient is in the same position of the list on both products. Where I said “not same,” this means there is a difference in how the ingredients are listed.
For example, the sugar free version lists “Wild blueberry powder and extract” while the original version lists “Wild blueberry extract.” Whether or not these refer to the same thing I can't say. I'm trying to be as precise as I can for those trying to decide between both products.
Life Shotz Distributors
Life Shotz is mostly sold through distributors, called “Life Matters Brand Reps.” So Life Shotz has a network marketing aspect to it. Sometimes this is called MLM or Multi Level Marketing. I've met people who have made money with network marketing and others who have not.
From what I saw online, it looks like to be a distributor, people pay a one time fee to the company of $49. For those who want a “launch kit,” this costs $875 and contains variety of products to give a way to customers to help launch the business. Most people can get started as a Brand Rep for just $49.
For those who are on the fence about being a distributor of this or another company, here are a few things I'd ask:
1. How many distributors are there worldwide
2. How many actual customers are there world wide
3. How much does the average distributor make per month
I think knowing the answers to these questions can help you better decide if being distributor makes sense.
Life Shotz Side Effects
I think if you are healthy, you shouldn't have any issues with adding Life Shotz to water and drinking it once a day. When I looked for “life shotz side effects” online, I didn't see anyone saying anything terrible about it. I likewise, noticed no problems either when I took it for 10 days. That said, here are some things that occurred to me as I looked at the ingredients.
If you take any medications for heart disease, high or low blood pressure or have kidney or liver issues or diabetes, speak to your doctor/pharmacist.
Stop all supplements at least 2 weeks before surgery.
When you use the product, your urine may turn yellow or yellow-greenish. Mine did. This is likely due to the riboflavin and other B vitamins in the product.
Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Most supplements lack good research about how they interact with babies or nursing babies. When it comes to babes and pregnancy, I think being conservative with supplements is the best choice.
The bottom line, as with all dietary supplements, if you have any health issues, show the ingredients to your doctor and/or pharmacist and see what they have to say.
Does Life Shotz Work?
Well, I did like the taste, that's for sure. Beyond that, I can only tell you that I did not notice any differences when I tried Life Shotz in water for 10 days. Maybe that was not enough time? I don't know. I can appreciate the lengths the company goes to in order to provide value to people both in there ingredients and how they are packaged. I can also appreciate the goal of helping people. But, for me, it just didn't do anything that I could feel – and feeling a difference (“feel the vibe”) was at the heart of how this product was presented to me.
Does that mean it's not doing anything? Not necessarily. There may have been changes going on at the cellular level that I couldn't feel. What about about the other products made by the company? I don't know because I didn't try them. I only tried the powered Life Shotz you add to water.