November was a bit of a crazy time to start a challenge such as this. I had to write an important exam on the 1st, then I went on vacation for 4 days to Las Vegas of all places. But I was determined to make it work the best I could. And yes, I packed my small bottle of BioStrath Tonic in my suitcase so I wouldn’t have to miss out while I was in the city of glitz and excess. I did forget a spoon though, so I ended up doing shots in the hotel room. Seems appropriate for the city, no?
I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the taste when I started out. The tonic has a sort of malty/sweet/earthy flavour. Not that it was horrible – but it was strong/odd enough that I was looking for a better way to take my tonic other than by spoon. I was also finding it somewhat cumbersome to take 3 times per day, as it meant I needed to carry around the bottle with me when I was out.
I was able to come up with a solution though to both problems – I decided to only take the tonic twice per day, but kept the total daily dosage (2 tbsp or 30 mL) the same. And I took to mixing it in 500 mL of cold water. That way I was able to start my day with a large shaker cup, and then I could also mix some for the evening, and either have it at home, or take it with me. Not only did it make it easier to keep up with the challenge, but it definitely increased my fluid intake every day (I have to admit, some days I don’t drink as much water as I would like).
Now I’m sure you are all wondering – did I experience any amazing benefits from taking my tonic? Did I take each and every dose? Would I recommend it to anyone? Let’s find out!
I’m not entirely sure if I really felt the energy/immune benefits as touted by the manufacturers of the product. That being said – I was just getting over a horrible cold when I started it, so perhaps I didn’t notice it as much? I did find that on mornings where I was up early and hadn’t had a great amount of sleep the night before I felt fairly energized, or at least awake enough, after having my morning shaker cup. It’s hard to say if it was because of the BioStrath Tonic or because of the placebo effect of taking the tonic.
I will admit – I did not take every.single.dose over the entire month. This mostly comes down to the fact that you need to take 3 doses of 10mL (or 2 tsp) a day. Even cutting it down to 2 doses didn’t make it happen on schedule every day. I attribute this to the fact that it’s a tonic in a really big bottle (as you can see, the 750mL bottle is approximately the size of my shaker cup). I do not have a regular schedule day to day or week to week, so sometimes doses got missed, because I wasn’t able to carry around the big ol’ bottle of tonic in my purse all day. They do make a tablet version, which I think would be much more convenient for people with hectic lifestyles.
As far as recommending it – I don’t know that I would. As I’ve already said, I found taking the tonic as recommended was inconvenient, and I don’t know how much benefit I gained from it. I also asked the company for the exact nutrient composition for the tonic, as it wasn’t available on the label or with the product information they gave us. I took a look at the amounts of some of the vitamins and minerals in the product, and after doing some quick calculations, I found that it really wasn’t a very good source of many of the vitamins and minerals it contains. For most, I would say it only contains trace amounts. Some examples (based on taking 30mL of tonic daily):
- Calcium – less than 1% of RDA (recommended daily allowance)
- Iron – 3% of RDA
- Magnesium – 3% or RDA
- Potassium – 2.5% of RDA
- Folate – 1% of RDA
- Vitamin C – less than 1% of RDA
Some other vitamins/minerals faired better:
- Thiamin – 30% of RDA
- Riboflavin – 20% of RDA
- Vitamin B6 – 7% of RDA
- Vitamin B12 – 6% of RDA
- Zinc – 10% of RDA
- Copper – 50% of RDA
So while the tonic may contain 11 vitamins and 19 minerals, it doesn’t mean it contains significant amounts of all of them. If you are looking for a vitamin/mineral boost, eat some real food, or look into a multivitamin – better bang for your buck as far as I’m concerned, and easier to take. Just saying.
It was an interesting experience to participate in the BioStrath Tonic 30 Day Challenge, and I really appreciate the opportunity to learn about the product first hand. While it’s not something that I would necessarily recommend, at least I have some background knowledge on the product should I have a client who is using it themselves. Anyone else out there try it? Share your experience in the comments below!
Disclaimer – These products were provided to me for review free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own.