Productivity has never been more important to our society, and so is focus and being alert. Most people drink their weight in coffee each day just to stay awake and productive. So, it’s not any surprise that companies are trying to find other ways to deliver caffeine to our systems, such as sprays. Today we’ll take a look at Vae Energy Spray and it’s Indiegogo campaign and tell you everything you need to know to make an informed purchasing decision. Vae is a caffeine spray that delivers the same amount of caffeine as half an Espresso, with considerably lower cost than energy drinks or coffee.
The Crowdfunding Campaign
A lot of the problem that I see with this particular product is that it could potentially cause medical problems in some people, and there aren’t even any warnings for them on the campaign description to warn them. The ingredients in Vae that are listed are: caffeine, NALT, Rhodiola rosea, 3 sweeteners and flavoring. Rhodiola rosea is a type of herb. People use it as what they call an “adaptogen”. Supposedly, it helps your body adapt to stress from environmental, physical and chemical sources. But, there’s no actual scientific evidence to support this. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, it’s considered “possibly safe” to take twice a day, temporarily. You shouldn’t take it more than 6-12 weeks. It has some weird side effects like dizziness, drymouth and excessive production of saliva. So, you’ll feel like you have dry mouth, but drool a lot. It’s also not good for anyone with diabetes, low blood pressure or autoimmune diseases.
NALT, or N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that makes vital things in your body, such as neurotransmitters and proteins. The FDA has labeled it as “generally save”, but there haven’t been many clinical trials, or much evidence to support any claims of medical benefits. People use it to increase mental performance, alertness and memory. There are some pretty nasty side effects from NALT, such as headaches, nausea, heartburn, and fatigue. Fatigue, in particular would be completely counter-productive for a caffeine spray. It also has some drug interactions that are alarming. It interacts with Levodopa and makes it not absorb right, which means that people with Parkinson’s disease should steer clear from it. And it produces thyroid hormones, so people with thyroid disorders on medication should stay away from it, as well.
Our Analysis and Review
The recommended dosage on the campaign’s description is a little hard to figure out. It says 3-4 sprays up to 3 times a day, but then no more than 16 sprays per day. 16 sprays a day is an additional dose, meaning 4 times a day. It’s also the equivalent of 8 Espressos a day. Currently, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as well as many other food and medical authorities agree that no more than 4 Espressos should be consumed per day, or 400mg of caffeine a day.
The Potential Shortcomings
There’s one last thing that bothers me about this particular campaign. There are currently 2 colors and 2 flavors. It comes in mint and mango. Mint was probably a natural choice, but the mango throws me off. It’s definitely not a flavor I would have expected for a caffeine spray. But, there’s also a “mystery flavor” that will be unlocked after the 2nd stretch goal is met, and a flavor that backers can pick after another stretch goal is met. I’m really hoping that one of these flavors is something coffee-related. It seems weird to mention coffee and Espresso so many times in the campaign description and then not have a coffee option.
So, is Vae worth it? That depends. If you’re looking for a way to deliver caffeine to your system but limit your coffee consumption, calories and liquid intake, maybe. And if you’re okay with taking unspecified doses of untested drugs, it might be a cool caffeine-delivery system. However, I personally have auto-immune diseases, so I’ll be steering clear of it. It’s possible that anyone over the age of 65, anyone with immune disorders, diabetes, low blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease or thyroid disorders should steer clear of it, as well. If you’re really looking for a caffeine spray with ingredients you can identify, check the white button below for my recommendation.