You asked for it and here it is; a complete gfuel review to cover all aspects of the popular “gamer fuel”. Before we start, let’s cover the goal of this review. This article will only cover Gfuel’s energy formula, meaning we’ll leave the hydration formula and energy crystals for separate review. The goal is to cover all ingredients, but we’ll try to leave more subjective comments such as “best flavor” out of this.
Gfuel is a US based energy drinks company that was one of the first company to make energy powder mainstream. Before a couple of years ago, most of us were only used to energy drinks on cans but a powder mix makes a lot of sense as you are usually able to mix your own drink which means that you can save a lot of money buying energy drinks on powder as this is a lot cheaper of companies to manufacture.
Gfuel Review Ingredients Breakdown
To make this gfuel review breakdown easy, we’ll segment it into 1) flavoring 2) vitamins 2) energy complex 3) focus complex and 4) antioxidant complex. We’ll end with talking about the nutritional value in terms of calories and sugar.
1. Gfuel Flavoring
Gfuel has so many flavors, 20+ to date and they launch plenty of new flavors each year. Not all their flavors come with natural flavoring though, in fact – it is quite the opposite, most flavors use artificial flavoring to color the powder.
The word artificial has a very negative tone to it when it comes to food & beverage products. Whilst artificial ingredients aren’t necessary bad for you, the rule of thumb should be to never consume it when it is completely unnecessary. And actually, today, using artificial flavoring is very unnecessary. A powder drink is very easily colored with natural coloring such as beta-carotene, beet, chlorophyll etc.
Why do Gfuel then still use artificial flavoring in their products? It could be that the artificial flavoring used is cheaper, or that using artificial ingredients usually means a higher shelf-life on their products and could be the reason why they can have so many flavors in stock. Personally, I’d say it’s unnecessary to still be using artificial flavoring and avoid it as much as I can.
2. Gfuel Vitamins
The main vitamins included in Gfuel are:
- Vitamin C (Absorbic Acid) – 250mg, 278% RDI
- Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) – 10mg, 67% RDI
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – 15mg, 94% RDI
- Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI) – 10mg, 588% RDI
- Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalmin), 425mcg, 17708% RDI
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with these vitamins, the only comment we have is the actual quantity of each ingredient. Adding above the RDI (recommended daily intake) is something we’ll never understand. There’s very little scientific coverage on why or even if it is good for you to dose vitamins above the daily recommended set by the FDA.
When it comes to the GFUEL formula it has even gone so far that the product is not allowed in some countries due to the high amount of Vitamin B12 in the product. People rarely gets B12 deficit (usually only happens if you are a Vegan) so it doesn’t really make any sense to be 17708% OVER the daily recommended intake. Especially as it means that their products becomes illegal in some countries such as Norway and Belgium.
3. Gfuel Energy Complex
The energy complex marketed by Gfuel is taurine, L-Citruline Malate, Caffeine, Glucoronolactone, N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI, Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) Seed Extract.
The term energy is nowadays very loosely used as energy in terms of metabolism means actual calories, so attaching the word “energy” with a calorie free drink is kind off strange, but that’s how most energy drinks are marketed anyways.
In the Gfuel energy complex the we want to lift up caffeine as the main ingredient for enhanced cognitive function. But be aware, we have brought this up in many articles – but caffeine consumption should be very limited for optimal effect. As Gfuel contains 150mg of caffeine in a single dose you should probably not drink it more than 3 times per week when you actually need it. For gaming and studying for example.
If you are a BEAST at the gym, you could probably drink a lot more Gfuel – but if you are using it whilst sitting still, we’d recommended to lower your caffeine intake, or you’ll become very jittery.
The formula also contains taurine which we believe to be unnecessary for a drink targeted towards gamers, as it is only needed for physical activity.
Glucoronolactone is a popular ingredient in energy ingredients. Whilst there’s not so much research on the actual effect the European Food Safety Authority has determined that it isn’t bad for you at least.
N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI is also a popular supplement for detoxing and mental performance.
L-Citruline Malate is a popular supplement as a pre-workout. Why it is in a gamer energy drink we don’t know. For pre-workout the usual dosage is 3g before workout. Seeing that the total energy complex serving is 1.85g it looks like they only added it for marketing purposes. Which is fine by me as it shouldn’t be in the product at all in my opinion.
Like said, the total portion size for these six (6) ingredients are 1.85g. However, how much of each is not stated on the label. The only clue we have is that 150mg of these 1.85 grams is caffeine. It is very easy for a competitor to find out actual ratios so not presenting these numbers only seems that you have something to hide towards your customers.
4. Gfuel Focus Complex
The focus complex in Gfuel is L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl-Tyrosine, Adeonsine-5-Triphosphate Disodium Salt (ATP), Toothed Clubmoss Aerial Parts Extracts, Bacoba Lead Extract.
The total portion size of the focus complex is 1g – but again, there’s no number breakdown on each ingredient so it won’t be possible to give a correct review on whether the formula is good or not. Nootropics and Nutrition is all about dosage and honestly, anybody buying Gfuel should definitely first ask the company about doses.
5. Gfuel Antioxidant Complex
Antioxidant is a very trendy marketing word to use for nutritional supplements. However, it is very easy to add something that contains antioxidants – but no one really questions the amount or the effect of these extracts. Antioxidant is a word used for many different compounds and Gfuel does not really jump into actually educating the consumer on why the extracts they use are good or whether the quantity is enough. But here’s what the complex contains; A 163.5 mg mix of Pineapple Fruit Powder, Cabbage Palm Berry Powder, Pomegranate Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Powder, Orange Fruit Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Grape Seed Powder, Plum Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Watermelon Fruit Powder, Lemon Fruit Powder, Lime Fruit Powder, Melon Fruit Powder, Sour Cherry Fruit Powder, Papaya Fruit Powder, Peach Fruit Powder, Pyrus communis Fruit Powder.
At a first glance, the total mix of 163.5mg seems very low for that many extracts, pointing towards the fact that the blast-method of adding so many different fruit powders is more a marketing tool rather than necessary for the complex to be good. With that said, it isn’t bad to add a little bit of antioxidants to your daily beverage!
6. Overall Nutritional Value in Gfuel
There’s no sugar in Gfuel which is good, and the calorie level is 25 per serving. The calories are from an ingredient called Maltodextrin. Whilst not a sugar, maltodextrin is very high on the GI-index (meaning that it is basically bad for blood sugar just as sugar is). However, the amount is very low and shouldn’t bother you, but the same is for low amount of sugars, which shouldn’t bother you either!
Our Gfuel Review, now should you buy it?
After reading this review, we hope that this is a question you can answer for yourself. Everybody has different needs when it comes to nutritional supplements. And the answer could be both yes and no. The product does have a lot of ingredients that most of you would never need, but at the same time the product is a lot cheaper than other energy drinks like Red Bull. So, if this is what you are after, a traditional energy drink, then yes you can buy Gfuel!
If you are looking for a PURE gaming drink, maybe Gfuel isn’t for you as it really does contain a lot of ingredients that are meant for physical activity, such as ingredients used in a pre-workout. If you want something more for focus whilst sitting still for hours, you can check out naudrinks.com – this product does not contain caffeine and only focus enhancing ingredients for mental activities. Their product contains L-theanine which is very good to combine with caffeine though, so you could even mix it with gfuel or taking it with your coffee.