Healthy Boost: Natural Energy Drinks Worth Trying

Scheckter's OrganicEnergyScheckter's OrganicEnergyNow that the cat is out of the bag on Monster Energy Drinks and 5-Hour Energy's link to FDA death reports, everyone wants to know what energy drinks they can safely sip on. Good thing the market is now full of naturally caffeinated alternatives to the products in the energy drink aisle.

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The Daily Meal has found other options to get your dose of energy - plus real vitamins and nutrients. Not only are they packed with natural sources of caffeine, like green tea leaf extract and green coffee bean extract, they contain vitamins A, B, B6, B12 (particularly known to boost energy), C, and a multitude of other antioxidants, polyphenols, and minerals, too.

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More important, though, is what's missing from this lineup of drinks: synthetic caffeine and other frowned-upon ingredients.

We think these make good alternatives for those looking to avoid the midday crash, and help sneak in some true health benefits at the same time.

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The EBOOST dietary supplements have a long list of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants on their ingredient lists - and as a bonus, it's easy to understand what the ingredients are. Take the EBOOST Acai Pomegranate dietary supplement: made with real acai fruit, green tea leaf extract, pomegranate fruit extract, mango, resveratrol from red grapes, Stevia leaf extract, and agave. And each supplement has about 110 to 150 milligrams of caffeine. Not to say you should do everything that Jillian Michaels and Oprah Winfrey tell you to do, but we think if they like it - it's a pretty solid choice.

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Combine "fruit" and "java" and what do you get? Frava, a natural fruit juice that uses green coffee bean extract for its punch of caffeine. With flavors like Pomegranate Acai (a powerful kick of antioxidants) and Peach Mango (with a powerful kick of vitamin C), you're getting the true benefits of juice with about two coffee mugs worth of caffeine. (One drawbacks of the drink: the use of sucralose and acesulfame potassium, two artificial sweeteners that some frown upon.)

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Scheckter's OrganicEnergy Drink

It's being hailed as the world's first 100 percent natural energy drink that uses all organic, vegetarian, and fair-trade ingredients. The drink, founded by former race car driver Toby Scheckter, is free of synthetic caffeine, artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors, and toxic chemicals. And its ingredients read like a garden: organic raw Brazilian coffee seed, organic ginseng, organic gingko biloba, and organic guarana, among others. The drink delivers a 135-milligram dose of caffeine.

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-Marcy Franklin, The Daily Meal