As a fan of technology and innovation, I love seeing products that break out of the norm and do things different. I think about these things when I watch science fiction movies set far into the future and the lead character gets his whole dinner in a pill while running off to save the day. While I enjoy food far too much to advocate that, vitamins and energy boosts are prime candidates to be made more convenient.
Dr. David Edwards, a Harvard professor and founder of ArtScience Labs in Paris, France, agrees with me. From his design and science work came AeroLife, powder energy, sleep, and immunity products that you draw into your mouth and swallow. Sounds pretty sci-fi, right? Of course, I just had to try it for myself and see what our future holds so they sent me a box of samples.
In the box was a combination of Energy, Sleep, and Immunity products as well as their travel pack which has one of each.
AeroLife Sleep was the first one I opted to try out. I rarely have any problem falling asleep quickly, so it's hard to discern a difference there, but I did feel refreshed in the morning as expected and didn't quite feel the urge for my morning coffee just yet. AeroLife Sleep delivers results by way of Melatonin, 5HTP and Magnesium citrate, packaged with a vanilla flavor.
Next up was Energy. Of the Watermelon, Raspberry, and Mint flavors in the box, I tried Mint first. The Mint flavor was not what I expected. It didn't taste much like mint, and left a bit of an aftertaste. Feeling optimistic, I tried Watermelon the next morning with better results. The flavor was tasty for an energy powder, so I just won't be buying any Energy AeroLife in the Mint flavor. So far, Watermelon is the favorite. The science behind the Energy powder provides the equivelant of a large cup of coffee. More specifically, 100mg of Caffeine as well as 2mg and 6mcg respectively of Vitamins B6 and B12 and 20mg of Niacin (B3). Comparable to some of the energy drinks I've tried, it gave me a decent boost of energy. Looking at AeroLife.com, the most expensive option to purchase AeroLife Energy puts it at about $2.50 per cartridge with 3-5 draws each, so it should be a lot cheaper than most energy drinks, too.
At the time of this writing, I've just tried AeroLife Immunity and haven't noticed any specific difference in how I feel over my normal regimen of gummy multi-vitamins, but I can tell you how it sizes up on paper. My normal vitamins conatin a near-alphabet of vitamins. For comparison, the ones included in AeroLife Immunity are Vitamin C (twice as much as my vitamin) and Vitamin D (75% as much as my vitamin). My regular vitamin also contains 200% Daily Value of Vitamins B6 and B12, missing from the AeroLife product. This is made up for by adding Selenium and Zinc 50% and 25% of their respective Daily Values. All of these are good for metabolism, so it's a bit of a trade-off.
Using AeroLife products, the results were good, but the real story is the delivery. You draw the particles into your mouth and then swallow them rather than taking a pill or gulping down an energy drink.
Because of its unique means of delivery, AeroLife is tiny and super portable. I would love to have a handful of these in my backpack on a week-long hike or even keep a coulple in my desk drawer for quick use. They've even got a refillable system in the works that should save waste and probably money soon.
Start your free trial now if you want to give it a shot yourself. One thing the directions do not show is that the delivery system design allows for a little of the powder to spill out of the mouth end of the cartridge, so when your trial arrives, just keep that end up a little.