Shaklee is an MLM (multi level marketing) company founded in 1956 in Pleasanton California. Although Shaklee is not as big as Amways, the company generates close to a billion dollars per year and is established in the USA, as well as Canada, Mexico, and across Asia.
Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea is a tea supplement that comes packaged in stick sachets so is easy and convenient to use. However, the exact quantities of all these different teas is not disclosed, and we cannot see it being any more effective for health or energy than drinking regular green tea as part of your daily routine. In addition, this supplement does contain artificial sweeteners and flavourings. However, our biggest issue with this supplement is the price. The suggested retail price is $29.95 for just 20 servings, which is way more expensive than comparable products, such as ordinary tea. That said, you can turn this into iced tea by adding to cold water and ice cubes which is a point in its favour. The bottom line is that if you enjoy it, you may feel it is worth the expense.
Potential side effects mainly relate to the caffeine content and may include jitteriness, anxiety, and insomnia.
Both flavours include sugar replacements (dextrose or Maltodextrin) may cause sugar spikes. Maltodextrin can cause allergic reactions in some users.
Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea is massively overpriced in our opinion. You can buy direct from the Shaklee website by signing up as member for a one off fee of $19.95, which then provides a discount on all products. This makes a box of 20 sachet sticks cost $25.45 (in place of the recommended retail price of $29.95)
You are also encouraged to subscribe to the preferred customer program by signing up to auto ship where fresh supplies of the tea are delivered to you each month, and your bank card or credit card billed automatically. These types of agreements can be hard to cancel so we do not advise anyone to choose this option.
You can also buy Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea via Amazon for $26.99. Both flavours are available.
We are not impressed with Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea. Although we love all sorts of tea and believe in the health benefits and the restorative powers of tea, this supplement all looks a little pointless. Essentially you are paying through the nose for the tea to be packaged into a stick sachet with some added flavourings and at a whopping $29.95 retail price; it just does not offer good value for money.
As with many MLM supplements, it is hard to see what is so special about this supplement. In addition, it is just too expensive, so we do not recommend Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea to the Watchdog readers.
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Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea is a drink supplement packaged in stick form. You just break open the stick sachet, and add to hot or cold water and drink! The idea is that it will perk you up, boost energy, and increase alertness, in much the same way as drinking an ordinary cup of tea!
Unlike ordinary tea, Shaklee Energizing Tea contains a blend not usually mixed together. Teas include Rooibus tea – not really a tea at all but a caffeine free alternative derived from an African plant called the Red Bush (aspalathus linearis), which is becoming increasingly popular. It also contains green tea powder, matcha tea powder, and white tea. All teas are derived from the same plant, Camellia Sinsensis and the differences in colour and taste are down to the production method. The final ingredient is Taurine, an amino acid type substance best known as an ingredient in energy drinks. Check out the ingredients tab to find out more.
There are two flavour choices available; Pomegranate or Matcha Green Tea. So if you don’t like the taste of green tea, you do have a more palatable alternative.
Shaklee is an MLM (multi level marketing) company so if you went to get on board and start selling the supplements yourself, you can sign up as a distributor. You can also benefit from price reductions if you sign up as a member.
MLM does not suit everyone and Shaklee, like all the other MLM companies out there has been accused of operating a pyramid scam on occasions. However, this company is doing nothing illegal and has been in operation since 1956 so is obviously doing something right!
Check out our guide to MLM to find out more.
Other well-known MLMs operating in the dietary supplements sector include Plexus, and probably, the best known MLM company in the world, Herbal Life.
We have covered Shaklee supplements in previous reviews including 180 Turnaround, and Shaklee Life Energizing Shake.
According to the advertising, Shaklee 180 Energizing tea offers a “refreshing energy boost”
It explains this more in the product information,
Forget coffee and amped-up sodas. Here’s a safe and natural way to head off the slumps when you need a quick pick-me-up. An exclusive blend of antioxidant-rich green, white and red teas, as well as taurine, naturally boosts your energy and enhances alertness. Enjoy morning or afternoon, hot or cold.
Yes, we think it will work. Tea is a natural energy booster, like coffee, and also like coffee it does contain caffeine. All teas derived from the Camellia Sinsensis plant contain an amino acid called l theanine, which has the ability to cause a calming yet energizing effect. This effect is the reason that drinking tea is so popular in some countries such as Britain.
The difference between the various tea colours is down to production methods. White and green teas retain more of their natural antioxidant ingredients because these types of tea undergoes minimal processing, and are superior health-wise to the black tea that most of us drink in the west. Green tea is becoming more popular as a drink as well as a supplement ingredient. White tea is more unusual. It is even less processed than green tea and although it is not usually available to drink, and we guess the taste may not be everyone’s cup of tea!
Rooibus tea is also high in antioxidants and is touted for numerous health benefits for this reason.
The final ingredient is taurine, which if you like energy drinks, you will know is always a major ingredient. It used to be touted for increasing energy, but these days these claims have largely been disproven and although energy drinks do pep you up, this is due to high caffeine and sugar. That said, Taurine may help heart health and relax muscles.
Serving size is equal to one sachet stick. Ingredients come under a proprietary blend called T-Lift made by Shaklee, so it is impossible to know which the dominant ingredient is or whether the combination is in pretty equal quantities.
Shaklee 180 Energizing Tea is essentially a tea blend, so side effects should not be an issue for most users.
Potential side effects are most likely in relation to the caffeine content, and may include:
Maltodextrin present in the green tea flavour can cause an allergic reaction in some cases. Both Dextrose and Maltodextrin are known to cause sugar spikes, so may not be suitable for users who suffer from diabetes.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Use with caution if you are diabetic although it is important to point out that Maltodextrin and dextrose are common food additives which are present in numerous ordinary processed foodstuffs.
We found a few reviews posted on Amazon but as with other Shaklee supplements, this energizing tea blend does not seem very popular with customers.
There are just 9 customer reviews for the Green tea flavour. Positive comments include,
I like that I don’t get the caffeine shakes after drinking this. It is so easy to throw these in your purse to have anywhere.
It is important to point out here that this tea does contain caffeine in unknown quantities and as another customer points out, it does deliver an energy kick saying “Can’t live without this jolt,” so this is confusing.
Another customer seems to be under the impression that this supplement is caffeine free,
I’ve been using this for a year and stopped drinking coffee all together!
We feel that this customer has hit the nail on the head with her comment,
It’s not green in color, looks light tan and white and taste like regular ice tea!
Nobody has left a review for the pomegranate flavour.
Shaklee does not offer a money-back guarantee
You can buy Shaklee Life Energizing Shake direct from the Shaklee website, or via one of the company distributors which you can find on Facebook. An easier alternative is to buy via Amazon USA. You can also find it on sale via eBay.
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