Vanquish Energy Gel Review
So even though I haven't had a chance to run lately (dang Plantar Fasciitis!) I at least have been doing more hiking and walking. I was contacted by Cardiostrong to test out their Vanquish energy gels and put them to the test!
I was super excited about both flavors. Caramel Apple AND Raspberry! How awesome is that?
Now, I noticed the Raspberry didn't have any caffeine in it. Meanwhile the Caramel Apple had
50 mg (that's 30g more than a regular GU energy gel).
I'm ALL about the caffeine so Caramel Apple was my first try.
I have to say this stuff was delicious! And it didn't seem to upset my stomach like GUs tend to. Don't get me wrong, I love my GUs. But I've been searching for something that won't upset my stomach after downing 4-6 during a race.
Later, I tried the raspberry. Good, but definitely nothing compared to the caramel apple!
They're basically the same thing as GU. So what's the difference? Vanquish is made with Ursolic Acid, a natural compound found in apple skins and rosemary. Here's a study from the University of Iowa on the benefits of Ursolic Acid (LINK).
Besides Ursolic Acid, there's a few other ways Vanquish Gel compares to all the others out there. Take a look at the following chart to see how they stack up!
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Price-wise they cost about the same as GU. But follow them on social media to catch their discounts if you're interested. (Twitter and Instagram: @cardiostrong)
Or you can check out their website: http://www.cardiostrong.co/index.php
Now, full disclosure... I didn't get to test them out during normal running/training. So I'm not sure just how well they'd hold up for that. But they definitely worked for the moderate activity I was doing. I'd like to continue looking for alternative fuel sources for training, but once I'm back in the game I'll definitely give these another go.