X-Gamer is supposedly “a delicious, healthy and vitamin-packed energy alternative perfected for gamers.” It’s part of the recent wave of a new subcategory of energy drinks catered for those who love playing video games.
But what exactly goes into this energy drink, and how do the ingredients different from every other powdered gaming energy drink you can find on the market?
In this article, I will be breaking down the facts about X-Gamer’s ingredients and what you need to watch out for if you decide to make this brand a part of your daily life.
To cut a long story short, X-Gamer contains energy boosters (caffeine), sweeteners (sucralose), supplements (vitamins and nootropics), preservatives (ascorbic and citric acid) and electrolytes (dextrose monohydrate).
Read on to find out more about what these ingredients do and why they are added to X-Gamer,
The following list contains all the ingredients used in X-Gamer’s formulation. I will be discussing each ingredient as much as I can so that you know exactly what’s going into your body.
- Dextrose monohydrate
- Vitamin and Minerals Complex
- Malic acid
- Citric acid
- Ascorbic acid
- Colorings (E133, E162, E163, E129, E102, E104, E160a, E150a),
- Sweetener (sucralose)
X-Gamer Nutrition Facts
The following table lists X-Gamer’s nutrition facts. The nutritional content that are covered include calories, fat, carbohydrates, added sugar, protein, and sodium.
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Caffeine in X-Gamer
Caffeine is the holy grail of all energy drink ingredients. The daily recommended intake of caffeine should not exceed more than 400mg a day. One 10g serving of X-Gamer contains 200mg of caffeine.
In small to moderate doses it can infuse you with life-giving energy, enhanced mental powers and an almost euphoric sense of well-being. Drinking too much caffeine at one time, however, can actually give you the opposite effect. You will end up feeling more sluggish, confused and moody.
Other unpleasant side effects of a caffeine overdose include insomnia, headaches, anxiety, increased heart rate, dehydration, nervousness and jitteriness. You may also end up developing caffeine tolerance which basically means you’ll also be become less sensitive to its effects with regular consumption.
X-Gamer contains caffeine, which means children, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions should not consume it.
If you want to know how caffeine helps gamers, watch the video below:
Nootropics in X-Gamer
Nootropics are natural or manmade compounds that when taken as a supplement, are purported to enhance cognitive performance in areas like memory, concentration, reaction time.
Some of the more popular nootropics that are circulating the market include panax ginseng, L-theanine, creatine, ginko biloba and yes, even caffeine.
The nootropics contained in X-Gamer are L-tyrosine and L-carnitine.
L-tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that aids in the manufacture of neurotransmitters like dopamine and epinephrine in your brain. It is naturally produced by your and never runs out even if you don’t get enough of it from your meals.
When taken as a supplement, L-tyrosine can enhance alertness, attention and concentration by increasing the neurotransmitters in your brain. However, you will only experience this effect when you are under high levels of stress.
You need ton conume between 45-68mg per pound of body weight (100-150mg per kg) of L-tyrosine to feel its effects. For example, if you weight 150 pounds (68.2kg) you need to consume at between 7-10 grams for this supplement to be effective.
There is currently no information available on the amount of L-tyrosine that is contained within a single serving of X-Gamer.
L-carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced by the body. It supports the conversion of fatty acids into energy, and maintains brain and heart function.
Studies have shown that it reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases when taken as a supplement. It may also help prevent other age-related mental decline by protecting your brain from cell damage.
An effective dose of L-carnitine should range anywhere between 500-2000mg a day. One caveat to note is that the effects of this supplement are cumulative and not instantaneous, so it will be a while before you feel any benefits.
However we don’t know how much L-carnitine is in a 10g serving of X-Gamer.
Vitamins in X-Gamer
X-Gamer contains a Multivitamin Complex that is formulated with over 27 vitamins and minerals which include but are not limited to:
Niacin or vitamin B3 is one of many vitamins that help your body convert nutrients into energy.
The recommended daily intake for full-grown adults is 16mg for men and 14mg for women. The amount of niacin in X-Gamer is 31.2mg which supplies over 195% of your percent daily value.
The percent daily value may look like a lot but niacin is a water-soluble vitamin which means it doesn’t linger in your body no matter how much you consume it, so the risk of overdose is extremely low.
In conclusion, the niacin content in X-Gamer is sufficient enough to be effective.
Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 is an essential vitamin that helps your body convert macronutrients like proteins, carbs and fats into energy.
The recommended daily intake is 5mg for adults aged 14 years and older. The amount of pantothenic acid in X-Gamer is 2.4mg, which supplies 40% of your percent daily value.
In conclusion, the pantothenic acid content in X-Gamer is sufficient enough to be effective
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, assists in the generation of new red blood cells and maintains the energy production system of your body.
The recommended daily intake for adults aged 14 years and older is no more than 1.3mg for men and 1.0mg for women. The amount of riboflavin in X-Gamer is 0.6mg which supplies 42.9% of your percent daily value.
In conclusion, the riboflavin content in X-Gamer is sufficient enough to be effective
Like all B vitamins, vitamin B6 helps convert nutrients into energy and also helps your body produce neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
The amount of vitamin B6 for adults aged 14 years and older is 1.3 mg for men and 1.2mg for women. The amount of vitamin B6 in X-Gamer is 0.6μg, which supplies 42.9% of your percent daily value.
In conclusion, the vitamin B6 content in X-Gamer is sufficient enough to be effective.
Other Vitamins in X-Gamer
Not all 27 vitamins are mentioned in the ingredients list or in the nutrition label. The vitamins on the following list have been taken from X-Gamer’s official website.
You can click on each vitamin to learn more about what it does for your body and how it can help maintain your health.
Sweeteners in X-Gamer
Like all energy drinks, X-Gamer contains both regular and artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners consist of added sugars and sucralose.
Sweeteners are not only added to energy drinks to improve the flavor but also to mask the unpleasant taste of the other ingredients, particularly caffeine, which tends to be bitter.
Added Sugars in X-Gamer
There is only 0.2g of added sugar in X-Gamer. This amount is meager compared to some other energy drink brands.
The daily recommended sugar intake for a full-grown adult is 36g for men and 24g for women. The amount of added sugar in X-Gamer is between 0.5 to 0.8% of your daily recommended intake.
So no worries about overdosing on sugar with just one or two sachets of X-Gamer. But you may still want to control your sugar intake even if you drink energy drinks: Side effects of too much added sugar include:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener. It is 400–700 times sweeter than regular sugar and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste as most artificial sweeteners do, which makes it a popular ingredient in energy drinks.
Normal sucralose is calorie-free but the brand Splenda is formulated from carbohydrates dextrose (glucose) and maltodextrin. One gram of Splenda can contain up to 3.36 calories per gram
Experts have agreed that sucralose should never be used in baking, or cooked in anyway as it can release some unpleasant cancer-causing compounds that can endanger your life.
Those who do not regularly consume sucralose may also experience a spike in blood sugar and insulin level. But this effect is not seen in those who consume sucralose on the regular.
Other Ingredients in X-Gamer
Other ingredients that are used in X-Gamer’s formulation include: taurine, dextrose monohydrate, maltodextrin, malic acid, citric acid and ascorbic acid.
Malic acid is added to energy drinks to increase the effectiveness ATP production in the body which can boost energy, endurance, and help prevent muscle fatigue.
Its use in energy drinks is supposedly to assist the body in its energy production mechanism.
Citric acids is often used in energy drinks as a preservative. It extends the product’s shelf life and also supplies a sour taste that some drinkers may find pleasant.
Ascorbic acid is a food additive used to improve the color and consistency of food and beverages as well as extend the shelf life of the product. It is most popularly used for its stabilizing and antioxidant properties.
When added to energy drinks, it prevents the product from going bad or changing color and taste. This ingredient has been approved by the FDA and are 100% safe for human consumption.
Taurine is one of the most popular supplements used in energy drinks due to its supposed ability to boost physical performance.
When taken as a supplement before any sort of intense fitness activity, it can improve muscle strength and power, help burn more fat, reduce muscle damage and prevent muscle soreness.
You need to consume doses between 500–2,000 mg per day for taurine to be effective. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much taurine is in X-Gamer.
Dextrose monohydrate is a type of carbohydrate that is often used in medical situations when patients are severely malnourished. It can be administered via IV and can also taken orally.
When used in energy drinks, it acts an electrolyte that can help replenish lost fluids and nutrients. While gamers hardly engage in any sort of physical activity, caffeine has been known to cause dehydration, so having this ingredient definitely helps with that.
Maltodextrine is a type of carbohydrate that comes in a white, tasteless powder form that dissolves in water. It is often used to improve the texture, flavor, and shelf life of food products.
When used in energy drinks, it can also be used as a carbohydrate supplement. Unlike added sugars which cause a shark spike in your glucose levels causing a massive sugar rush, maltodextrin creates a slower, gentler rise in your blood sugar, allowing more sustained energy over a longer period of time
X-Gamer contains all the ingredients you would typically find in an energy drink. It has energy boosters, sweeteners, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, additives and preservatives.
Just like Game Fuel, X-Gamer also has its own blend of nootropics of what I like to call brain-boosters that are added to enhance the drinker’s cognitive and mental capabilities. However, the effectiveness of these ingredients are debatable since we don’t know how much there is of them in the product.
X-Gamer contains L-carnitine and L-tyrosine, supplements that are purported to enhance alertness, concentration, and reaction time, which can definitely be helpful in a gaming context.
The vitamins are also nice to have but don’t expect them to keep things running even when you’re not taking care of yourself. So even though X-Gamer’s ingredients are generally safe for regular consumption, they should never replace normal food.