My experience with Lift Off has been very positive. I use the product with about two hours left in my day on the trail. My reasoning for this is the increased absorption value that I will get from the vitamin load (100% of C, 200% Thiamin, 100% Riboflavin, 100% Niacin, 300% Vitamin B 6, 200% Vitamin B 12, 100% Biotin, 200% Pantothenic Acid,
215 mg Sodium (205 mg from Sodium Bicarbonate) as my body is stressed from the high mileage and sometimes over 1000 ft a mile of elevation gain I experience here in the Appalachians. It is not that I think I need more vitamins, but the fact that the stress from the haul always leaves me more susceptible to the effects of fatigue. In my opinion, this is the reason most injuries happen later in the hike with many being directly attributed to fatigue. So I want to raise my chances of absorption of the nutrients I will desperately need at this time during my hike. The term for this kind of nutrition is micro nutrition and needs much more study, but B complex vitamins are B complex vitamins. Plus, all of these are water soluble, so there is no chance of toxic buildup The caffeine does give me a mental boost and a burst of energy to lessen the chances, at least in my opinion, of having a mentally and physically fatigued mishap. In researching the cardiovascular effects of caffeine on athletes, either professional or recreational, I find opinions, very credible sources, on both sides of the spectrum. It is well known that caffeine does affect the circulatory system as well as the central nervous system, but I can find no conclusive, universally accepted opinions that caffeine has any detrimental effects on Endurance Athletes. There are even some opinions that caffeine, in the doses that Lift-Off or a cup of coffee provide may be beneficial to people who have already developed caffeine tolerance.
If it was universally accepted that caffeine was a danger during physical exertion, I believe that all substances that contain caffeine would be labeled as such. I would also think that anyone who had developed the opinion from whatever sources they use that caffeine was a threat would be in the coffee threads of this forum warning the morning coffee drinkers of the peril their morning cup of joe was putting them in.
As far as chocolates for energy I will only eat dark chocolate broken into small bites mixed with unsalted almonds and lightly salted peanuts. I would think that all who are serious hikers know the benefits of GORP. However, the Hershey Bar that is Milk Chocolate has no place in my Trail Mix. I know what contains trans fats (most energy bars) and what contains saturated fats (5 grams in the Hershey) along with what refined, processed, bleached sugar is (22 - 1 gram packets in a Hershey) as opposed to pure cane sugar or honey. I also like to make a cookie called birdseed that contains oatmeal, honey and dark chocolate. Just melt the chocolate and mix in the oats and honey. Place on wax paper and let stand at room temperature until the chocolate re-hardens. MMM-MMM.
I also love Almond butter and sweet potato butter on 7-grain bread. I cut the sandwich into 1 inch squares, wrap in individual foil packets for day hikes.
It may have been in poor taste for me to post the Lift Off for sale in this forum. But it was not to “shamelessly self promote” as has been so often noted in this thread. My intent was to give free shipping to anyone who wanted to sample the product. That is all.
I am deeply interested in real nutrition on the trail. As I said before, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts we would all be happy…