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Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

What about the energy drink that Lance Armstrong drinks?

  • Lance Armstrong endorses the energy drink FRS.

    Lance Armstrong endorses the energy drink FRS.

Lance Armstrong beat cancer and rides bikes, so you know if he endorses the energy drink FRS, it's got to be good, right?
Well, maybe.
FRS gets its name from free radical scavengers, a term for powerful antioxidants. The energy drink's antioxidant of choice is quercetin, also found in blueberries and spinach. Each serving of FRS has enough quercetin to match three servings of blueberries, the company says.
Still, it's hard to tell if all those antioxidants give you energy. The company's Web site links to two inconclusive articles. Neither come from a government agency like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; no shocker there, considering the FRS Web site includes a small-type disclaimer noting none of its statements have been evaluated by the FDA.
The articles linked to by FRS point out that antioxidants may prevent cancer and reduce muscle inflammation -- findings supported elsewhere. Neither of the articles, however, mention that quercetin itself boosts energy.
Granted, an 11.5-ounce can of FRS contains 48 mg of caffeine, just shy of Mountain Dew's 54 mg per can. While the company says the caffeine is there to help you metabolize other nutrients in the drink, chances are it will also give you a nice little jolt.
To try out the substance, which tastes vaguely of citrus, visit www.frs.com. A free trial includes chewable tablets, a bottle of concentrate mix and a can of FRS.

Andy Rathbun, Herald Writer, arathbun@heraldnet.com
Story tags » Consumer GoodsHealth treatmentPreventative medicineCycling

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