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Productivity In A Can Is Too Good To Be True?

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Sick of the jittery aftermath that coffee causes, but still in need of a boost? According to one study, there’s a product on the market that provides more than just a pathway to alertness.

Advertised on howlifeworks.com, FRS (“Free Radical Scavenger”) is a trend in “drinkable energy.” The advertisement boasts that the product “seemingly ends the quest for an energy boosting solution that’s both healthy and effective and, amazingly, seems to also improve people’s ability to concentrate and perform better at work.”

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The purported secret? The antioxidant Quercetin, which is in FRS and supposedly as a viable source of productivity in a recent study:

FRS and a non-Quercetin placebo were consumed daily by two groups of workers at a university over a 3-week period. At the end of the study, the group that received the FRS with Quercetin reported a significant improvement in their level of work performance and their ability to concentrate. They also reported reduced fatigue and reduced feelings of frustration compared to the placebo group.

More information about these free radical scavengers was posted on Wise Geek.

The free radical scavenger is often referred to as an antioxidant. They are generally found in certain foods, primarily dark colored fruits and vegetables like blueberries. These scavengers work by preventing the oxidation process that is required in order for electrons to be passed from one cell to another…

The role of the free radical scavenger is also being tested in the medical field. Various types of antioxidant treatments are being researched which may offer cures for diseases like cancer. The premise is to insert scavengers directly into the affected area, such as a tumor where millions of unstable cells have accumulated, in the hopes that high concentrations of these powerful substances will be able to target diseased cells directly. This would be more efficient at curing disease than more conventional chemical methods because healthy cells would be left intact.

Other ways in which free radical scavengers are useful within the body is in maintaining a youthful appearance and keeping skin vital. Eating antioxidant-rich foods and using lotions with added enzymes or antioxidants may help skin replenish itself more quickly. This helps to prevent wrinkles and sun damage.

Most of that information makes sense, or certainly more sense than a magic productivity cure, though people always seem willing to shell out a little extra money if it means fixing something they view as a gap in their life.

Throughout history, there have been many enticing ploys that promise to make life easier. Everything from diet trends to get rich quick schemes to elixirs that improve mental and physical ability have been advertised as a shortcut to success. Regardless of the product however, an empty guarantee is usually the hidden tagline.

That’s why being cautious of “too good to be true” deals is a valuable tool in the quest for success. Rather than falling victim to what the scheme is offering, take the opportunity to reflect on what the scheme is promoting. If you are intrigued by a drink that claims to make you more productive, evaluate why you feel unproductive in the first place. By identifying faulty areas, you can easily recognize the disconnect in the process and restore it accordingly. Improving productivity can be as simple as rearranging your schedule or creating a new way to work. Bottom line: good results come from working hard, working smart, and utilizing reliable, trustworthy resources.

So is this drink just another gimmick or can improved work performance really be consumed through a can? Whether or not its worth a test trial, AccelaWork simply believes, you get what you pay for. Contact our consultants today!

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