Q stands for Quercetin. Quercetin is the primary ingredient in Q Hydration. Q Hydration has been developed as a healthy alternative to the high caffeine, high sugar sports performance and energy drinks that dominate the market. Quercetin is the key ingredient that makes Q Hydration effective.
Yes we were and we are changing the name but not changing our great product. Along the way we learned that when some folks saw the word "energy" they thought Q would be loaded with sugar and caffeine (it's not!) So we decided to make it more clear that Q is a great way to improve hydration overall and that the benefits of Q are more than just healthy energy. So while we're making this change, you may notice a discrepancy between our logo on the box and on the stick pack. Don't worry, it's the same great product, we're just trying to tell our story a bit better.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid derived from fruits, plants and vegetables. Studies have shown quercetin to provide sustained energy, offer health and immune system support and provide powerful anti-inflammatory relief.
In addition to Quercetin, Q delivers a synergistic blend of 4 herbal extracts (rhodiola, ginseng, gingko biloba, and green tea), 8 essential vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D & E) and electrolytes (potassium and sodium citrates) to help with performance and recovery. We selected some ingredients because they make Quercetin more available and other ingredients because they are naturally awesome in their own right. You can learn more about the benefits of each active ingredient here.
Q Hydration contains 35mg of caffeine, which is equal to a cup of green tea and less than a third of a cup of coffee. Health Canada recommends that healthy adults do not consume more than 400mg of caffeine per day, so you can still enjoy your coffee if you are going to take Q before your workout. As for sugar, Q Hydration contains just under 4 grams of organic cane sugar. That is only 15 calories or the equivalent of a single teaspoon.
We decided not to add any chemicals or artificial stuff to help with dispersal. Sometimes, particularly with colder water, Q Hydration powder does not disperse right away. We recommend putting Q Hydration in your water bottle and shaking vigourously, Q Hydration will disperse thoroughly, it just needs some encouragement. We figured a few extra shakes in a water bottle is way better than an artificial ingredient.
In these cases we recommend speaking to your health care provider before taking Q Hydration. Health Canada requires a warning against consumption by pregnant women for any product whose ingredients have not been tested for safety during pregnancy. While there is no evidence that quercetin or any other ingredient in Q is harmful to pregnant women, quercetin has not yet been tested in this context. As such and in accordance with Health Canada's directive, Q Hydration carries the cautionary warning. Please consult your health care practitioner if you wish to take Q Hydration while pregnant or if you have any concerns.
We do not recommend Q Hydration for infants or young children. Q Energy contains approximately the same amount of caffeine as an average cola but substantially less sugar. Health Canada offers guidelines for children's caffeine consumption. Health Canada also offers warnings about energy drinks with high caffeine levels. Q Hydration contains only 35mg of caffeine and does not have additional 'unlabelled' caffeine content from herbal sources commonly found in other energy drinks like guarana, yerba mate, kola nut and the like. As a result, Q Hydration does not fall into this 'high caffeine' category. All of which being said, we think that drink choices for children should be made by their parents.