Review: Putting Emergen-C Products to the Test

A few weeks ago I got a sample pack of Emergen-C products to review, so every few days, I’ve put one to the test.

Emergen-C sample packets

I received several flavors and varieties of Emergen-C. I received three packets of the 1,000mg Vitamin C dietary supplement, in Super Orange, Coconut-Pineapple, and Strawberry-Kiwi. I also received two packets of the Immune Plus dietary supplement in Citrus and Warmers Berry Medley.

Let’s start with the 1,000mg Vitamin C packets. In addition to Vitamin C, the packet label says they offer 7 B vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.

The B vitamins are Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Folic Acid (B9), and Vitamin B12. The antioxidants are zinc and manganese, to support the immune system.

Each packet has 35 calories and 6g of sugar. It gets mixed into a glass with 4 to 6oz of water. Less water for a stronger taste, more water for a weaker taste.

Emergen-C sample packets

That taste. I would’ve liked this product more if I had enjoyed the taste better.

The Super Orange was orange in taste, but more like a stale Tang drink mix. Not horrible, but not enough that I’d want to drink it every day.

The new Coconut-Pineapple flavor was better. It had a good Pina Colada taste, but it also had a unsweetened sports drink aftertaste. It tasted better with less water, but I still had to drink it faster, instead of sipping it.

Also new, the Strawberry-Kiwi flavor was the best of the three. It also tasted better with less water, to amplify the flavor. It had a good balance between the two fruits, without it tasting fake. It also has a very pinkish-red color. Of the three flavors, this is the one I could drink every day.

I think for my tastes, I’d like to try some of the other berry flavors, like Acai Berry, and Cranberry Pomegranate. The citrusy ones just didn’t appeal to my palette.

I should also mention that all three of the Emergen-C 1,000mg Vitamin C dietary supplements were fizzy drinks. When mixed with water, the drink became slightly carbonated.

I also received two different varieties of their Immune Plus product. Both were also 35 calories, but only 5g of sugar.

The first I tried was the basic Immune Plus System Support with Vitamin D in the Citrus flavor. This one was also fizzy when mixed with water.

So what nutrients does this variety offer? The packet states Vitamin C & D, B Vitamins, Electrolytes, anti-oxidants, and a proprietary complex with beta glucans and arabinogalactans.

The main difference between this and the 1,000mg Vitamin C dietary supplements, is the addition of Vitamin D and the “proprietary complex” with beta glucans and arabinogalactans. I looked up those last two at WebMD. It says arabinogalactan is used for infections, and beta glucans are used to boost the immune system.

The Citrus flavor, again, wasn’t a favorite of mine. It was one I had to chug. If I tried this again, I think I’d go for the Blueberry-Acai, as I seem to have better luck liking Emergen-C in berry flavors.

The final packet I tried was a new variant on the Immune Plus System Support with Vitamin D called Warmers. It was a Berry Medley flavor, and unlike the other packets, this one was mixed with HOT water. It also had the same ingredients as the Citrus flavor.

This was my favorite of the five packets I sampled. It had a really good flavor, and I tested it on one of the rare cold Florida nights (really – it got down to 39 degrees) when I’d been out walking, so the warmth was appreciated.

The Warmers variety also comes in an Apple Cider flavor.

As to how well Emergen-C supplemented my regular diet with nutrients, I don’t know if five packets are enough to really notice a difference.

But if you feel your diet needs supplementing, and you’d rather drink your vitamins, Emergen-C could work for you.

Don’t just take my word for it though. Grab a free sample to try for yourself at

Emergen-C sample packets

Disclaimer: The samples I tried were supplied to me for free for purposes of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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