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Emerge Review - Does This Energy Drink Work? Are side effects and price deal deal breakers?

By Summer Banks on Sep 29, 2016
Emerge Review

I’m here to cut through the noise and get you to the bottom line on Emerge. We decided to do a 360-degree review into the ingredients, side effects, customer service and clinical support. We also checked forums and product reviews for dieter comments. After gathering this info, we condensed it to give you what you need.


What is Emerge?

Firstly, Emerge is a powdered energy drink. The ingredients are Advantra Z, green tea, caffeine 300mg, panax ginseng, l-carnitine, l-taurine, NADH and ATP (adenosine-trophosphate). You’ll mix one scoop with water and drink once per day. Ease of use is a benefit.

Emerge is a product from Max Muscle; a franchise founded in 1990. The supplement was introduced in 2012 as a “fat incinerator.” You can buy it online and in stores. We like that it contains a few natural ingredients and that we found some favorable customer comments, but read on…

Side Effects – “Nasty?”

Our first issue is Emerge side effects. Users report feeling jitters, nausea and general agitation after taking the supplement. “Side effects are not part of the plan when you choose a weight-loss product,” said our Research Editor. “You want an effective option without feeling horrible.”

“This product gave me shakes as bad as energy shots do,” a dieter offers.

“About an hour after drinking my emerge water I started noticing nausea,” another user explains.

Not everyone experienced these side effects. As one user said, “If you take more then ur supposed to, I’m sure you are going to get negative results. ”

Another claimed, “The fiber doesn’t make me crampy.”

Price – “Is It Too Much?”

At first glance, the price for Emerge drink is affordable at just $69.99. However, that buys you only 30 servings. If you take the product more than once per day, you are spending in excess of $130 for what boils down to an energy shot.

“Max Muscle is selling the stuff for $80. There are dozens of other products for half the price that work better,” a buyer claims.

Another customer says, “The price isn’t worth the side effects to me.”

If we’ve only learned one thing in our research over the years, it’s that all it takes is one negative, like a high price tag, to slim your chances of long-term success. If Emerge ingredients cost more than comparable products, we become concerned.

Is There Any Science?

The word “proven” alludes to the idea that a supplement is scientifically tested and supported. The product sheet for Emerge lists clinical studies for some of the ingredients, but no research has been completed on the formula. At DietSpotlight we look at science as one of the most important elements of a weight-loss program. If the company does not bother with it, there’s a problem.

The Bottom Line – Does Emerge Work?

So, should you put on your running shoes to head out for Emerge? We found a few positives like company longevity, professional headquarters and a good customer service team, but these benefits are not enough to convince us to support the product. We are concerned about side effects and price, as the supplement costs more per serving that some energy shots with the same ingredients.

If you’ve decided the time to lose weight is now, we suggest going with a weight-loss supplement with clinically-proven ingredients. It’s also a good thing if the cost doesn’t break the bank and side effects are not part of the picture.

Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. With a proprietary blend of four solid ingredients, backed by real science, dieters are spending their money on a formula that helps speed up metabolism and fat loss. Users don’t mention any side effects and the customer reviews point toward great success.

Leptigen is available with a Special Trial Offer, because the company is confident in their product, a great sign.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks is an ISSA-Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has reviewed over 2000 diet products. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

How Does Emerge Compare?

Previous Emerge Review (Updated December 23, 2015):

What You Should Know

Emerge is a new fat burner from Max Muscle. Max Muscle is a supplement franchise that is primarily located on the west coast. Products can be ordered online and shipped throughout the United States. Max Muscle calls Emerge a fat incinerator, which is an interesting description. The product is a drink mix, not a supplement, so the dieter has to measure the proper dose. This could be dangerous as some dieters think they can take more of a supplement and lose more weight. Emerge contains caffeine so taking more will only increase the risk of negative side effects associated with caffeine intake.

List of Ingredients

  • Vitamin C
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Caffeine
  • Dandelion Leaf Extract
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract
  • Hoodia Gordonii
  • Advantra Z
  • L-Taurine
  • Panax Ginseng Powder
  • Glucuronolactone
  • Adenosine
  • Octopamine
  • L-Carnitine
  • Yohimbine
  • Vinpocetine
  • NADH
  • Evodiamine
  • Sta-Lite III Polydextrose
  • Fructose
  • Fibersol-2
  • Malic Acid
  • Citric Acid

Product Features

Max Muscle has always managed to stand out among supplement companies. Max Muscle lists all ingredients, provides a long list of key features and lists clinical studies supporting the product claims. The company doesn't always offer supplements with all proven ingredients, but they do a pretty good job of offering strong supplements with effective ingredients. Emerge is a fat burner. The ingredient list is packed with caffeine, green tea extract and L-carnitine, but that is where the good stops. There is no total amount of caffeine listed. Hoodia is the appetite suppressant, but hoodia doesn't suppress appetite. Dandelion leaf extract is a diuretic and diuretics should not be used for weight loss. Citrus aurantium is another name for synephrine and synephrine is associated with ephedra-like side effects. As with Adipodex side effects caused from stimulants makes users feel jittery among other things. This time around Max Muscle dropped the ball. This product is not safe for all dieters and the label is missing some important information. We also worry about the dieter dosing with a measuring scoop when the main ingredient is caffeine.

See Our Featured


  • Contains caffeine and green tea.
  • May work to boost metabolism and fat loss.
  • There is a product description sheet online.
  • Max Muscle lists clinical studies for some ingredients.


  • We have no idea how much caffeine is included in the supplement.
  • The supplement is in powder form - could be dangerous.
  • Contains ingredients associated with negative side effects.


So, you’re already using products like Dermawand and Ponds Age Miracle to fight skin changes and wrinkles associated with aging. Now you want to increase energy and lose weight. If you are a dieter living near a Max Muscle, go into the store and ask for a sample of Emerge. There is no other way to try out the formula, but beware of the possible negative side effects. Otherwise, we would suggest skipping this product just because there are more possible dangers than benefits.

Emerge Questions & Answers:

We looked at tons of information and experiences about Emerge to make this FAQ.

What are the side effects of Emerge?

Emerge side effects may include jitters, nausea and general agitation, according to some dieters who’ve tried it.

What are the ingredients in Emerge?

Emerge ingredients are caffeine, Advantra Z, green tea and B vitamins. The full list of ingredients varies based on flavor.

Does Emerge work?

Emerge is essentially an energy drink mix delivered as a weight-loss formula. Many of the ingredients, such as green tea and B vitamins can be purchased separately for a much lower cost.

How much does Emerge cost?

Emerge costs $69.99. This gives you 30 servings, but the manufacturer doesn’t tell you whether you need one or two servings a day. At two servings per day, you could be spending more than $130 a month.

How should I take Emerge?

The manufacturer says you should use one scoop per serving, but does not tell you how many servings per day to use. We assume one scoop is to be mixed into water and taken before or with a meal.

Can I take Emerge if I have a health condition?

Women who are pregnant or nursing, those taking prescription medications, anyone under 18 years of age or people with health conditions should contact a healthcare professional prior to using any weight-loss supplement, including Emerge.

What do users like about Emerge?

The most frequently mentioned things users liked about the Emerge were the taste and ease of use.

What do users not like about Emerge?

Some users didn’t like the high price of Emerge.

Do I have to have a blender to use Emerge?

No, you can mix the drink with a spoon. .

How do I contact the Emerge customer service department?

You can contact the Emerge customer service department by calling 1-866-Max-Muscle, mailing letters to Max Muscle 210 West Taft Ave. Orange, CA 92865 or by using the Contact Max Muscle form on the official website.

Can I contact Emerge through social media?

Yes, you can contact Emerge through Facebook and Twitter.

Do you know of any special deals or discounts on Emerge?

There are special deals and discounts on Emerge. The company offers reduced pricing if you purchase the supplement through the online store.

Emerge Side Effects:

Weight-loss products are big business these days and there are plenty to choose from. The results will vary per user and so will the side-effects, and therefore must be considered. Users of Emerge have reported several unpleasant side-effects that occurred while using the product, those these are few and far between.

Shakes and Jitters

Shakes and jitters can result in the hands, legs or anywhere in the body and are indicative of a neurological interruption or disorder of some sort. Oft referred to as tremors, jitters appear as a constant, almost rhythmic shaking and are very uncomfortable, leaving the person uneasy and unsettled.

What causes shakes and jitters?

The causes of shakes and jitters are many and can include stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and diseases that corrode the cerebellum or brainstem, Parkinson’s and an overactive thyroid. Simpler and more common sources can be caffeine, alcohol, medications (both prescription and nonprescription), energy boosters and nutritional supplements.


When the stomach is at unrest and is wanting to empty its contents, the resulting sensation is known as nausea. Nausea can come in varying degrees and can render a person immobile and unable to perform normal activities. Nausea is almost always referenced in conjunction with vomiting.

What causes nausea?

There are a number of conditions that can lead to nausea, some more severe than others. Nausea can be a symptom of a head injury, brain tumor, or an oncoming heart attack or stroke. Nausea also can be as simple as a reaction to food, food products, alcohol or medications [1].


The feeling of nervousness or irritability is known as agitation. Patients could possibly lash-out at others during an episode of agitation. Agitation may also be accompanied by nervousness, sweating, and restlessness.

What causes agitation?

Agitation can be brought on by provocation or by a medical condition. Medical conditions that can cause agitation include menopause, depression, withdrawal from nicotine or other drugs, dementia, and others. Agitation can also be directly related to everyday stresses caused by work, school or issues at home. Highly processed foods and products can also serve to unsettle the nervous system [2].

Before choosing to use Emerge, users should weigh the potential problems that might surface as a result. It is always a good thing to remember to check with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, trying to become pregnant, are taking prescription medications or are under 18, you should speak with your physician before using Emerge.

Emerge is a "Body Slenderizing Drink Mix." It's supposed to taste good, improve mood and help you push that scale downward. It is a product of Max Muscle, a supplement franchise. You can find an ingredient label and directions on the official website.

Emerge Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop
Serving Per Container: 30
Amount per Serving % DV
Vitamin C 250mg 416%
Niacin 21mg 105%
Vitamin B6 2mg 100%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 33%
Proprietary Emerge Slenderizing Complex 1087mg *
- Caffeine Anhydrous * *
- Dandelion Leaf Extract * *
- Green Tea Extract * *
- Hoodia Gordonii * *
- Advantra Z * *
- L-Taurine * *
- Panax Ginseng Powder * *
- Glucuronolactone * *
- Adenosine * *
- Octopamine * *
- L-Carnitine * *
- Yohimbine * *
- Vinpocetine * *
- NADH * *
- Evodiamine * *

Other Ingredients: Sta-lite III, polydextrose, fructose, Fibersol-2, malic acid, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, tri-calcium phosphate, acesulfame potassium, sucralose sweetener, silicon dioxide

We thoroughly researched the Emerge ingredients to give you the important facts you need.

Caffeine Anhydrous

To start, caffeine anhydrous is basically a dry or powder form of caffeine that is often used in supplements. It is a stimulant and mild diuretic that comes from natural sources such as yerba mate, guarana, coffee beans, kola nut and tea leaves.

What is it Supposed to Do?

Typically, caffeine anhydrous is added to diet supplements and weight-loss pills as a stimulant. It may help boost concentration/focus, elevate endurance levels, reduce appetite and increase metabolism.

Clinical Research

“Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of scientists found that caffeine has a positive effect on our long-term memory. Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed.”

Green Tea Extract

Green tea is an unfermented variety that is commonly consumed as a beverage in countries like India and China. It is often praised for its health benefits, and is used in numerous diet supplements as a key ingredient.

What is it Supposed to Do?

Green tea contains both caffeine (a stimulant) and EGCG or catechins (antioxidants). Together these components may help boost metabolism, increase fat loss and improve immune system health.

Clinical Research

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports, “Clinical studies suggest that green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study found that the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight-loss and maintenance in people who were overweight and moderately obese.”

Advantra Z

Also known as citrus aurantium or bitter orange, Advantra Z is a brand name ingredient found in some over-the-counter weight-loss supplements. It is derived from citrus fruits and is often used in combination with stimulants like caffeine.

What is it Supposed to Do?

Advantra Z or bitter orange contains a chemical called synephrine. It is said to mimic the effects of ephedra (a banned ingredient), which increases thermogenesis. This in turn helps the body burn off more calories. It is more effective when combined with stimulants like caffeine.

Clinical Research

According to the Mayo Clinic, “While some research studies suggest that bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) can help with modest weight-loss when combined with diet and exercise, it’s probably not worth the risk. That’s because bitter orange can cause a range of potentially serious health problems.”

49 User Reviews About Emerge

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  • 1

    I like emerge but since I’ve been drinking it I have severe sensitive teeth . Anybody got this problem too ?


    Anna (Editor)

    Hi. Please make sure to consult with your physician before continuing to take this product and let them know about the side effects you were experiencing.


  • 2

    I’m trying to get pregnant, should I continue to take emerge?


    Adrian (Editor)

    Hi Amber! Please make sure to consult with your physician before starting a new weight-loss program or product.


  • 3

    I’ve taken Emerge for a couple months now approx 2 times per week. All I have to say is I have had the worst gas ever since I started taking it. I started with a half scoop, but that wasn’t enough to get me through a strong work out. My body doesn’t handle caffinie well either. The price isn’t worth the side effects to me. So all in all, I would give it 2.5 stars.

    I just purchased White Flood to see if that is going to be better.


  • 4

    This product gave me horrible shakes as bad as energy shots do. Seriously save your money drink tea instead and water.


  • 5

    Where can I buy EMERGE? I live in Denver, Colorado



    try on their site



    at max muscle


  • 6

    I love this product but I had a drug test but just to verify, emerge has all natural ingredients right? Just want to ensure myself.


    Candace (Editor)

    Not exactly, you see it contains caffeine, Advantra Z, green tea and B vitamins but the full list of ingredients varies based on flavor.


  • 7

    Do not take Emerge on an empty stomach. I did that this morning to drink during a high cardio workout- that was about 3 hours ago and I’m still incredibly shaky, even after having breakfast. Not a good feeling :/


    Karen (Editor)

    Hi Bri. Dieters have had similar experiences. You might want to give Leptigen a look.


  • 8

    It has 300mg of caffeine per serving… Try reading the bottle


  • 9

    I tried emerge as a free sample. Other than a great taste I didn’t like it at all. It made me super jittery and a left me feeling wired…even after a solid workout. I’ve used several energy/pre-workout supplements and this one made me fill the worst. Not to mention that Max Muscle is selling the stuff for $80!!! There are dozens of other products for half the price that work better.


    Your Name

    I got it yesterday – it was 54$


  • 10

    I am lazy when it comes to working out on my own…I get bored and tired quickly. Emerge has helped me to take my cardio past the usual 15 minutes to over an hours!! I literally drip sweat with this product and my clothes started fitting better within 1 week of use. I can feel every flex and I am very strong! If you do take it late at night it can cause sleeping issues but I usually use early in the day and I have energy like no other. I can not do more then one scoop or I will feel sick or jittery especially when on a tight meal plan as your body is not as full. I suggest trying a sample as some people don’t have the stomach for caffeine but I have had no issues to worry about and the results I’ve been seeing are great!! My favorite flavor is watermelon!


  • 11

    Truthfully I’m sure this product has different side effects on certain people. I’m happy to say that my mother and I love emerge! I actually just came back from a workout and I’ feel great! After work I’m beat and exhausted Bt still want to get my workout on. Once I shake up my drink, 15-20 min after I’m pumped and full of energy. Not only does it give me energy it also works as a mood enhancer. If you take more then ur supposed to, I’m sure you are going to get negative results. Follow the way you are supposed to drink it and you will get the results you want.


  • 12

    I used emerge today, after I was given a sample to add to water. i was told there was a mild caffeine level in it. about an hour after drinking my emerg water i started noticing nausea, tight jaw and rapid breathing. with in another half of an hour, my limbs were shaking so badly i had to leave work. i ended up at the ER after that as I could not speak or think normally. i luckly was ok on my EKG but they gave me antianxiety medication, antinausea medication and told me the product had severly dehydrated me. I had already drinken 67 ounces of water. I highly recommend avoiding any product like this, or this product.



    its tasty and gives me energy


  • 13

    The product data sheet says 300mg caffeine per serving, one scoop


  • 14

    I don’t drink carbonated drinks, energy drinks, energy shots or coffee. I pretty much stick to water and occasional Dandy lion root tea. I was apprehensive about this product. I did half a scoop as suggested with 12 Oz of water with my breakfast. I didn’t feel jittery at all, just a boost of energy and a little on the hotter side for about 30 min. I love it. I plan on buying some when I’m done with my sample


  • 15

    Should I take Emerge if I also take a med. for pancreatitis?



    NEVER take any supplement without talking to your Doctor- when you go into see the Doctor take a print out of the ingredients with you or the Doc will not be able to answer your question.


  • 16

    If taking with caution can the product could be beneficial?


    Cameron (Editor)

    Hi Nancy, we like that the product may increase metabolism and the company provides studies related the it’s ingredients.


  • 17

    Why does Emerge make me so tired??


    Cameron (Editor)

    Mary, looks like this is an unintended effect. Try taking a break for a while for it to subside. If it does not please visit your doctor.


  • 18

    this product is great I highly recommend this. only thing negative is the price its like 55$


  • 19

    Does anyone know how long it takes to see results with emerge? And how am I supposed to take it and when?



    I’ve been taking mine (Watermelon Flavor :D) since the start of August, it’s almost October and I am shock to find out that I have lost 60 lbs no seriously in addition to my strict paleo diet, plyometrics, crunches, and my 5 mile treadmills 😀

    So it works if you drink it like 15-30 minutes before a vigorous workout and go Paleo all the way. I’m 22 and male so I guess the metabolism and endurance built as I used the product.

    I did notice that if I use my exercise with Emerge I could endure non-stop running on the treadmill at 6-7mph over 4.5-5 mph without it.

    I am glad my buddy actually recommended this to me, since I gained 100lbs of weight after a 2-year dormancy on my exercise regimen lol


  • 20

    It is no better than clean eats and excersize


  • 21

    I am thinking about purchasing the Emerge drink mix and my question is has anyone loss a considerable amount of weight?



    No. Just energy to help get thru exercise. Also has a lot of fiber. Fiber is good. A lot of people takeit in morning to replace coffee


    Your Name

    Yes I have , I drink it twice a day and had awes9me results



    about how much time apart from each other?


  • 22

    is anyone on synthroid while taking emerge? if so, how do you feel? does it make ur heart race? I should be getting my order today. Kinda nerveous about taking it since it said something about the ephedra like substance.



    I take synthroid and have no problems with emerge or FBX.


  • 23

    Does help with the water weight and the fiber doesn’t make me crampy.

    Don’t drink everyday. It will wig your body out!


  • 24

    Emerge is awesome stuff!, but WOW having trouble sleeping!!


  • 25

    I just got a sample from my local store and it took me 3 days to get through one scoop. Maybe I’m ultra sensitive, but it does make me jittery and a little wigged out. On the flip-side, with just that tiny amount in 3 days I have definitely shed some water weight. The ephedra-like substance does worry me a bit, but I am going to continue to try it in very small amounts and see how it goes.



    Hey I just tried a sample of Emerge today after 15-20mins I felt great! I was still in the store and felt so great I bought a tub of it. Well an hour after that, just like you, I became super jittery. I couldn’t sit still. I had to get up and walk around for a while to take my mind of it. Now it’s 7 hours later and I’m just a little off still. Since I bought this product already, I was thinking of taking very little amounts to see if there’s a difference? I noticed you said that’s what you were gonna try, just wondering if you did do that and how that worked out for you? Thanks in advance-Billy


  • 26

    I tried the watermelon and loved it. Nice feeling not jittery at all if taken as directed. Took two scoops within about a 4 hour period & it did kind of wig me out a little until I ate. Love the taste. My partner tried it & ran out same day & got the green apple. Did’t like the flavor as well but it was o.k. I got a cold so I haven’t been consistent with taking it but I will update. I love Max Muscle! They are so much more informed than other supplement stores! The one in Clackamas Oregon is REALLY good.


  • 27
    Richard westhafer

    I talked to a fellow customer today.About Emerge he said he had used Emerge.That it has been working for him as a fat reducer.


  • 28

    Emerge is good stuff i was stuck at a weight for awhile why in the process of losing weight and soon as i started taking Emerge I got over that hump. I would recommend.



    YES! Exactly what happened to me. I hit a plateau and this helped me get passed it, I’m so happy with the drink!


  • 29
    brian sherwood

    It has 300mg caffeine per scoop. It is on the label.



    They also tell you not to do a full scoop until you see how you feel. They are very good about informing you about the product on how and when to take it.



    You said it! I don’t know why people talk before reading!!


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