Updated: 09/29/2015 - Sponsored by Leptigen

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

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

emerge-product-imageWe’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Emerge energy drink. We decided to do a 360-degree review into the ingredients, price and clinical support. We also checked forums and product reviews for customer comments. After gathering this info, we condensed it for your reading.

EDITOR'S TIP: Substitute Emerge with a proven fat burner such as Leptigen for better results.

What You Need To Know

Firstly, Emerge drink is an energy supplement with a couple weight-loss ingredients. The formula contains caffeine, Advantra Z, green tea and B vitamins. You take one scoop of powder per serving, but the company does not tell the dieter how much to take each day. The container is small enough to take with you – one positive.

Emerge is a product of Max Muscle, founded in 1990. The supplement was introduced in 2012 as a “fat incinerator.” You can buy it online and in stores. We like that there is a professional corporate headquarters and the customer service department was friendly and helpful, but read on…

Side Effects – “Nasty!”

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

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

“About an hour after drinking my emerge 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,” another user explains.

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Price – “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 over the years, it’s that all it takes is one negative to slim your chances of long-term success. If Emerge drink causes the side effects customers describe, we’re worried.

The 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

After taking a deeper look into Emerge drink, 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 picking a weight-loss supplement with clinically-proven ingredients. It’s also a good thing if the cost doesn’t break the bank.

Of all the products we’ve reviewed in 2015, Leptigen is one of the best. With a proprietary blend of four solid ingredients – backed by real science – dieters are spending their money on a product that helps speed up metabolism and fat loss. Dieters 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 – excellent option.

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(Feel free to scroll below for our previously published full-length Emerge Review)

Previous Emerge Review (Updated December 23, 2015):

What You Should Know

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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. 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.

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  • 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.


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.
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38 User Reviews About Emerge

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  • 1

    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.


  • 2

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


  • 3

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



    try on their site


  • 4

    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.


  • 5

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


  • 6

    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$


  • 7

    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!


  • 8

    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.


  • 9

    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.


  • 10

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


  • 11

    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


  • 12

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


  • 13

    If taking with caution can the product could be beneficial?


  • 14

    Why does Emerge make me so tired??


  • 15

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


  • 16

    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


  • 17

    It is no better than clean eats and excersize


  • 18

    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


  • 19

    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.


  • 20

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

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


  • 21

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


  • 22

    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


  • 23

    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.


  • 24
    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.


  • 25

    You need to read the bottle, and all of the warnings on the packaging, before you take ANY supplement. Unless a supplement specifically directs you to take it on an empty stomach, it is generally a bad idea to take any supplement without eating something first.

    This review is a disappointment. From what I can tell, the reviewer is just worried about “too much caffeine” and that there are “negative side effects” from caffeine. Caffeine is an ingredient in many, many health products. It exists in tea and coffee and chocolate. Most people don’t overdose on caffeine (though if you have powdered caffeine and snort it like cocaine, you can quickly kill yourself). In fact some people feel no side effects at all from caffeine.

    The package clearly states that the first time you take it, you should only have half a scoop to see how it affects you. (You should test every product you use for the first time–even lotion bottles sometimes have that warning on them.) The bottle clearly states that no one should ever take more than 4 scoops per day. (Yes, that is a high level of caffeine for some people, but for larger bodies, and for people who are not affected by caffeine, it isn’t. For those people who are not going to get bodily feedback to drink less, is important to list a max dose.)

    What about the other ingredients? Sure, let’s say dandelion root is a diuretic. The emerge package clearly states to drink AT LEAST two liters of water per day while taking emerge. Again, READ the package.

    Hoodia Gordonii? Did the reviewer even do any research on this topic? There is some evidence (published studies) on how Hoodia may affect the part of the brain that regulates appetite (and in fact WebMD talks about the studies that exist, and gives a nice critique of the pro and con of each). While the evidence is by no means conclusive, there is some research, and will likely be more in the future. Instead of saying “Hoodia doesn’t suppress appetite” (inaccurate) the reviewed should have written “while there are a few studies that test the hypothesis that Hoodia affects the part of the brain that regulates appetite, there is currently no conclusive, peer-reviewed research to prove the claims. According to WebMD, there is also no evidence of negative side effects.” (accurate)

    As for the reviews that mention feeling jittery, I wonder if (1) the reviewers are sensitive to caffeine (I’m not–I can down a triple espresso and then take a nap–and the research I’ve done points out there is a likely genetic expression related to this), and (2) how much water they mixed it with and how long they took to drink it. I just got emerge to try it for the first time, and I’m mixing one scoop with about 24 ounces of water and drinking it over the course of a 10-30 minutes (replacing my p.m. diet soda). I’m fine. Not jittery.


  • 26

    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!


  • 27
    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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