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Magic Mind Review: Can a Single Shot Boost Your Productivity?

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A whopping nine out of ten Americans drink caffeine (1). While some might drink caffeinated beverages because of the taste, most people drink coffee and energy drinks to increase their energy, alertness, and concentration (2). 

Yet, despite these benefits, too much caffeine can make you crash in the middle of the day and may lead to unwanted health problems, such as headaches, anxiety, and insomnia (3).

If you could find a healthier alternative where you could still get your caffeine fix, would you give it a shot? Well, the Magic Mind Productivity Shots claim to provide you with all the benefits and more in a tiny, 2-fluid-ounce bottle. We tested it to find out if a simple, green shot could make us more productive.

What Is Magic Mind?

According to company lore, Magic Mind’s founder James Beshara created the concept of the product after being diagnosed with a heart condition due to stress and too much caffeine. His doctor recommended him to drink green tea to increase caffeine absorption while achieving a sense of calmness. 

One serving of the 2 fl oz. Magic Mind Productivity Shot contains:

  • 21 calories
  • 1g total fat
  • 20g sodium
  • 3g total carbs
  • 3g total sugars
  • 25 micrograms of vitamin D
  • 100mg vitamin C
  • 183mg potassium

The company states that the drink contains 12 “magical” ingredients, but I found way more than that.

Here are all the ingredients I found on the drink’s nutrition label:

  • Organic matcha green tea
  • Organic agave
  • Passionfruit
  • Natural vanilla
  • Red beet
  • Potassium sorbate

Magic Mind’s Nulixir Blend includes the following ingredients:

  • Organic olive oil
  • Organic Ashwagandha
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Citicoline sodium
  • Chlorophyllin 
  • Turmeric
  • Organic cordyceps
  • L-theanine
  • Organic natural caffeine
  • Vitamin C
  • Sea salt
  • Vitamins B2, B12, and D3
  • Saffron
  • Piperine

The Productivity drinks are keto-, paleo-, and vegan-friendly, BPA- and gluten-free, and contain no nuts.

magic mind shot in hand
A look at Magic Mind's appealing packaging and branding.

What’s Good About Magic Mind?

Goes well with other caffeinated drinks

The company recommends drinking the shots alone or with your favorite caffeinated beverage. I paired it with my vanilla latte and thought they worked well together. To be clear, I didn’t add it to my latte but drank them separately. Feel free to mix them however you’d like, but the taste may not go with you preferred morning drink (more on that later). 

I felt this combo made the drink taste better, but I also assumed combining these two drinks could improve my results.

It has a calming effect

I felt much more relaxed than usual within an hour of finishing the shot and latte combo. This effect made it much easier to ease into my morning routine and start my work day. I sometimes wake up feeling super anxious, so this drink’s calmness significantly benefited me.  

If you’re looking for some relaxation in your mornings—or any part of your day—give these a try.

Includes healthy, natural ingredients

As much as I love my vanilla latte, it’s full of sugar, dairy products, and other ingredients that can affect my gut health. That said, I like that the 20+ ingredients in the Magic Mind shots are organic. It’s also packed with essential vitamins our bodies need. 

Many people have dietary restrictions and can’t enjoy certain caffeinated beverages, which is a major plus for this drink.

What’s Not Good About Magic Mind?

Warning: must love green tea

I have a confession—I’m not a fan of green tea-flavored things. It’s a bit too “earthy” tasting for me, but I know many people love anything with green tea.

The green tea flavor is super potent—so potent that I really can’t taste anything other than a bit of red beet. As someone who loves vanilla, I was disappointed when I couldn’t taste any of it in the shot. 

Didn’t provide an energy or productivity boost for me

Magic Mind promises you’ll feel an energy boost when you drink these shots, but I didn’t experience anything like that. The calming effect was definitely there, but other than that, my energy levels remained stagnant. 

While I did drink it with my latte, I know it isn’t very strong caffeine-wise, so I would’ve known whether or not the shot increased my energy levels. 

I’ll also mention that as a procrastinator, I didn’t feel any more productive than I usually do, which, while unfortunate, is admittedly a difficult thing to measure and fluctuates day to day.

Price doesn’t match the benefits

Let’s be clear: if Magic Mind shots did exactly what the company’s marketing materials suggest, I’d say the price is more than fair. Instead, you’re paying $4 a shot for some relaxation with dubious claims surrounding energy and productivity levels. 

Don’t get me wrong—I’m happy to splurge if I really like a product, but I just don’t think this price makes sense for its lackluster results for most people. 

The Bottom Line

Magic Mind markets its productivity shots as an energy and productivity booster. My experience with the product was not one with enhanced energy or productivity, but I did feel a great sense of calmness, which I was quite fond of.

1. Food Insight (2022). Caffeine: Consumer Consumption Habits and Safety Perceptions
2. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2020). Coffee.
3. MedLine Plus. Caffeine.