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Gungho for Brain Focus/Health Supplement – Review Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hi friends, I am in love with this Product I just sampled called GungHo, a real scientific breakthrough (in my humble opinion) of Brain Health, Focus, and recall. As I read up on GungHo, preparing for my samples to arrive, I was very impressed with all the studies and the work of the PHD’s on developing a safer, more effective and actually long term brain health of this product.

But we all know “the proof is in the pudding”

Hai. (that's Ninja for hello) on the cardboard cover from GungHo ("For Ninja Like Focus")

My 3 sample packets of GungHo arrived safe and sound to my home, it is packaged in the most brilliant folded cardboard, full of great information and some good laughs too. Speaking of laughs, who ever heard of a Focus Supplement that gave you energy and yet improved your mood? I hadn’t until I was introduced to GungHo and for me this statement by the company is true! Alas I am rambling again… lets get back on topic here. Lol

Yes, as many of you know from past reviews, I have ADD and sure enough I show it often in my struggle to write reviews and if my ADD is acting up terribly, my dyslexia comes out more as well, making writing a real chore. Add in my CFS (Chronic Fatique Syndrome), Fibromyalgia (which often creates something called “Fibro-Fog”) and you have yourself a but you folks are kind enough to bear with me. Now on with the show… lol

My Packets of Gungho

My GungHo Challenge:

1. Avoid energy drinks / shots or sodas for 3 days (so you don’t crash from them)
2. When you are tired, take a GungHoR instead – convenient tiny liquid packet can take with you anywhere
3. You will note a smooth boost of energy & focus with no jitters or crash

“* Over time, GungHoR will also build brain health, capacity to focus and memory recall…but you won’t notice that in 3 days”

The above is a qoute from GungHo on the Challenge I accepted

The Challenge, how I got started:

We ran out of soda in the house and coffee for a while (we shop once a month with our disability checks, so this happens from time to time) and it was the perfect time to take the challenge! So no caffeine, sodas or energy drinks… just water on hand for a week. I went 3 days with just water, then I did a 2 day test (I gave my husband one to try too)… okay so I cheated on my challenge, by sharing… however my Mommy taught me to share and it has stuck with me. lol

I did start getting a headache for the first day without soda or caffeine… but it soon went away with some generic Aleve that I had on hand.

Gungho easy open pkg

My thoughts on Gungho:

I have run out of my GungHo and I am saddened by this, as it really did help me stay focused on the tasks at hand here, I can get so distracted by the Boob-Tube (which is almost always on here, since my husband has become disabled recently, so he’s home all the time)… and of course the demand of the blog, the keeping up with social media, emails and my 2 cuddly dogs demanding attention. The GungHo has helped me focus on one thing at a time and I just have to say, you need to try this to believe it!

On GungHo I am relaxed, yet more focused, I am energized but not shaky and I feel a sort of sense of wellness… a satisfied feeling that I cannot describe as anything else other than a cheerful disposition. Amazing the balance that has been achieved in this formulation and how completely they covered all the bases of this unique product, I’ve never experienced this before like I did with GungHo.

As I mentioned before, I shared one of the packets with my husband, he felt a little difference but being a man of few words he didn’t tell me much more than energized some and a feeling of the focus some as well.

Now the long term effects that are mentioned by GungHo, are brain health building… this is with longer term/daily use of GungHo and I would be tempted to keep a stash on hand for daily use, had I had the means to do so… with my very limited trial I am pleased!

Gungho Real Brain Science Information

Who would I recommend this product for?

Mothers, we know how draining just being a Mother can be!

Students, oh yes, as I always recommend with studying, take it as you study and then make sure to take it as you do your testing (the studies have all shown you must be in the same state as when you were studying for better recall when you are testing or public speaking for that matter).

Gamers, as some of you know, until I started blogging, I was an avid gamer since the 1990’s, and I really could have used this when my group would be in highly dangerous game areas and I was stuck spamming out heals constantly. Yes I always played the supporting role of a healer, it’s hard work, but really beneficial to most power gamers out there.

And those that have trying work/jobs, be it physical, mental or that have demonstrations or public speaking involved etc.

I would have loved this while working as a Cosmetologist and during memorizing lines and preforming in plays.

Now one of you can take the GungHo Challange for yourself, enter to win your own 3 pack sample of GungHo

Click here for the giveaway!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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 Good Luck… I hope to hear from the winners soon!

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New Refresh Line from Cheribundi, The Cherry People – Review & Giveaway


Logo for Cheribundi that says Cheribundi the Cherry People


Oh boy talk about a yummy refreshing project! I am ecstatic about Cheribundi’s new Refresh line of mixed tart cherry beverages.


Perhaps you may be familiar with Cheribundi original line of Tart Cherry Juices:

  1. Tru=Tart Cherry
  2. Skinny=Light
  3. Whey=Rebuild

I have had a sip of most of the flavors of the Tart Cherry Original Line, as my husband received them for his review (by the way, it helped with his gout) and I was impressed. Then I received my shipment of the Refresh line, a new line from Cheribundi (the sort of drink you’d enjoy with lunch) and I have to say WOW! This line is fun, with a large variety of flavors to choose from. I love both the Refresh line (both with Tart Cherries, of course) with the Fruit Blends and the Refresh Blends Tea line.

I’ve done it again folks,  for those that know me, they know that once before I’ve thought of a song for a company, using a familiar song that suddenly occurs to me as I think about the product. Here is my song that is going through my head (sung with the old tune “Cheri Baby”)… I am not sure if I am remembering the old song correctly for the exact change of wording to Cheribundi, but you get the idea. 🙂

“Che-rr-ibu-undi cheribundy, Che-r-i, Che-r-ibundi, Cheri won’t you be mine…yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di – ahh ah ah ahhhhhh.”

“(a special addition at the end… whispered) Cheribundi Refresh”

Something like that. lol Okay, so I am one silly ol’ gal here… what can I say I am a tad bit insane as well sharing and honest to a fault at times.

closeup of some of the Cheribundi Refresh Line

I received a nice big box shipped to my home full of all the delicious flavors of the New Refresh Line from Cheribundi to try. The white capped products are the fruit mixtures and the green capped beverages are the tea mixtures.

With Cheribundi Beverage, you can always count on the fact that they are not from a concentrate and they are all gluten free. And you can check the side of the bottle for the % of Juice as well as other information on their drinks, a nice and clear guide without needing to read all of the fine print.

If you are like me, there is a lot of Spring Cleaning and Yard Work that must be done in the very near future here, and as I do yard work, all the neighbors tend to come out and visit with me. I can purchase more of these tasty drinks to share with the neighbors when they drop by and I will truly need a truely thirst quenching drink from the Refresh line as I work hard too. Actually, these babies are ample in size at 16.9 FL OZ, big enough to share or to quench a really great big thirst. 🙂

I have enjoyed these drinks during an especially trying day of running around, doing chores and after (or during) a particularly stressful day. These beverages are such a great “pick me up” that I recommend them for midway through a work day as well as after a workout, gardening, yard-work or taking the kids to all their activities in a Mother or Fathers grueling day/evening, Refresh is the perfect name!

cherry benefits with the names of the links on Chreribundi's site written on it.

What are the benefits of Tart Cherries? Check out the Cheribundi website under “Cherry Benefits” and click on the 3 links on their page either on their sites picture of the cherry or on the sidebar to read all the many benefits of Tart Cherries.

I found many sites online mentioning the studies of Tart Cherries and the benefits of the anthocyanins & phytonutrients that are found in them. Some of the studies suggest:

  • It is anthocyanins that give tart cherries their color and there is scientific evidence that suggests that drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries can help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout.
  • In 2004 a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital, reported that phytocompounds in tart cherries suppress pain caused by inflammation about as well as the drug Indocin (Indomethacin). (Indocin is a powerful nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and it can cause many side effects.)
  • Anthocyanins have been shown to have pain relieving traits that are compared to Naproxen and Ibuprofen.
  • USDA funded study had discovered that tart cherries have a low glycemic index, are fat free, sodium free as well as high in vitamins C, B6, E and folic acid.
  • Tufts University Study confirmed that anthocyanins cross the blood-brain barrier. They had given anthocyanins to aging rodents and the study showed that animals that were given anthocyanins in their diet could get out of water faster and better than those that were not given anthocyanins. They also found reduced confusion and slowness in the rodents that were giving the anthocyanins.  As a result of this study it is believed that anthocyanins actually make the brain work better.

Wow, talk about a ton of information out there on the benefits of Tart Cherries, now I have to say that the Refresh line has less Cherries than their original line, but I feel you would still garner some benefit from the proprietary process that Cheribundi uses to make all their beverages as well as the fact that they pick their cherries at the peak of ripeness.

most of the Cheribundis new line Refresh

There are 5 flavors to choose from in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit blends and each are absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Lemonade,  Tart Cherry Blueberry, Tart Cherry Cranberry, Tart Cherry Pomegranate and last but not least Tart Cherry Raspberry. My favorite of the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit Blends? I have to admit it’s a very hard choice, as I love all these flavors. If I must choose a #1 Flavor of the Tart Cherry & Fruit Blends would be the Raspberry.

There are 4 flavors in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Tea blends and again they are all absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Rooibos Tea, Tart Cherry Black Tea, Tart Cherry Green Tea and last but not least Tart Cherry Jasmine Tea. I simply cannot pick a favorite of the tea blends, I love them all equally as well.

Honestly, I can think of times depending upon what I am looking for, since the flavors are (to me) Sweet, Tart or Sweet with a Tart finish in their Fruit Blends and the flavors are all different theirTea Blends, depending upon the tea used in the blend.

Hints, don’t forget to shake the bottles well and if you want something extra cold and don’t want to carry a cooler with you. You can put your bottle in the freezer for 30 minutes or so (depends upon your freezer, I bet) to get a fast cool down so you still have a very portable bottle to carry with you….I’ve done this when I needed to go somewhere and forgot to put my Cheribundi in my Fridge over night (just don’t forget it or you may have a mess from a frozen overflow in your freezer to clean up).

close up of the Cheribundi Refresh in Tart Cherry Lemonade

If you want to freeze or partially freeze it, so you have time to drink it cold from a couple of hours to on in your day and you are away from a Fridge,  here is the best way to freeze it, Open up the bottle drink out of your bottle (to about 1 to 2 inches out of space between the cheribundi and the cap) and place in your freezer for the desired amount of time (again depending upon when you will be drinking it).

I highly recommend Cheribundi Refresh as I really love the line and my husband has liked the sips of it that he’s tried too.  I also recommend that you consider the Refresh Line from Cheribundi to help you get away from the soda pop, there are enough varieties of flavors that I am sure you will find one to your liking.

I would be remiss if I did not to mention this review by my husband, I tried some of them and found them taste as well. To read more about Cheribundi and their original product, Click Here (this will take you to my husband’s review as it opens the link in a new window or tab to make it easy to come back here and enter the giveaway here).

Okay and now for the Giveaway, one of you will win a variety case of Cheribundi Refresh, just like I received! This giveaway is limited to the Continental US.
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a case of Cheribundi Refresh to try for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Cheribundi and me.