Elations is officially described as “an innovative, delicious fruit-juice–based drink to combat joint discomfort.” Basically, it’s a liquid version of the nutritional supplements glucosamine, chondroitin, Vitamin C and calcium. We tasted 2 flavors, Elations Raspberry White Grape and Elations Cranberry Apple.
The drink comes in 6 packs consisting of 8 oz. plastic bottles with the recommendation that you should drink one each day “for best results.” The shape of the packaging resembles a small bottle of apple juice that you might buy at a coffee shop where breakfast juices aren’t the top item on the menu.
Both flavors of the drink are red in color, like a cherry-flavored juice. You have to look carefully to tell the flavors apart, as the colors of the caps on the bottles are exactly the same (purple). The labels are the differentiator, with the Raspberry White Grape flavor showcasing a purple logo/flavor listing, while Cranberry Apple uses a pink color scheme.
Interestingly, both flavors list the exact same ingredients:
Elations Raspberry White Grape / Elations Cranberry Apple
Water and 2% or less of each of the following: apple juice concentrate, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, CCM (calcium hydroxide, citric acid, malic acid), sucralose, born trihydroxide, Red 40, calcium disodium EDTA (to protect color), natural and artificial flavors
Each flavor sports 30 calories per 8 oz. bottle (which is considered a serving). They also feature 8 g of carbs, 1 g of which is sugars. On the nutritional supplement side of things, you’ll also get 300 mg of calcium, 1500 mg of glucosamine HCl, 1200 mg of chondroitin sulfate, and 6 mg of boron.
OK, enough of the details. How does this stuff taste?
Elations Raspberry White Grape is officially described as a “delicate blend of raspberry and white summer grape flavors that is fresh, delicate and satisfying.” When I opened the bottle, I was greeted by a berry/grape smell. Upon that first taste, my reaction was, “this doesn’t taste like white grape at all.” The flavor is amazingly artificial with a very filmy mouthfeel present throughout the drink. There isn’t much flavor at the beginning of the sip, but it’s the aftertaste that will get you. You can tell there’s sucralose in there. It’s not very good overall.
Meanwhile, Elations Cranberry Apple is noted as a “soft, aromatic blend of cranberry and apple that’s unexpectedly smooth, not tart.” Seriously? I didn’t find much apple flavor at all, mostly just a berry sensation. And like Raspberry White Grape, there was a filmy, artificial flavor throughout the experience. Yuck.
Even if the flavor was decent, I have to question the economics of going with a liquid beverage to stock up on these supplements. I did some quick math based on the per bottle price of a bottle of Elations via their website ($31.96 for 24 bottles = $1.33 per bottle, daily serving 1 bottle) vs. purchasing a bottle of glucosamine/chondroitin from a drug store (Walgreens, $31.99 for 150 pills, daily serving 3 pills). If you breakdown the daily dosage, the pill form is about $0.63 per serving vs. Elations being about $1.33 per serving. This drink is considerably more expensive.
Overall, we’re not a fan either of the flavors of Elations. On top of that, the nutritional benefit comes at an inflated price vs. other available means. However, if you are looking for a liquid take on your joint supplements, then it may be something that fits your needs. Just not ours.