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Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02

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Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Box

Dave Asprey is one of the newest Quarterly Box curators, and also one of the most popular! I wasn’t familiar with him before he launched on Quarterly, but after checking out his new book I was intrigued. Here’s the quick background from Amazon:

In his midtwenties, Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley multimillionaire. He also weighed 300 pounds, despite the fact that he was doing what doctors recommended: eating 1,800 calories a day and working out 90 minutes a day, six times a week.When his excess fat started causing brain fog and food cravings sapped his energy and willpower, Asprey turned to the same hacking techniques that made his fortune to “hack” his own biology, investing more than $300,000 and 15 years to uncover what was hindering his energy, performance, appearance, and happiness. From private brain EEG facilities to remote monasteries in Tibet, through radioactive brain scans, blood chemistry work, nervous system testing, and more, he explored traditional and alternative technologies to reach his physical and mental prime.

And his quick Quarterly bio:

Dave Asprey is the founder of Bulletproof, and his blog reaches more than 1.5 million visitors each month. His mailings include things that optimize your performance as a human.

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Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Items

The Subscription Box: Dave Asprey Quarterly Box

The Cost: $100

The Products: Things that optimize your performance as a human

Ships: Worldwide. (additional charges for international shipping).

Check out all of my Dave Asprey Box reviews!

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Letter

Each Quarterly curator includes a letter detailing the items included. Dave wanted to do a video letter instead, so you can check it out if you like!

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Instant

Instant Cordyceps – Value $35

This product is completely new to me, here is the product description:

Cordyceps mushroom is an adaptogen, not a stimulant, so it helps you maintain constant energy levels. It does this by activating the body’s own energy production in the cells. Whether working out or looking for a balanced afternoon pick-me-up, cordyceps is the nature’s miracle booster!

I’m tea drinker, so I’m going to try this out. (And it looks like mushroom tea may be the new “it” beverage).

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 BioCreatine

Natural Stacks BioCreatine – Value $20

This is supposed to be good for both building muscle, increased strength, and cognitive function. I don’t think I’m in the right target demographic to try it, but maybe my husband will be interested.

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Bulletproof

Unfair Advantage (2 Mini Shots) – Value $4

I’m happy to see that Dave has included something from his own line in the box this time! (I was expecting samples of Bulletproof coffee in the first box, but now I’m thinking his assumption is that you are subscribing to this box, you’ve already sampled the basics and read the Bulletproof Diet book).

This supplement is meant to be taken once a day and is supposed to increase mitochondria and support cognitive function.

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Gemini

MobilityWOD Gemini – Value $34.95

Subscribers will either get the Gemini or the Supernova. The Gemini is designed for working the spine, and the Supernova is for all over soreness. My husband tried this out on his back and really liked it, so that is a win for us!

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Test

Berkeley Test Saliva Nitric Oxide Test Strips – Value $13

These strips test your saliva for Nitric Oxide. A little bit more about these strips:

Berkeley Test 5-day pack contains 10 individually sealed nitric oxide test strips per packet. Berkeley Test is the most affordable and easy to use multi-daily self-monitoring disposable saliva test strip for measuring nitric oxide status. Nitric oxide is a naturally produced cardio-protective factor that promotes vascular wellness. To promote vascular health, you can now self-check your nitric oxide status derived from eating heart healthy vegetables and leafy greens. Each of us are different and the demand for nitric oxide varies based on your lifestyle. Nitric oxide will rise and fall throughout the day, therefore, the challenge is to maintain a steady elevated state by incorporating plant-based foods into your diet. Beets and leafy greens, such as spinach, mixed with colorful fruits and vegetables are converted by the body to nitric oxide which is vital for promoting blood flow and increasing stamina during exercise. In 1998, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for the discovery of the importance of nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system.

I tried one out (they are easy enough to use), and it showed that I’m not hitting the target Nitric Oxide rich diet zone. They recommend testing throughout the day to get a consistent reading, so hopefully this reading is just off, otherwise I need to up my spinach intake!

Dave Asprey Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BIO02 Armour

Under Armour Armourbite Mouthpiece – Value $30

This mouthpiece is supposed to “unlock the power of the jaw so you can unleash your full potential as an athlete.” Specifically, it has been shown to increase strength, increase endurance, and improve reaction time.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $137. I think that value is good for the target audience of this box, and watching the video letter you can tell just how passionate Dave is about every item, so you definitely get an active curator with this subscription!

What do you think of #BIO02?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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14 Comments

  1. Slight less disappointed with this box then the previous. At least there wasnt as many coupons which is BS to put in a box IMO. Glad he included something from his company but 1 days sample? Really?? I dont know what I’m supposed to feel in one day but I didnt. The mouthpiece seems like a gimmick but I’m going to let my college athlete cousin try it out and we’ll see if he does anything better since he’s already a double scholarship in baseball/football. If he shows any improvement I’ll go buy one myself. Oh and if any one ever reads the word “adaptogen” that’s code for BS. That is a word made up and used with just about any one selling snake oil. There was a drink my dad bought from a friend and I went to their seminar and someone asked the guy what that was. His answer: It is a molecule that gives you whatever your body is lacking. It will literally adapt itself to give you what you need.” Bull. Shit. I’m not a chemist but I did take it HS/college and I’m pretty sure that molecules/atoms/compounds are building blocks. They dont change to give you what you need. When you drink water and are lacking in Vitamin C the molecule of water doesnt go “Hmmm after checking Tiny’s lab values, I see he would be better served if I was orange juice. Let me just rearrange the laws of physics to become something I’m not.” Let me put it to you this way if I said I had Dr. Bro’s Magical Tonic that is guaranteed to regrow your hair, help you lose weight, build muscle, sleep better, have better sex, more stamina etc. because it’s full of Adaptogens would you buy it? If so I’ll make you a deal. I did like the WOD but I wish I got the Gemini instead of the Supernova. Something again that could have been saved to a future box rather than rolling the dice on what you get. If anyone wants to trade HMU. I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’ll do another. So far I been less than impressed.

  2. I had the instant reishi tea (same brand) from a different box and it was so good. It was really hard to find at the time, glad to see I can get it from…urban outfitters 😀

  3. Not saying this is the case with his supplements but there have been recent studies done that show a really high percentage of supplements do not contain what they advertise and contain ingredients not listed.

  4. When I saw the spoiler of the mobility wod and the bulletproof body theme I cancelled mizzfit and subscribed to this one. I really regreted it as the only thing I like and been using is the mobility Wod. I could have bought the wod paying shipping , bought mizz fit box and still have 10.00 to spend in anything else… I hoping I can sell in ebay the mushroom tea and the mouthpiece. BTY I was one of the subscribers who got an Epic snack.

  5. I really like this box, wish I had grabbed one, the only thing that throws me off is the mouth guard, but I could still get on board with it.

  6. This is my second Asprey box. Both have been life changing awesome. The test strips and the colostrum in the first box and mobility Wod in the second. I am trying to get in shape and these products came in time to help me overcome serious obstacles that were holding me back. Building muscle and recovering quicker from painful injuries. I had a car accident 20 years ago that has left me with reoccurring neck and shoulder pain. That mobility wod has ended the pain. Every time it starts to flare up I get it out and work it over the area and it goes away. This is after a lifetime of massage therapy and medical intervention. I wish I had known about this 20 years ago!

    • Wait, wait. Colostrum in the first box? As in… the first release of breast milk? Okay, now I have to go search because I’m both a little bit icked out and supremely intrigued at the same time!

      • It’s from cows. Animals have colostrum too. I think colostrum is only good for babies of whatever species it comes from, but I guess I’m not the target audience for this stuff either.

  7. I am SO not the target audience for this….

    • Me neither.

      • and that makes three of us….I’m always suspicious of new supplements and additives too, they don’t require FDA approval. Energy type drinks are especially suspect as well…..but maybe that’s just me:)

        • Yeah, a lot of the supplements are homeopathic (i.e. not supported by science). Basically the only rule governing supplements is that they aren’t allowed to claim that they cure or treat a specific illness. They can only make general claims like “supports immune system” or in this case “supports cognitive function.” The FDA and FTC are solely focused on making sure the supplements don’t claim to treat a specific illness, and contain what they purport to claim. The other claims are basically unregulated.

          That being said, I would be interested in trying the mouthguard since I am always grinding my teeth (and being chastised by dentist for it.)

          • I ground my teeth in grad school to the point where some of them cracked and I needed a crown. I got a custom fit mouth guard from the dentist, though. Pricy, but so much more tolerable (and longer-lasting) than the generic ones at Target.

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