Zipfizz is an energy supplement manufactured by the Zipfizz Corporation in Mill Creek, Washington. Each tube contains 10 calories, 2 g of net carbohydrates and 0 g of sugar. The company claims Zipfizz is a healthy alternative to other energy drinks that contain high levels of sugar and caffeine. Zipfizz is not approved by or reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Before taking the supplement, you should talk with your physician about energy drinks and your health.
There are 25 ingredients in Zipfizz, including vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants. The "four Gs" in Zipfizz are grape seed extract, ginger, green tea and ginseng. The product description lists guarana as a source of caffeine, but guarana is not included on the ingredient list.
Mix one shot of Zipfizz into one bottle of water. According to Zipfizz, you can take half a dose for less energy, but the company suggests taking the full dose to judge how your body reacts to the formula. You should feel an energy boost within 15 minutes of taking the supplement, and the boost should last four to six hours.
Possible Side Effects
Caffeine causes stimulant effects for up to 12 hours, according to Rice University. Taking Zipfizz late in the evening can cause sleeplessness or fatigue the following day. Caffeine blocks adenosine reception. Adenosine is essential for you to fall into deep sleep. With prolonged use, caffeine increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Guarana may cause irregular heartbeat, insomnia, headache and nausea. In rare cases, guarana causes an allergic reaction, with symptoms including swelling of the throat and hives. Seek emergency medical attention if guarana causes an allergic reaction.
Children and Caffeine
Zipfizz suggests parents choose whether or not children should take the supplement. According to Kid's Health, caffeine causes reduced concentration, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. Smaller amounts of caffeine are needed to cause these effects in children.
Zipfizz lists no health warnings. If you have diabetes or other illnesses, you should seek advice from a medical professional before taking the energy drink. Herbal supplements are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration, so there may be complications with some health conditions or prescription medications.
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