Energy Drinks: Vitamins

Families, Food and Fitness October 28, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Energy drinks typically add a variety of B Vitamins. They can vary widely in the types and amounts of vitamins supplemented in each serving. Here are two examples of beverages' mineral content listings:

  • Enviga – Calcium 20% DV (200 mg)
  • SoBe Essential Energy – Zinc 20% DV
  • Coke One – 15% Magnesium & Zinc

Vitamin A

  • Most had no Vitamin A
  • Glaceau vitamin water
    • 25% DV in a bottle
  • Upper Limit established
    • About 280% to 335% of the recommended intake

Vitamin C

  • Sometimes added
  • Range:
    • Glaceau Vitamin Water (20 oz.) = 100% DV
    • SoBe Essential Energy (16 oz.) = 200% DV
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 300% DV
  • Upper Limit established
    • About 2200% to 2600% of the recommended intake

Vitamin E

  • Most had no Vitamin E
  • Aquafina Alive Water Beverage (16.9 oz.)
    • 20% DV
  • Upper Limit established
    • About 5500% to 6600% of the recommended intake

Vitamin K

  • None had Vitamin K listed on label
  • Green tea naturally contains Vitamin K
    • No upper limit established BUT…
    • Warfarin and other blood thinning medications

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

  • Sometimes added
  • Range:
    • AMP Energy Mountain Dew (16 oz.) = 40% DV
    • Full Throttle (24 oz.) = 60% DV
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 600% DV
  • No Upper Limit established

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

  • Frequently added
  • Range:
    • Aquafina Alive Water Beverage (16.9 oz.) = 20% DV
    • Red Bull (8.3 oz.) = 100%
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 150% DV
  • Upper Limit established
    • About 165% to 250% of the recommended intake

Vitamin B5

  • Sometimes added
  • Range:
    • Red Bull (8.3 oz.) = 50% DV
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 150% DV
  • No Upper Limit established

Vitamin B6

  • Frequently added
  • Range:
    • Aquafina Alive Water Beverage (16.9 oz.) = 20% DV
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 150% DV
    • SoBe Essential Energy (16 oz.) = 200% DV
    • Red Bull (8.3 oz.) = 250% DV
  • Upper Limit established
    • >6000% of the recommended intake

Vitamin B12

  • Frequently added
  • Range:
    • Aquafina Alive Water Beverage (16.9 oz.) = 20% DV
    • Red Bull (8.3 oz.) = 80% DV
    • Rock Star (24 oz.) = 150% DV
    • SoBe Essential Energy (16 oz.) = 200% DV
  • No Upper Limit established



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Lesson Contents
I. Energy Drinks: Introduction
II. Energy Drinks: History
III. Energy Drinks: Contents
IV. Energy Drinks: Examples
V. Energy Drinks: Advice
VI. Energy Drinks: Vitamins and Minerals
VII. Energy Drinks: Calories
VIII. Energy Drinks: Cost
IX. Energy Drinks: Things to Remember
X. Energy Drinks: References


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