Everything You Need to Know About BANG Energy Drinks
So, you’ve probably seen some of your classmates, co-workers, or even random people drinking colorful cans of VPX’s BANG Energy Drink, right? If you haven’t tried one of these, you’re also probably wondering what these are, why people are drinking them, and how you can get your hands on some, am I still right? This article briefly summarizes everything you need to know about BANG energy drinks, why their ingredients are beneficial for your body, and how these compare to other big-name energy drinks.
According to VPX Sport’s website, BANGs are not your stereotypical high sugar, life-sucking soda masquerading as an energy drink! Unlike BANGs, those other high sugar drinks spike blood sugar producing metabolic mayhem causing you to crash harder than a test dummy into a brick wall. BANG energy drinks provide potent brain & body-rocking fuel: CoQ10, Creatine, Caffeine, & BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids).
CoQ10 is an enzyme that provides many positive effects in the body. It may not sound natural, but the reason it isn’t classified as a “vitamin” is because all humans produce CoQ10 in small amounts. CoQ10 (commonly referred to as ubiquinone or ubiquinol) is involved in important functions such as supplying cells with energy (CoQ10 is involved in the fat/nutrient to energy conversion process within the cell’s mitochondria), transporting electrons, regulating blood pressure, supports a healthy cardiovascular system, protecting cells from damage caused by free radical (Hey, those are called antioxidants!), aids in recycling other nutrients (such as vitamins C and E), slows down the effects of aging, protects cognitive health, to name a few…Pretty sweet!
CREATINE (as Creatyl-L-Leucine)
The super creatine inside BANG drinks is called Creatyl-L-Leucine, a creatine molecule bonded to L-Leucine. Typical creatine is found naturally in muscle cells and helps your muscles produce energy during intense exercise. Supplemental creatine is popular in athletes because it increases muscle (sun’s out, guns out, right?!), enhances strength, and improves overall exercise performance. A VPX representative stated the following about the Creatyl-L-Leucine in BANGs,
"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats.... if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."
We all know and love caffeine, especially when Mondays roll around and we have to get up at 5 AM (I know I do!). Caffeine, in short, stimulates your central nervous system which can make you feel more awake and give you a boost of energy. BANGs have a whopping 300 mg (just over roughly 2 cups of coffee). If you enjoy a good boost, these are for you! If you are sensitive to caffeine or are pregnant/breastfeeding/have sleeping disorders/GERD/ulcers/high blood pressure, I would talk to your primary care provider before drinking BANGs. VPX has put out a caffeine-free version, but in my honest opinion they just don’t taste the same.
BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS (BCAAs)
BCAAs are amazing for energy and protein synthesis (gains, baby!) and must be supplemented by your diet as your body does not produce them. BCAAs include leucine, isoleucine and valine, all of which are included in BANG energy drinks. Below are brief descriptions of each.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), L-leucine is important for protein synthesis, contributes to regulation of blood-sugar levels, aids in growth and repair of muscle and bone tissue, increases growth hormone production, and promotes wound healing. Leucine also prevents breakdown of muscle proteins after trauma or severe stress (think about your insane weight lifting sessions that leave your arms feeling like noodles, that’s stress!).
It is also stated that L-isoleucine is beneficial for building proteins and muscle (a process called proteinogenesis), energy production (isoleucine is broken down into acetyl-CoA, an energy precursor used in the Krebs Cycle), as well as the production of glucose which also provides your cells with energy (a process called gluconeogenesis). Isoleucine sounds like another home-run in my book!
Lastly, L-valine is accredited for creation of proteins (Awe yeah, bring on more gains!), energy production, aids in sleep and appetite control, and can boost your immune system. Most importantly, valine is attributed for its muscle tissue recovery properties and increasing exercise endurance, allowing you to push harder for longer periods of time (Especially for you people that work out 2 to 3 hours a day!).
BANGs AND OTHER ENERGY DRINKS
I REALLY wanted to compare each of the main market energy drinks to give you a chance to see just how crazy awesome BANGs are. Below are the main ingredients relevant to each energy drink:
16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar. (Cost: $2.00 - $2.25)
16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar (Cost: $1.99)
16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar (Cost: $1.99)
16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar (Cost: $1.99)
As an avid BANG drinker, myself, I highly recommend BANGs over other energy drinks simply because of the sugar content difference alone. High sugar content, when consumed on a regular basis can increase the risk of obesity – this is important because most fat accumulated on a person isn’t due to high fat intake, it’s actually related to the insane amounts of SUGAR consumed; other risks that increase due to high sugar includes hyperglycemia (high blood sugar, which can damage vessels supplying blood to vital organs), the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, decreased immune function, tooth decay…you get my point, the list goes on!
WHY DO I CARE?
Not only are bangs just better for your overall health, they taste pretty dang good, too! This article was intended to show you a better alternative to your traditional energy drink and educate you about what exactly a BANG energy drink is, what ingredients make up the drink itself along with their benefits, and lastly to compare this drink to other big-name energy drinks that are in the market.
Hopefully you gained some insight to these amazing drinks and will look for these at places like Abilene’s Complete Nutrition, VPX Sports, HEB, Marketplace, or Bodybuilding.com.
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