Science (and paradox) Behind Bang Energy

The Science Behind Bang Energy

THIS DRINK IS A PARADOX!!! The caffeine content means you should not have this every day, but the ingredients suggest this drink is trying to be an everyday workout supplement. Even the purposes of the ingredients create a paradox.

Look at the four Key Ingredients:

⚡(1) Caffeine content is 300mg per can – you can only have 400mg caffeine per day if you’re a healthy adult, and you’re only supposed to have 200mg caffeine at one time according to several scientific and regulatory bodies like the EFSA. This is Fatigue Level 4 (of 5!). Bang Energy is powerful stuff! This is not for everyday use: save the big guns for when you ABSOLUTELY need it.

⚡(2) “SUPER Creatine”, because when you PATENT an ingredient, you get to NAME it! If Super Creatine has the same benefits as regular creatine that means it will help with muscle gainz! Creatine is used during the first seconds of exercise, before anaerobic metabolism (that’s glycolysis for you biochem nerdsor aerobic metabolism (meaning the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain).


The biggest problem with regular creatine (or creatine monohydrate, as it’s usually sold) is that it’s not that great at staying soluble in water. SUPER Creatine is chemically structured (via amide bond protection) to be more soluble in liquids than regular creatine. Super! Here’s a preview of the patent:

“The subject invention provides stable aqueous compositions of at least one amide-protected, biologically-active form of creatine (creatyl-amide) molecule, wherein the carboxylic acid group of creatine is linked to, for example, an amino group of an amine, an amino acid or a peptide, thereby forming an amide bond.”

-Patent – Stable aqueous compositions comprising amide-protected bioactive creatine species and uses thereof  [US 8445466 B2]

The Caffeine – Creatine Paradox:

Caffeine is better for endurance events than power/strength exercises. For creatine, the opposite is true. Creatine is better for short duration exercises because creatine becomes phosphocreatine aka creatine phosphate, which releases energy to the cells during stress. [SEE IMAGE ABOVE] Creatine and caffeine serve opposite purposes, meaning it makes little sense to take them both.

The disparity in how they work suggests caffeine and creatine don’t have any synergistic effect. It’s highly unlikely the two interact, pharmacokinetically, but a few studies suggest caffeine and creatine have opposing effects on muscle relaxation time: caffeine prolongs muscle relaxation time because it is a vasodilator; creatine shortens muscle relaxation time. Consuming both caffeine and creatine may decrease the effectiveness of creatine, but this evidence is very limited. Think about it: you’d want to test one-rep-max in a clinical trial with creatine supplements but you’d want to test endurance in clinical trials with caffeine.

⚡(3) “Ultra CoQ10” – This one also has an extreme sporty sounding name because, like “Super Creatine”, “Ultra CoQ10” is patented to be more soluble, according to this article by New Hope Network. But what does it do?

CoQ10 helps the production of ATP, the chemical form of energy. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant by reduce plaque buildup in the arteries and reducing the damage LDL does to blood vessels.

CoQ10, aka coenzyme Q10, supplementation longer than 4 weeks has been reported to provide benefits for the long-term endurance athlete, however, this benefit has not been proven conclusively. There’s much more evidence around caffeine and endurance, so it’s difficult to justify using CoQ10 since it doesn’t seem to do anything at doses under 90 mg.

⚡(4) “BCAA Aminos” (Yes, this is redundant – “Branched Chain AMINO Acid Aminos”!) –   BCAAs prevent fatigue during exercise because they limit the amount of muscle broken down during exercise. Like caffeine and CoQ10, BCAAs are better for endurance events than for power/strength events (which makes creatine the odd duck in this energy drink).

BCAAs are proven to help with muscle fatigue since the muscle uses these types of amino acids as fuel during long-term endurance events.  In long-term endurance events, your body starts using amino acids after it’s used up the available carbohydrates as fuel.

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10 thoughts on “Science (and paradox) Behind Bang Energy

  • I am surprised you didn’t do an HPLC analysis of BANG and realize that the amount of BCAA’s Creatine and q-10 are not of physiological significance. BCAA’s need to be consumed in the multi-gram amounts. Bang has 50mg. YOu need at least 100 bangs to get enough for any value. How come you you don’t bring this up. BANG is a scam…just caffeine and water with crappy flavors

    • Yes!!! I love your comment! Oh trust me, Ive RAILED against Bang for this LOTS of places. See I have committed on Jack Owac’s posts on LinkedIn too. And I’ve slammed Bang for this a lot on my Instagram page countless times. I should update this post though to make these concerns clear. Thanks for bringing this up and for reading my blog.

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