Ingredients in Amp Energy Drink

Ingredients are grouped by function. The Taste, Appearance, and Vitamin categories I won’t go into, but a search of the FDA’s food additive site says they are all common and found in many products at the grocery story. The “Marketables” as I call them is where the mystery behind the can lies.
(I made the breakdown so If anyone sees mistakes let me know)

What do you think of Energy Drinks? Are they Safe?

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Citric Acid
Orange Juice
Natural Flavor

Color/ Appearance
Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Hexametaphosphate
Gum Arabic
Calcium Disodium EDTA
Brominated Vegetable Oil
Yellow 5
Blue 1

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
Cyanocobalamin (B12)

Guarana Seed Extract
Panax Ginseng Root Extract

Source :
Sara M. Seifert, Judith L. Schaechter, Eugene R. Hershorin and Steven E. Lipshultz
Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Pediatrics. Pediatrics Pediatrics 2011;127:511–528

Ingredient    Description       Therapeutic Uses
Effect From EnergyDrinks
Adverse Effects
Caffeine a central
nervous system stimulant
used to treat apnea n bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature infants Increases exercise endurance
and improves cognition and
mood when fatigued or
-irritability -anxiety
-tachycardia -palpitations -upset stomach, -vomiting -abdominal pain,
-rigidity -hypokalemia -paralysis
-hallucinations -increased intracranial pressure -cerebral edema -seizures
-rhabdomyolysis -supraventricular and
ventricular tachyarrhythmias
Guarana A South American plant None known Stimulant, mainly through the
effects of caffeine, and
weight loss
Generally considered safe by the FDA
Center for Food Safety and Applied
An abundant amino acid in
the central nervous
system; acts in neural
growth and protection,
cell metabolism,
antioxidation, and
glycolysis; estimated
daily intake is 400 mg
Infant formula has been supplemented with taurine since the 1980s because of evidence that it promotes healthy development;
used to treat alcohol withdrawal,congestive heart failure, cystic
hypertension, diabetes, seizure
disorders, hepatitis
to promote eye and

biliary health and to
prevent congestive heart
failure by lowering blood
pressure while improving
cardiac contractility
considered safe by the FDA
Ginseng An East
Asian herb
Believed to improve memory,

stamina, and stimulate immune
Improve physical
Reported symptoms of ginseng

include diarrhea, vaginal bleeding,
headache, vertigo, mania, hypertension,
rashes, insomnia, irritability, Stevens-
Johnson syndrome, and
agranulocytosis; some of these
symptoms may be related to
contaminants, such as phenylbutazone
and aminopyrine, used in its processing