Yunker Formulated Energy Drink by Japanese company SatoAt CVS looking for a new energy drink to try. Was thinking of a new flavor of Fuel 7-Hour Energy, but I wanted something more than one small shot to drink. Then I saw this long box of Yunker. Looks like a taller bottle, and there were Chinese characters on it to boot.

So I get home and when I open the box, inside I see a long plastic case holding this small bottle. I had neglected to notice that the label said that it contained only 1 fluid ounce (30 mL). This is what else was on the label:



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The metal cap had a baby elephant on it. The liquid was coffee-colored. I took one sip, which sent a frisson throughout my body and caused the back of my throat to burn. It’s like a potent version of coke, but not carbonated. I read that this has only 50 milligrams of caffeine, but the stinging sensation in your mouth will wake you up.

But it didn’t give me the jolt of energy that I’ve come to expect from American energy drinks. This is more like something you drink everyday for its health benefits and not as an instant productivity booster.

It contains 100 milligrams of royal jelly, 100 miligrams of epimedium (leaf) fluid extract, 100 miliigrams of cnidium (fruit) fluid extract, 10 milligrams of Oriental ginseng (root) extract and 3 milligrams of English hawthorn (fruit) extract.

Direction for use: Take one bottle (30 mL) daily. For Adults Use Only – Keep Out of the Reach of Children.

INGREDIENTS: water, sugar, ethyl alcohol, DL-malic acid, natural and artificial flavorings, royal jelly, epimedium (leaf) fluid extract, cnidium (fruit) fluid extract, caramel as a color additive, sodium hydroxide, sodium benzoate as a preservative, oriental ginseng (root) extract, di-alpha tocopheryl acetate, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin 5′-phophate sodium, thiamine mononitrate, english hawthorn (fruit) extract, buytlparaben and propylparaben as a preservative, cyanocoblalamin.

SUPPLEMENT FACTS: 30 calories, 7 grams carbohydrates (all from sugars), 10 IU of vitamin E, 4.2 grams of thiamin (280% of DV), 3.8 grams riboflavin (223% of DV), 10 milligrams of niacin (50% of DV), 5 milligrams of vitamin B6 (250% of DV), 2.0 micrograms of vitamin B12 (33%), 30 miliigrams of sodium (1% of DV).

Manufactured by SATO PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.  1-5-27 Motoakasaka Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107-0051, Japan.

Reports of serious side effects associated with use of this product can be sent to: Sato Pharmaceutical, Inc. 20501 Earl Street, Suit [sic] 3, Torrance, CA 90503.

UPC Code 3 49873 91611 8. LOT AXAP US-A.

I wouldn’t buy it for the taste or flavor, and this is just too expensive for me to drink everyday to see if it has any substantial benefits for the body. Price: around $2.99.