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VAAM Frequently Asked Questions

What is VAAM (Hornet Juice)?
What is the difference between VAAM and VESPA Sports?
What does VAAM taste like?
How much is VAAM?
Where can I purchase VAAM?
How many servings can I make out of 1 packet?
Why is VAAM different from the other electrolyte drinks?
What other forms does VAAM come in?
When is the best time to take VAAM?
Can I mix VAAM with a sports drink?
Can I use VAAM to lose weight?
Why is VAAM not available in the USA?
Are there any side effects from taking VAAM?
What type of sports is VAAM ideal for?
What is the Nutritional Value of VAAM?
What is the relationship between vaam-energy.com and hornetjuice.com?

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What is VAAM (Hornet Juice)?
VAAM, short for Vespa Amino Acid Mixture is a new type of Sports & Fitness drink by Meiji Milk Products from Japan, who worked with those responsible for the discovery to bring this commercial drink to the market, incorporating a newly discovered unique balance of 17 amino acids.

Large hornets about 5cm long (scientific name is vesper mandarin japonica) fly an amazing 100km in a single day. Mr Takashi Abe, a chemical researcher working for the "Chemical Science Research Center", has conducted extensive studies into the amazing stamina possessed by the wasp. He discovered that wasps ingest a nutrient containing a unique combination of 17 amino acids, secreted by wasp larvae. (Top)

What is the difference between VAAM and VESPA Sports Drink?
VAAM is the original hornet juice from Dr. Abe Takashi's patented VAAM wasp saliva formula. VESPA Sports drink is only made with hornet extract, as opposed to amino acids, and should not be mistaken for the real thing. (Top)

What does VAAM taste like?
VAAM is a clear, lightly carbonated beverage that has a hint of grapefruit flavor. VAAM comes in only one flavor. (Top)

How much is VAAM?
Check out VAAM price list here. (Top)

Where can I purchase VAAM?
VAAM is currently only available in Japanese sports shops, pharmacies and fitness clubs. However you may order online subject to availability. (Top)

How many servings can I make out of 1 packet?
One packet can make one serving however you can dilute the taste by adding more than one serving of water. For more information on how to use VAAM, click here. (Top)

Why is VAAM different from the other electrolyte drinks in the market?
According to Dr. Takashi Abe, the Japanese biochemist who developed VAAM, the concoction is not based on adding electrolytes and other substances lost during an athlete’s performance, but instead the amino acids in VAAM derived from Japanese giant hornets help the body burn the energy it already has. (Top)

What other forms does VAAM come in (aside from powder form)?
VAAM's manufacturer, Meiji Milk Products has come out with a range of VAAM products such as VAAM Juice, VAAM Water, VAAM Jelly. VAAM-Energy.com currently only sells the powder form. (Top)

When is the best time to take VAAM?
VAAM is extremely versatile and is suitable to be taken before the start of any physical activity, during any physical exertion and at the completion of your activities. But for best results take VAAM 0 - 30 minutes before activity. Make sure you take VAAM on an empty stomach (usually 2 - 4 hours after your last meal that included protein). (Top)


Can I mix VAAM with a sports drink?
You can mix VAAM with your favorite sports or juice drink. However DO NOT MIX VAAM with protein drinks as it will lose its effectiveness. (Top)

Can I use VAAM to lose weight?
Yes, by all means! VAAM expedites the metabolism of fat and also promotes better hydration of the body. Burning fat produces sweat — and thus improves hydration, These amino acids in VAAM can help make use of our stores of fat into energy. (Top)

Why is VAAM not available in the USA?
VAAM contains a small amount of an amino acid called tryptophan that is a neutral, genetically coded amino acid found in certain foods like fish. It is essential in human nutrition. However tryptophan was involved in a health controvery in the U.S in the late 80's. FDA took action to limit the availability of dietary supplements containing this amino acid because of the association between dietary supplements containing L-tryptophan and the 1989 epidemic outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) in the United States. In the summer and fall of 1989, an epidemic outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) occurred in the United States.

These cases of EMS were traced to L-tryptophan supplied by Showa Denko K.K. of Japan.

According to US law, Showa Denko was allowed to sell the tryptophan produced in genetically engineered bacteria without safety testing because they and other companies had been selling tryptophan produced in non-genetically engineered bacteria for years without ill effects. It was considered that the method of production (whether via natural or genetically engineered bacteria) was immaterial and that, since tryptophan had already been shown to be safe, the new material needed no testing. In effect they considered it substantially equivalent to the tryptophan that had been sold for many years.

This product was placed on the market, and within a few months it caused the deaths of 37 people and caused 1500 more to be permanently disabled (1). It took months to discover that the poisoning was due to toxin present in the tryptophan produced using Showa Denko's genetically engineered bacteria (1, 2). One factor that contributed to this time delay was the fact that the product was not labeled to distinguish it from tryptophan produced through conventional methods.

It was later shown that the tryptophan produced in genetically engineered bacteria contained one or more highly toxic contaminants. The most prominent of these, called EBT, was identified as a dimerization product of tryptophan. It comprised less than 0.1% of the total weight of the product, yet that was enough to kill people (1). Based on fundamental chemical and biochemical principles, scientists have deduced that this compound was probably generated when the concentration of tryptophan within the bacteria reached such high levels that tryptophan molecules or their precursors began to react with each other (5). Thus, it appears that genetic manipulationsled to increased tryptophan biosynthesis, which led to increased cellular levels of tryptophan and precursors. At these high levels, these compounds reacted with themselves, generating a deadly toxin. Being chemically quite similar to tryptophan, this toxin was not easily separated from tryptophan, and contaminated the final commercial product at levels that were highly toxic to consumers.

From the research that has been done, these facts are clear: (a) Batches of tryptophan produced by only one company, Showa Denko, were toxic. (b) These batches of tryptophan contained the contaminant EBT and possibly other compounds that are highly toxic and give rise to EMS-like symptoms when fed to rats. (c) Showa Denko had used genetically engineered bacteria in the fermentation process by which the toxic batches of tryptophan had been produced. (d) Showa Denko had also cut corners in the purification procedure used in preparing most of the toxic batches of tryptophan.

In conclusioon, the tryptophan in VAAM is safe, as it is non-genetically engineered unlike the batches of tryptophan manufactured by Showa Denko. (Top)


Are there any side effects from taking VAAM?
VAAM has been in the Japanese market since 1995 and there are no known and reported side effects (the supplements containing the contaminated tryptophan that caused EMS in the US).

First time users (usually runners) may experience cramping/stitches or mild bowel urgency, but this dissipates once the body gets used to the supplement. (Top)

What type of sport is VAAM ideal for?
Practically any endurance sport such as:
Marathons / Triathlons / Adventure Racing / Cycling / Swimming / Hockey / Soccer / Rugby / Tennis / Baseball / Basketball / Aerobics / Aero bike / Aquarobics / Jogging / Walking / Treadmill / Swimming / Gym Exercise / Squash. The list goes on as to which sports it can be used effectively in. Give it a try and see how it helps you.(Top)

What is the Nutritional Value of VAAM?
VAAM contains: Cane sugar, amino acids (proline, lysine, glycine, tyrosine, threonine, leucine, valine, phenylalanine, arginine, isoleucine, alanine, glutamic acid, tryptophan, histidine, serine, methionine, aspartic acid); flavoring, acidifier, sweetener (stevia, thaumatin)

VAAM Composition:

Energy : 42Kcal
Protein : 2.6g (as an amino acid)
Fat : 0.084g
Carbohydrate: 7.6g
Sodium : 0.77mg

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What is the relationship between vaam-energy.com and hornetjuice.com? ?
Vaam-energy.com is an affiliate/reseller of HornetJuice and VAAM from www.hornetjuice.com and www.vaam-energy.com
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