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Seven Select Japanese Energy Drinks that You Can Buy at Drugstores and Convenience Stores

Japanese energy drinks are great for boosting your energy while traveling, and as gifts to take home. This list introduces seven products that are readily available in drugstores and convenience stores.

2018.03.08
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1. Zena F0-I α (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

This is a drink that combines seven types of natural ingredients such as carrots, for strength and nourishment, and cistanche deserticola, a shrub-like herb that grow in deserts, with taurine and vitamins. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 500 JPY (excl.tax) for 50ml
Indications: Supplemental nutrition to boost strength and nourishment, and to overcome weakness and fatigue.


1. Zena F0-I α (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

2. Tiovita Drink (Taiho Pharmaceutical)

This is a drink recommended to supplement vitamin Bs, such as vitamin B1, which is depleted through physical exhaustion. It also includes 1,000mg of the active ingredient, taurine. It has a pleasant, mixed-fruit flavor. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 146 JPY (excl.tax) for 100ml
Indications: Supplemental nutrition to boost strength and nourishment, and to overcome weakness and fatigue.


2. Tiovita Drink (Taiho Pharmaceutical)

3. Alinamin V (Takeda Consumer Healthcare)

This is a drink recommended for when your body is tired, but you want to keep going. It includes fursultiamine hydrochloride, which is a vitamin B1 derivative, as well as vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and anhydrous caffeine. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 280 JPY (excl.tax) for 50ml
Indications: Improve or prevent fatigue; maintain or improve immunity and concentration; improve or prevent physical issues due to lack of nutrition.


3. Alinamin V (Takeda Consumer Healthcare)

4. Chocola BB Royal 2 (Eisai)

This drink is recommended for when you are tired. It includes vitamin B2, royal jelly, amino acids, and taurine. It is also effective as a nutritional supplement in the case of ailments that cause fever and fatigue such as colds. It has a rich yet refreshing flavor. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 309 JPY (incl.tax) for 50ml
Indications: Supplemental nutrition to boost strength and nourishment, and to overcome weakness and fatigue.


4. Chocola BB Royal 2 (Eisai)

5. Lipovitan D11 (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

This is a drink that is appropriate as a nutritional supplement for people who feel they are always exhausted or are tired due to overexertion. It is effective for maintaining or improving concentration and improving or preventing fatigue. It includes three types of natural ingredients (Siberian ginseng, cistanche deserticola and goji berries) and 11 active ingredients such as taurine (1,500mg) and arginine hydrochloride. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 350 JPY (excl.tax) for 100ml
Indications: Maintain or improve strength, immunity and concentration; improve or prevent fatigue; improve or prevent physical issues due to weakness (including due to age).


5. Lipovitan D11 (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

6. Lipovitan Fine (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

This product is in the same series as Lipovitan D11 and includes 1,000mg of taurine, various vitamin Bs and inositol in one bottle. It is recommended for when you are tired. It is also popular as a healthy energy drink with just 6kcal per bottle and no sugar. It has a pleasant peach and grapefruit flavor. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 157 JPY (incl.tax) for 100ml
Indications: Maintain or improve strength, immunity and concentration; improve or prevent fatigue; improve or prevent physical issues due to weakness (including due to age).


6. Lipovitan Fine (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

7. Lipovitan Non-Caffeinated (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

This is also a part of the Lipovitan series and is a caffeine-free version that is appropriate to take before going to sleep. There is 1,000mg of taurine and various vitamin Bs, to name a few, in one bottle. It is a designated quasi-drug.

Sample prices: E.g. 146 JPY (excl.tax) for 100ml
Indications: Supplemental nutrition to boost strength and nourishment, and to overcome weakness and fatigue.


7. Lipovitan Non-Caffeinated (Taisho Pharmaceutical)

There is a large variety of energy drinks in Japan, so give them a try.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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