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Sprayable Caffeine Has the Same Punch as a Cup of Joe

Update Date: Aug 23, 2013 12:16 PM EDT

For a lot of people, work will not get done until they have had their first cup of coffee. Coffee, which contains caffeine, helps wake up people and keep their brains working throughout the morning. For people who need an extra pick me up but do not want to chug down another cup of coffee, a new product that promises to provide the same amount of energy might soon be available worldwide. This product, the "Sprayable Energy," works by spraying caffeine directly onto the skin.

"Sprayable Energy" was created by biochemist Ben Yu, 26, from the United States. Yu describes his new product as a great alternative for people who do not want to gain extra calories from sweeteners and milk or creamer that are often paired with coffee. On top of that, for some people, drinking coffee too much or too fast could result in a buzzed feeling, which would not happen with the spray. The spray would not stain one's teeth or leave an aftertaste.

"[Sprayable Engery] can be taken in seconds, doesn't make you crash, is more affordable than current products and isn't full of mystery ingredients," the website wrote.

This product works by directly spraying the odorless liquid onto the skin. The skin absorbs the caffeine, which then gets distributed throughout the body over the course of a few hours. Caffeine is the only active ingredient in the spray. The effects of the spray supposedly last longer than coffee and could provide people with more energy. The spray is currently produced in a small aluminum bottle that promises to hold 160 sprays, which contains the same amount of caffeine in 40 cups of coffee. One spray is equivalent to around one-fourth of the caffeine found in one cup of coffee, but the spray works as effectively as the full cup.

"The reason for this [lower caffeine amount] is our product not being ingested, isn't almost entirely metabolized by the liver before entering your system and become available to your body. Thus a smaller amount of caffeine can have just the same effect as a very large amount of caffeine ingested through an energy drink or cup of coffee," the website explained.

Yu was able to create this product after consulting his own father, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry. Together, they worked to find a way for the body to absorb caffeine through the skin. They discovered that by using an amino acid called tyrosine, it made the caffeine five times more soluble.

Before this product can be popular, consumers must be made aware of the product and its effects. Yu and Deven Soni, 33, his venture capitalist business partner are working to raise enough funds to put their product on crowd-sourcing website, Indiegogo. The duo has already surpassed their goal of $15,000. The website recommends that people keep their spray limits to under 20 spritzes a day. The product is currently selling for $15 a piece. 

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