High 5 Zero Electrolyte Drink
High 5 Zero Electrolyte Drink Tablets
High 5 Zero is a zero-sugar low-carb anti-cramp electrolyte drink with added magnesium designed to help athletes maintain proper hydration.
As a zero sugar low carb drink it's an ideal training drink for people looking to burn fat during their exercise or for use by endurance athletes following a train low, race high approach where you train your body to burn fat by limiting your glycogen levels during training. Zero is virtually calorie free with just 11kcal per 500ml.
High 5 Zero has been independently tested by the Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences at University of Glasgow where researchers found that by simply drinking High 5 Zero instead of a normal carbohydrate sport drink 22 participants burned on average 41% more fat during exercise.
It's easy to use coming in dissolvable tablet form, just drop one High 5 Zero tablet into water where it quickly dissolves to make a refreshing electrolyte drink. Each tablet will make 500ml, a tube contains contains 20 tablets and therefore makes 10 litres of drink.
Also available Zero with a caffeine kick - High 5 Zero Xtreme
ZERO is the UK’s leading electrolyte sports drink tab. It produces a clean-tasting and highly refreshing drink with zero calories. The tabs contain light natural flavours with no artificial colours or preservatives. ZERO contains Vitamin C and 5 electrolytes, including sodium, magnesium and potassium.
Vitamin C in ZERO supports a healthy immune system, protects the cells from oxidative stress and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Magnesium in ZERO contributes to electrolyte balance, reduces tiredness and fatigue, whilst supporting muscle protein synthesis.
During exercise, athletes can be at risk from Hyponatremia, also known as water intoxication, which is generally the result of drinking excessive amounts of plain water with no electrolytes during endurance events. This causes a low concentration of sodium in the blood. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April, 2005) found that 13 percent of Boston Marathon runners developed Hyponatremia from drinking too much plain water.
Simply drop a tab into your re-usable sports bottle and watch it rapidly dissolve. The 20-tab tube makes up to 15 litres of drink, so it’s great value for money. With minimal packaging, ZERO is environmentally friendly and easy to keep with you. The easy-break tabs mean that you can choose your ideal drink strength.
ZERO is suitable for a wide range of sporting activities such as: football, rugby, biking, martial arts, motor racing, running, triathlon, swimming, hiking, aerobics and racquet sports. With a light non-sweet taste, ZERO can be consumed when working in hot environments such the mining and oil industry, fire fighting and the military.
- Light & refreshing sports drink with a hint of fruit
- Including Vitamin C and electrolytes, including sodium, magnesium and potassium
- Zero calories
- Suitable for a wide range of sporting activities
- With natural flavours. No artificial colours or preservatives.
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
High 5 Zero is available in 4 flavours (Berry, Citrus, Cherry Orange or Pink Grapefruit) as well as a taste free neutral flavour which can be used to increase the electrolyte content of other drinks.
Alternative Pack Sizes
Also available in 8 tube multi packs -
Further Product Information
- Zero Berry - MPN/EAN 50053124
- Zero Cherry Orange - MPN/EAN 50053018
- Zero Citrus - MPN/EAN 50551866
- Zero Neutral - MPN/EAN 50598434
- Zero Pink Grapefruit - MPN/EAN 50572915
High 5 Zero all flavours nutritional information per 4g Zero tablet/500ml drink -
- Energy - 11kcal
- Carbohydrate - 2.6g
- Protein - Trace
- Sodium - 0.25g
- Magnesium - 40mg
High 5 Zero Neutral nutritional information per 4g Zero tablet/500ml drink -
- Energy - 12kcal
- Carbohydrate - 3g
- Protein - Trace
- Sodium - 0.25g
- Magnesium - 60mg
High 5 Zero Berry - Maltodextrin, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sweeteners (sorbitol, saccharine, acesulfame k), tri sodium citrate, potassium citrate, malic acid, magnesium carbonate, flavouring, calcium carbonate, beet juice, vitamin C, green tea extract.
High 5 Zero Cherry Orange - Maltodextrin, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sweeteners (sorbitol, saccharine, acesulfame k), tri sodium citrate, potassium citrate, malic acid, magnesium carbonate, flavouring, calcium carbonate, colours (beta-carotene), vitamin C, green tea extract.
High 5 Zero Citrus - Maltodextrin, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sweeteners (sorbitol, saccharine, acesulfame k), tri sodium citrate, potassium citrate, malic acid, magnesium carbonate, flavouring, calcium carbonate, colours (riboflavin), vitamin C, green tea extract.
High 5 Zero Neutral - Sodium bicarbonate, glucose, tri sodium citrate, potassium citrate, magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate.
High 5 Zero Pink Grapefruit - Citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, stabilizer (sorbitol), sweetener (sucralose), acidity regulators (malic acid, tri sodium citrate), minerals (magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate), natural flavouring, natural colours (beetroot, riboflavin), maltodextrin, antioxidant (ascorbic acid), green tea extract.
Allergen & Dietary Information
High 5 Zero is completely allergen free and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Functional Sports Nutrition Awards 2012 Winner - Best Nutritional Supplement
Zero is the UK's leading electrolyte sports drink tab. It produces a clean-tasting and highly refreshing drink with zero calories. The tabs contain light natural flavours with no artificial colours or preservatives. Zero contains vitamin C and five electrolytes, including sodium, magnesium and potassium. Every athlete wnts a strong immune system to help with the stress of training. Vitamin C in Zero is not only proven to support healthy immune system and protect the cells from oxidative stree but it also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Magnesium in Zero contributes to electrolyte balance and reduces tiredness and fatigue.
Source: Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine, March/April 2013
We reviewed this product back in 2010, but it's recently been re-launched with a high-profile advertising campaign that heavily promotes this drink's ability to help you burn more fat. Before studying that claim in more detail, first let's look at the drink itself.
Zero comes in three flavours - Berry, Citrus and Cherry-Orange - but the important ingredients are the same, including sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, plus dashes of Vitamin C and Green Tea Extract.
Zero's nutritional information indicates that all 20 tablets contain a total of 2g of carbohydrate (making it 0.1g per tablet), with each tablet providing 7 kJ or 1.7 kcal of energy according to the packaging, or 1.4 kcal according to the High5 website. But we're talking gnats. Either way it's a tiny amount of carb, making Zero virtually-calorie free. Hence its name, I guess. But as carb is the main thing you need to keep you going on a big bike ride, Zero is definitely not an energy drink.
But does it help reduce cramps? Yes. I suffer from muscle cramps in my legs after about 60 miles on long rides, and find I can definitely reduce this problem by using High5 Zero drink. I usually drink two bottles the day before a big sportive, and then have another one in the morning before the start. On the ride itself, I wrap a couple of tabs in a plastic bag, and add them to my bottles at one of the feed stations.
Based on my experience, I'd say that if you suffer from cramps then this Zero drink will definitely help fight them off during long rides (or even short rides). The actual amount you need to drink will be a case of trial and error, and as with any energy product you should test it during training first before using it for real in a race or sportive.
So far, so good. Now let's have a look at that fat-burning claim.
The High 5 advertising says that that test subjects using Zero 'burn 41% more fat', implying that using this product can help you lose weight. While this is absolutely true, it's only because Zero contains virtually no carbohydrate. And if your body has no carb to use as an energy source, then it'll burn fat.
If you had only water in your bottle, you'd burn fat at pretty much the same rate. (Admittedly, the electrolytes in Zero might help you ride a bit further, but only by keeping the cramp at bay).
So while it's fine to use just High 5 Zero alone when training, if you're racing or riding long sportives then you'll usually need to take on carbohydrate as well (via energy gels, bars or normal food), and you'll also need to keep up the liquid intake. The right food and drink remain important for avoiding cramp; using electrolyte replacement doesn't preclude this.
Source: Road.cc High 5 Zero Review, June 2012
High 5 Zero Citrus Tablets - Easy to use - full the bottle, drop the tablet, close the lid. Don't shake it in the lift like I did if your lid's not on properly. After two fartlek sessions on the treadmill and 20 minutes of weights during which I used the drink, I still felt full of energy and ready for another session in the morning. The taste is OK, better than some of the energy drinks I've tasted.
Source - Nutrition Special, April 2011, Men's Running Magazine
Does it work? It works for me. After a couple of trials on local training rides, I used these tabs in one of my bottles on the final stage of this year’s Etape du Tour - the Col du Tourmalet - among the longest, hottest, toughest hills I’ve ever had the joy to pedal up. Although I suffered like a dog, and sweated like a donkey, I did have a single twinge of cramp.
Overall Verdict - Used in conjunction with adequate energy food and water intake, these tablets may well help regular sufferers avoid cramp, and even assist your performance if you only suffer occasionally.
Road.cc High 5 Zero Review - August 2010
An entire industry has built up to prevent that annoying constant in an athlete's career - cramp. The latest sports brand to join in is High 5 and its Zero Sport electrolyte drink, which aims to save you from roadside agony if used before and after exercise. On tablet dropped into 500ml of water produces a low carbohydrate, zero-sugar drink with added magnesium. Each 80g tube contains 20 tablets and produces 10 litres of non-fizzy electrolyte drink. Varieties include Citrus, Berry and a Cherry-Orange mix. Also out is a tube of neutral-flavoured hydration salts.
Source - First Look, 220 Triathlon Magazine, 2010 Special.
High 5 have a new Zero Sport electrolyte drink. This comes in the form of an effervescent tablet that can be dropped into a bottle of water to make a non-fizzy drink. This is certainly good for hot days and races to help keep cramps at bay with its added salt and magnesium. These are available in berry, citrus and cherry-orange falvours. There's also a Zero Salts version of these which is the same but without any flavour.
Source - Triathlete Europe Magazine, September 2009
AmazingStuart - 06-07-2012 10:06
"I have been cycling for years but recently invested in my first road bike. Desperate to improve my fitness and speed I, perhaps foolishly, started attending the spinning class at my local gym. Although I was fit enough to keep up the pace set by the instructor, I suffered with an onset of cramp 20 mins before the end of the session. Having discussed my stretching technique and bike set up I realised that this was not the cause. This happened in the next session too and I was also suffering with cramp midway through the night having been out on a bike ride almost daily. I was recommended to try the drink powders by S.I.S but as Tesco didn't stock this (meaning I didn't buy from this website the first time) I lucked out by finding the High 5 Zero tablets. Personally, I pop two in 750ml of water and I haven't had a problem since. This product is perfect if like me you suffer with cramp big time. Although the flavour of the citrus isn't amazing, it's not horrible and there is the option of other flavours or even a plain one. What more could you want? "Write a review