{"id":605994778930,"title":"Burst Bars Review: Are Vitamin Vapes Dangerous?","created_at":"2023-08-03T23:57:56-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Burst Bars Review: Are Vitamin Vapes Dangerous?\",\n \"keywords\": \"burst bars, burst bars review, burst bars reviews, burst bar, burst bar reviews, burst bar review, burst bar vape, burst bar vape review\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Burst Bars based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're a healthy nicotine-free vape option or dangerous. We share our concerns about this category of product, and highlight some questionable ingredients.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/burst-bars-review\",\n\"author\": \n {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to vapes or aromatherapy diffusers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eB\u003c\/span\u003eurst Bar is a disposable aromatherapy diffuser that can be inhaled directly into the lungs or used simply for its scent. The brand suggests their product causes “improved energy and focus,” and suggests that it can fight fatigue.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is inhaled vitamin B12 actually healthy, or are these just marketing claims? Are there any risks associated with use of Burst Bars? What other ingredients are in it besides vitamin B12? And how do Burst Bars compare to traditional aromatherapy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article, we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Burst Bar based on medical studies to give our take on whether this is a safe and effective way to increase energy, or if it’s a health risk.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll share our concerns about vitamin vapes and compare this type of product to traditional aromatherapy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Vaping Vitamins Safe?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe want to be clear that Burst Bar doesn’t state on their website that their product needs to be directly inhaled into the lungs. \u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e \u003cspan\u003eThe company markets it to be used as a standard aromatherapy diffuser.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, a cursory look at different forums of real users of this product like some subreddits suggests that the majority of customers inhale this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInhalation is a legitimate method of absorbing vitamin B12 according to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/16624769\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eseveral\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e clinical \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC2248818\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etrials\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, our concern is in regard to dosing. Even though vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient, it may be risky to directly inhale without knowing how much is absorbed, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewe can’t find any information on Burst Bar’s website indicating how much B12 is absorbed in a single “hit” or dose.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe also simply don't understand why anyone would want to inhale a vitamin, when they’re cheap and easily accessible via food or oral supplements. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy use a relatively untested manner of absorption rather than something as simple as a vitamin B12 supplement with an \u003c\/b\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20708373\/\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eexcellent safety profile\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cb\u003e?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOur concerns about Burst Bar are more in relation to the inactive ingredients than the vitamins in any case. See the ingredient list below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product contains flavoring additives and sweeteners among other ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2016 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5784427\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e documented that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eflavoring additives may induce inhalation toxicity from e-cigarettes.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e We understand that Burst Bars does not brand itself as an e-cigarette, but this data still seems concerning for any flavor additives inhaled into the lungs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePropylene glycol is clinically shown to damage cells in the airway\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, as we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/elf-bar-flavors\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eElf Bar flavors\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t seen any clinical evidence that other inactive ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecompound food sweetener\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are safe to inhale, nor does the brand cite any on their product page.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we would strongly advise consumers to speak with a doctor before directly inhaling this product, due to our questions around its safety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Vaping Worse Than Smoking?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube video from the “Future Proof” channel discusses some potential health risks of vaping and has over 250,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/_h4Q51iGDyU\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA news segment from the “KSAT 12” station discusses the pros and cons of vaping vitamins:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/I2BcRbR4K3M\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBurst Bar vs. Aromatherapy\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t see any advantages of Burst Bar over standard aromatherapy using an essential oil diffuser.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome clinical studies show aromatherapy with essential oils to be effective for blood pressure reduction in hypertension, stress, depression and sleep according to a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31851445\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEssential oils of ginger and eucalyptus may support immune function when delivered via aromatherapy according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6943609\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMolecules\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy would anyone prefer to use a device that doesn’t appear to be clinically tested over a method that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years and has clinical backing?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother strong advantage of essential oil aromatherapy is the lack of questionable additive ingredients in most essential oil products. Typically a diffuser contains just filtered water and a small amount of essential oils.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs an example, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Brooklyn-Botany-Lavender-Essential-Oil\/dp\/B088T5YP61\/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3DDFKT5SGXHI\u0026amp;keywords=essential+oil\u0026amp;qid=1691119697\u0026amp;sprefix=essential+oil%2Caps%2C156\u0026amp;sr=8-5\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethis lavender oil product\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (non-affiliate link, we have no affiliation to this brand) that came up #1 in our Amazon search has one single ingredient: lavender oil. There are no flavorings, propylene glycol or sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Burst Bars\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Burst Bars:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMay be healthier than nicotine vapes\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMay be healthier than inhaled vapes if used as aromatherapy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDoesn’t appear clinically tested\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePropylene glycol may be harmful to the lungs if inhaled\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFlavoring chemicals may be unhealthy to inhale\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand is described as aromatherapy but marketed as a vape\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWorse option than traditional aromatherapy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eQuestionable efficacy over regular oral vitamins\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe have a lot of questions about the health and safety of this type of product, and would certainly not recommend using it without a doctor’s approval.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBurst Bars are described on the website as an aromatherapy product, but are marketed in comparison to vapes and nicotine products rather than aromatherapy products like essential oil diffusers, which is highly confusing. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePerhaps the brand is described in this way on their website for liability reasons.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePropylene glycol and flavoring additives are clinically shown to harm the lungs when inhaled.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers considering this product for aromatherapy purposes rather than inhalation like an e-cigarette, we definitely think that traditional aromatherapy using essential oil diffusers would be a healthier option.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-04T00:00:53-04:00","updated_at":"2023-10-19T12:14:41-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Burst Bars based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're a healthy nicotine-free vape option or dangerous. We share our concerns about this category of product, and highlight some questionable ingredients.","template_suffix":"","handle":"burst-bars-review","tags":"_related:adolescents"}

Burst Bars Review: Are Vitamin Vapes Dangerous?

Burst Bars Review: Are Vitamin Vapes Dangerous?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice. All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to vapes or aromatherapy diffusers.

Burst Bar is a disposable aromatherapy diffuser that can be inhaled directly into the lungs or used simply for its scent. The brand suggests their product causes “improved energy and focus,” and suggests that it can fight fatigue.

But is inhaled vitamin B12 actually healthy, or are these just marketing claims? Are there any risks associated with use of Burst Bars? What other ingredients are in it besides vitamin B12? And how do Burst Bars compare to traditional aromatherapy?

In this article, we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Burst Bar based on medical studies to give our take on whether this is a safe and effective way to increase energy, or if it’s a health risk.

We’ll share our concerns about vitamin vapes and compare this type of product to traditional aromatherapy.

Is Vaping Vitamins Safe?

We want to be clear that Burst Bar doesn’t state on their website that their product needs to be directly inhaled into the lungs. The company markets it to be used as a standard aromatherapy diffuser.

However, a cursory look at different forums of real users of this product like some subreddits suggests that the majority of customers inhale this product.

Inhalation is a legitimate method of absorbing vitamin B12 according to several clinical trials.

However, our concern is in regard to dosing. Even though vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient, it may be risky to directly inhale without knowing how much is absorbed, and we can’t find any information on Burst Bar’s website indicating how much B12 is absorbed in a single “hit” or dose.

We also simply don't understand why anyone would want to inhale a vitamin, when they’re cheap and easily accessible via food or oral supplements. Why use a relatively untested manner of absorption rather than something as simple as a vitamin B12 supplement with an excellent safety profile?

Our concerns about Burst Bar are more in relation to the inactive ingredients than the vitamins in any case. See the ingredient list below:

This product contains flavoring additives and sweeteners among other ingredients.

A 2016 medical study documented that flavoring additives may induce inhalation toxicity from e-cigarettes. We understand that Burst Bars does not brand itself as an e-cigarette, but this data still seems concerning for any flavor additives inhaled into the lungs.

Propylene glycol is clinically shown to damage cells in the airway, as we documented in our review of Elf Bar flavors.

We haven’t seen any clinical evidence that other inactive ingredients like compound food sweetener are safe to inhale, nor does the brand cite any on their product page.

Overall, we would strongly advise consumers to speak with a doctor before directly inhaling this product, due to our questions around its safety.

Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking?

A YouTube video from the “Future Proof” channel discusses some potential health risks of vaping and has over 250,000 views:

A news segment from the “KSAT 12” station discusses the pros and cons of vaping vitamins:

Burst Bar vs. Aromatherapy

We don’t see any advantages of Burst Bar over standard aromatherapy using an essential oil diffuser.

Some clinical studies show aromatherapy with essential oils to be effective for blood pressure reduction in hypertension, stress, depression and sleep according to a 2019 medical review.

Essential oils of ginger and eucalyptus may support immune function when delivered via aromatherapy according to a medical review published in the Molecules journal.

Why would anyone prefer to use a device that doesn’t appear to be clinically tested over a method that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years and has clinical backing?

Another strong advantage of essential oil aromatherapy is the lack of questionable additive ingredients in most essential oil products. Typically a diffuser contains just filtered water and a small amount of essential oils.

As an example, this lavender oil product (non-affiliate link, we have no affiliation to this brand) that came up #1 in our Amazon search has one single ingredient: lavender oil. There are no flavorings, propylene glycol or sweeteners.

Pros and Cons of Burst Bars

Here are the pros and cons of Burst Bars:

Pros:

  • May be healthier than nicotine vapes
  • May be healthier than inhaled vapes if used as aromatherapy

Cons:

  • Doesn’t appear clinically tested
  • Propylene glycol may be harmful to the lungs if inhaled
  • Flavoring chemicals may be unhealthy to inhale
  • Brand is described as aromatherapy but marketed as a vape
  • Worse option than traditional aromatherapy
  • Questionable efficacy over regular oral vitamins
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Conclusion

We have a lot of questions about the health and safety of this type of product, and would certainly not recommend using it without a doctor’s approval.

Burst Bars are described on the website as an aromatherapy product, but are marketed in comparison to vapes and nicotine products rather than aromatherapy products like essential oil diffusers, which is highly confusing. 

Perhaps the brand is described in this way on their website for liability reasons.

Propylene glycol and flavoring additives are clinically shown to harm the lungs when inhaled.

For consumers considering this product for aromatherapy purposes rather than inhalation like an e-cigarette, we definitely think that traditional aromatherapy using essential oil diffusers would be a healthier option.