Updated: Apr 27
Consumption of energy drinks is high among people aged 18 to 24, due to low energy levels, studying over an extended time, lack of sleep, and treating alcohol hangovers. But, do energy drinks really refresh you and boost your energy levels? In 2021, the per-capita volume consumption of energy drinks in the United States was the highest worldwide, at an average of 29 liters per person.
How does it work?
Studies show that energy drinks indeed help with refreshing, boosting energy, and reducing mental fatigue and this is attributed to the ingredients used in energy drinks. Still, there is not enough evidence to prove this theory.
Most energy drinks contain a large amount of caffeine, which provides a temporary energy boost, and physical endurance enhances alertness and improves reaction time.
The ingredients are:
Guarana. An herb used to prevent tiredness and improve mental speed. It also is used to promote weight loss and increase sexual desire. Guarana also contains caffeine. That makes the total amount of caffeine in the energy drink even higher.
Taurine. A supplement used to improve memory and endurance.
Ginseng. An herb used to help reduce stress, strengthen muscles, and improve endurance.
Synephrine (bitter orange). An herb used to promote weight loss.
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT). A supplement used to increase energy, memory, and speed. It also is used to break down fat.
Yerba mate. An herb used to prevent tiredness and improve mood.
Gingko. An herb used to increase focus and prevent tiredness.
St. John’s Wort. An herb used to reduce stress and improve mood.
The above-mentioned ingredients aren’t always harmful by themselves. However, when combined together with caffeine, they can cause health issues like sleep problems, digestive issues, dehydration, reduced stability of hands, etc. People also consume energy drinks mixed with alcohol, which multiplies the risk.
Energy drinks also contain a high amount of sugar. This is considered one of the main sources of calories in energy drinks. The amount varies from each brand and sometimes they exceed the maximum amount of added sugar recommended for an entire day, which can also lead to diabetes, weight gain, and inflammation when consumed long term.
If you are someone, who is constantly tired and feels fatigued from simple activities, drinking energy drinks can only provide you with short-term benefits, but long-term medical issues. Instead, try healthier ways to boost your energy levels by getting enough sleep, adjusting your physical activity habits, and eating a healthy and nutritious diet. You may also take advantage of our Classic Drip for the benefit of boosting your overall health and energy levels, Relief Drip for relieving common aches and pains, including migraines, muscle and joint pain caused by arthritis, and certain autoimmune conditions.
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