People have energy drinks for mainly two reasons. First is to boost their energy especially during strenuous work-outs and second to improve their mental and physical stamina, increasing their muscle strength and decreasing their fatigue levels. Though they know that these drinks do give them an added advantage, they do know the reason why.
The combination of ingredients present in energy drinks like caffeine, vitamins, amino acids, certain herbs and sugar is the reason behind them giving that extra dose of energy. These ingredients replenish the energy levels in your body thus making you feel more energetic. To understand how energy drinks work, it is important to know how each ingredient works individually.
Caffeinated Products is one of the most common ingredients in most energy drinks. Most 15 or 16 oz energy drink cans contain about 140 to 170 mg of caffeine, depending on the brand. Studies have shown that people who took caffeine have an increased level in brain activity, indicating that the intake of caffeine is able to boost your mental performance to a certain degree. Also, fatigued people who took caffeine were reported to have an increased level of alertness as compared to those who did not.
The ingredient that provides energy to our body and helps it run normally is glucose. Therefore, the assumption that extra glucose will boost up your energy isn’t wrong. This is the reason why all energy drinks have a certain amount of sugar in them.
In most energy drinks carbohydrates are found in the form of fructose, sucrose, glucose or glucose polymers. This is because it is form of energy which you body can readily use.
Salt is also another ingredient in energy drinks that helps its drinkers absorb fluid and replenish lost minerals better. Salt also helps stimulate drinkers to want to drink more fluids, thereby prompting an increase in fluid intake. So if you sweat a lot, drinking energy drinks that have salt as one of their ingredients is generally a good idea.
It is important to know that though caffeine, sugar and salt boost your energy, they also make you feel shaky, fidgety and “wired”. Though you may feel energetic at first, once its effects wear off you feel drained.
The energy drinks that include more of a natural blend of ingredients such as the acai berry and green tea taste just as great and can be better for your health as well.
All energy drinks basically function the same way, which is to give its drinkers an energy boost. However, certain ingredients in the composition of some energy drinks may have other helpful benefits (or non-helpful) aside from giving an energy boost.
In a nutshell, you can conclude by saying if you are performing strenuous physical activities for which you require an added shot of energy, then drinking energy drinks would be a good option. The reason increases more so now since you know how they function and benefit your performance.