An energy drink is a beverage that contains stimulant drugs, mainly caffeine. They contain large doses of it which provides mental and physical stimulation. Other stimulants like ginseng and Guarani are also found in them.
Guarana is the equivalent of caffeine and is always present in drinks which claim not to contain caffeine. Caffeine amounts in energy drinks can range from 75 to 200 milligrams.
Some energy drinks contain sugar which provides a boost that is short lived. This may be accompanied by many other problems for example they may contribute to weight gain.
However, energy drinks containing much caffeine is also dangerous as it can cause nervousness, irritability, insomnia, rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure.
Energy drinks take away the feeling of intoxication therefore as you go out to get that Purim baskets make sure not to mix of energy drinks with alcohol as it may lead to heavy drinking.
How does energy drinks work?
Energy drinks are supposed to give you energy. Most of that energy comes from its two main ingredients which are sugar and caffeine. These energy drinks have caffeine and other ingredients that increase your stamina and increasingly boost your performance. Caffeine works by blocking adenosine effects, a brain chemical substance involved in sleep. When the caffeine blocks adenosine, it causes neurons in your brain to fire up. The pithily gland thinks that there is an emergency and initiates the body’s fight response therefore releasing Adrenaline. This hormone makes the heart beat faster.
Energy drinks started becoming popular in Asia even before reaching the states. A Japanese pharmaceutical company ,Taisho, later produced Lipovitan D drink which was aimed at helping employees to work well. Jolt cola was the first energy drink to reach the US and it later became common among college students. An Australian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz together with his partner started the Red Bull. Red Bull started being distributed in US in 1997.Red Bull is considered the leading energy drink producer now.
Ingredients found in energy drinks
Some of the ingredients found in popular energy drinks are:
Ephedrine-This is a common ingredient found in weight loss products and works on the central nervous system.
Taurine-This is an amino acid that is produced by the body and helps regulate muscle contractions and heartbeat.
Ginseng-it is believed by people that it can reduce stress and increase energy levels.
Vitamin B-This group of vitamins convert sugar to energy while also improving muscle mass.
Guarana seed-This is a stimulant that comes from a small shrub that is native to Brazil and Venezuela.
Creatine-Is an organic chemical acid which aid in the supply of energy for muscle contraction.
Inositol-This helps relay messages within the body and is a member of vitamin B.
Ginkgo Biloba-This is got from Ginkgo Biloba tree and enhances memory.
Effects of energy drinks
Excessive use of energy drinks can lead to problems with the cardiac system. Many athletes have to use energy drinks. Studies have shown that energy drinks prove to be a gateway drug, therefore as you go out to buy energy drinks or receive Purim baskets from a friend, always ensure to be moderate with your drinking.
Physical and chemical properties of Energy drinks
Energy drinks generally contain methylxandithimes or either vitamin B. carbonated water has the effects sugar and caffeine have. Since caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics, their combined use leads to increased palpitations and heart rate.