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Energy Drinks

 

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Energy Drinks

           

You hear it in the gym, the house, and at the office, I am tired, fatigued, or I just don’t have the strength or energy throughout the day. If you are like millions of Americans you hear these same common complainants or you yourself maybe the one saying them. Energy produced in the body comes from a combination of factors. In simple terms, the combination of oxygen with calories you get from food generates adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the most basic unit of energy that makes cells and muscles work.  What do you do, well like most Americans you turn to coffee and coffee and more coffee or so like many others that want a quick pick me up they hit the energy drink. Energy drinks fuel late-night study sessions for students and help people stay awake during late night hours. But are these drinks healthy for the individual and the purpose that they serve. This article we will talk about what some of these energy drinks have in common, what they contain and why maybe we feel these symptoms.  From Monster X, FRS and 5-Hour energy drinks just to name a few, the ingredients range from B vitamins, ginseng, milk thistle, guarana and gingko. Some of the drinks contain caffeine and sugar, while others are formulated with artificial sweeteners. Though small amounts of caffeine may aid in concentration and give a temporary energy boost, large amounts have the opposite effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, irritability, nervousness, insomnia and anxiety occur when you drink too much caffeine. Energy drinks often do not state the amount of caffeine included.

 

Monster Energy Drink

            Monster contains caffeine, glucose and guarana, which are the main sources of energy. According to the Weight loss website, Monster doesn’t always produce consistent results in providing energy to those who drink it. Monster comes in a low-carb version and contains B-vitamins according to the Energy Fanatics website. Monster Energy drinks contain 2000 mg of taurine, 400 mg of ginseng and an unspecified amount of guarana. Taurine is an amino acid that is believed to increase athletic performance. Guarana and ginseng are natural sources of energy. Natural ingredients are generally safer and have fewer side effects on the body. Unfortunately, Monster Energy Drinks contain a limited amount of guarana, ginseng and taurine, especially in comparison to its glucose content. A 16-oz can of Monster contains 200 calories, 180 g caffeine and 54 g of sugar. Glucose is an added sugar that increases energy, but otherwise provides no nutritional value. Too much glucose can have deleterious effects on the heart. Because of the high caffeine and sugar content, a person who drinks Monster experiences an energy slump once the sugar boost ends.

 

5-Hour Energy Drink

This energy drink contains little or no sugar and is full of ingredients that give it the ability to provide a high degree of energy. This energy drink comes in a small container that holds only two ounces, which get into your system right away. 5 Hour Energy contains only 4 calories, which is less than 1 percent of your daily energy requirements and an amount easily burned in a few minutes of mild activity.5 Hour Energy does contain several other ingredients that help in the complex process of breaking down foods so they can be used to produce energy such as B Vitamins. The B-vitamin niacin plays a major role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates in foods to useful forms of energy, according to Elaine Marieb, Ph.D. Both B-6 and B-12 will also help you generate necessary chemicals to assure your nervous system, digestive system and immune system all function properly. Amino acids found in 5 Hour Energy shots such as phenylalanine and tyrosine help to create several important chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine–chemical messengers in the brain related to awareness and sensations of pleasure. However, when phenylalanine is consumed in high quantities, it could compete with production of another important amino acid, tryptophan, responsible for synthesis of serotonin. The dosage amounts of B-vitamins exceed daily requirements. One shot contains 2000 percent of the recommended daily value for B-6 and 8,333 percent for B-12. However, as with all water-soluble vitamins, B-vitamins aren’t stored in the body, so many experts express little concern for overexposure.

 

FRS Health Energy Drink

            The biggest source of energy from FRS Health energy drink is quercetin. This energy drink has only 15 calories and is full of antioxidants. The consumer who drinks FRS Health energy drink receives the same boost of energy as if he had eaten several servings of fruits or vegetables. This drink contains green tea extract, grape juice and orange juice. Vitamins include B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and vitamin E, beta carotene, sucralose and caffeine.FRS, or Free Radical Scavenger, is a drink that claims to provide energy by activating your body’s energy-producing systems. FRS contains only small amounts of caffeine and sugar, much less than other energy drinks. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are the basis for the energy produced by these drinks. FRS is available in many different flavors and is currently endorsed by professional athletes Lance Armstrong and Tim Tebow. One can, or 11.5 oz serving, of FRS contains 325 mg of quercetin, 85 mg of green tea extract and 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins B, C and E. Additionally, each can of FRS contains 48 mg of caffeine. FRS is available in a low-calorie and regular versions. The low-calorie FRS contains 25 calories. The regular contains 90. Available flavors include citrus pomegranate, peach mango, wild berry, orange and apricot nectarine. Quercetin is a flavonoid that gives plants, fruits and vegetables their color; it is also considered to be a powerful antioxidant. The University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMM, reports that quercetin removes free radicals from the body, preventing them from causing disease and damaging DNA. Additionally, quercetin has demonstrated antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to FRS, this antioxidant can be found in citrus fruits, tea, red wine, blueberries, cherries and blackberries. Green tea extract is made from unfermented tea leaves and contains a large amount of antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols remove free radicals caused by pollution, sun exposure and other environmental toxins from the body. The UMM also reports that antioxidants, including polyphenols, may slow the age progression caused by free radicals. In addition to energy and anti-aging properties, green tea extract is also thought to assist in healing, digestion, regulation of blood sugar and body temperature, and improved mental functioning. The B vitamins are known to promote the healthy production and function of red blood cells; they also assist in nutrient absorption and in breaking down protein, carbohydrates and fats. In addition to FRS, bananas, salmon, dairy products and eggs provide B vitamins. Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that assist in energy production and proper cellular function, including producing strong bones and healthy skin cells. Besides being in FRS, these vitamins are often found in fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, spinach and avocados.

 

 Blood Pressure and Energy Drinks

            Different brands of energy drinks typically include many of the same or similar ingredients, including caffeine, guarana and ginseng. Caffeine is a known stimulant and can affect your blood pressure in doses as low as 200 mg, about the same amount in two cups of brewed coffee. Just one serving of an energy drink can contain 74 to 300 mg of caffeine. Guarana is a berry that also contains caffeine and a side effect of ginseng is high blood pressure. Everyone reacts to stimulants differently, so it is difficult to predict how you will respond to the stimulants in energy drinks.

 

 Heart Problems and Energy Drinks

            Excessive amounts of caffeine can spell serious trouble for your cardiovascular system. High amounts, such as those found in popular energy drinks, raise blood pressure, induce restlessness and irritate the gastric system. Various studies report that consumption of caffeine above 250 milligrams per dose can cause rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, anxiety, tremors and even death. A 2008 article in the “Journal of Medical Case Reports” mentions two boys, ages 14 and 16, who were admitted to the hospital for atrial fibrillation — which is rapid pumping of the upper chambers of the heart — after consuming unknown quantities of an energy drinks Atrial fibrillation is extremely rare in individuals this young.