Article #6: Do Small Energy Drinks Provide Big Energy?
The first small high energy drink was marketed in the USA in 2004. There are now more than 100 brands available. But do they really provide more energy?
These high energy "shots" contain caffeine; yet not all brands list the amount. It's usually equal to a small (8oz) cup of drip coffee. But the amounts will vary from 100-200mg of caffeine. High doses of B vitamins are added, as well as varying amino acids. There is no sugar.
Certainly, caffeine will temporarily provide a stimulant; however, there is no evidence that more energy is created. To date, there is no research on how these high-dose ingredients interact together.
What we do know is that excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to a jittery state, as well as heart palpitations, sweating, dehydration and sleep deprivation. So if you take these high drinks, avoid mixing with other caffeine drinks, such as coffee, tea, cocoa or cola. In particular, avoid mixing with alcohol. These "energy" shots are just stimulants and can mask the degree of intoxication.
And most important:
DO NOT TAKE PRESCRIBED STIMULANT MEDICATIONS WITH THESE DRINKS.
Medical experts acknowledge that if taken in moderation such drinks are unlikely to have a significantly adverse impact on your health. But the overall impact of these energy shot blends remains fuzzy. So if you drink them at all, "drink wisely".
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