Energy drinks are all the rage these days. There are many choices out there but what people do not know is the side effects or even how they will affect you down the road.
I came into this story wondering why people drink energy drinks and how it affects people.
I am six foot five inch male weighing in at 170 pounds and I work out three times a week. I get roughly six to seven hours of sleep a night plus go to college full time with a part time job.
I assumed the impact of the drinks would vary based on body composition; fitness levels and habits such as sleep and work patterns.
The effects and ‘crash’ varied depending on the beverage and when they were consumed. I expected to have more energy just varying degrees depending on the drink.
What I got could be described as an energy drink high resulting in a six hours of super human endurance. I documented my personal results in a journal and describe below what each drink did for me.
Stomach Contents: Food from dinner: fettuccini alfredo, cookies, water, and corn.
Effects: Odd taste to the body and shivers from the shock of the drink. Sight, touch, and hearing more acute and keener. Weird aftertaste as well. Lasted for six hours.
Crash: The crash was more instant than the other ones. Instead of a slight drop off the monster had a sudden stopping point and after that I was sluggish and unresponsive.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, citric acid, taurine, natural flavors, sodium citrate, l-carnitine, panax ginseng root extract, ascorbic acid, caffeine, sodium chloride, niacinamide, riboflavin, guarana seed extract, inositol, glucuronalactone, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanobalamin.
Interesting Facts: Ginseng has been a long time stimulant for energy. Side effects of the stimulant includes skin rash or spots, itching, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of appetite, heart palpitations, rapid heart rate, or manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder.
Niacinamide also know as Vitamin B3 can be found in meat, fish, milk, and eggs. Some side effects include liver toxicity, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heart palpitations, and liver failure (nlm.nih.gov).
In conclusion if you really need something to keep you up go for a pop instead like Mountain Dew or Pepsi.. It is better to not take the chance of ruining your life from an reaction or just from the chance of being allergic to an ingredient.
Stomach Contents: Empty
Effects: Great taste and lightly carbonated so it does not burn if chugged. The taste is sweeter than most other energy drinks and the effects are almost instant.
Less than two minutes and increase heart rate, senses of sight more keen, sense of touch and hearing were more responsive as well.
Crash: The drink lasted for six hours which is longer than most energy drinks. The crash was not that sudden but when I finally felt it I knew I had to get some sleep. eye twitches, muscle twitches, excess amount of energy, and sleeplessness are some others thing felt during the partaking of the drink.
Conclusion: This drink is the ultimate energy drink. Not only does it have 300mg of caffeine to give you a jolt but with over 1,500 mcg of B12(methylocabalamin) you will be wide awake for long periods of time. This eight point four fluid ounces can packs a kick that is sure to keep you up and with zero calories you will not have to worry about it.
Ingredients N-acetyl-tyrosine, Caffeine anhydrous, Yohimbine HCl, carbonated water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sucralose, sodium benzoate, and food dyes.
Interesting Facts: Side effects of N-acetyl-tyrosine can include over stimulation, anxiety, insomnia and even heart palpitations (raysahelian.com).
Caffeine anhydrous is just the term of having dry caffeine in the drink, which accounts for the 300 mg.
Yohimbine HCl causes pupil dilations and as an aphrodisiac to treat erectile dysfunction (drugstore.com)
Stomach Contents: 2 Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supremes, medium Dr Pepper and cinnamon twist.
Effects: took less than 5 minutes. Increased heart rate and eye twitches. Eyes were constantly on the alert along with a tingling sensation in my hands.
Crash: The high lasted for about two hours then the after effects were a slight dull headache, more tired than when I drank it. Yawning, sleepy, and dehydrated.
Conclusion: If you have not had energy drinks before Red Bull would work, but just make sure you drink in moderation and read labels to make sure not to over do it.
Ingredients: Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine, B-Group Vitamins, Sucrose, and Glucose.
Interesting Facts: Taurine was first isolated from 1827 from bull bile hence the name of “Red Bull.” Taurine can also act as an inhibitory neurotrasmitter even in some cases as a mild sedative (wired.com).
Glucose is a sugar that occurs naturally in the human body. The sugar content is not what gives you the energy in the drink.
Caffeine is the main culprit that many people may not know is actually a distant cousin of cocaine. Side effects include increase concentration and reaction.