Benefits of Energy Drinks
Whether energy drinks are good for you is a very polarising topic. Some people drink them daily while others avoid them like the plague. As with anything, the dose makes the poison. Energy drinks in moderation can have a plethora of mental and physical benefits. If you’re looking for some reasons to justify your energy drink habit then read below.
We must first note that not all energy drinks are made from the same ingredients. Many are full of sugar and quite calorie dense. Others are overloaded with caffeine. The RTDs we sell at Top Dog are all sugar free and appropriately dosed. All of them contain caffeine and water. Some of them include extras like taurine and L-theanine for added benefits. Read below to get a basic rundown of some of the main ingredients in energy drinks and what they are good for. Although some energy drinks contain more ingredients than the ones discussed below, this will give you a general idea of why RTDs make you feel great.
Caffeine is a stimulant that has been proven to improve exercise performance and mental function. Although it is often demonised, research shows that it is safe in moderation. Healthy adults should not exceed 400mg of caffeine per day but any amount less than this is perfectly fine. All of the RTDs we sell at Top Dog contain much less than 400mg per can therefore you can have the odd energy drink without worrying about doing damage to your body. It is also worth noting that caffeine makes you feel energised and can impact sleep if consumed too late in the day. Be mindful of this and only drink your energy early in the morning.
Most energy drinks contain a group of nutrients called B vitamins. These are useful for a range of different bodily functions. If you don’t get enough of these, your cells won’t work properly and your mood will suffer. Some populations, like vegans and the elderly, will need to supplement B vitamins to prevent deficiency. One of the reasons energy drinks contain B vitamins is for their mood enhancing properties. Studies show that supplementation can reduce symptoms of depression and make you feel great.
Most people are familiar with taurine because it is famously used in Red Bull. This amino acid is a very popular energy drink ingredient because of its ability to improve athletic performance and heart health. Studies have shown that athletes who supplemented taurine were able to jump higher. Not only does it improve athletic performance, it is also used by people with congestive heart issues to improve blood pressure and cholesterol. Taurine is naturally produced in your body therefore supplementation is not necessary. However just because it isn’t necessary, does not mean it isn’t beneficial. Research shows that the effects of taurine are not just placebo. Taking this can make a noticeable difference to your health and exercise capacity.
Similar to taurine, L-theanine is also an amino acid. It is included in some energy drinks including Alani Nu RTDs. The reason for its inclusion is because of the effect it has on mood and mental state. It has an amazing ability to relax your mind without causing drowsiness. This is important because caffeine can have an anxiety inducing effect on some members of the population. By combining the caffeine in energy drinks with L-theanine, consumers are less likely to feel anxious after drinking. Studies have found that the combination of these two ingredients can improve your focus and help you pay attention to cognitive tasks. It is also worth mentioning that there are no confirmed side effects of L-theanine meaning you don’t have to worry much about overconsumption.
Energy drinks like Musashi contain a compound called beta-alanine. It is a common ingredient in pre-workouts because it has the ability to enhance muscular endurance. If you’ve ever taken a supplement that made you feel tingly, it is likely that beta-alanine was present. Some people don’t enjoy getting the tingles (scientifically known as paresthesia), however beta-alanine supplementation can reduce fatigue and help you workout harder for longer. Numerous studies have found that beta-alanine increases your TTE (time to exhaustion). If you’re wanting to bash out a few extra reps or be able to run for longer then beta-alanine may be your new best friend.
Effects on Exercise Performance
It is recommended to consume your energy drink before exercise because they are proven ergogenic aids. It is undisputed that caffeine has the ability to improve your alertness and endurance. When combined with other ingredients like taurine and beta-alanine, you have a potent concoction that can help you train like an elite athlete. If you’re going to drink energy drinks, then it is best to do so purposefully. Don’t just sip on it in bed at 9pm on a Sunday. Have that special potion as a pre-workout treat and see if it enables you to hit your training potential.
Effects on Cognitive Function
In addition to the physical effects, energy drinks can make you a bit sharper between the ears. Studies have found that energy drinks, like Red Bull, make a noticeable difference to your memory and reaction time. Experts are not sure if the improvement in cognitive function is due to the caffeine present in the drink but there is a marked difference. Potentially the B vitamins in the drinks may also contribute to improvements in mood and mental acuity. Either way, energy drink benefits are not just physical. These tasty beverages can help your mind too.
Taste is probably the most important benefit of energy drinks. We drink them to satisfy our sweet cravings. Food scientists have figured out some amazing energy drink flavours such as guava paradise and Hawaiian shaved ice. Although no drinks can be as healthy as water, sugar free energy drinks are a close second. Especially for those trying to curb their full sugar drink consumption. Why bother with a high calorie beverage when you can get a sugar free version which is equally as delicious?
ConclusionEnergy drinks are fine in moderation for healthy adults. The RTDs available from Top Dog are all sugar free, low calorie and contain ingredients that have scientifically proven benefits. Next time someone makes you feel guilty for your recreational energy drink habit, hit them with the facts from this article. Provided you aren’t smashing back multiple cans every single day, these RTDs can seriously improve your workout performance, energy levels and cognitive function. Not to mention they taste damn good and are a far better alternative to full sugar fizzies.