Energy Drinks – Use With Caution
We’ve all heard the bad stories at one point or another about energy drinks. At first they don’t seem to be that credible or that important but in time the stories grow and with that so should our concern. Health risks involving these products are not completely groundless. We have heard that they can damage your heart, we have heard that they can dehydrate you but most people have not heard why they do these things or how much truth is behind the gossip. The fact is that energy drinks are rarely portrayed as a “healthy drink” but they do not impact your health in a negative way if you enjoy them only once in a while.
In many cases consumers and critics alike blame the alleged health risks of these beverages on their unknown ingredients. You may have noticed the popular energy drink “Red Bull” advertising on the side of their can that their drink contains “Taurine”. Taurine is just one example of the many ingredients that are blamed for health related issues surrounding energy drinks. Quercetin is also a new and up and coming ingredients in these products pushing the more “healthy” side of the market, a.k.a. specifically healthy energy drinks.
A simple logic is that if a company is advertising an ingredient it’s probably not bad for you. Can you imagine seeing an ad that reads “New cancer stuffed cigarettes, now with nicotine!”? Taurine and Quercetin actually promote a healthy body which is why companies advertise it as an ingredient. Taurine is actually used in medicinal practice. Taurine is a non essential amino acid found in white blood cells and skeletal muscles. Taurine assists the body with fat digestion, anxiety and hyperactivity. In fact a deficiency of Taurine can actually hurt your body, causing problems with your vision and even how well your metabolism burns fat.
Quercetin is much like Taurine in that it can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. It is a very powerful antioxidant usually found in apples, berries and grapes. Quercetin basically makes your body think it is working out by replicating the effects of exercise. It does this by increasing the mitochondria levels which your body produces. Mitochondria are described as energy producing units in cells. Quercetin will only help you to achieve a healthy natural lifestyle
A major problem with popular energy drinks is that they contain very large amounts of caffeine. There are a great deal of energy products that depend solely on caffeine for their so called “energy boosts”. By “very large amounts” I mean that energy drinks can contain caffeine doses in excess of 2, 3 and 4 times as much as an average soda. This is mainly due to the fact that caffeine levels in energy drinks are not regulated by the FDA. A 12 ounce can of soda is limited to 65mg of caffeine but up to 280mg of caffeine have been found in only an 8.4 ounce sized energy drinks. The trick is to avoid bad products loaded with caffeine and seek healthier, more natural sources of energy.
Doug Preston maintains an informative health and wellness website which also contains information on FRS energy drink and its benefits as a source of healthy energy.