Energy Drinks…Do They Really Work?
I am currently taking an introductory Biology course on health and nutrition. One of the assignments that I had to complete for this class was to look at the ingredients of an energy drink and describe what their effects were on the human body*. In my research, I found that a lot of the chemicals in Red Bull, such as calcium-pantothenate and inositol, are used to treat mental dysfunctions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive-Complusive Disorder (OCD) respectively. Because of these effects in addition to the caffeine that is present in the drink, it is my conclusion, that while Red Bull may provide “quick energy” it mostly creates a controlled stimulation of the nervous system, simply making you more alert, rather than giving you nutritional energy like what you would find in carbohydrates. This brief research into energy drink contents and function** has caused me to think, do we eat and drink certain products because of what we think they do to us rather than looking at their actual effects?
My question for the readers is this: How often do you drink an energy drink, whether it is a Red Bull, Monster, or a 5-Hour Energy? Do you notice a difference between how you feel after getting a good night’s sleep versus when you drink an energy drink? And do you think that energy drinks actually give you more energy to go throughout your day, or do they just barely get you through your day when you didn’t sleep enough?
* This assignment was a homework assignment posted in Professor Hartmut G. Doebel’s Introductory Biology Lecture for non-science majors: The Biology of Health and Nutrition.
** This link is the brief summation of my findings for the assignment previously mentioned. It is in no way research results concluded from any of my own experimentation. The sources for the information presented can be found in the footnotes of the document. This document is not intended to be republished.