Does energy drinks help?

@anish92 (172)
India
November 22, 2009 3:58am CST
Everyday you see these great adds about energy drinks that puts a kick into you. Personally I've known no beverage that works better than a cup of strong tea. What do you think? How effective are these energy drinks, do you think?
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11 responses
@rachael5760 (2657)
• Israel
22 Nov 09
My son uses these energy drinks instead of Ritalin or Concerta. He drinks it before going to school 9th grade (He's in school from 7:30am -6:15pm) so he needs something! Anyway he says that it helps him so I'm willing to spend the money to buy the drinks. He also wants to try vanilla flavored coffee. We will see which is the most effective.I don't discount the "placebo effect" either.
@owlwings (38906)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 09
Rachael, have a look at the ingredients of one of these drinks. I think you will find that they consist mostly of various sugars (glucose and fructose) which are quickly assimilated, some minerals and maybe caffeine and taurine. Fruit (an apple, for example) can supply the sugars and, if one really needs the caffeine, coffee and tea are a whole lot cheaper. Actually, it is best to give the body some slow-release carbs in the morning as well. Oats or other cereal are very good for this, so one of those fruit and oat bars and tea or coffee will probably supply all your son needs, is more natural and healthy and much cheaper!
@owlwings (38906)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 09
Taurine is an amino acid. This means it's something your body already has and needs . But regularly consuming things with too much taurine may train your body not to naturally produce it. So you can become dependent on it as well. Be careful!
@owlwings (38906)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 09
(That was meant to go as a comment to my response ... never mind!)
@pp_earn (210)
• India
27 Nov 09
In my opinion,'Yes',provided the drink is taken in moderation and is not high in its sugar content.Today's lifestyle has turned up to prove quite hectic for people and has lead to an increase in stress levels.People have tend to become quite ignorant to their health and taking advantage of this, various companies have come up with 'Energy Drinks' which has gained an increased popularity among the masses today.In a way, Energy Drinks have helped the companies significantly.These drinks do provide instant energy but most of them are high in calories and thus can lead to obesity, if taken in excess.So, moderation is the key here which will help us to take utmost advantage of Energy Drinks in today's hectic world.
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
27 Nov 09
Drinks does not seem to have any effect on me. I have went to sleep after drinking coffee. Some sportsmen and women claim to have good results from drinking energy drinks. I think its just because such sports persons are associated with those companies.
@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
22 Nov 09
energy helps if your not using it often, the problem with it is when the caffiene slows down in you body and your body gonna tax you will all the stress you put into our body, i usually take nitric oxide it's more energy igniter and more kick than just ordinary energy drink with taurine..
@seeiah (73)
• Belgium
22 Nov 09
I sometimes drink energy drinks before I go to clubs or parties. I know they work on me. If I am tired and I drink a energy drink I will be within an hour more active. The best energy drink is Monster (the big ones). Redbull is quite good too.
• India
22 Nov 09
energy drinks as well as tea, coffee work
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
welcome to the wonderful world of mylot anish, and for me gatorade give me that kick. but not always. there are days that no energy drink can give me anything for all i need is complete sleep. a cup of coffee and a good sleep. so far gatorade is one of the energy drink that can give me a little something to keep me going. enjoy the weekend and goodluck with mylot.
@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
Honestly, I have tried drinking it before because, I got so sleepy at work especially during overtime. But to be honest, I don't get the energy I really needed to stay active and focused at work. It was like just the same without drinking it. So I stopped it and I think it is better not to take some energy drinks at all. I'd red an article about a guy who suffered "heart failure/heart attack" from drinking an energy drink.
@Prima641 (86)
• Indonesia
22 Nov 09
I think Energy drink can replace lost body ions, especially for hard workers who need more power.
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
hmmm, i think yes, i have tried once and it is effective!. but, dont just overdo drinking it or else something might happen. based on my experience, it really worked out on my doings. it's like i've drank 10 coffee's to wake me up! and yeah, energy drinks really works once again :)
@owlwings (38906)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 09
Tea and coffee contain caffeine which is the main ingredient that most of these 'energy drinks' contain. Energy drinks also often contain taurine and some easily assimilable sugars (glucose and fructose). Coffee and tea (and perhaps a sweet snack or fruit, such as an apple) are really just as good as the very expensive so-called 'energy drinks'. It has been proved that an apple in the morning is much more effective at waking you up in the morning than coffee or tea!