Healthy Living

Energy Drinks for Power Workouts

Jeannette Jackson

Power workout fuel

Sports and energy drinks have blossomed into a massive market in the past decade.

Their popularity is based on their ability to boost tired bodies or energise people before a workout. But what is the secret to their ingredients, and in what way do they differ?

 

Energy Drinks 

Why they differ from sports drinks

The definition of an energy drink is that they offer “a functional or stimulatory effect to boost the energy in the body”

They do this as their primary components are:

  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Herbs and plant extracts

Sports drinks differ slightly by claiming to enhance physical performance by offering isotonic, hypotonic or hypertonic properties.

 

Why is Taurine so popular in energy drinks?

Taurine is an amino acid found naturally in protein foods such as eggs, red meat and fish.

It’s role is to support neurological development, and water and salts regulation within the body; it also has some antioxidant properties too.

All these factors make taurine very enticing for energy and sports drinks manufacturers as these combined can help to assist physical and cognitive performance.

You can buy taurine in supplement form from most health food shops, but do you really need it in an energy drink?

Well, there are some studies which show that when taurine is combined with caffeine it improves mental performance.

 

Natural Sugars

The healthier energy drinks

Sugars and caffeine seem to be the main ingredients of most energy drinks, so choosing one that is manufactured from the most natural sources is always the best option.

Scheckter’s Organic Energy drink is new to the UK and the sugar comes from agave nectar, pomegranate and lemon juice, plus, the whole drink is 100% organic.

 

 

 

 

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