Despite the negative press, the energy drinks industry is still flying high! While it may seem surprising to many people, the moderate consumption of energy drinks like Red Bull and NOS Energy has its benefits from physical energy to economical cost.
These benefits can obviously be enjoyed when you are a regular consumer of these products, although these can also be observed even when you’re an as-needed, non-regular consumer.
Higher Levels of Energy
The first benefit that comes from proper consumption of energy drinks is obviously extra burst of energy, especially when you need it for physical activity and mental alertness.
The feelings of wakefulness and alertness come from the wide range of ingredients present in the beverage, such as Vitamin B complex (i.e., B12 and B6), taurine, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, creatine, carnitine, and guarana seeds.
Many brands of energy drinks actually delivery low levels of calories in every bottle, a boon for people who want the wakefulness without the guilt of calories tacked on it.
There’s also the matter of black coffee having negligible amounts of calories thus its popular use as an alternative to energy drinks. But since most people actually add cream, sugar or milk – and among many people, other flavorings including butter – the zero calorie benefit of coffee is negated.
Known Caffeine Levels
With most coffee and tea products, such as those from Starbucks, the levels of caffeine vary greatly between one drink to the next. But this isn’t so with energy drinks where the caffeine contents are clearly displayed on the product label. You can then decide the amount of caffeine you’re getting from energy drinks by changing brands, if necessary.
Quick Caffeine Delivery
Energy drinks are best consumed while cold, preferably so cold you also get a refreshing feeling from drinking it. In contrast, regular coffee especially espresso is best served hot – so hot that you can only sip on it without scalding your tongue. Between the two, you will then more likely get a quicker caffeine shot from a bottle of your preferred energy drink than from a cup of strong java.
Get Added Supplements
Energy drinks aren’t just about the caffeine for extra energy. These also have several ingredients that are considered as nutritional in their own right, such as Vitamin B, Vitamins B12 and B6, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, and taurine, to name a few. Many of the ingredients also have health benefits thus their inclusion in nutritional supplements, such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng.
Faster After-exercise Recovery
Athletes are enjoying faster recovery from their workouts, thanks to the beneficial effects of energy drinks. This is because these beverages contain carbohydrates and caffeine, both of which are necessary in post-workout recovery. With faster recovery, they are also able to get back to their training programs sooner – and even when you aren’t an athlete, you can still benefit from it.
Several Flavors Available
Many people dislike the flavors of coffee and/or tea for their own reasons. But since a jolt of caffeine is needed for extra energy, this can be a dilemma. This is where energy drinks come in! There’s no taste of either coffee or tea in these drinks, just pure refreshing goodness when consumed as cold as possible. Plus, these are also available in a wide range of flavors that will appeal to every interested individual.
The refreshing effect comes from the combination of cold sensations hitting the mouth and the carbonated aspect of energy drinks. Think of energy drinks as the better alternatives to hot coffee, cold soda, and lukewarm milk when you want physical wakefulness.
There’s no need to heat, brew and stir energy drinks. Just get them out of the refrigerator in the supermarket, pay for them, and enjoy them! The convenience of getting your energy shot from a bottle that can be easily bought from grocery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets cannot be beat.
Energy drinks are significantly more affordable than gourmet coffees and iced drinks, such as those from Starbucks and the like. You can get your energy boost without boosting your financial status into near-bankruptcy, so to speak. You can buy energy drinks for as low as $1.
Indeed, drinking energy drinks has several benefits! But like all good things, too much of these beverages will also cause adverse health effects – and you don’t want that. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended consumption, such as a bottle per day only, so as to get the most benefits from its regular (i.e., daily) consumption.