Energy drinks are extremely popular in the United States, around nine billion dollars worth of these drinks are sold every year. The main source of energy found within these drinks comes from caffeine. The highest about of caffeine known to be found in energy drinks is 260 milligrams, the average cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine in it. Another component of these drinks is an amino acid named Taurine, and there is no scientific evidence to support that it actually increases energy. Guarana is also in many drinks and is made from a caffeine producing berry, so this increases caffeine content. Glucuronolactone is often in energy drinks, but its effects are largely unknown. Almost all energy drinks contain some B Vitamins. B vitamins are touted for their ability to increase energy, but unless you suffer from a vitamin B deficiency, taking additional B vitamins is unlikely to increase your energy levels. L-carnitine is naturally produced in the body by the liver and kidneys. It is often found in energy drinks, but there is no proof that it effects energy either. Some people speculate that L-carnitine above and beyond what is naturally produced by the body does not effect energy levels.

Key Points:

  • 1Energy drinks can cause irreparable damage to your body if not used in moderation.
  • 2You need to take a look at the ingredients in your energy drinks before consuming.
  • 3Energy drinks contain Caffeine, Taurine, Guarana, Glucuronolactone and many other ingredients that can be very bad for your body.


While taurine is thought to be vital in some body development, there is no actual evidence that taurine provides energy at all.

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