People have been on an energy-seeking spending quest since the first energy drink was introduced in 1997. It’s now a $5.4 billion dollar a year industry in the United States, and there seems to be hundreds of brands to choose from.
But not all energy drinks are created equal.
Many energy drinks are full of too much artificial caffeine, too much sugar, too many chemicals, and too many other stimulants that will send you crashing afterward.
However, not all energy drinks are bad for you. The right ingredients can give you a natural and healthy burst of energy without the negative side effects that come with harmful substances. Some of those benefits can include:
- Helping to reduce fatigue without a large crash
- Increasing mental clarity and focus
- Boosting metabolism
- Helping to mobilize fat stories to be used as fuel
- Increasing exercise endurance and stamina
Related: Reduce fatigue and increase mental focus with Solstic Energy, a low-calorie, energy drink powder featuring guarana, green tea and B vitamins.
When selecting an energy drink be sure to check the ingredients panel and look for ingredients that can provide healthy energy. The following ingredients are essential when looking for a healthy energy drink
11 Ingredients In a Healthy Energy Drink
- Thiamin– Helps the body’s cells convert carbohydrates into energy.
- Riboflavin– Riboflavin is key because it aids in red blood cell production and helps in releasing energy from carbohydrates.
- Niacin: Supports the body’s energy system, nourishes the nervous and circulatory system, and helps the body utilize carbs, proteins and fats for energy.
- Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is a cofactor that helps activate over 100 different enzymes involved in hundreds of biochemical tasks in the body. It is used to metabolize amino acids (protein management) as well as lipids (fats) and nucleic acids. As protein intake increases, so does the need for B6. This vitamin may help affect homocysteine levels, a factor in cardiovascular health. Vitamin B6 is important for the production of energy and for proper nervous system function..
- Vitamin B12: The B vitamins help promote energy, maintain the nervous system, support immune functions and buffer the effects of stress. Notably, the B vitamins influence the health of most of the internal organs of the body.
- Pantothenic acid: This is often used to help with blood sugar, enhance athletic performance, and helps skin.
- Potassium: Helps with heart, kidney, and other organs. It supports the urinary system, helps generate energy, drives excess sodium from the body and supports kidney function.
- Stevia or other natural sweeteners and extracts: Many energy drinks use chemicals or WAY TOO MUCH sugar.
- Guarana seed extract: This is a natural source of caffeine.
- Green tea extract: The benefits of green tea could be it’s own LONG blog post. It contains many antioxidants, supports the immune system, may have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels already in the normal range, and contains a natural caffeine.
- Korean ginseng root extract: Helps the body adapt to stress, boosts energy, strengthens and supports the immune system and balances the glandular system.