Why is there so much vitamin b in energy drinks*

Energy Drinks and B Vitamins- Just the Facts, Please

Energy drinks containing vitamin B12 and other nutrients are on every shelf, promising to increase stamina, boost metabolism, and ward off every disease known to modern medicine What’s the deal? Do they even work? Here are the bare facts about health claims with energy drinks

“It’s un-B-lievable!”

Vitamin B12 is beneficial for sustaining a healthy metabolism, increasing stamina, supporting neurological health, supporting cognitive functioning, and aiding your body in delivering oxygen through healthy red blood cells

So, it’s no wonder that many energy drink manufacturers have jumped on the B12 vitamin bandwagon, promising to help you lose weight, boost your metabolism, and rejuvenate Is it all hype?

Vitamin B12 is in most foods that you probably eat every day Unless you’re a vegan, then you consume adequate amounts of vitamin B12 in meat, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs

Likewise, energy drinks containing vitamin B12 don’t necessarily provide you with more B12 than you would eat in an average day, anyways

When people use vitamin B12 for stamina or neurological health, it’s usually because they can’t digest vitamin B12 naturally from foods, and need to supplement in order to avoid vitamin B12 deficiency

Symptoms of which produce fatigue, depression, memory loss, confusion, and difficulty concentrating (Beginning to see a connection here?)

In such cases, vitamin B12 is taken through non-dietary means, most often as vitamin B12 shots

Not a vitamin B12 shot glass

So yes, supplementing with vitamin B12 does help you with stamina, mental focus, and normal metabolic excellence But to get the health benefits, trying to drink vitamin B12 is a fruitless endeavor

“Energize-ade will rev you up!”

Does any of this sound familiar? “Drink Energiz-ade and you’ll be able to think clearer, stay alert longer, and fight off fatigue, even after hours of studying or staying up all night partying!”

That’s not a real ad, but a close approximation to what you see on most labels for energy drinks

What’s the secret ingredient? It’s no secret, actually- it’s simple caffeine They may flood the ingredient label with other natural ingredients like paw-paw extract, Chinese ginseng, or purified aloe juice, but rest assured, it’s the caffeine that jerks you awake and gets your heart pumping

So, if you’ve got no objection to using caffeine to fuel stamina, then go ahead and splurge on a cold energy drink, only keep some things in mind:

You’re gonna crash Because caffeine gives a temporary boost of stamina- one that’s gained by tweaking your nervous system, the jittery high you get is temporary, lasting at best a few hours

And what goes up, has to come down

Once the caffeine effect wears off, you feel fatigued and headachy This is the standard aftereffect- one that people sometimes resolve by drinking more energy drinksOr even just an average diet.

And so the cycle of addiction continues

“Obey your thirst!”

A lot of sports drinks deliver electrolytes, which is fancy terminology for sodium, potassium, and chloride all in one drink

It’s true that you sweat a lot while exercising, and that you need to replace those nutrients in order to avoid dehydration symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, and headaches

In that respect, energy drinks infused with electrolytes work Know what else works?

Water, and a healthy diet Or even just an average diet

The truth is, if you eat food (and we’re assuming you do) and drink water, then you don’t need an energy drink to replenish those minerals excreted through perspiration

Unless you think you need all those extra calories, sugar, and artificial ingredients, you’re better off just sticking with good old-fashioned H2O

If you consume energy drinks each day, how likely are you to stop after reading this article?

What forms of vitamin B12 do you currently use?

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