Understanding the Ingredients in Energy Drinks

Typically, an energy drink is a powdered drink that contains caffeine, sugar and other ingredients. these energy drinks work are based on stimulants like guarana or taurine as well as carbonated water and ginseng extract.

Here are some of the ingredients found in these powdered drinks:


This is commonly believed to be an amino acid. It acts as a stimulant in the body and stimulates the central nervous system. Consuming more than what is required, causes physical harm like stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea.


This is commonly found in Brazil and Guiana (Guyana). Its uses are attributed to its stimulant properties that promote alertness and concentration. Its also used to treat anxiety and depression.


It is believed that the ginseng is a cure all for many health conditions, including weight loss, energy, fatigue, stress and heart ailments. It has another effect of improving stamina without causing physical fatigue.


Caffeine is considered the most widely consumed substance in the world. It is found in many sources like tea, coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks. Some people consume caffeine to stay awake while others use it to help them sleep better as it has a calming effect.

Ginko Biloba

This extract is used to boost energy and increase cognitive abilities. However, there are no studies that support its effectiveness for this purpose.

Guarana seeds

This is extracted from a small tree that grows in many parts of South America, as well as parts of Asia. This extract is believed to cure many health conditions and is also used as an alternative treatment for heart disease, depression, and diabetes.