Energy drinks: how did they originate and why are they good?
The origin and the popularity of energy drinks are linked primarily to Asia, but it is interesting that the most popular drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi were called energy drinks at their outset (originally: energy booster). The year of 1916, when Coca-Cola was forced to reduce the percentage of caffeine in its formula, is considered the end of the first “era” of energy drinks.
It is believed that the first real energy drink was created in Japan under the name of Lipovitan. This energy drink is contained taurine, one of the ingredients present in almost all of today’s energy drinks.
In America, the first energy drink was presented in 1985 under the name of Jolt Cola. It is interesting that at the time the drink was presented not as energy, but as “carbonated soft drink”. It was made for students and young professionals who would use it in stressful situations and to boost energy. The slogan of this energy drink was “Maximum caffeine, more power!”
The first energy drink on the market in Europe was presented by Lisa company with a product called “Power Horse”. After that, Dietrich Mateschitz, after his trip to Asia, realized the commercial potential of energy drinks and 1984 in Austria founded Red Bull company and made the eponymous energy drink.
Why and for whom are energy drinks good?
If you are a student, an athlete, a professional driver, a night guard or a developer who often works in the evenings, then energy drinks are a good choice for you. Caffeine-containing energy drinks help to wake you up and maintain concentration.
Caffeine (or as otherwise referred to as Trimethylxanthine, tein, guaranine or methyltheobromine) is an alkaloid white in color and of extremely bitter taste which is well soluble in water. It was discovered in 1819 and is mostly obtained by the isolation from coffee beans, tea or guarana herb.
The effects caffeine intake has on the body are better focus, better memory, better physical performance, and faster muscle recovery. However, if caffeine is used in excessive amounts, it can lead to unwanted symptoms such as anxiety, delirium, or irregular heartbeat. Therefore – one needs to be careful and consume caffeine only in permitted amounts.
In addition to caffeine, most energy drinks contain taurine. Taurine is an amino acid containing sulfur, which is located in the body in a free state meaning that it is not included in the protein contents. It is synthesized in the pancreas from the amino acid of cysteine or methionine with the help of vitamin B6. It is interesting that taurine represents 0.1% of body weight, and a man enters it into the body through food (such as meat and seafood which are rich in taurine).
Taurine helps in reducing body weight and obesity, with cardiovascular diseases, cholesterol reduction, eye, hearing and liver protection.
Energy drinks are primarily used for the rapid restoration of muscle strength, improving mood, alertness, and contribute to better memory.
Fast Energy Drink is a refreshing energy drink that contains caffeine, taurine, vitamin mix, and water. A quality energy drink that will give you strength and restore your energy is what you need at any time.
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