Energy drinks or more known as hypertonic drinks are alcohol-free drinks, with stimulating properties that decrease exhaustion and fatigue, increase mental focus and give energy.
These drinks exist on the market for more than two decades and people are often confused and use energy drinks as replacement for soda or re-moisturizing beverages. It is packed in same containers and looks like every moisturizing drink, but it’s chemical structure is not the same and you should not practice these drinks very often.
Energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine and can cause addiction., so be careful.
Caffeine is an alkaloid that stimulates the nervous system. It inhibits the neurotransmitters responsible for sleep, tiredness and etc. and improves these feelings with better concentration and well-being. Also, caffeine stimulates excretion of dopamine and noradrenaline in the prefrontal part of the brain, which leads to better concentration.
Upper facts are already known, but a recent study by the Longhorn Cattle Company gave us shocking results. According to their research, extract from bull’s semen and urine is the main ingredient contained in the energy drinks.
Secret Ingredient of Energy Drinks:
Taurine or also known as American Taurus ingredient was extracted from the bile of an ox in 1827 by the famous scientists Friedrich Tiedemann and Leopold Gmelin. This compound is classified as an amino acid, but lacks a carboxyl group.
Additional, taurine can be found in the urine, liver and semen of bulls.
Every company has unique formula for this top secret ingredient, that makes the energy drink different than the others. According to the experts there are two types of taurine, synthetic and naturally extracted. Are you disgusted by this fact? Probably, you are asking yourself which version of taurine is included in your energy drink.
Side Effects of Taurine:
Extracted form of taurine shows positive effects on the nervous system, cardiovascular system and immune system.
But you should be careful with the taken quantities, because it can be toxic. Common symptoms of intoxication are gastrointestinal.
Taurine is usually mixed with substances like caffeine, but side effects of using taurine together with other substances are not known.
To drink or not to drink energy drinks it’s up to you. Be aware with the facts presented above and make your decision.