How do energy drinks work?

Keri Peterson, MD
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Keri Peterson explains how energy drinks work in your body. Watch Dr. Peterson's video for information on health and wellness.

Easy energy certainly can be enticing, especially when it comes in just a few ounces of a beverage. But is there any magic behind these promises of an energy boost?

Many of the five-hour energy drinks contain caffeine or other caffeine derivatives, in addition to the amino acid taurine and several B vitamins, which some sources claim helps boost energy. However, the science behind taurine and the B vitamins as sources of energy is limited to the roles these compounds play in the body: helping it use the energy from the foods we eat.

If you want to boost your energy, focus on the foods you choose by including balanced proportions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in your diet, and make sure to fit physical activity in your daily routine.

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