Energy drink: Do we really need them?

Having enough energy to accomplish your day is a constant challenge. Often, you would think of a magic drink that will solve your energy problem. Do these magic drinks really exist? Let’s deal first with what really the type of energy we are talking about.

There are several types of fatigue within our body. We could have brain or physical fatigue or both. Brain fatigue can be caused by not enough sleep, heavy lunch, or exhaustion due to too much thinking. Therefore, we need proper nutrients and stimulants to help the brain to recover from fatigue. Physical fatigue can be due to hard physical work or workout. To recover, we need a good source of energy like sugar.

Energy drinks are widely promoted as beverages that enhance brain energy and physical performance. Nearly all energy drinks contain the ingredient caffeine to stimulate brain function and increase alertness and concentration. Most energy drinks are carbonated beverages containing caffeine, large amounts of sugar, and additional ingredients such as B vitamins, amino acids derivatives like taurine and L-carnitine, and herbal stimulants like ginseng and guarana. Multiple studies have shown energy drinks can reduce brain fatigue and improve measures of brain function, such as concentration and alertness.

Energy drinks are most popular among young adults and working professionals. The reason people consume energy drinks are to help them function when they are sleep-deprived or tired. Many night-shift workers use energy drinks to help them fulfill job requirements during hours when most people are sound asleep. Similarly, many drivers on long, late-night road trips often reach for energy drinks to help them stay alert while they are behind the wheel. Multiple studies using driving simulations have concluded that energy drinks can increase driving quality and reduce sleepiness, even in drivers who are sleep deprived.

You may wonder, what happens to your body after you have an energy drink? In a recent controlled trial, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that some energy drinks can cause changes in heart function and blood pressure. Blood pressure was “significantly higher” for six hours after drinking the liquids. Those who drank the energy drinks also had higher time between heartbeats after two hours. This may cause irregularity in the heart’s rhythm and in the long run can cause heart attack. Within 10 minutes of having an energy drink, caffeine is absorbed in the bloodstream – causing both heart rate and blood pressure to rise.  

Feel the Energy: Charge-up with ChargePlus and Instant Energy with Gym.Plus

At SOLLIFE, we decided to develop a new concept of an energy drink, a drink that can stimulate the brain and increase alertness. ChargePlus contains three ingredients which are guarana, cordyceps sinensis and honey. The combination of these ingredients can promote mental energy, improve alertness, attention and performance, at the same time promote general wellbeing such as improving antioxidant levels and the immune system with the help of cordyceps sinensis. In addition, honey has a great source of carbohydrates and functions as a natural energy booster. We added sufficient amount of guarana as a source of caffeine to improve brain alertness and focus. Cordyceps sinensis are thought to increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy. We avoided the addition of too much sugar in the formulation for ChargePlus.

However, if you are too tired and physically exhausted, taking Gym.Plus will help to instantly improve your energy by two different types of sugar; dextrose for instant energy and isomaltulose as a slow releasing sugar. It also contains L- Carnitine and L-Arginine to boost up stamina and improve blood circulation. Moreover, Gym.Plus also contains Vitamins Bs which is important for making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly and to enhance energy production. Curcumin from turmeric extract will help to reduce muscle soreness especially during long hours driving or physical activities. Coconut water extracts in Gym.Plus will help balance the electrolytes in the body.

In other words, we decided to satisfy your energy requirements into two different kinds of drink. This will avoid unnecessary conditions that may impact your health. ChargePlus for helping you to focus and improve alertness and Gym.Plus to boost your physical energy. Give it a go! Tell us your experience!

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Authors:

Brenda Yeong Huai En

BSc (Hons) Nutrition

Product Development Specialist

One Green Solution Sdn Bhd

Dato Nazlee Mohd Kamal, PhD.

Managing Director

One Green Solution Sdn Bhd

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