[GreenEyedGuide] The following is a guest post from Crystal Roman. Her bio is below.
Bad concentration, sleepless nights, uncompleted tasks and research papers lead to exam stress. During final exams, you start to use all your physical and mental resources. If your AIM is to be a high-achiever and to pass all exams successfully you may need to find additional means of stimulation. In such periods certain students require more energy. They find the solution by adding energy drinks in their regular diet. Indeed, substances such as caffeine that are found in energy drinks can help in energizing the entire body. Don’t hurry to grab the first available can! Be accurate when choosing an energy drink for your productivity. You should understand that they cannot entirely substitute all nutrients. The right energy drink will assist you during your finals. The wrong one will bring harm both to your health and grades. Which energy drink works the best? Calculate your dosage and consider the influence of every ingredient, because every drink has its specific feature you should be aware of. Below are some of the benefits of energy drinks that are supported by scientific studies. Let’s find the most helpful power battery for your night before the exam!
They Stimulate the Body
Energy drinks provide acute neural benefits such as focus, stimulation, and anti-fatigue. The combination of ingredients exerts different effects than isolated ingredients.
CAFFEINE is the prime ingredient and a powerful stimulant. The caffeine in energy drinks stimulates the body both physically and mentally when one is tired. It is advisable to take an energy drink during the short breaks especially if you are having several tests in a day. This intake improves your concentration.
How much of it can you consume? For instance, the highest amount per serving was 242 milligrams of caffeine in 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength. Consider this to avoid bad side effects. A safe amount is up to 400 mg of caffeine a day for most healthy adults. If you want to stay awake all night without harm to your health, do not take more than this amount of caffeine. One review notes, after looking at the differences in metabolism between humans and rats, a 10mg/kg body weight in rats is roughly bioequivalent to 250mg in a 70kg person.
They Give Additional Power
B Vitamins are water-soluble nutrients (B6, B12, niacin, folic acid). They are fairly safe because the excess of them can be quickly flushed out of your body. During exams, students do not have much time to eat foods and meals containing enough calories. Taking an energy drink can help provide vitamins. Some energy drinks also provide taurine.
TAURINE is an amino acid that is naturally produced by the human body. It can increase the effectiveness of heart muscle contractions, and improve blood flow and oxygen supply to heart cells. No side effects of this ingredient have been documented. On the other hand, energy drinks cannot entirely substitute good brain food before your test. Eat well!
They Increase Mental Awareness
Some energy drinks contain glucose which helps to boost thinking, mental alertness and memory of a person. Thus by increasing energy levels, these drinks can enhance mental ability.
[GreenEyedGuide] To clarify, this excerpt comes from the European Food Information Council: “
Glucose is a type of sugar which the brain depends on for fuel. Studies show that dips in glucose availability can have a negative impact on attention, memory and learning, and that administering glucose can enhance these aspects of cognitive function. The brain also uses up more glucose during challenging mental tasks. Therefore, it may be especially important to keep blood glucose levels at an optimum level for good cognitive function. Consuming regular meals may help to achieve this.”
Some energy drinks are high in SUGAR. The sugar in energy drinks causes blood sugar and insulin spikes, which later result in a “crash-like” feeling. Remember that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, and type 2 Diabetes, which is a gateway to other serious health issues. Consume wisely!
They Enhance Performance for Longer Periods
Energizing ingredients such as sugar and caffeine supply energy to the brain and muscles. This increases strength and endurance, especially in complex and more demanding tests. Enhanced performance means better results when you study and higher grades on exams. Moderate acute doses (200-350 mg) decrease heart rate and increase blood pressure, while also enhancing feelings of well-being, improving concentration, and increasing arousal. Moreover, taurine helps in neurological development. Studies have led to the belief that taurine together with caffeine improves the performance of the brain.
They are Convenient
Energy drinks are readily accessible in case you want to increase energy levels. They don’t have to be brewed or heated, making them a quick ready-to-drink (RTD) caffeine delivery product. Scientific researches suggest that consuming energy drinks can be either beneficial or adverse.
Energy drinks increase alertness and may improve physical performance. Looking at the ingredients, energy drinks appear to be part soft drink and part nutritional supplement. According to reviewers, the taste falls within the same range. Nevertheless, there are several side effects that are associated with the taking of energy drinks. The intake of caffeine in large amounts can cause health problems such as heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Students should be careful in the consumption of energy drinks. Ensure you do not overuse them!
Crystal Roman is a blogger and freelance writer for CustomWriting.
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