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About My Book – The Energy Drink Guide

I’ve studied energy drinks and their ingredients since 2003. That was the year I first discovered energy drinks, and also the year started my college studies in biochemistry. While studying metabolic reactions, I studied how energy drink ingredients affected those reactions.  I continued to learn all I could about the science of energy drinks while I completed my master’s degree in Food Science-Food Chemistry.

My primary goal, right from the beginning, was to help people understand energy drinks as I do, so they could make informed decisions to skip them or sip them safely.

Energy drinks are not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean they’re for no one. For one thing, there are far too many energy drinks to assume they are always good or always bad.

These are all energy drinks

In this book, I review the ABC’s of caffeine safety: Adverse Event Reporting, Biological Sensitivity, and Consumption Specifics.

  • Did you know a pregnant or nursing woman can have up to 200 mg caffeine per day?
  • Did you know how quickly someone consumes caffeine can alter its impact?
  • Did you know a carbonated energy drink can feel more potent than a non-carbonated energy drink with the same caffeine content?

In this book, you’ll meet 20 of the most common ingredients used in energy drinks.

From the B-vitamins to yerba mate, this book explains what the ingredient is, what it does in the body, and how much is too much (or too little, in the case of vitamin deficiencies).

Instead of using confusing science jargon or overly generic terms like everybody else, I use clever anecdotes and examples that anyone (not just science-nerds) can relate to.

Want an easy way to understand how B-vitamins work?

How about FOLATE and the exploding pen…

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For the Book Excerpt of the Week we talk about what FOLATE DOES. Folate's job is to move a single Carbon atom from point A to point B. It SOUNDS boring like how Boring Basic Biotin moves a Carbon Dioxide molecule from A to B. However the stakes are MUCH HIGHER with Folate. Regardless of whether it came into your body as folate (the natural form from food) or folic acid (the synthetic kind from fortified food) this vitamin becomes the coenzyme tetrahydrofolate, THF. THF is a key player in DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, and the formation and maturation of red and white blood cells. <<THF = BFD>> The cells along your GI tract are so constantly used they go through a lot of wear and tear. They need constant supplies of DNA so they can keep growing and multiplying fast enough to keep us healthy. Without THF, the cells can't divide and conquer. Instead they grow larger and larger until they explode and die! Folate is added to energy drinks, but it doesn't "give you energy",…its job is so much more important than that! LEARN MORE about the science behind energy drink ingredients on my Insta page and at You can get your copy of my book📚 "Are You a Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks – How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely"📚 on Amazon and 💥Audible💥 and wherever books are sold!!! 🤓💚☕📚🔬 #thf #bfd #folate #biochem #folicacid #chemnerd #energydrinkingredients #foodscientist #ingredients #whatsinyourdrink #explodingpens #boringbasicbiotin #bookstagram #bookexcerpt #readme #readthebook #authorsofinstagram #scienceofenergydrinks #whatdoesfolatedo #dontunderestimatefolate #folateisgreat

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Or Vitamin B5 and a dog on a leash…

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This puppy metaphor will help you remember WHAT B5/PANTOTHENIC ACID DOES: ✔Pantothentic acid helps form Coenzyme A. ✔Coenzyme A is essential for metabolism of carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol. ✔When these food molecules break down, they end up as ACETATE. ✔Ace🐶tate may come from the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, alcohol, or protein, just like a dog may come from the pet store, the pound, the street, or a neighbor. ✔Coenzyme A is like the 🤓person🤓 who brings a dog, in this case acetate, to the park. ✔Regardless of where it came from, a healthy dog wants to go to the park. If you bring it to the ➡️PARK and let it run, you'll see a 💥burst of energy💥. ✔In a similar fashion, 🤓coenzyme A🤓 has to bring ace🐶tate to the ➡️KREBS CYCLE, which results in a 💥huge release of energy💥 Get your copy of "ARE YOU A MONSTER OR A ROCK STAR: A GUIDE TO ENERGY DRINKS- HOW THEY WORK, WHY THEY WORK, HOW TO USE THEM SAFELY" available on Amazon (link in bio) and wherever books are sold #energydrinkingredients #vitamins #b5 #pantothenicacid #energy #metabolism #puppymetaphor #nutrition #foodscience #amazonbook #bookstagram #book #bookquotes #author #booknerd #readme #authorsofinstagram #bringyourdogtothepark #krebscycle #biochemistry #biochemnerd #acetate #coenzymeA

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Read one vitamin section in this guide and you’ll never forget that vitamin’s role again.

This is information for anyone interested in nutrition and health, not just the caffeine drinkers.


Book Details: Are You a Monster or a Rock Star: a guide to energy drink

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62646-457-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-62646-456-8
EPUB ISBN: 9781626465138
MOBI ISBN: 9781626465145
(This is a number assigned by Amazon. It is unique to Amazon. It is not an ISBN.)

Available in multiple formats fromAudible, Amazon, Booklocker, and your local bookstore.

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