Healthy organic drinks are a combination of different natural ingredients that provide positive effects on the body. Caffeine is one of the most potent ingredients used in energy drinks. For centuries, caffeine has been used (and loved) for its stimulating properties and effects. Naturally found in tea and coffee, caffeine helps make energy drinks more effective in stimulating the body, especially the central nervous system. It dilates the blood vessels, raising blood flow, while increasing heart rate and blood pressure. An alternative to caffeine, other energy drinks make use of Guarana, which contains related molecules other than pure caffeine (theobromine and theophylline). According to studies people respond different to this alternative ingredient, with some reporting more alertness, while others claiming a less stimulating effect than caffeine.
In addition to stimulating ingredients, healthy organic energy drinks also contain antioxidants. These are molecules, which help the body recover from and prevent further damage caused by free radicals. Different vitamins and minerals offer antioxidant properties like Vitamin C, E, and A. Selenium, retinol, and beta carotene are also common antioxidants, although vitamin C is most commonly found in energy drinks. Antioxidants are important because they help prevent cellular damage and keep illness away.
While energy drinks do contain essential antioxidants, one shouldn’t rely solely on these beverages for their daily dose of these free radical-fighting minerals. Energy drinks usually contain a good amount of antioxidants, but not nearly enough to ensure a healthy dose on a daily basis.
Natural energy drinks also contain good amounts of B-vitamins like niacin, folic acid, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, cyanocobalamin, and pyridoxine hydrochloride, whose job it is to help the body breakdown food into energy. Other ingredients used in energy drinks are designed to help relieve stress and fatigue, promote memory, and stimulate the body to ensure the right amount of energy for the day.