Wednesday, May 28, 2014
How Does Redbull Work?
Every person needs to slip a little extra energy into their system every once in a while to survive the day. Some of us opt for a cup of coffee (maybe several cups of coffee). Some of us try to get our energy through tea. Others of us try to go a more natural route, getting energy from vitamins and healthy foods. But sometimes, no matter how much we might hate it, an energy drink sounds really appealing! The only issue is, we don't really know what is in such drinks, nor do we know what makes them work. Are they okay for our body? Do they really work? And if they work, how on earth do they work? Chances are, you are likely to grab a Redbull if you are not a regular energy drink consumer and you have decided that you need one "just this once," because Redbull is among the most popular energy drinks in the world and has one of the most recognizable names. Perhaps you are aware that France, Norway, and Denmark have banned Redbull. Maybe this makes you (justifiably) nervous! The reason why Redbull is banned in those countries is because it contains taurine. While taurine is made by the body naturally, there has been some debate as to the advisability of adding extra taurine to the body. Taurine moves certain minerals - potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and others - throughout the cells in your body, and in this way it helps to generate nerve impulses. This is one way in which Redbull helps you stay awake. What should concern you more than the taurine in Redbull, however, is the glucose content. Glucose, of course, is sugar, which means that Redbull can leave you with that "sugar crash" that will make you even more tired later on. Otherwise, Redbull contains a small amount of caffeine and a variety of vitamins. A better option than regular Redbull is sugar-free Redbull. The taste is similar, and you can avoid the sugar crashes you get from regular Redbull. Other than this one problem, Redbull is fine to drink, and it can be very good for keeping you awake.