Top 10 most popular ingredients for energy drinks

Drinks industry is buzzing about functional beverages. Healthy drinks are one of the fastest growing categories in whole drinks field. Eye, heart, digestive, anti-aging and immune systems, are just a few of the alter blends. Concepts include tea drinks, functional waters and dairy drinks, energy and sports drinks. Still energy drinks are the most popular category. 

The speed of our life is increasing on daily basis. That is why energy drinks category is booming. We decided to make a list of top most popular ingredients which are being used for energy drinks.

Caffeine – a central nervous system stimulant and is consumed to increase focus, alertness and reduce fatigue.

Malic acid: Malic acid contributes to the sourness of green apples. It is manufactured in the Krebs Cycle, which is one of the body’s metabolic pathways. It would be proposed that formulators use it because it is involved in the production of ATP energy. Niacin: The purpose of using small amounts of the B vitamin, niacin, in an energy formulation is to increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which produces the feeling of a warm rush and a consumer may say, “It gives me energy.”

Glucuronolactone: Glucuronolactone is a popular ingredient in energy drinks with claims that it detoxifies the body. Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring compound produced in the liver during glucose metabolism. It is absorbed and metabolized and is active in the body’s detoxification system. There are consumer articles that state that glucuronolactone has been clinically tested and proven for alertness, mental performance and reducing sleepiness.

B vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. You can get B vitamins from proteins such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables, beans, and peas also have B vitamins. Many cereals and some breads have added B vitamins.

Milk Thistle – is used as a liver detoxifying agent. It is placed in energy drinks not really for any energy enhancing properties but as a counter agent to mixing energy drinks with alcohol as milk thistle is supposed to help with hangovers and detoxing the liver from alcohol.

Inositol it aides with the nervous system and serotonin modulation. High doses of inositol has also been given to patients with certain psychiatric conditions because of it’s positive effect on the nervous system. Inositol is found in many foods such as fruits, beans, grains, and nuts. There are no known side effects from ingesting too much and Inositol is considered safe.

Amino acids – L-theanine is an amino acid that according to recent studies has shown to calm the brain to enhance concentration. This amino acid comes simply from tea leaves. Green tea has the highest concentrations. L-Carnitine – an amino acid usually created by your liver and kidneys, this stuff helps up your metabolism and energy levels. Because of the way it interacts with your body, it may act as a thermogenic and help increase weight loss and endurance during exercise.

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to all cells in the body, primarily muscle. This is achieved by increasing the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Ginkgo is believed to have nootropic properties, and is mainly used as memory and concentration enhancer, and antivertigo agent.

GINSENG, PANAX effective for thinking and memory, diabetes there is some evidence that Panax ginseng might lower fasting blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

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dipl. eng. Ieva Petkeviciute
NPD Manager

Author - dipl. eng. Ieva Jurevičienė

Ieva currently Head of NPD for MyDrink Beverages. Her work encompasses innovation, new product development, recipe optimization and consulting.