Energy beverages: Content and safety

Higgins, John P., Tuttle, Troy D. and Higgins, Christopher L. (2010) Energy beverages: Content and safety. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 85 11: 1033-1041. doi:10.4065/mcp.2010.0381

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Author Higgins, John P.
Tuttle, Troy D.
Higgins, Christopher L.
Title Energy beverages: Content and safety
Journal name Mayo Clinic Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-6196
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.4065/mcp.2010.0381
Volume 85
Issue 11
Start page 1033
End page 1041
Total pages 9
Place of publication Montvale, NJ, United States
Publisher Dowden Health Media
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Exercise is making a resurgence in many countries, given its benefits for fitness as well as prevention of obesity. This trend has spawned many supplements that purport to aid performance, muscle growth, and recovery. Initially, sports drinks were developed to provide electrolyte and carbohydrate replacement. Subsequently, energy beverages (EBs) containing stimulants and additives have appeared in most gyms and grocery stores and are being used increasingly by "weekend warriors" and those seeking an edge in an endurance event. Long-term exposure to the various components of EBs may result in significant alterations in the cardiovascular system, and the safety of EBs has not been fully established. For this review, we searched the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases from 1976 through May 2010, using the following keywords: energy beverage, energy drink, power drink, exercise, caffeine, red bull, bitter orange, glucose, ginseng, guarana, and taurine. Evidence regarding the effects of EBs is summarized, and practical recommendations are made to help in answering the patient who asks, "Is it safe for me to drink an energy beverage when I exercise?"
© 2010 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
Keyword Antioxidant requirements
Exercise performance
Sports performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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