energy drink Essay

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The Real Science behind Energy Drinks



1. When we say that something gives us "energy”, what does that mean? What is a biological definition of energy?
When we say that something gives us “energy” it means we can get sugars or carbohydrates and lipids from that. Humans need to eat carbohydrates and lipids to provide fuel for our body’s metabolism. Human body must have these chemicals in order to function and different food sources provide different types of energy. The biological definition of energy is the element that is stored by cells in biomolecules (carbohydrates and lipids). The energy is released when there molecules are oxidized during cellular respiration and transported by an energy carrier called ATP
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Also regulates formation of glycogen. It is a substance that results from the metabolism of glucose in the human liver. It can boost ATP, lessen sleepiness and increase alertness and reaction time [10].

Inositol
What it is: A sugar that is a member of the Vitamin B complex
What it does: Controls cholesterol levels and has potential antioxidant capabilities [11].

Niacinamide
What it is: Niacin and niacinamide are forms of Vitamin B3. Nicotinamide is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B group.
What it does: A component of the coenzymes NAD and NADP, important in the redox reactions of metabolism [12].

Calcium Pantothenate
What it is: Calcium pantothenate is a water-soluble vitamin found in most foods. It is naturally produced in the body by bacteria in the intestines.
What it does: Calcium pantothenate is essential for the body’s production of hormones, energy production, fat storage, and many other bodily processes [13].

Pyridoxine HCl
What it is: Synthetic form of Vitamin B-6
What it does: Energy production, the B-compound vitamins are probably the single most important set of factors needed for proper maintenance of the nervous system as well as proper functioning of the cell and its energy metabolism. Pyridoxine HCl also acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, and fat [14].

Vitamin B12
What it is: Vitamin B12 is a…