The energy drink industry brings in over 9 billion dollars a year, so it’s evident that many of us turn to these sugary beverages when we need an energy jolt. But have you ever wondered what’s actually in your drink and if the ingredients are good or bad for you?
Almost every energy drink has its own “energy blend” of proprietary ingredients, and keep in mind that manufacturers aren’t required to tell you how much of each ingredient their specific product contains.
Here, we break down some of the most common ingredients, what they are and how Proper Wild is different from your everyday energizer.
Let’s dive in!
Everyone knows what caffeine is. It’s the reason we are so obsessed with coffee and it’s the sole reason many of us are able to get out of bed in the morning and actually get going with our day. It also happens to be the main source of energy in many popular energy drinks.
Caffeine is arguably the most widely used drug on the planet and has been used for centuries for its stimulating effects. It works by boosting the central nervous system, giving the body a sense of alertness. It also raises blood pressure, raises heart rate, and can work as a diuretic in large quantities.
Many individuals experience negative side effects above 400 mg (the recommended daily safe dose), which include heart palpitations, nausea, insomnia, headaches, and most commonly, the jitters.
One of the lesser-known facts surrounding this popular stimulant is that there are many sources of caffeine. Some of the sources are natural, plant-based caffeine, while others are synthetically produced.
Synthetically produced caffeine is made from pharmaceutical plants in China, which happens to be the most popular source of caffeine in most energy drinks on the market and is absorbed by the body a little differently than naturally occurring caffeine.
Synthetic caffeine is absorbed by the bloodstream at a much faster rate, which will give your body the energy that you crave very fast, however, synthetic caffeine will also lead to a much quicker crash accompanied by that dreaded headache.
Caffeine that comes from naturally occurring sources is absorbed by the body at a much more sustainable rate, so it is able to provide sustainable energy all day long without the crash.
That’s why Proper Wild only uses organic caffeine from green tea to cultivate each energy shot. The natural caffeine will provide you with clean, long-lasting energy that will keep you productive throughout the day.
Another common ingredient found in many energy drinks is taurine.
Taurine is an amino acid found in animal tissue that scientists discovered in ox bile in the 1820’s. Our bodies naturally make taurine, and you can get it from eating things like fish and meat. While it’s thought to be vital in some body development, the truth is that there is actually no real evidence that taurine provides energy at all.
Okay, so why is it in most energy drinks, then?
The addition of taurine in most energy drinks is likely due to the effect it is “thought” to have on athletic and mental performance. However, as we mentioned, there just isn’t enough extensive research supporting the use of taurine to improve energy levels, and too much of the stuff can actually be harmful.
So with that in mind, Proper Wild’s Clean All-Day Energy Shots are not made using any taurine. Why? Because Proper Wild only uses clean and simple ingredients backed by science, designed to maximize your productivity.
Taurine does not have enough supporting evidence that it is beneficial to one’s health, so Proper Wild simply does not use it.
Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Glucose happens to be the body’s primary source of energy, and since standard energy drinks contain a lot of sugar, they, therefore, can provide a lot of energy.
However, too much sugar has been linked to diabetes, obesity, and can spike insulin levels, which often leads to a sugar-crash after about an hour or so.
Recently, some energy drink brands have introduced “diet” versions of their products that include the same artificial sweeteners used in popular soft drinks, but the truth is that artificial sweeteners are no good either and have been linked to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity.
Proper Wild’s energy shots are truly something remarkable because they contain zero grams of added sugar -- which is pretty rare to find these days!
Proper Wild sweetens each energy shot with natural juices and never anything artificial. This way, you can experience a clean, smooth, and natural taste without the junk.
Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, and Guarana
While these three herbal substances are inherently safe on their own, they potentially become dangerous when combined with sugar and caffeine. Right now, there isn’t really too much research on just how much of these substances can be harmful, but when they are added to energy drinks, they can cause heart palpitations, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia, swelling, dehydration, and headaches, just to name a few.
As we mentioned a little earlier, Proper Wild only uses ingredients backed by science, so it’s easy to see why they don’t use any ginseng, ginkgo biloba, or guarana in any of our clean all-day energy shots.
B vitamins show up in many different forms in commercial energy drinks, such as folic acid, niacin, and riboflavin. They are commonly called upon for their energy-boosting properties, but the problem is that unless you have a B vitamin deficiency, all of these extra B vitamins don’t really do much. In fact, many of the vitamins in the B family don’t absorb well when taken orally, so the small amounts placed in most popular energy drinks will likely have little to no chance of producing any effect at all.
When looking for an energy drink, avoid the brands that promote B vitamins, and stick with healthier alternatives that are made with ingredients back by science.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that has been shown to calm the brain to enhance concentration. This powerful amino acid comes from tea leaves, and green tea has the highest concentrations. Many energy drink brands are starting to incorporate L-theanine into their products to counteract some of the side effects of caffeine.
Proper Wild’s L-theanine combined with our organic caffeine is what makes our Clean, All-Day Energy Shots so beneficial. With 15x more L-theanine than a cup of green tea in every shot, you can finally experience focus and productivity without the jitters or crash.
A Final Word
While ingredients in energy drinks such as caffeine have been widely studied, others haven’t, and manufacturers are using mainly anecdotal evidence as a justification of their use in their products.
Here at Proper Wild, we believe in clean and simple ingredients that are backed by science and designed to maximize your productivity.
If you want to experience caffeine the way it should be without the added sugar, junk, or preservatives, try one of our amazing Clean All-Day Energy Shots today. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!