Calling all gamers! If you’re someone who likes to throw back an energy drink or two when gaming to enhance your performance (and crush your opponents), then this article is for you.
While there’s nothing wrong with sipping on a can of energy from time to time, there is something wrong with the ingredients commonly found in them. What ingredients are we talking about? Read on as we dive into the exciting world of gaming to uncover popular energy drinks and the questionable ingredients in them. Are you ready?
Let’s dive in!
Why Do Gamers Love Energy Drinks?
Why does anyone like energy drinks? It’s definitely not because they taste good, because most of them... well... don’t. Unless you enjoy the flavor of chemicals, we’re sure the taste is not the main reason why energy drinks are as popular as they are.
In fact, they could probably taste like dirty old gym socks, and people would still drink them. Basically, what we’re trying to say here is that it’s not the taste of the beverage that energy drink fans are obsessed with — it’s the effects that they provide to their consumers.
You see, an energy drink is used to maintain alertness, provide an extra boost in energy, promote wakefulness, and enhance mood. Whether you could use a little pick-me-up at the office or a boost when gaming with your pals, the right energy drink can make a huge difference in your performance.
Here are a few reasons why energy drinks are so popular with gamers:
Reason #1: Energy!
The most obvious reason why gamers love energy drinks is that they can provide a game-time buzz that will help them to remain alert, focused, and ready to dominate the leaderboard for hours on end.
Reason #2: Mental Clarity
It’s been shown that healthy energy drinks — like the ones right here at Proper Wild — are very effective in improving focus, which is especially important when you’re playing for hours on end. Plus, they can also enhance memory and alertness to keep you on your A-game from sun-up to sun-down (or sun-down to sun-up)!
Reason #3: Fast Caffeine Delivery
It’s not uncommon for gamers to reach for an energy drink over other sources of caffeine since they can typically deliver faster results. Since energy drinks are typically consumed chilled, you can drink one as soon as you feel the need for a boost.
Caffeine pills are another popular delivery method of the beloved stimulant, but since the supplement has to get absorbed into the blood through your stomach walls, it can take up to two hours to feel its full effects. When you consume an energy drink, it takes roughly ten minutes for the caffeine to enter your bloodstream, so the effects are felt much faster.
What Ingredients Are Commonly Found in Energy Drinks?
Remember how we mentioned the taste of energy drinks being pretty awful? Well, the reason why they taste like that, believe it or not, is because the energy drink company is trying to mask the bitterness of caffeine with artificial ingredients and gobs of sugar and sodium.
The resulting cocktail bomb then gets blasted with coloring agents and more artificial sweeteners and flavors. And that is why your favorite commercial energy drink tastes like chemically-infused fizzy juice.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common ingredients found in energy drinks:
First up on the docket is caffeine.
While the world’s most popular stimulant is great for gamers because it can help improve focus and concentration, the truth is that most energy drinks contain way more caffeine than necessary. And when you consume too much, nausea, dizziness, and the shakes are sure to follow suit — not exactly what you want when you’re gaming!
Skip the commercial energy drinks and reach for one of Proper Wild’s Clean All-Day Energy Shots instead. Made with organic caffeine from green tea and L-theanine for focus and productivity, just one shot is all you need to game at your best.
Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Energy drinks contain ridiculously high levels of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, which is just a cheaper alternative to real sugar. Sure, there are some “diet” versions out there that are made with artificial sweeteners, but recent studies are now suggesting that the fake stuff might be just as bad as the real stuff.
Needless to say, a diet high in sugar can be really detrimental to your health as it can lead to a whole slew of medical problems.
Proper Wild’s Powerful, Plant-Based Energy Shots are made without any added sugar and are sweetened with natural fruit juices for a clean, smooth taste, without the junk. Finally, a healthy energy drink that doesn’t taste like a chemical cocktail. Gamers rejoice!
B vitamins are extremely important as they play a vital role in maintaining good health and overall well-being. But, like a lot of things in life, too much of a good thing isn’t always, well, a good thing.
Some of the popular energy drinks on the market today contain shockingly high levels of B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyridoxine), which in excess, are known to cause GI problems, liver toxicity, nerve damage, and even blurred vision.
To give you a quick example, one of the leading energy drink brands contains over 200 percent of the recommended daily limit of niacin- — that’s a whole lot of B3 in just one serving, yikes!
A Final Word
Here at Proper Wild, we love a good energy drink — especially when we’re gaming — but we’re also very aware of the possible dangers of the many unnatural and unnecessary ingredients that many popular energy drinks contain. That’s why we created our delicious clean-all-day energy shots, made with absolutely nothing artificial and no added sugar for a clean, smooth taste, without the junk.
Backed by science and made with you in mind, one sip is all you’ll need to see the difference that clean ingredients can make. No icky chemical taste and no funky aftertaste, just pure bliss in every shot.
Whether you’re a casual gamer looking to pull an all-nighter with your besties or a competitive gamer preparing for a tournament, you can count on us to keep you energized and focused to help you play at your best.
Try Proper Wild today!