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Are energy drinks sports nutrition supplements?

Not everyone considers energy drinks as a supplement however, they contain various amounts of vitamins, minerals, stimulants such as caffeine, amino acids and sugar that supplement your daily diet.

There are a variety of energy drinks on the market and just one energy drink can contain the equivalent of more than 3 cups of coffee. Some brands make health claims however, the basis for most energy drinks are sugar, water and caffeine.

Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks, which are specifically designed for individuals taking part in exercise. Energy drinks contain an average of 80mg of caffeine per serving and may contain guarana, taurine, ginseng and B vitamins.

Exercise some degree of caution when reading claims on energy drinks. However, consumption may lead to improved physical and mental performance and help you stay alert when driving. Consuming more than one serving may result in excess caffeine intake and a significant intake of sugar. Too much caffeine can cause breathing problems, confusion, convulsions, dizziness, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat and insomnia. Energy drinks are not appropriate for children.

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