If you have severe chronic fatigue, sometimes redbull can be a life saver. If I’m struggling when having a night out or falling asleep at a family function, redbull can helps me keep it together for a few more hours. Maybe it isnt the healthiest way to get energy, but if you have cfs sometimes it can be the easiest way to get it.
Everyone knows that energy drinks (i.e Redbull) can give you a short term energy boost.
Do You Know What Is Actually in It?
Here are the active ingredients in Redbull that are resonsible for the increased energy.
Glucose – Obviously glucose is Sugar. Cells use sugar and can rapidly convert it into energy. This gives a short term energy boost as glucose is turned into sugar.
Taurine - Taurine is an amino acid that is naturally made in the human body. Each can of Red Bull contains 1000mg of Taurine. Taurine help to move minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium throughout the cells. This helps to generate nerve impulses.
There has been some controversy over the effects of high levels of taurine on the body. It is believed to be unfounded but there are certain countries that prohibit the sale of redbull.
Its sale is acutally prohibited in Denmark, France, Uruguay, and Norway. In France, Only energy drink without Taurine are sold.
Some CFS patients have actually been found to have low levels of taurine.
Glucuronolactone – Glucuronolactone is a precursor of taurine. It has be known to improve memory and concentration. It also can have stimulant and anti-depressant like effects.
Inositol – Inositol has mood boosting effects and improves how the brain uses serotonin. A chemical that is the same that is boosted by anti-depressant drugs like prozac and zoloft.
Some studies have recently shown that inositol may acually help treat certain problems like bipolar disorder, depression, and panic disorder.
Niacin – Niacin is a B vitamin that helps in energy formation. It metabolizes energy from fat and carbohydrates. Niacin can help the body use energy by releasing it from food.
D-Pantothenol – D-Pantothenol is also known as vitamin B5, or Pantothenic acid. It is known to improve mood and boost energy. D-Pantothenol help turn fat into energy and increases metabolism.
Pyridoxine HCL – Also known as Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine HCL helps red blood cells to form and provides better oxygen utilization. It also help to break down sugar that you have stored in your body to use for energy.
Vitamin B12 – B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells, for better oxygen utilization. It also help with energy production by breaking down fat and protein.
Caffeine – Red Bull contains 80.0 milligrams of caffeine which is almost double the amount of all other soft drinks. The caffeine in Red Bull gives you energy by blocking a chemical in you brain called adenosine. Adenosine promotes sleepiness and without it you would not be able to fall asleep. When adenosine is blocked you body releases a boost of adrenaline which wakes you up.
I sometimes use redbull to help me deal with low energy with chronic fatigue, but usually i pay the price .If you are looking for more information about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Click the link if you want to go the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue forums.