In 1975 a Thai businessman called Chaleo Yoovidhya came up with an Energy drink called Krating Daeng.
Introduced to the masses in Thailand a year later, it contained water, cane sugar and caffeine.
Taurine, inositol and B-vitamins were added and the world was introduced to energy drinks.
It wasn’t until Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz discovered this beverage that it would become a worldwide sensation.
The Austrain found that the drink helped with his jet lag.
Yoovidhya and Mateschitz subsequently founded the company Red Bull GmbH in 1984, with both men taking a 49% stake in the company (the remaining 2 percent went to Chaleo’s son).
The brand quickly grew throughout Europe in the nineties.
It exploded into the American market in 1997, taking over 70% market share in less than 12 months.
Both men quickly became multi-billionaires.
Today Red Bull remains the world’s most consumed energy drink, selling more cans annually than there are people on the planet.
This led to a rise of other energy drinks including Mother and V.
However the high levels of caffeine and sugar are a dangerous combination.
The two combine at a molecular level and make it more potent – and this is not particularly a good thing.
Add to this the tendency to add these to alcohol, not to mention giant sized cans, and the health implications are not positive.
Thankfully, a new breed of energy drinks are becoming popular.
First, they do not contain sugar.
Some of the bigger cans of the mainstream brands contain up to an astonishing 70-80 grams of sugar per serving.
Having no sugar is your energy drink doesn’t just come with the obvious benefit of not consuming extra calories.
It also means that the high caffeine content doesn’t mainline directly towards the brain, ensuring that more often than not (depending on how fast one drinks their can) that the nootropic doesn’t spike energy levels.
Spiked energy levels via caffeine will result in an inevitable, and sometimes unhealthy, crash.
The best thing about these new breed of sugarless energy drinks?
They are often enhanced by supplements that have stood the test of time.
Creatine, Amino Acids, Alpha GPC, L-Carnitine Tartrate and even Co-Q10 can be found in most of these brands.
Supplement City is one of the few supplement shops that stocks nearly all of the new range of energy drinks.
And more importantly, none of the sugar laden drinks that can negatively effect your health.