April 2009 Issue
B Vitamin-Laced Drinks Not Likely to Be Beneficial for an Energy Boost
Suddenly, B vitamins are appearing in all sorts of products, especially energy bars and energy drinks, seemingly in place of caffeine, fueling the hype surrounding their supposed energy-boosting powers. B vitamins are needed for the metabolic processes that convert carbohydrates, proteins and fat in the food you eat into energy the body can use. But the vitamins donít provide the quick pick-me-up these products promise, nor any energy by themselves. Most of the energy drinks that boast the power of Bs actually contain other stimulants, such as guarana (which is high in caffeine) and ginseng.
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