What You Should Know
Red Bull is an energy drink that currently dominates the U.S. market and is sold around the world. Red Bull claims to boost metabolism, improve performance, increase concentration and reaction speed, and increase endurance. Red Bull is used mainly as a performance enhancer but is frequently used by those trying to lose weight as the caffeine provides a thermogenic benefit. Thermogenesis is a process in the body that speeds up metabolism and burns adipose (fat) tissue. The stimulant effect of the caffeine also increases activity levels which help to burn calories.
Red Bull has had a checkered history since it was first produced in 1997 on a large scale. It has been incorrectly condemned for its high caffeine content which is actually about the same as the average cup of coffee. Small scale clinical studies have been performed on Red Bull and have had mixed results. Some of the studies link the product to heart disease and high blood pressure but there have been no definitive results.
Red Bull has a different formulation in different parts of the world. The ingredient list below relates to the North American version of the product. Red Bull has also recently developed Red Bull Cola which bills itself as all natural, containing no synthetic preservatives or flavorings.
Sucrose, glucose, Inositol, Taurine, Glucuronolactone, niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B12, and caffeine.
Red Bull’s stimulant effect comes from more than just its caffeine content. Taurine is a natural amino acid found in the body. It is excreted under conditions of extreme physical activity and stress and is not replaced quickly. The B group vitamins in Red Bull also help to boost the body’s metabolic rate and improve concentration and focus.
According to the company’s website, Red Bull should be consumed in the same moderation as other caffeinated drinks like coffee. Each serving contains 80 mg. of caffeine, approximately the same as coffee and about the same as two cola beverages.
- Provides short term energy and concentration.
- Portable and easy to consume.
- Not thoroughly clinically tested as yet.
- Expensive compared to other caffeinated beverages.
- May not provide enough caffeine to produce weight loss.
Red Bull Energy Drink is definitely one of the hot new beverage trends. The combination of caffeine, B vitamins and Taurine may be able to boost metabolism. However, if your main goal is weight loss, there are many products on the market today that contain caffeine as well as other clinically-proven ingredients that help to burn fat and accelerate weight loss.