Are you drinking Red Bull or other energy drinks to increase your athletic performance? Well, a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning reports that non-caffeine ingredients in energy drinks don’t enhance your athletic performance. A group of researchers removed ingredients like taurine and vitamin B from Red Bull and had cyclists train. They found no difference in oxygen consumption between the group drinking regular Red Bull and the Red Bull with just caffeine.
What does this mean for you? There may be better caffeinated products out there free of all those extra untested ingredients. For example, a cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine, while 76 milligrams has been shown to provide the energy boost individuals are looking for.