Going through the nutritional lists of various energy drinks, one item you are likely to find making very frequent appearances would be vitamin B. That would be the case whether what you happen to be looking at are the so-called ‘natural’ drinks, or the other variety that we may call ‘synthetic’ for lack of a better word. Even where the natural drinks don’t list vitamin B directly, you will still tend to find the natural herbal extracts that go into their making being ones that are indeed very rich in that particular vitamin. This, to the critical thinker, begs the question as to why it is the case.
So, indeed, why do most energy drinks contain vitamin B complex?
Well, in order to understand why most energy drinks contain vitamin B complex, it would be important for you to have some basic insight into the role played by that particular vitamin in the body. That is where it would emerge that vitamin B complex, in the body, serves as biochemical catalyst, and has the effect of boosting metabolism rates. The net effect of such a boosted metabolism rate would be an increase in bodily energy levels, and possibly even weight loss – which are precisely the kind of things people tend to be in search of, when making us of such drinks.
In a nutshell then, the main reason as to why most of these drinks have to contain vitamin B is because that is the vitamin through which they can bring about the energy boosting effect. It is through this mechanism that the drinks are able to boost energy levels in the body without adding any notable calories to the body. Take note that the vitamin only ‘motivates’ (if we may put it that way), the body to produce more energy. It doesn’t directly give the body more calories: it only makes the body’s natural mechanisms for energy production more effective. That is an important selling point because most people today are very cautious as to how many calories they take in and how many calories they expend. Of course, some of the drinks end up supplying the body with more calories in the form of sugar, but then again, increasingly, we are seeing drinks that contain sweeteners that are poorer in terms of caloric content.
Worth noting is that even the energy drinks that work by way of simply stimulating the brain (like those whose main active ingredient is caffeine) still tend to have some amounts of vitamin B. The idea is to stimulate the body’s own natural energy production mechanism, so that once the effect of caffeine starts wearing out, one doesn’t end up depressed. In other words, the idea is to give the user a soft landing, from the ‘highly energized’ feeling brought about by caffeine – so that when the effect of caffeine starts wearing off, the user can still find their body with high levels of its own naturally produced energy; thanks to the vitamin B complex.