What the HELL am I drinking? PART 3
The more of these concoctions I ingest, the more I realize that they may one day lead to my mutation like an X-Man, but with some really really inane and useless ability...like, I'll be able to make my eyelashes grow at will or something equally useless and terribly uncool. Anyway, here are some more "ingredients" to digest...
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Yikes, funny words scare me too. However, it turns out, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is converted into the amino acid L-Tyrosine in the human body. L-Tyrosine research has shown that this amino acid help keep your neurotransmitters running sharp. Deficient neurotransmitters, synapses and serotonin secretion in the brain have been associated with depression and mood swings. Elevated levels of L-Tyronsine have been shown to increase neurotransmitter production which may keep you from flying off the handle when the little old lady cuts you off on the highway. If you are not depressed and generally stressing about the small stuff than you are naturally doing your heart and blood pressure level a service. So, L-Tyrosine may help to curb road rage and then going home and going into a vegetative depression as a result of running the old lady off the road.
Enzymes generally serve a wide array of functions in the human body. However, one of the key functions is in the digestive system. Enzymes such as amulase, protease, cellulase, and lactase all assist the body in the digestive process, i.e., breaking down proteins, carbohydrates, plants, etc.
D_Ribose is a sugar that while not classified as an “essential nutrient” is classified as “essential to life” due to it being an essential component to many of the necessary biological molecules in the human body such as ATP (ATP provides energy to the bodies muscles to help them during exertion). Some research has proffered that D-Ribose provides some protective benefits to the heart.
This is an essential amino acid which helps the urinary system rid the body of toxins such as ammonia, and has also been shown to assist in protein synthesis. Some studies have associated this amino acid with the prevention of cardiovascular disease, treatment of some forms of male infertility and some kidney disorders, and as helping wound healing in some circumstances. You will also see this amino acid being touted by the gym rats as a beneficial supplement to assist in muscle growth. There has also been some preliminary evidence suggesting that it may help in male erectile dysfunction.
This stuff helps it to not hurt when you pee. Although, if it hurts to pee after a particular energy drink you can be sure I will not buy it again. Also, hypothetically, the inclusion of this ingredient in an energy drink may lead you to believe that the lab rats who were injected with 50 gallons of this stuff may have been pissing crystals before they put it in. No thank you sir, no thank you.
Similar to Maltodextrin, glycerin is a sugar that is commonly used as a thickening agent and preservative.
Vitamin A is an essential human nutrient that assists in vision, bone growth, reproduction and cell development. It helps to promote healthy surface linings in the respiratory, intestinal, and urinary tracts. The tolerable upper intake level for vitamin A, established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is 3000 mcg per day for males and females over the age of 19.
This is an essential nutrient in the human body that first gained its notoriety as a preventative for scurvy. The tolerable upper intake level for vitamin C 2g per day.
Yerba Mate Leaf Extract:
An leafy herb that is used throughout South America as a tea. It has a little less caffeine, and is much more gentle on the stomach, than coffee. Caffeine content varies between 0.3% and 1.7% of dry weight (compare this to 2.5–4.5% for tea leaves, and 1.5% for ground coffee).
Green Tea Extract:
This tea has become typically identified as being from Japanese culture and tradition. Green tea has been associated with a cornucopia of alleged human health benefits (including stopping Alzheimer’s, preventing cancer, and treating multiple sclerosis). None of which have been directly substantiated by modern medicine. However, journal articles have come down as recent as 2006 in which studies indicate that consumption of green tea may have preventative affects on cardiovascular disease, reduction in stress, and reduction in body fat.
Zinc is an essential element in the human body. Studies have shown that zinc supplementation may help the immune system in combating flu like illness.
Goji Berries, i.e., the Wolfberry, is commonly used as an ingredient in fungicides and pesticides in China. There are conflicting reports of whether the Tibetan berry and the Chinese berry are distinct species, but there is apparently no scientific data to confirm that they are indeed different.
The only drink that I have found thus far that contains this stuff (essentially making you drink and insecticide) is Steven Seagal's Lighting Bolt (review here http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=68637).
Tibetan or Himalayan Goji Berries are marketed by some companies and an exotic wonder fruit full of powerful antioxidants. However, some of those companies also believe is is possible, through goji berry supplementation, to live until the rip, very ripe, old age of 252 (see http://www.gojiberries.us/). There have been very few clinical trials testing the Wolfberry stories and the actual health benefit of the plant is currently a matter of speculation.
However, as a side note, it is commonly used as an ingredient in fungicides and pesticides in China. There are conflicting reports of whether the Tibetan berry and the Chinese berry are distinct species, but there is apparently no scientific data to confirm that they are indeed different. Thus, if you choose not to drink it you can use it to kill carpenter ants.
Cordyceps are a species of entomopathogenic fungus, or fungus that are parasitic of insects in the wild. Here is a Wiki quickie for those interested....
However, Cordyceps has been cultivated on wood or grains and has been used shown to have beneficial effects on the human immune system and have anecdotal evidence of positive effects on the human respitory system and control of cholesterol levels.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia