What To Look For In A Healthy & Effective Energy Drink

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Get the most out of your energy drink with key factors to look for.

Our lives can get busy, we can get tired, and we often turn to some form of beverage to push past that sluggish and fatigued feeling. Coffee can be boring and bland, so we may turn to energy drinks. But just how healthy and effective is our energy drink? With a market so saturated by products, finding the right one can be difficult.

Knowing what to look for in terms of ingredients can really give you a healthy and effective energy drink that is worth your time and money while boosting energy. Trusting a brand is important, but doing the right research can go a long way, especially for those looking to boost their overall health and gains.


Let’s take a look at energy drinks and see what makes these so great for working out as well as giving you that energy you need throughout the day. Knowing what to look for can better prepare you when looking through a saturated market of energy drinks. While there are plenty to choose from, having the right guidelines for you can take you a long way for a healthy and effective product.

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Benefits Of Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are designed to give us energy and boost all areas of our gains, mental and physical. Knowing the benefits of energy drinks and what they can do will prove to be effective and will take our training and focus to new heights. Plus, they tend to have great flavors so you can actually enjoy the taste.

Related: Will Pre-Workouts Or Coffee Give You A Better Workout?

Benefits of energy drinks include:

  • Increased energy: With ingredients like caffeine, energy drinks can increase your energy so you are ready to take on challenges and won’t feel sluggish after a long day (1).
  • Less Fatigue: Working to break fatigue, they can allow you to push through any barriers that may arise during exercise or throughout the day (2).
  • More focus: Ingredients will include those to enhance focus and mood for increased alertness and ability to get more out of your workouts or daily tasks.
  • Potential muscle growth and recovery: As a result of less fatigue and increased energy, you may be able to get more out of your workouts and work to build more muscle and enhance recovery.
  • Potential weight loss: Along with more energy, you may burn more calories potentially leading to increased weight loss for those sculpting goals.

What To Look For

When choosing your energy drink, there are a few things to look for that can make or break what a good product can do. Your energy drink should be healthy, but also effective, and knowing what to look for will make that decision just a bit easier, even with such a saturated market.

  • Reputation Of Brand

Like all supplements and health products, the reputation of the brand matters. You want to be sure your energy drink is coming from a trusted source. This just takes a little research and some reading on their website. Reading through the reviews of their products can be a good way to know they are a company looking to produce the best for consumers.

  • Amount Of Caffeine

Energy drinks do use plenty of caffeine to increase energy and enhanced focus, but for those sensitive to caffeine, this is a big factor to look for (3). On top of that, if you are someone who drinks a lot of caffeine or other caffeinated drinks, or who may take a pre-workout or fat burner supplement high in caffeine as well, this is something to consider so you don’t overload with caffeine. Too much caffeine can have some nasty side effects, but we will cover those later.

  • Added Ingredients

Energy will add other ingredients like taurine, B vitamins, and others to enhance the effects of energy and focus. Considering these and the amount in your energy drink may affect your purchase. If you are new to energy drinks, doing some research into these ingredients is a good idea. For those more advanced lifters and nutrition folks, you may have a preference depending on your needs.

Related: What To Look For On Nutrition Labels & Why It Matters

  • Amount of Sugar

Sugar comes up all the time when we talk supplements because often times companies will add sugar to enhance the taste. But it isn’t necessary, and while artificial sweeteners have taken over, so too have natural ones so consider this when looking at your energy drink. For those health conscious individuals, sugar can have an adverse effect your gains, so don’t fall victim to drinking unwanted calories.

  • Flavors & Taste

As stated before, coffee can be bland if you don’t pump it full of sweeteners or other things, which can be a little bit unhealthy. With that said, your energy drinks should taste good and you should never have to suffer through some bland tasting product. Thankfully, these companies have begun experimenting with new and interesting flavors so you never grow bored of the taste and can have a product you will love.

  • Overall Price & Effectiveness

Price matters and we know that. Supplements unfortunately can get expensive, but it is possible to find the right product at an affordable price. When it comes to effectiveness, considering other customer reviews is a good idea just to see how these energy drinks have affected them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that we have covered what to look for in an energy drink, you may have some questions. Let’s dive into these and address some things.

Why Use an Energy Drink?

Using an energy drinks as a supplement is a good idea if it fits your lifestyle. For those looking to increase energy and focus and get the most out of their workouts, considering this into your routine can be a game changer for your goals. If you can handle caffeine and want to get a great workout, then an energy drink may be right for you.

However, there are alternatives for those who don’t want an energy drink like pre-workout supplements or just a regular cup of coffee. And for those looking to avoid stimulants, even consider a stim-free pre-workout for those great ingredients minus any caffeine or other stimulants and the side effects they may cause.

What is a Good Energy Drink Recommendation?

One product we are more than willing to stand behind at Generation Iron is the health enhancing daily supplement 305 Life. You can get them in an every day daily life supplement, recovery and hydration booster, and energy booster. Let’s break down what each one does.

Every Day Life Daily Supplement
  • Immunity
  • Stamina
  • Muscle Regenaration Energy
  • Digestion
  • Heart Health
Recovery and Hydration Booster
  • Fast Acting Hydration
  • Cardio Recovery
  • Immunity

Powerful health supplement, raspberry-guava flavor.

Energy Booster
  • All Natural Energy
  • Cellular Regeneration
  • Hydration

All are good options for an energy boost. You can choose which one is best based on what you feel as though you need!

What Happens When You Take in Too Much Caffeine?

Caffeine is a great way to boost your energy, however it can effect your body in ways you wouldn’t think of. For one, caffeine has fat burning abilities, which maybe you are not opposed to. But there are other effects that are much more negative. These include headaches, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, frequent urination or inability to control urination,, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors More than likely, you do not want these, so it is recommended to watch your caffeine intake closely.

Wrap Up

Energy drinks are great supplements for those looking to enhance their energy and focus to power through any fatigue or sluggish feeling throughout the day. Getting an effective workout is important and looking to a quality energy drink can make or break those gains for the better. Consider an energy drink for all your workout needs, and if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, then look into those alternatives. Either way, the option for you to have a great workout is right around the corner.

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  1. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Energy Drinks”. (source)
  2. Petrelli, F.; et al. (2018). “Mental and physical effects of energy drinks consumption in an Italian young people group: a pilot study”. (source)
  3. McLellan, T.; et al. (2016). “A review of caffeine’s effects on cognitive, physical and occupational performance”. (source)
Austin Letorney is a writer, actor, and fitness enthusiast. As a former rower, he has shifted his focus to sharing his knowledge of the fitness world and strength sports with others.