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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
If you've ever wondered whether or not to reach into your wallet and pay for one of those high caffeine "energy drinks" that promise other health benefits as well, here's my simple advice--- Save your money.

The FDA is currently scrutinizing the industry given the recent reports of deaths associated with the super high levels of caffeine consumed by folks who won't stop at one can of the stuff--- if one is good, several are better they assume. A 16 oz can of one of these energy drinks runs about $2.99, a caffeine tablet is about 30 cents, and a 12 oz cup of coffee runs about $1.85 and has more caffeine than the energy drink. These drinks are no more than caffeine deliver systems. Although they purport to have scientifically proven health benefits along with the caffeine, there is absolutely no evidence that they do.

To try to snag you into buying one of these drinks, there's marketing hype about Vit B in the drink. Some of the drinks have 20 times the normal daily allowance. These are water soluble vitamins and if you don't need it, you end up with Vit B rich urine and a total waste of money.

Bottom Line Tip: Ask yourself why you're energy is flagging. Are you getting enough sleep? Exercise rejuvenates your energy level and improves sleep for a win win. A cup of coffee or tea is fine when consumed in moderation. Just don't load it up with sugary flavoring and whipped cream! Finally, there's nothing wrong with taking a 30 minute nap if you're really tired.

Dr. Peeke
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