Taurine in Energy DrinksDo you drink Monster Energy drinks?  If you do, you probably have seen the following information:

Lo-Carb Monster Energy Drink

Taurine 1000 mg  |  Panax Ginseng 200 mg

Taurine

Taurine – According to Mayo Clinic.com | “Taurine supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. Taurine is also thought to have antioxidant properties.”  There are no health risks that have been proven with respect to the consumption of Taurine. The only information I could find regarding levels was that the daily recommended levels should not be more than 3,000 mg, which is essentially is three drinks.  This same disclaimer is written on the Monster Blue Can

Panax Ginseng

According to NutraSanus.com | Panax ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family of plants, which includes the closely related American ginseng and less similar Siberian ginseng. Panax ginseng commonly grows on mountain slopes and is usually harvested in the fall. The root of panax ginseng is used preferably from plants older than six years of age.

What I found interesting was the following, “It is used in connection with many conditions such as cancer, anxiety, colds, flu and for lowering blood levels of sugar and cholesterol, as in type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Most commonly known as an adaptogen, panax ginseng is currently being used in Asian countries to treat heart conditions and lungs, as well as for an overall health enhancer.”  Source: NutraSanus.com

Always be on top of what you are eating and drinking.  Everything should be taken in moderation, but it never hurts to check out the labels and see what types of information is in the product. I know people are really against energy drinks, but maybe they do have some value after all.

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