The Energy To Read, Part 1
The following is a list of medical reports, research papers and other scientific studies that focus on various aspects of energy drinks. It should be noted that none of these reports specifically tested the DynaPep energy shots, as most were published prior to DynaPep's market release. However, this material does delve into the chemicals and chemical interactions involved in DynaPep and the majority of energy drinks currently available in the United States.
1) Topic: Efficacy of an FED (functional energy drink) in counteracting driver sleepiness
Citation: Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough University,Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK
Link to Abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938401006692
Overview: This UK-based research center investigated the effectiveness of a well-known FED in reducing sleepiness in drivers. Using a double-blind test, a number of young healthy adult drivers were subjected to a slight amount of sleep deprivation (5 hours of sleep the night before),, and then were tested by EEG, lane-drift and more to determine how effective the energy drink was at counteracting the driver fatigue. A well thought out testing method and real-world applicability make this paper an interesting read for anyone who consumes energy drinks.
2) Topic: Does an Energy Drink Modify the Effects of Alcohol in a Maximal Effort Test?
Citation: Ferreira, S. E., de Mello, M. T., Rossi, M. V. and Souza-Formigoni, M. L. O. (2004), Does an Energy Drink Modify the Effects of Alcohol in a Maximal Effort Test?. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28: 1408–1412. doi: 10.1097/01.ALC.0000139822.74414.EC
Link to Abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1097/01.ALC.0000139822.74414.EC/abstract
Overview: This report originated with the Department of Psychobiology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. It was designed to verify the effects of alcohol, and alcohol combined with energy drink, on the performance of volunteers in a maximal effort test (cycle ergometer) and also on physiological indicators (oxygen uptake, ventilatory threshold, respiratory exchange rate, heart rate, and blood pressure), biochemical variables (glucose, lactate, insulin, cortisol, ACTH, dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline), and blood alcohol levels.
3) Topic: A survey of energy drink consumption patterns among college students
Citation: Nutrition Journal, Brenda M Malinauskas, Victor G Aeby, Reginald F Overton, Tracy Carpenter-Aeby and Kimberly Barber-Heidal
Link to Abstract: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-6-35.pdf and http://www.nutritionj.com/content/6/1/35
Overview: The purpose of this study was to determine energy drink consumption patterns among college students, prevalence and frequency of energy drink use for six situations, namely for insufficient sleep, to increase energy (in general), while studying, driving long periods of time, drinking with alcohol while partying, and to treat a hangover, and prevalence of adverse side effects and energy drink use dose effects among college energy drink users. An extremely thought-provoking paper, whether you are a college student or know college students, that actually establishes concrete trends in energy drink usage.
4) Topic: Diuretic potential of energy drinks
Citation: Amino Acids A. Riesenhuber, M. Boehm, M. Posch and C. Aufricht
Amino Acids Volume 31, Number 1, 81-83, DOI: 10.1007/s00726-006-0363-5
Link to abstract: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r65705188vn11867/
Overview: This research paper discusses the diuretic (Something that promotes the formation of urine by the kidney.) and natriuretic (Causing the excretion of an excessively large amount of sodium in the urine.) results of combining caffeine and taurine, two primary ingredients in many energy drinks. For the squeamish, this article on bodily functions may be a little too "down and dirty," but if human biology doesn't intimidate you, then this makes for a very interesting read.