[The history, ingredients and effects of energy drinks]

Orv Hetil. 2008 Nov 23;149(47):2237-44. doi: 10.1556/OH.2008.28491.
[Article in Hu]


The market and the degree of the consumption of energy drinks is increasing every year, but only a few have global knowledge of their ingredients and actual physiological effects. Furthermore, the number of available publications that really go into the details in this topic is also rather poor. After a short historical introduction, this article reviews the contents of energy drinks, lists a few products distributed in Hungary and abroad as a comparison, and provides information on their physical and mental effects on the human body. In the end of the article the authors word the limitations of energy drink consumption.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Austria
  • Beverages* / history
  • Caffeine / administration & dosage
  • Carnitine / administration & dosage
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / administration & dosage*
  • Coffee
  • Cognition / drug effects*
  • Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage
  • Drug Synergism
  • Energy Intake
  • Germany
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Panax
  • Paullinia
  • Taurine / administration & dosage
  • Tea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Coffee
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Tea
  • Taurine
  • Caffeine
  • Carnitine