Energy drinks: potions of illusion

Indian Pediatr. 2014 Jul;51(7):529-33. doi: 10.1007/s13312-014-0441-9.


Energy drinks are widely consumed by adolescents as these claim to improve performance, endurance and alertness. Recent reports have shown that there are no real health benefits of these drinks. On the contrary, certain adverse effects due to energy drinks have come to the forefront, casting a big question-mark on their safety and utility. This review discusses the present status of energy drinks, their active ingredients and their safety. We conclude that energy drinks, despite having some short pleasant effects, can be harmful for the body and are best avoided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Caffeine
  • Energy Drinks* / adverse effects
  • Energy Drinks* / analysis
  • Food Safety
  • Humans
  • Plant Extracts


  • Plant Extracts
  • Caffeine