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Energy drinks: review of performance benefits, health concerns, and use by military personnel.

Publication Status: Published

Sponsoring Organization: Defense Health Agency (formerly TRICARE Management Activity)

Sponsoring Office: Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Congressionally Mandated: No

Funding Source: Undetermined

Release Date/Publication: April 01, 2014

Principle Investigator Status: Government

Primary DoD Data Source: Other

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Abstract

Energy drinks (EDs) are highly caffeinated beverages usually containing herbal ingredients promoted and consumed for purported improvements in attention and athletic performance. The popularity of EDs among adolescents and young adults has steadily increased for more than a decade. Reports suggest U.S. military populations consume EDs with greater frequency as compared to age-matched civilian populations. This article reviews the literature and outlines the current body of evidence evaluating the human performance benefits and potential harms associated with ED use.

Citation:

Johnson LA, Foster D, McDowell JC. Energy drinks: review of performance benefits, health concerns, and use by military personnel. Mil Med. 2014 Apr;179(4):375-80.

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