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Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2020

We all get it–that mid-afternoon slump. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink for that little boost that can get you through the rest of the day. But most energy drinks are full of sugar and processed ingredients that can quickly leave you feeling worse than before.

Luckily, there is an increasing number of healthier energy drinks with less sugar and less junk that provide an easier, more sustained energy boost. In this guide we’ll go over the factors you should look for when choosing a healthy energy drink. At the end we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.
  • Last updated: 12-16-2019
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How to Choose a Healthy Energy Drink – Buying Guide

Even though there are healthy energy drinks out there, you still have to know how to dig through the junk. Keep these things in mind when considering your options.

① Look for Energy Boosting Ingredients (in Moderation)

Certain ingredients are known to boost energy levels, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so it’s best to know what a healthy amount looks like.

To Keep You Awake: Look for Around 100-150 mg of Caffeine

To Keep You Awake: Look for Around 100-150 mg of Caffeine
There are a few ingredients commonly found in energy drinks that will help you perk up and keep going. Although it may not always be an ingredient list item, caffeine is in nearly every energy drink.
It is found most often in the form of coffee, tea, or guarana. Caffeine can help to boost energy levels, but too much can also lead to jitters, heart palpitations, or headaches. To be safe, stick to less than 400 milligrams per day–as reference, an average cup of coffee contains 120 milligrams.

Extra Boosters: Amino Acids and Vitamins

Extra Boosters: Amino Acids and Vitamins
Aside from the usual caffeine, a lot of energy drinks also employ other ingredients like amino acids and vitamins to enhance energy or even just add health benefits.
An increasingly common ingredient is taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that has been shown to work together with caffeine to boost mental performance. Another popular amino acid L-arginine expands blood vessels and allows more oxygen to circulate through your body.
B vitamins are essential in helping your body to break down food and turn it into energy, so you’ll likely find these tucked into energy drinks as well. But more does not mean better, and you really don’t need 300% of your daily requirement in one drink.
The same can be said about other vitamins like vitamin C, an important antioxidant and immune system booster, and vitamin D, which adds to strength and energy levels. While energy drinks can act as a source for vitamins in a pinch, it’s always better to get them from whole foods when possible.

② Keep Sugars Low to Avoid a Crash

② Keep Sugars Low to Avoid a Crash
It almost goes without saying, but the first thing you should check for in any energy drink is the sugar content. Sugar is normally a key component in energy drinks due to the sudden spike in energy it can give you.
This energy, however, is very short lived and will inevitably lead to a “crash,” which is another reason to avoid it on top of all of the solid research showing the relationship between too much sugar and diseases like diabetes, fatty liver, and tooth decay. You get the drill.
But you don’t want to be adding too many artificial sweeteners either, and a little sugar isn’t going to kill you. A good rule of thumb is to look for a drink with less than 10 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving.

③ Avoid Synthetic Ingredients

③ Avoid Synthetic Ingredients
In order to cut down on sugars and increase caffeine and vitamin counts, a lot of energy drinks are packed with synthetic ingredients. And while they may be hard to avoid given the nature of energy drinks, try to do your best to steer clear of ingredients that are unfamiliar and sound like something made in a lab. This includes artificial flavors and colors.
Instead, look for drinks that derive their flavor and benefits from plant extracts and recognizable ingredients.

Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online

Now that you know what to look for, here are our 10 favorite healthy energy drinks, in case you need a little inspiration.
1

GuruOrganic Energy Drink

12 pack

$31.67

Energy BoostersCaffeine (100 mg)
Sugars3 grams
IngredientsSparkling water, organic cane syrup, organic lemon juice extract, organic green tea leaf extract, organic flavors, citric acid, organic extracts
2

CelciusLive Fit

Raspberry Acai Green Tea, 12 pack

$21.66

Energy BoostersCaffeine (200 mg), taurine, B vitamins
Sugars0 grams
IngredientsFiltered water, citric acid, natural flavor, vegetable juice, sucralose
3

RunaClean Energy Drink

Mango, 12 pack

$29.88

Energy BoostersCaffeine (150 mg)
Sugars17 g
IngredientsBrewed organic guayusa, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic mango flavor, natural flavor, ascorbic acid
4

MatchaBarHustle Natural Matcha Energy Drink

12 pack

$35.97

Energy BoostersCaffeine (120 mg)
Sugars0 grams
IngredientsWater, ceremonial grade matcha, lactic acid, chlorophyllin, monk fruit, green tea extract, lemon extract, lime extract
5

V8+Energy

Peach Mango, 24 pack

$15.92

Energy BoostersCaffeine (80 mg), B vitamins
Sugars11 g
IngredientsWater, vegetable juice, fruit juice, mango puree, natural flavoring, citric acid, green tea extract, vitamin c, sucralose, B vitamins
6

ZeviaZero Calorie Energy

Raspberry Lime, 12 pack

$19.99

Energy BoostersCaffeine (120 mg)
Sugars0 grams
IngredientsCarbonated water, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, caffeine, natural flavors
7

SambazonOrganic Amazon Energy

12 pack

$30.81

Energy BoostersCaffeine (110 mg)
Sugars7 grams
IngredientsSparkling filtered water, organic erythritol, organic acai juice, organic cane syrup, citric acid, malic acid, sea salt, other organic juices, extracts, and flavors
8

Hiball EnergySparkling Energy Water

Grapefruit, 8 count

$23.99

Energy BoostersCaffeine (160 mg), ginseng, B vitamins
Sugars0 grams
IngredientsCarbonated purified water, natural flavor, organic caffeine, organic guarana extract, organic panax ginseng extract, B vitamins
9

MatiSparkling Organic Energy Drink

12 pack

$29.99

Energy BoostersCaffeine (115 mg)
Sugars7 grams
IngredientsCarbonated water, brewed guayusa, apple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, lime juice concentrate, natural flavors
10

UptimeMental-Physical Energy Supplement (Sugar Free)

12 pack

$29.99

Energy BoostersCaffeine (142 mg), taurine, ginseng
Sugars0 grams
IngredientsFiltered carbonated water, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium benzoate, potassium sorbate, sucralose

When's the Best Time to Have an Energy Drink?

When's the Best Time to Have an Energy Drink?

When it comes to maximizing your energy drink, timing is important. Too early and you could crash before you need the rush, too late and you could be wired all night. 


Generally speaking, you begin to feel the effects of the caffeine and sugar about 10 minutes after having your drink, but don’t feel the peak until about the 30-minute mark.

If your drink has sugar, you may feel a bit of a sugar crash after an hour or so. After 5-6 hours, about half of the caffeine has left your system, so drinking an energy drink less than 6 hours before bed may leave you unable to sleep.
Something else to consider is that caffeine can negatively interact with your body’s cortisol levels to increase feelings of stress. Your cortisol levels peak just after waking up, at midday, and in the early evening, so try to have your energy drink after one of those peaks instead of before.

Summary

So there you have it–a quick guide to choosing the right healthy energy drink for you. Just remember that everyone’s body is different and what works for one person might not work for the next. Keep what we talked about in mind, be patient, and slowly try different formulas out–you’re sure to find something that works.
While relying on energy drinks may not be ideal, it’s reassuring to know that the one you drink isn’t outright bad for you.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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