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Does Monster Energy Drink Actually Work? (Analyzed)

Monster Energy lives up to its name. It has a monstrous amount of energy that packs a punch. Monster Energy will make you feel like you have all the energy in the world. It does a great job at giving you a good energy boost. Of course, until the energy wears off.

Monster Energy has been giving us the energy we need for almost 20 years now. It is in the top 5 most leading energy drinks in the USA alone. 

To briefly answer your question. If you ask me, it can work as long as you stick to your normal productive routine, and you can balance your energy intake throughout your day, I don’t see why Monster Energy won’t work.

Let us get more into details down below.

What Are The Ingredients Of Monster Energy?

Before we talk about whether or not Monster Energy really works, let’s look at the ingredients:

  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar
  • Citric acid
  • ‘Natural Flavors’
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Color added
  • Sorbic Acid (preservative)
  • Benzoic Acid (preservative)
  • Niacinamide
  • Sucralose
  • Salt
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Riboflavin
  • Cyanocobalamin
Ingredients

These nutritional facts are based on the Percent Value of a 2000 Calorie diet.

  • 210 Calories
  • 160mg Caffeine 
  • 54g Sugars
  • 370mg Sodium
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12

Caffeine is the main ingredient in Monster Energy that will boost your energy.

Caffeine is not entirely bad for you. In fact, it contains some health benefits. Some of these health benefits include, improve cognitive performance, burn fat, and it can also speed up your metabolism.

Monster Energy Caffeine Content

Energy drinks do as their name implies – Fill you with energy through caffeine. It has 160mg of caffeine per can of Monster Energy.

Your brain is the main target of caffeine. 

Caffeine works by blocking adenosine receptors in your brain, which is a chemical messenger that makes you feel tired and sleepy.

It takes about 12 hours for caffeine to disappear from our system.

When you drink an energy drink, your body rapidly absorbs caffeine by processing it in your liver. All of these stimulate the brain, giving you an alert state.

Monster Energy.
A can of Monster Energy

How Long Does It Take For a Monster Energy Drink To Kick In?

According to an infographic made by personalize.co.uk (where’s the link?), this is what happens to the body after drinking an energy drink.

It only takes about 10 minutes for caffeine to reach the bloodstream. The effects can raise your blood pressure and heart rate.

  • 15-45 minutes

This is when caffeine hits the body the highest. You will feel more alert. Improving your concentration. 

  • 30-45 minutes

Within this time almost all of the caffeine is absorbed by the liver, and it starts taking in glucose/sugar into the bloodstream. You will start feeling energetic and alert.

  • 60 minutes

By this time you will start feeling the sugar crash. The body starts returning to its normal energy level.

  • 5-6 hours

It takes this long for caffeine to reduce to 50%. Also known as half-life. For women taking birth control pills, it can take double this time for caffeine to leave their system.

  • 12 hours

By this time, the body is completely out of caffeine. Of course it may vary depending on your age, weight and daily activities.

  • 12-24 hours

For those who drink energy drinks daily will experience withdrawal by this time. Withdrawal symptoms can last for more than a week. Symptoms include irritability and headache.

  • 7-12 days

The body gets used to your caffeine intake by this time. The body tolerates the caffeine that it processes. Thus, you might not feel the effects as much.

To sum it up, the effectiveness of caffeine only lasts for an hour before you need to follow up on another serving of energy drink. But be reminded to take energy drinks moderately before you start experiencing the consequences.

How Does Monster Energy Feel Like?

If you haven’t had a Monster Energy drink. Firstly, let me describe how it tastes. Once it hits your tongue, you will notice a sweet tangy carbonated taste. It is like drinking a can of soft drink but with a boost of energy from the caffeine.

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Monster Energy will make you feel like you have an elevated mood. You will feel that you are more alert and focused.

This may not be true to all and to you either but some report experiencing bloatedness. Any caffeinated drink can make you thirsty, and since caffeine is a diuretic, it will make you pee often. So always have a bottle of water with you anywhere you go.

If you want to know more about how caffeinated energy drinks such as Monster will make you feel, have a look at the video below:

Can Monster Energy Keep You Awake?

The energy-boosting ingredient in Monster Energy is caffeine. It contains 160mg of caffeine per can of 16fl. oz. It lasts about 45-60 Minutes depending on your age and weight.

Caffeine stays in your body for at least 12 more hours before your body completely removes the caffeine. 

The energy that caffeine gives you may vary. Some people can drink an ample amount of caffeinated drinks but are hardly affected by it while some can be energetic with just a few sips.

Sugar Content Of Monster Energy

Sugar is also responsible for the liveliness that Monster Energy gives you. A single can of Monster Energy has 54g of Sugar. The American Heart Association suggests not to exceed a daily added sugar intake of 37.5g of for men and 25g for women. 

When the body processes the sugar, it releases insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin a hormone that helps sugar travel through the body which gives the body energy.

The energy from sugar is often short-lived. This can result in an unwanted sugar crash.

What’s The Purpose Of Monster Energy?

For obvious reasons, Monster Energy is made to improve your mental and physical abilities, either through active (caffeine and sugar) or placebo means.

Some people find Monster Energy refreshing because it is cold and carbonated, and is also one of the most convenient and affordable beverages available to most, running you around $1.50 at most.

Does It Help With Long Working Hours?

Yes, since the caffeine from energy drinks can help keep you awake, in very much the same way a cup of coffee can.

Caffeine has some pretty nifty benefits when taken in the right amount.

Caffeine stimulates the brain and gives you a brief energy boost It works well when you are crammed up with deadlines. Although this may help you with your problem, energy drinks are habit-forming. So be aware of your overall caffeine intake. 

Time management and a healthy routine holds the key to productivity.

Does It Help You Study?

Any caffeinated drinks have benefits when taken at the right amount. The caffeine in energy drinks enhances your concentration and mental ability

But you still need a good night’s sleep for your brain to function properly. Not getting enough sleep can impair your cognitive behavior and your ability to learn.

Energy drinks are not a permanent solution if you are always short on time and energy. Always make sure that you get enough sleep, eat the proper nutrition, and plan your days ahead. You can have energy drinks as the cherry on top of your daily routine.

Is It A Good Pre-Workout Drink?

Sometimes getting in the mood to work out can be such a drag. But that beast inside of you says you should get off your couch and hit the gym. So what do you do when you are too tired to go to the gym? 

Pump up some energy drink.

Caffeinated beverages can energize you and help motivate you to pick up those weights. You will have the drive to get more exercise done in a short span of time. 

But if you decide to drink an energy drink before a workout, take it at least 45 minutes before you hit the gym. Try not to drink energy drinks during a workout. This may cause an upset stomach.

Does It Boost Your Stamina?

Since the drive you get from an energy drink is often short-lived, it is not an answer to boost your stamina. 

If you want to know what kind of energy drink you need for your gym routine I have an article on that too.

Health Consequences Of Caffeine

Caffeine

Caffeine when used in moderation isn’t that bad. It can actually provide you with some health benefits. It can even improve your brain function when you are too tired. 

Interestingly enough some research has found that people with ADHD can benefit from drinking the right amount of caffeine. Doctors prescribe stimulants to patients with ADHD which helps them feel calm and focused.

But if you abuse caffeine it can result in horrific health consequences.

Health

If you are asking my opinion, best not to consume more than 1 can of Monster Energy a day.

Here is a simple list of health consequences of caffeine:

  • High blood pressure
  • Gout
  • Sleep problems
  • Kidney and Liver damage

You can avoid all of these if you drink within your limits.

Monster Energy Age Restrictions

There is no actual law that restricts any age limit the sale of energy drinks. However, there has been a lot of debate if there should be an age limit to buying energy drinks.

Some countries, such as the UK, do want to ban the sales of energy drinks to children below 16 years old.

Personally, I do favor the ban of energy drinks to minors because I have a growing concern about how energy drinks can affect the growth of teenagers.

Some Other Alternative Energy Drinks

If you enjoy the taste of Monster, here are some other alternatives that you might also enjoy:

Natural Alternatives To Boost Your Energy

Let’s discuss what other healthy options have to boost your energy in addition to energy drinks.

Eating small frequent meals throughout the day can help keep your energy levels high. If you are an athlete or a serious gymhead, eating frequent healthy meals can help you from feeling sluggish but still puts fuel into your day.

Healthy dopamine and serotonin level can give you similar effects to caffeine. Dopamine can give you a sense of alertness and focus while serotonin can increase your drive and motivation. Through exercise, you can stabilize these brain chemicals.

Studies prove that sleep strengthens your memory and cognitive function. Research suggests sleeping for at least 8 hours long. But there are some people who can function perfectly fine even with just 3-5 hours of sleep.

Eating a healthy diet can contribute to your natural boost of energy. Truth be told, a healthy dose of caffeine is part of this diet. 

Socialize more! Absorbing energy from other people can affect your energy too. Social isolation can reduce your mood and energy. So pick up your phone, call up a friend and finally schedule a date.

Final Thoughts

Monster Energy works wonders when you are short on time especially when you have heaps of work to finish. However, you cannot solely rely on energy drinks alone.

So while, In my opinion, adding energy drinks to your usual healthy regimen is absolutely okay, be sure that your exercising regularly and not consuming Monster Energy drinks in excess, because you can have too much of a good thing.

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About Adrian Carter

Adrian writes about energy drinks and their ingredients to shine a light on the facts behind the brand names.

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