October 30, 2009
It used to be a right of passage, an invitation into the adult world. Of course, I am referring to pulling an all-nighter in college with the aid of black coffee. This time honored tradition is now being threatened by the introduction of a new, more convenient source of the caffeine we need so badly to function from now to age 65. Energy drinks, be it Red Bull, Adrenaline Rush or 180, have supplanted coffee on many levels, and have appeared where few people would expect coffee.
In humans, taurine is claimed to improve memory and concentration, yet in studies conducted, taurine has been in the presence of caffeine and sugar, making it impossible to tell if it is effective or not. As John Lombardini, professor of pharmacology at Texas Tech remarked in Men's Health, "They're crediting taurine with the benefits, but it could easily be the caffeine or something else."