News from CRIS: Stimulants - Exploring Ingredients

October 5, 2020

What are stimulants?

Stimulants refer to a wide variety of drugs and compounds that can boost mood, increase one’s ability to focus, and improve vigor and sociability. Some stimulants have ergogenic effects, meaning they can enhance performance. 
We can find stimulants in prescribed medications, foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and other human-made substances. 

What are common stimulant ingredients found in foods, beverages & dietary supplements? 

In this post, we focus on ingredients found in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements that are thought to be stimulants, including:

  • B-complex vitamins 
  • Caffeine
  • Carnitine
  • Ginseng
  • Guarana
  • Taurine

You can find many of these ingredients in coffee, teas, energy drinks, soda pops, drink flavor enhancers, chocolate, and dietary supplements like caffeine pills. 


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