One energy drink can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack, regardless whether you are old or young. It’s high in caffeine and makes your blood sticky, which is a precursor to stroke and various other cardiovascular issue.
Just 1 hour after having just one can of energy drink, the blood can become abnormal as someone who suffers from cardiovascular disease.
Denmark, Norway and Uruguay already banned the consumption of this energy drink, and also it was banned in France from 1996-2008. The Kuwait Ministry of Commerce banned energy drink consumption for children who are less than 16 years old after it led to a heart attack in a 21-year old and a 16-year old.
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
In these past couple of years, energy drinks became increasingly popular, and this beverage is popping up in every store and supermarket. Energy drinks passed the brands of bottled water and they are the fastest-growing product in the beverage market.
The main ingredients in such energy drinks are sugar and caffeine, and sugar is found like glucuronolactone, glucose and sucrose. Energy drinks really provide a quick energy burst. However this effect doesn’t last long, so consuming a few cans in a row won’t make you a superhero, no matter what the marketing agencies try to show you.
Energy drinks offer the same effect like soda and cup of coffee. But when their effects disappears, you’ll feel lethargic and soon you will crave one more can or cup, to boost the energy again. So, this can easily become vicious cycle.
Who should avoid consuming energy drinks?
Children need to stay away from energy drinks. If you consider their content, it’s also wise to avoid consuming these drinks if you:
• Are lactating or pregnant
• Caffeine sensitive
• Have longer periods of stress or anxiety
• Suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Suffer from increased blood pressure
• Have predisposition for cardiovascular diseases
• Have some blood clotting disorder
Scientist Scott Willoughby explains that energy drinks may even be deadly when taken by people who are suffering from high blood pressure or stress, since it can have an impact on the proper functioning of the blood vessels and increase the likelihood of developing blood clots.
Energy drinks are deadly if combined with alcohol
By combining alcohol and energy drinks you are in fact combining a depressant and stimulant. This is very popular in night clubs and bars. When mixed with alcohol, energy drinks are often called “Vodka Bull”or “Yager Bomb.”
The effects of such combination are still unknown, but experts say that overloading your body with heavy depressants and stimulants may lead to heart failure, so if consider the stories with fatal outcomes of this dangerous mixture, you will see that it’s not really only a theory.
After couple of deaths of people who took alcohol and energy drinks together, Denmark and France banned the selling of those drinks. In 2001, the Science, Medicine and Law journal published an article that explained the effects of alcohol and energy drinks in combination with other stimulant: ephedra.
What’s the result? Acute psychosis.
The Journal of Clinical and Autonomic Research Society published a study which observed a case of “POTS syndrome linked to a vasovagal reaction,” found in a younger volleyball player after a great energy drink intake.
Boost your energy levels without consuming energy drinks
If you take energy drinks to boost your levels of energy, like most people, there are much better options than consuming artificial energy drinks. People aren’t naturally tired. The lethargic state is a thing that we bring on with some lifestyle habits.
Lack of energy is caused by various factors, such as:
• Poor diet habits
• Consuming low-quality food
• Negative emotions
• Stressful life
• Not enough sleep
• Not enough exercise
You can boost your levels energy if you follow these recommendations:
• Eat in accordance with your nutritional type
• Consume more omega-3 fatty acids
• Don’t consume sugar and grains
• Release the negativity and emotional stress using the Technique for Emotional Freedom (EFT)
• Sleep more
• Have regular exercise