How Safe Are Energy Drinks Consumption?
An energy drink, according to Wikipedia, is a type of beverage containing stimulant drugs, usually including caffeine, which is marketed as providing mental and physical stimulation (marketed as “energy”, but distinct from food energy).
They may or may not be carbonated and many also contain sugar or other sweeteners, herbal extract, taurine, and amino acid.
They are a subset of the larger group of energy products, which includes bars and gels, and distinct from sport drinks, which are advertised to enhance sports performance. There are many brands and varieties of energy drinks to include red bull, monster…etc
Energy drinks have the effects caffeine and sugar provide, but there is little or no evidence that the wide variety of other ingredients have any effect. Most of the effects of energy drinks on cognitive performance, such as increased attention and reaction speed, are primarily due to the presence of caffeine. Other studies, however, ascribe those performance improvements to the effects of the combined ingredients
Advertising for energy drinks usually features increased muscle strength and endurance, but there is little evidence to support this in the scientific literature
Some scientist are beginning to believe that consuming too much of energy drinks may lead to liver problems and trigger hepatitis.
A 50 year old man had regularly drank Red bulls for three weeks before developing what is known as acute hepatitis, this is normally caused from a wide consumption of drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements etc and maybe even energy drinks.
Originally thought it was a flu but his skin became yellow and urine became dark, this appears to be from the 500 milligrams of vitamin b3 he was consuming today which is 10 times over the recommended level red bull has doubled the daily recommended dose and since he was consuming four to five of these a day he was basically OD’ing on red bull.
Researchers also noted that other ingredient could have triggered this as well, so watch your consumption of the red bull or any energy drink in general.
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