Energy drinks are loaded with ingredients like caffeine and sugar, and most energy drinks contain the artificial sweetener known as aspartame, which has been cause metabolic, neurotoxic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects.
A study released in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that consumption of diet drinks increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
Why Energy Drinks Such as Red Bull are Extremely Dangerous
When most people feel exhausted, the first thing they reach for is a cup of coffee or energy drink.
While Red Bull, the most famous of all energy drinks, has been touted as a beverage that ‘gives you wings,’ they’ve failed to mention the likely health hazards of their famed drink.
Regular Energy Drinks Intake Can Lead to a Stroke and Heart Attack
Energy drinks can cause the blood to thicken and has been linked to a number of cardiovascular issues like stroke and heart attack, and no wonder it has been prohibited in Norway, Denmark, and Uruguay, and France stopped selling it from 1996 to 2008.
Scott Willoughby, researcher from the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, claims that an hour after consuming a can of energy drink, the blood consistency of the participants in the experiment became abnormal and was similar to that of a patient with heart issues.
Moreover, Willoughby says that when combined with high blood pressure and stress, they can damage the blood vessels and increase the risk of blood clotting, which is, of course, particularly dangerous for individuals susceptible to cardiovascular disease.
Although they give you a quick boost, it is brief and followed by bout of lack of energy and soon you’ll be craving for another can, and then another, and before you know it you will have entered a cruel cycle and maybe even develop addiction to it.
Red Bull’s original manufacturer in Austria has even warned its customers not to drink more than a couple of cans daily.
Energy Drinks “Increase Stroke Risk by 50%” Due to Irregular Heartbeats
According to some experts, energy drinks increase the risk of a stroke by 50% since addiction to energy drinks causes the heart to beat irregularly.
This is thought to be due to superfluous caffeine in energy drinks which increase calcium within the heart’s cells, interfering with the electrical rhythm.
Trudie Lobban, founder and CEO of The Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “You wouldn’t necessarily have to have a faulty heart to suffer from arrhythmia – stimulants containing caffeine can trigger it. Six or seven coffees a day could do it, but these energy drinks carry a really high risk.”
They Can Cause Acute Psychosis
Along with the negative effects linked to its high caffeine content, Red Bull also has other chemicals that are yet to be thoroughly studied. Many people tend to even mix energy drinks with alcohol which can only increase the risk of overloading the body and result in stern health issues.
An article released in the journal Medicine, Science, and Law in 2001 stated that when mixed with ephedra, which is also a stimulant, Red Bull can lead to acute psychosis.
Alternatives to drinking immoderate amounts of caffeine-packed drinks
According to a number of experts, doing some of the things listed below can keep you more energized.
- Change your diet
- Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Reduce intake refined sugars
- Reduce your stress levels
- Get enough good quality sleep.
- Exercise regularly
What Happens when you drink a Can of Energy Drink
Within 20 minutes of drinking a can of energy drink your blood sugar levels will rise, prompting the release of the hormone insulin.
After approximately 40 minutes of drinking it, the caffeine will kick in and your body will start reacting to the substance: your pupils will dilate, blood pressure rise, and the liver will release even more sugar in your bloodstream.
Within 45 minutes, your body will create more dopamine which gives a pleasing sensation. However, within an hour, the caffeine will’ve start wearing off and soon enough you’ll feel exhausted, moody, and sluggish and lacking in energy.