The Dark Side of the energy drinks - Alpha Male Nation
Man developed a liver problem because of their daily consumption of energy drinks, according to doctors. The case is a 50-year resident of Florida, USA, who looked for assistance for vomiting, jaundice, and abdominal pain.
Initially, he thought that there was a particularly severe flu.
A liver biopsy showed hepatitis and the tests – heavy damage to the liver.
In an attempt to explain the strange results, his doctors made a detailed questionnaire what he has consumed. They found that every day for the past three weeks has swallowed 4-5 energy drinks.
Each of them has 40 mg of niacin (vitamin B3). The recommended dose for men is not more than 17 mg per day, for women – 13 mg. Normally the toxic effect appears on more than 500 mg, but in this case, obviously 160-200 mg daily have been enough to affect the liver.
At the moment when he stopped the energy drinks, the symptoms disappeared. This is the second such case described in a medical journal.
Short refreshment – high price for your body
Tens of millions of energy drinks are consumed daily. We live in a time when most people look for quick energy and “wake up effect” without having a clear idea of the damage that such thoughtless stimulation (especially when repeated often) could cause to their health.
Some of the most common side effects from the use of energy drinks include heart palpitations, high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, disturbed sleep. Earlier this year in the US American Academy of Pediatrics official warns that consuming energy drinks can lead to seizures, strokes, and even sudden death.
The truth is that the two main ingredients of all energy drinks are sugar and caffeine. Both provide a short and quick burst of energy but become a cause for an overall reduced levels of energy in the long term. This is due to excessive loading and discharging of the adrenal glands.
Sugar itself is enough “bad”, which increases the risk of diabetes – a disease which has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Large amounts of sugar burden the pancreas – one that produces insulin to “take” sugar from the blood. When the pancreas is worn out from too much sugar “load” appears diabetes.
Some energy drinks contain more than seven times more caffeine than a cup of coffee. In small amounts, caffeine is not dangerous and even has useful properties, but too much caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and can increase blood pressure and heart rate to dangerous levels.
Caffeine is also addictive and its absence at the right time causes symptoms such as headaches and irritability. Excessive doses of caffeine exhaust valuable vitamins of B group needed to produce energy in the body.
In the normal consumption of approximately 375 milligrams of caffeine a day there is no greater health risk, but in the case of excessive intake, you may experience nausea, severe excitement, palpitations, dizziness, and convulsions – symptoms of poisoning with caffeine. Regular users of more than 600 milligrams of caffeine a day can have long-term health effects like insomnia, stomach disorders, and depression.
Other dangerous ingredients of the energy drink
Sodium benzoate – stimulates the formation of free radicals in the body and causes cell damage.
Phenylalanine – neurotoxin, which constitutes one-third of the content of the aspartame. Too much phenylalanine excites neurons in the brain to the extent of cell death.
Guarana – extracted from the seeds of the plant, which contains three to four times as much caffeine than the coffee beans.
Ephedra – a medicine, which even in small doses accelerates heart rate, increases blood pressure and causes heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. In larger doses, even death.
What are the intelligent ways of refreshment
Active lifestyles, proper nutrition, eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables and some natural and safe supplements are the way to vitality. Toxins, stress and poor nutrients for the body should be minimized because they are leading to mental and physical exhaustion.
A few additional facts and warnings
Energy drinks are not just “giving you wings”, but also cause the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, so you feel yourself stronger, more alert and energetic. Caffeine-fueled further and central nervous system.
- Read the warnings
Energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine. They are not completely safe because they contain more than 150 milligrams of caffeine per liter and therefore must be labeled with warnings about their high content.
Strokes are a possible consequence of consuming much caffeine. The 18-year-old student from the US state of Missouri had a stroke after drinking two large energy drinks and had to spend five days in the hospital. Doctors explained that is was as a result of high consumption of caffeine and similar ingredients.
- Energy drink, combined with alcohol
This combination may lead to unpleasant consequences. Due to the stimulating effect, which has caffeine and other ingredients on the body, it does not recognize borders and start to consume more alcohol than you could take, if you did not take an energy drink.
- Delayed reactions
Since the body classifies substances in energy drinks as dangerous, they decompose before drinking. Thus the alcohol remains longer in the body. Studies show that after consuming energy drinks in combination with alcohol the reactions are much weaker and slower.