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Energy Drinks; Are They Healthy?

Beloeil, Canada-March 31, 2011: Monster, Red Bull, Amp and Rockstar energy drinks in tall cans isolated on white.

Energy drinks are marketed beverages with ingredients that increase energy and boosts mental performance. Some popular examples are Red bull, Blue jeans, Monster and AMP. Almost all energy drinks contain caffeine ingredient that is used to stimulate brain function and increase alertness and concentration. The amount of caffeine differs from product to product. They also contain a combination of sugar, vitamins, amino acid derivatives and herbal extracts.

Some health benefits of energy drinks:

It improves brain function:

multiple studies confirm that, most energy drinks improves the function of the brain like memory, concentration and reaction time and reduces fatigue. Drinking at most 500ml red bull can, can increase both memory and concentration by 24%. Most researcher believe that, the combination of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks is necessary to see the most benefit.

Body functioning when tired:

when people are deprived of sleep or are tired, they take energy drinks for their body to function and get back to work. Typical examples are drivers on a long road trip late in the night. They provide themselves with energy drinks in order to drive for a longer time without getting tired or sleepy.

Non-healthy effects of energy drinks;
Bad sleeping habit:

it is essential for every normal person to sleep for about 8hours within 24hours. Drinking too much energy drink can make your body used to sleep deprivation since the body is always functioning.
Heart problems: the use of energy drinks has implicated several cases of heart problems which required emergence attendance. Consuming energy drinks may increase blood pressure and heart rate and decrease important markers of blood vessel function, which could be bad for heart health. This could be as a result of the amount of caffeine in the energy drink being consumed. It is a risk taken if one person is taking more that one energy drink in a day or mixing it with alcohol. Consuming energy drinks should be of reasonable amounts to reduce any risk heart problems.

More than enough sugar:

some varieties are loaded with sugar and can cause high blood sugar levels. People with diabetes should be cautious with the intake of energy drinks. These
blood sugar elevations have been associated with increased levels of oxidative stress and inflammation, which have been implicated in the development of nearly every chronic disease
Energy drinks can affect the body in a good way but the implications after a longer time can affect some systems of the body. Therefore, the intake of energy drinks should be of a reasonable amount. It should be taken occasionally to avoid future health problems. Diabetic patients are advised to take low or no sugar energy drinks to avoid a spike in their blood sugar levels.

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