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    Energy Drinks, Are They Bad For Your Healthy Habits?
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    On the cardiovascular system, case studies have linked energy drinks to adverse effects.

    Energy drink is popular among the young so, what makes it popular among this set of young folks? I guess is because of the availability and affordability. And the media exposures have been scaling high for the products.

    Negative health effects seem a common experience but a small deterrent (prevents from doing something).

    Then, WHAT IS IN AN ENERGY DRINK?
    The products have common ingredients like; caffeine, taurine, B vitamins (B3, B6, B12, inositol), herbs (e.g., ginseng, guarana), and of course some sugar or artificial sweetener but no two products are exactly the same.

    Below are list of common ingredients in energy drinks:
    SUPPLIMEMT;
    1. Sugar.
    2. Caffeine.
    3. Taurine
    4. Niacin
    5. Inositol
    6. Vitamin B6
    7. Vitamin B12
    8. Ginseng
    9. Guarana
    10. L-carnitine

    Caffeine:
    Caffeine is the main stimulant in energy drinks. Most popular energy drinks contain some 150 mg of caffeine per 16 fl. oz., not counting the caffeine content of other ingredients, such as guarana or kola nut.
    In other words, the caffeine content of an energy drink is about 470% that of a can of Coke (32 mg in 12 fl. oz.) and 160% that of a cup of coffee (95 mg in 8 fl. oz).
    A caffeine intake of less than 400 mg/day is considered safe, but the actual safety threshold depends on individual factors such as genetics, health status, and circadian rhythms.

    Sugar:
    Carbohydrates themselves do not cause obesity or related health problems. You should have in mind that consumption of sugar drinks often leads to an increase in caloric intake; thus, sugar intake of such could contribute to obesity and other related health issues, such as diabetes, metabolic syndromes, fatty liver diseases, especially individuals who sit at post in their duty places.
    KEY-NOTE:
    Different energy drinks contain different dosages of different ingredients, all of which have the potential to interact. For that reason, it is prudent to evaluate the safety of each energy drink as a whole rather than only on the basis of its individual ingredients. Still, it should be noted that added sugars might be uniquely harmful in the modern environment and that the metabolism of caffeine, the primary stimulant in energy drinks, exhibits high levels of inter-individual variability.


    .NOW, with all said our question should be;
    Does Energy Drinks Cause Harm?
    Definitely they can, the US National Poison Data System (NPDS) received 2.3 million calls between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011, Of the 4,854 (0.2%) calls related to energy drinks, nearly two-thirds were linked to contamination by unknown additives.
    The major adverse events not linked to unknown additives included seizures and cardiovascular problems such as dysrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) and tachypnea (abnormally rapid breathing). The events reported were most severe when the energy drinks had been consumed with alcohol.

    So, more attention should be given to the cardiovascular effects of energy drinks. Caffeine as we all know primarily affects the blood vessels, and the other ingredients affect the heart severely.

    Energy drinks are believed to cause reduction in blood flow to the brain. These effects are attributed to the caffeine and the interaction it do have with sugar and, auxiliary substances like taurine has its effect to lesser extent.

    KEY-NOTE:
    Energy drinks have been linked to acute poisoning, mainly because of contaminants in the drinks. However, uncontaminated energy drinks have also been linked to poisoning through adverse effects on the cardiovascular system.

    Who Is At Risk Of Energy Drinks Bad Effects?
    Women who are pregnant should avoid taking too much of caffeine inclined energy drinks. Women who consume more than 400 mg/day are 11% more likely to abort spontaneously than women who consume less than 50 mg/day.

    It does not stop here; children and adolescents may be another at-risk population: That NPDS study referenced earlier showed that half of the non-alcoholic energy drink incidents were in children younger than 6 years, and an additional 10.5% in children aged 6–12 years.
    Recommendation is that kids should limit their daily caffeine intake to less than 2.5 mg per kilogram of body weight (1.13 mg/lb.) — for the average 10-year-old, that means less than 80 mg, so about 8 fl. oz. (237 mL) of most energy drinks.

    ARE THERE ANY BENEFIT?
    Trials on adults have shown energy drink to improve mental performance, and the fatigue fighting effect of caffeine could be regarded as benefit under the right circumstances.

    FOR SPORTS AND ENDURING EXERCISE ACTIVITIES:
    In addition to fighting fatigue, energy drinks boost cognition and exercise performance, but you should weigh the benefits against the potential risks. Pregnant women and fetuses are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of energy drinks, so as are children and adolescents due to their small size.

    Finally, Are Energy Drink Bad For You?
    According to reports, adverse health effects have been reported about energy drinks, which are mostly related to the cardiovascular system.

    And it was said that caffeine contributed to the main cause, though sugars play a part in it and so do other ingredients and their combination. Energy drink can do harm but their actually doing so depends on many factors, and those factors are the amount being consumed and the health status of the consumer.

    Article excerpt from: examine, by Kingsley Anyi.

    Date:--2018-06-02 10:32:44


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