Friday, March 5, 2010

Energy Drinks Labelled As "Herbal Supplements" - Consume With Caution

There are some times in our lives, when we all feel that we could use a little more energy. We're forever looking for that little extra something (generally caffeine) to give us that extra boost that's needed, at certain times of the day. There are various (relatively new) drinks on the market, that some teenagers and young adults are habitually going for, with the hopes of feeling greater energy. In fact, they're called "energy drinks", and they have hidden dangers that you might not be aware of.

Some names of the more popular energy drinks containing large amounts of caffeine and herbs include V, Red Bull, Adrenaline Rush, Venom, 180, ISO Sprint, Cocaine, Monster, amongst others. These energy drinks are generally marketed towards young adults that are under 25 years of age, and are easily acquirable on and off college campuses. You'll see them in the grocery stores, night clubs, convenience stores and even also in some schools. Many people have no idea that they could actually end up with a caffeine overdose from these so called "energy drinks".

The category of beverages that these caffeine laden energy drinks fall within are "herbal supplements", so as a result, they are not regulated by the FDA. Adding to the confusion, some of the manufacturers of these energy drinks, use herbal names for ingredients containing caffeine. So that many consumers have no accurate idea of the exact amount of caffeine content within the energy drinks.

Also, some of the energy drink labels list the amount of caffeine by servings, but consumers often don't realize that some of the drinks actually contain more than 3 servings worth of caffeine, that is, 3 times above the Recommended Daily Intake values.

The recommended daily dose of caffeine is 100-200mg for teens and 200-300mg of caffeine for adults.

Some of the bigger sized energy drinks contain over 10,000mg of total caffeine levels! That is an incredible amount of caffeine that no human should be able to withstand without some adverse health effects. It's not unusual for shift-workers and students to consume plenty of these energy drinks to endure their long hours of sustained mental and physical work and efforts. Energy drinks are potentially dangerous to your health and should be consumed with thoughtful consideration.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dr. Whiting talks about the dangers of energy drinks

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Dr. Whiting talks about the dangers of energy drinks. The consumption of energy drinks and there effects.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kids Drinking Energy Drinks - Energy Drink Dangers

It's of a growing concern, that children that are as young as 5 years old are consuming energy drinks left laying around the house callously by young adults.

The dangers associated with energy drinks is that they often contain high levels of the mind-altering stimulant, caffeine. Caffeine is an addictive psychotropic that speeds up the signal processes in our brain, causing us to act and react faster.

The negative and dangerous aspect of energy drinks is that they can impose strain on the heart. This is not a good thing for people with heart conditions. As it's a potentially lethal combination.

Different brands of energy drinks often contain varying levels of caffeine. Please check your ingrediants before ingesting some of these energy drinks as some of them contain very high levels of caffeine. It's also a very good idea to make sure that if you are going to consume energy drinks, that you do your absolute best to keep them away from young kids.

Young kids are not fit to take energy drinks. It's very dangerous of them to consume them.
In a local survey we conducted, we found that 1 in every 3 young adults under the age of 25 drank and consumed energy drinks on a daily basis. That is a staggering fact!

It's very easy to over stimulate the heart and this can cause a host of other health problems, even if you don't already have any prior heart conditions.

Energy drinks are a convenient way to get an instant energy boost. However, they're a double-edged sword. Consuming too much will give you the jitters, insomnia, nervousness and cause you irritability.
So take note people, drink more water and have an appropriate diet plan in action and you will not require these dangerous energy drinks.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks are an easy and quick fix to get through every day living. However, are energy drinks really bad for us?

To answer this question in depth, we first must observe exactly what's in the cans of energy drinks we consume.

You will find that a typical analysis for energy drinks ranges in the vicinity of 25+ grams of sugar and a whole host of caffeine additives and guarana extract blends.

It's not so much the sugar content that is bad for us. Some do better than others. It's the caffeine content that creates problems. People suffering from heart conditions are best to stay away from energy drinks as they are not suitable for people with heart conditions.

Caffeine is a stimulant that increases workload of the heart and causes it to work much harder. In an unhealthy individual, this is not a natural way to work the heart. It can cause problems such as arrhythmias of the heart.

So take note of the caffeine content in energy drinks. As they will have a direct impact on your healthy heart.

Caffeine = Bad. Guarana is a natural source of caffeine that is more gentler for the body. Drinks with guarana will also contain caffeine.