It seems that lately people abuse energy drinks, with the intention to boost their concentrationandmental performance. Most of them contain lashings of sugar or sweeteners and some come in a carbonated form, making one can of energy drink a potential ticking bomb in the shape of a sweet, soft drink.
While there are innumerable of brands with a variety of energy drinks that advertise their alleged memory, alertness and concentration enhancing powers, you may want to stop and read this before you pop your next canof energy drink.
Unlike naturally caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea, one can of energy drink contains high amounts of taurineandcaffeine.
It’s considered to be safe for a healthy adult person to ingest up to 400 mg of caffeine a day, and 250 ml of Red Bull containsaround 80 mg of caffeine.
When it’s consumed more than 400 mg of caffeine, typical adverse effects appear. They include, and are not limited to increased agitation, problems with regular rhythm of the heart (arrhythmia), increased urination,irritability, sleeplessness, and dyspepsia.
It‘s very important to note that these adverse effects are recorded in a healthy individual, while in any other adult who has underlying health conditions can lead to stroke and a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack.
It is crucial to understand that it’s unwise to combine any energy drink, which is basically a stimulant; with alcohol, which is essentially a depressant.
Mixing alcohol with an energy drink gives a massive shock to your organism, generally presenting with an increased heart rate and unusually noticeable rapid, strongand/or irregular heartbeat known as palpitations. Repetitive exposure to it could result in a serious heart condition.
Besides, energy drinks and alcohol are both diuretics that cause your body to lose water faster than usually, therefore it’s crucial to stay well hydrated and remember to always drink two glasses of water with each alcoholic drink you take.
The cause of some other concernmight be the high concentration of taurine, yet a review from2008 concluded that the amount of taurine limited to a single can of any energy drink is below the amounts that are expected to cause acontrary event or even a therapeutic benefit (meaning that the statements of the companies that taurine can also enhance your physical performance are once more unfounded).
That same review concluded that the levels of caffeine and sugar that arefound in energy drinks are known and are confirmed to cause numerouscontrary health effects and should raise concerns.
Furthermore, no one limits their energy drink intake to only one drink a day and this is why more and more studies are necessary to understand not only the typically excessive, but the long-term exposure to the globally popular energy drinks and their ingredients.
If we put the healthy individuals aside, the consumption of energy drinks is strongly forbiddento people with hypertension, anxiety, cardiovascular or blood clotting condition and stress, because it will increase the risk of having a heart attackor astroke. Having an energy drink while breastfeeding or pregnant is not advised as well.
Unfortunately, the initial prohibition on energy drinks has been lifted, and from 2014, all 28 member states of the European Union have Red Bull on sale.
However, another controversy follows this brand, after it apparently caused a heart attack of 2 national squash team players in Kuwait, on age of 16 and 21, and since 2012, the sale of Red Bull has been restricted to people older than 16 ever.
Yet, one is strongly advised to becautious and absolutely moderate when faced with the decision to have an energy drink.
And if you are in a desperate need to sharpen your intellectual acuityandboost your concentration, look no further than your own lifestyle.
If you have a diet rich with fruits and veggies, together with the development of a healthy habit of maintaining a regular sleeping cycle, you will do wonders for your mental performance and memory.