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The truth behind energy drinks

Updated on August 12, 2012

The truth Behind Energy Drinks

It is almost impossible to find a student who does not drink a energy drinks or coffee. Energy drinks have become increasingly famous specially with college students.

Nowadays you can't pass by any drink aisle in the grocery store without seeing a ton of energy drinks. Each one has its own quirky, hip name that boasts its ability to revitalize your mind and body. While it never hurts to have a quick pick-me-up, some people's fascination with energy drinks has gone to the extreme. Are there any hazards to drinking these beverages daily?

As with anything, it's best to enjoy food and beverages in moderation. All energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar, mostly in the form of sucrose or glucose. Amino acids, vitamins, and herbal supplements are also common ingredients in energy drinks. Many people find the presence of herbal supplements such as Ginko Biloba, Green Tea, Ginseng, and St. John's Wort, to be especially beneficial to their health, so they turn to these types of beverages for a daily dose of such ingredients. Last, but not least, caffeine is one of the major ingredients that give energy drinks their kick. Combined together, the formula behind energy drinks raises the body's energy levels, enhances concentration, and helps to regulate red blood cells.

When consumed, the effects of energy drinks can cause anyone to feel they can perform better than normal and stay energized when pulling late nights or handling multiple tasks. The reason for the growing success of these beverages is due in part to smart marketing campaigns. Many claim to improve reaction time, memory and other feats of physical excellence. Whether there is any valid medical backing to these claims is debatable but it hasn't stopped energy drinks from flying off the shelves. With the hectic schedules many of us deal with on a daily basis, the idea of getting more energy and mental stimulation sounds like a dream come true.

Unfortunately, the effects of energy drinks tend to work too well, causing some people to rely on it as a daily source of energy. Although energy drink lovers feel the boost they get is from the "healthy ingredients and herbal supplements," many medical experts say the sugar and caffeine alone is responsible for the boost and is not exactly healthy to begin with. Some of the ingredients present in energy drinks have been called into question, as they may have negative reactions within the body if too much is consumed too often. Due to the stimulating effects energy drinks provide, medical professionals encourage consumers to avoid drinking these types of beverages on a daily basis. Drinking too much can result in insomnia, anxiety, heart palpitations and irritability. A shaky, jittery feeling is also common. Mixing energy drinks with alcohol can also be a dangerous combination since the effects can cause a person to become unaware of how much they are consuming. They often believe they are enjoying an energy boost when, in reality, they are drunk. Dehydration is also a common side effect, as well as low body fluid levels. There have even been reported cases of people who suffered from seizures, heart attacks, fainting, and even death after consuming too many energy drinks within a short period of time.

While energy drinks aren't directly hazardous to your health, they can be if not enjoyed responsibly. It is possible to become addicted to energy drinks, due to the high levels of caffeine so if you need an extra boost, be mindful of how much you consume and how often you consume it.

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