Heart Alert: Too Many Energy Drinks Can Harm You

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Drinking too much energy drinks can cause serious health problems, especially one that could potentially cause death.

A recent report by the American Health Association revealed that these drinks pose negative effects on the heart, which are commonly formulated with caffeine, taurine and sugar- a cocktail believed to be responsible for triggering irregular heart rhythms.

This study came in the heels of data where 34 people have died in 2014 due to the consumption of energy drinks.

Participating researchers from the University of the Pacific and the David Grant Medical Center discovered that drinking more than two regular cans of energy drinks have shown increased risks of abnormal heart rhythms.

The tests were conducted with a group of 27 volunteers aged 18 to 40 and were provided with controlled amounts of the energy drinks for a period of three weeks. The subjects were constantly monitored and regular tests conducted.

An increase in blood pressure was also noted from the subjects with increase amounts of energy drinks.

In the United States, government survey results revealed that emergency cases related to energy drink consumption nearly doubled from 10,068 to 20,783 covering the period between 2007 to 2011.

One of the common misconceptions about energy drinks is that these are being marketed and advertised as beverages, instead of dietary supplements that are supposed to be taken in moderation and at controlled tolerable levels.

Many, if not all ingredients in energy drinks provide benefits for the body, but overconsumption could lead to serious health problems.

Due to several noted incidents of energy drink-related deaths, France already banned the sale of a popular brand of energy drink back in 2004.

Among the common ingredients of most energy drinks in the market are taurine, Vitamin B complex, Ginko Biloba, caffeine, guarana, ginseng, L-Carnitine and anti-oxidants, among others.

There were also reports of emergency treatment cases where drug users mix energy drinks with restricted substances in efforts to intensify drug-induced hallucinogenic effects.

Among the other possible health effects of overconsumption of energy drinks are cardiac arrest, migraine headaches, insomnia, diabetes, addiction, tremors, vomiting, nervousness and allergic reactions among others.

Also as an impact of massive marketing and advertisement campaigns, 66% of all energy drinks are consumed by a younger demographic – an age range of 13 to 35 years old.

So the next time you feel the need for some energy boosting, remind yourself that  you only need so much because having too much energy drinks can hurt your heart.

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