Energy drinks have become very popular nowadays as a way to boost energy levels. Wake you up and improve exercise performance.
However, these drinks only give artificial boost of energy by stimulating your adrenal glands. This is not healthy long term and can cause major damage to your health.
According to research, energy drinks are the popular dietary supplements consumed by Ghanaian youths and Adults. Research has proven that one-third of teens between the ages of 12- 20 drink energy drinks regularly.
There varieties of energy drinks sold on the market. Some are in plastic containers and others are In cans. Rush, Run, Boss, Storm, 5 Star, Red bull, Lucozade, Jeans, Vody energy drinks and many more are sold on the market for consumption.
Have you asked yourself the ingredients used in preparation of these energy drinks? Here are some common ingredients used in preparation of energy drinks. Every energy drink has it own ingredients. Manufactures are not required to tell you the amount of ingredients per Can or a container contains. Here are some common ingredients used in preparation of energy drinks.
Ingredients Used In Preparation Of Energy Drinks.
- B Vitamins
- Green Tea Extract
- Green Coffee Extract
- Ginkgo Biloba
7 Dangers Of Energy Drinks
- Blood Pressure
Energy Drinks contain high amounts of caffeine and sugar which acts as stimulants to the body.
These give you a quick boost as they stimulate your adrenal glands to pump out more adrenaline and cortisol. Although this makes you feel very awake and alert for a short time, it is actually causing damage to your nervous system.
- Heart Attack
Overtime the high caffeine and sugar in the energy drinks causes a hardening of the arteries. Which means they become stiff and less flexible.
They then become clogged with calcium and cholesterol which can lead to a heart attack as the blood can no longer flow freely.
Researches show that energy drinks also increase a person’s risk of stroke by 500%. The stimulants with in the drinks deplete your potassium reserves.
This is an important electrolyte which helps to recharge your cells and keep the heartbeat on regular rhythm. Energy drinks can cause the irregular heartbeat which leads to stroke.
The high sugar in energy drinks spikes the blood sugar leading to a quick burst in energy. This is dangerous for the body as the body should contain less than teaspoon of sugar.
The body releases insulin from the pancreas to quickly remove the sugar from the blood which then causes you to feel tired again with mood swings and low mood. This also deplete your B1 levels making you to feel like you need another energy drink. This causes a cycle of addiction.
- Muscle Weakness
Many people believe that energy drinks will improve their exercise performance and restore glycogen and sugar to the muscles. However most energy drinks are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and fructose. These types of sugar go directly to the liver through the portal vein, and do not refuel the muscles as regular sugar.
In fact these sugars are the main cause of belly fat and fatty liver disease. Energy drinks also deplete magnesium, a key electrolyte which is needed to produce energy in the mitochondria for exercise.
After consuming too much sugar from energy drinks and carbs the cells start to reject sugar and insulin.
This leads to insulin resistance and rapidly heightens your risk of diabetes, weight gain, obesity, arthritis, eye disorder, heart attacks, strokes and poor overall health.
You will experience lots of headaches or migraine when you come down off energy drinks.
These are withdrawal symptoms triggered mainly by the caffeine but also the high amount of sugar.