Energy Drinks And The Health Risks They Carry


Energy Drinks And The Health Risks They Carry 

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The thought of having another energy drink to boost your attentiveness and alertness might sound cool and effective, but like all things in life, moderation is the key to avoid the harmful effects of these caffeine and sugar-laced products.

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irst appearing in Japan in the 1960s, energy drinks have come a long way whichever way you look at them. They are an important part of the teen culture, as these drinks are often marketed as making the consumer appear ‘cool’, super active and a knight in shining armor saving the world from all kinds of evil. The global energy drinks industry is worth an estimated $22.5 billion today, and the drinks have become one of the most consumed commodities in past decade. But despite their rising popularity, nobody really questions what is being actually offered. All a consumer sees in these products is a marketed ability to win gaming events, win extreme dares and become possessed with super human strengths. And the targeted  These scientifically formulated energy boosters are mostly marketed to youth aged 15 to 25. While there is still some way to go before research finds the exact long-term effects of these drinks, evidence hints at several possible adverse effects on human health.

So what’s really in an energy drink that helps youngsters counter tiredness, overcome inadequate sleep or keep going through the night before an exam? Caffeine is the answer.


Components In Energy Drinks


So what’s really in an energy drink that helps youngsters counter tiredness, overcome inadequate sleep or keep going through the night before an exam? Caffeine. Caffeine is the core part of an energy drink, many of them contain from 40mg to 250mg per can. In last five years a range of new energy drinks have hit the market with caffeine levels over 300mg per can. Other major ingredients that are harmful if overly consumed by youngsters are vitamin B3 (niacin), B6, biloba, high fructose corn syrup, an amino acid taurine, gingko, ginseng, and guarana.  Last in order but not in vulnerability is sugar, and we all know what kind of diseases excessive use of sugar leads to. 

Diseases Associated With Energy Drink Consumption

No matter what brand you are loyal to, you are inviting a series of health problems whenever you open that ‘magical’ can of energy. Some health problems that a teen can normally develop if he or she goes overboard in consuming energy drinks include increased heart palpitation, agitation, gastrointestinal and neurological effects, caffeine overdose, type 2 diabetes, neurological and cardiovascular system effects, poor dental health, dysphoria, liver issues, dehydration.


According to current statistics, average consumption of caffeine for an adult is not more than 400mg, while it’s only 200mg for a teen and 3mg per kg for kids. Occasionally drinking your favorite energy drink is not a big deal on your health but you should avoid the regular intake of these caffeinated beverages. If still you cannot avoid it remember moderation is the key to dodging the potential health risks of energy drinks. Another good idea is to use natural energy boosters to relax your body from tiredness. Stay on the lookout for our next issue in which we will share an article about natural energy boosters. Until then, cut down on those energy drinks, please.