Consuming only a can of Red Bull can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Energy drinks are rich in caffeine and make the blood thicker, leading to heart problems and stroke.
This is exactly why Red Bull has been banned for consumption in France from 1996 – 2008, with Uruguay, Denmark and Norway also banning it. In Kuwait, Red Bull is forbidden to people under 16 after it caused a heart attack in two boys aged 16 and 21.
Here’s a summary of Dr. Mercola’s comments on the matter:
“Energy drinks can be found in every store and nowadays are extremely popular. People are buying them more than they buy bottled water and they are becoming the most acquired products from the beverage business.
Although people are worried about the safety of these energy drinks, the previous year 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold.
The main ingredients in energy drinks are caffeine and sugar found as sucrose, glucuronolactone and glucose. Energy drinks are responsible for boosting your energy quickly but they don’t have long-term effect. Although commercials are convincing people that drinking several energy drinks in a row will make them feel like a hero- that is not true.”
Here are the benefits of drinking Red Bull according to their website:
Improved concentration and reactions speed;
Energy drinks provide similar effects to soda or coffee, but they crash you down to earth once the effects wear off, and make you consume another energy drink to increase your energy. And, although the manufacturer of Red Bull doesn’t recommend more than two cans of the drink a day, their official website doesn’t mention this – it only says that drinking a can of Red Bull equals a cup of Java coffee.
No one can tell what the side-effects of Red Bull really are. It contains artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame which has metabolic, fetal, carcinogenic, allergenic and neurotoxic effects. You can find more of Aspartame’s effects in the book “Sweet Deception” available online.
Do energy drinks have any benefits?
Compared to soda drinks, Red Bull does contain a small amount of vitamin B and taurine, although they cannot replace the negative effects of caffeine and sugar. Caffeine makes you more effective for a while, but no one knows the long-term effects it has on the human body. This is a big problem as people younger than 30 often drink several cans of Red Bull a day and often mix it with alcohol in clubs.
Who should avoid energy drinks?
As the label state, energy drinks are forbidden for children, but people with the following problems should avoid them too:
People under constant stress;
Pregnant or lactating women;
People with high blood pressure;
People with caffeine sensitivity;
People with a predisposition to cardiovascular diseases;
People suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;
People suffering from any blood clotting disorder.
People with high blood pressure or under constant stress should avoid energy drinks as they have adverse side-effects on the blood vessels, causing blood clots to appear.
Deadly when combined with alcohol
If you combine energy drinks with alcohol, you are essentially combining a depressant and stimulant. This is a dangerous mix which is sadly often practiced by young people. Although there is no solid proof on the matter, mixing these two substances can cause a heart attack.
The result – acute psychosis
Recently, an Italian study was published in the Clinical Autonomic Research Society journal explaining how Red Bull caused a “postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) associated with a vasovagal reaction,” in one young Italian volleyball player. The study said: “Considering the widespread use of Red Bull among young people who are often unaware of the drink’s drug content, this case report suggests the Red Bull to be considered as a possible cause of orthostatic intolerance.”
Orthostatic intolerance is a medical condition which occurs when a person sitting stands up rapidly, causing increased heart rate. POTS is related to chronic fatigue syndrome, which is why you should avoid energy drinks when feeling tired. Alcohol is a powerful neurotoxin which poisons your brain and increases your insulin levels.
How to boost your energy without energy drinks?
There are far better options out there than energy drinks. If you feel tired all the time, it can be caused by unhealthy habits such as:
Lack of physical activity;
Consumption of low-quality foods.
You can easily boost your energy levels by following these tips:
Eat according to your nutritional type;
Sleep when you are tired;
Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids;
Release the emotional stress and negativity with the help of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT);
Eliminate sugar and grains from your diet.