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Energy Drinks: The Silent Killers Next to You.

With heavy budgets assigned to the marketing of Energy drinks, it’s not surprising that these Energy drinks have become popular world over, people have embraced consumption of this drinks.
oday, energy drinks compete for shelf space with water and other beverages.

Whereas manufacturers are minting money from this types of drinks, they are doing little or nothing to create awareness on dangers of unregulated consumption.

People are gulping down these drinks without minding on the quantities. Problem is, energy drinks are made from a combination of many ingredients including caffeine, supplements, herbs, vitamins and other additives. They are therefore more likely to produce side effects than drinks containing just caffeine.
While controlled consumption my not present side effects, there is really a thin line between ‘more and less’ and the word ‘controlled’ is relative, depending on the consumer. This literally means, it’s hard for anyone to tell when they’ve crossed red line.

Energy Drinks are suitable for people who need a lot of power to execute tasks at hand. Unlike Athletes or quarry porters, anyone one who is not involved in energy demanding activities should desist from the temptation of taking energy drinks.

In brief, here is why You Should Stop Drinking;

Consumption of larger amounts of caffeine may lead to serious cardiovascular events, seizures, and death.
Excessive intake of Vitamins B, such as niacin found in these drinks may result into liver and nerve failures. According to the British Journal of Medicine, niacin can cause liver toxicity which leads to non-viral Hepatitis. Below is a chilling confession by Jasmin Gonzales about the effect he’s experience of consuming two cans of Bang Energy drink for over a year.
Restlessness and Nervousness due to too much caffeine from energy drink. This can interfere with your performance and lead to unstable emotions.
Because of the sugary characteristic of most energy drinks, constant consumption eventually wears of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which leads to type 2 diabetes, obesity, blood sugar and insulin spikes.
The Ginkgo Biloba herb found in energy drinks can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and sleeplessness. It also reacts with other medications such as blood thinners and anti-depressants.
Allergic reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting, breathing problems, tightness in the chest and shakiness.
You should therefore cut back on Energy drink consumption or drop it altogether to avoid soliciting any of the above long-term effects.

By Patrick Eretu

The Express News

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