We all have our own ways to get our daily dose of caffeine but experts warn against relying on energy drinks – they can be bad for our blood vessels.
For a perk-me-up to start the day, many people down a glass of an energy pumping drink. While coffee and tea have been shown to have various benefits such as cancer and disease prevention, the same might not apply for the sugar-rich energy drinks. According to a report published in HealthDay, a recent US study found that these energy drinks have a connection with heart, nerve, and stomach problems.
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Your heart has to work harder due to a decreased blood vessel diameter
In the study, all 44 participants had their blood vessels tested before consuming the energy drink and 90 minutes after consuming it. The results showed a drastic change in the diameter of the blood vessels. Energy drinks make your blood vessels smaller in diameter, restricting blood flow and oxygen delivery to the rest of your body. The negative effect could be caused by caffeine, taurine, and sugar found in such drinks.
Your risk of heart problems increases when you down an energy drink during exercise
Dr John Higgins, professor of medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, said in the report that “A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top.”
There have been severe cases where children had a cardiac arrest, especially after downing the whole bottle as it is not meant to be taken in large quantities at once.
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Sugary energy drinks have no true proven benefit
Dr David Katz, director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, commented in the same report that this small study cannot be considered proof that energy drinks injure the body’s system over time. Even so, there are easier, better, and healthier ways to boost energy levels, such as standing up, getting exercise, or having a quick breather.
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