Energy drinks are intended to boost your energy, alertness and concentration but they may have harmful consequences, which has led many people to question their safety.
Nearly all energy drinks contain the ingredient caffeine to stimulate brain function and increase alertness and concentration.
A few of the most common ingredients other than caffeine are listed below:
1. SUGAR: usually the main source of calories in energy drinks, although some do not sugar and are low-carb friendly.
2. B VITAMINS: play an important role in converting the food you eat into energy your body can use.
3. AMINO ACID DERIVATIVES: they are produced by the body and have roles in several biological processes.
4. HERBAL EXTRACTS: guarana is included to add more caffeine, while ginseng may have positive effects on brain function.
ENERGY DRINKS CAN IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION.
People consume energy drinks for a variety of reasons.
One of the most popular is to increase mental alertness by improving brain function.
Multiple studies confirm that energy drinks can improve measures of brain function like memory, concentration and reaction time, while also reducing mental fatigue.
One study, in particular shoowed that drinking just 500-ml of Red Bull increases both concentration and memory by about 24%
ENERGY DRINKS MAY HELP PEOPLE FUNCTION WHEN THEY ARE TIRED.
Another reason people consume energy drinks is to help them function when they're sleep deprived or tired.
Multiple studies using driving simulations have concluded that energy drinks can increase driving quality and reduce sleepiness, even in drivers who are sleep - derived.
Although energy drinks may also help workers to stay alert and awake, energy drink use could negatively affect sleep quality.
ENERGY DRINKS MAY CAUSE HEART PROBLEMS IN SOME
There are concerns that energy drinks may contribute to heart problems.
Consuming energy drinks may increase blood pressure and heart rate and decrease important markers of blood vessel function, which could be bad for heart health.
Heart problems associated with energy drink use occur as a result of excessive caffeine intake.
Although you may need to be cautious about using energy drinks if you have history of heart disease, consuming them occasionally and in reasonable amounts is likely to cause heart problems in healthy adults with no history of heart disease.
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