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1. Energy Drink Health Concerns
2. Energy Drinks
3. History, Growth, Projections, Trends and the
Uncertain Future of Energy Drinks
4. Real Energy Or Bad For Your Health?
5. A Different Kind of Energy Drink

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1. Energy Drink Health Concerns
Energy drinks are huge in the United States and other parts of the
world. As our lives get busier, the first thing we always seem to
sacrifice is our sleep. Designed to proved both a shot of energy and
act as a source of nutrients, these drinks allow us to make it through
the day without passing out before lunch time. In recent years so
many people have adapted their lifestyle around these drinks that
stories have started to surface of the possible negative attributes of
these drinks. Alleged death from consuming these drinks in clubs and
during other activities have raised the red flag to legislatures worried
about energy drink health concerns. What about these drinks is
cause for alarm, and how much of these claims are accurate?
A Short History
The modern day energy drink evolved from a drink that was first
marketed in Japan during the 1960's. This drink, called Lipovitan-D
(still available in Japan), contained a mix of B vitamins and taurine.
Taurine, an amino acid, is a metabolic agent that is used to boost
energy and concentration. The drink was originally created as a
medical tonic for people suffering from chronic fatigue, but it grew in
popularity as it was quickly adopted by the clubbing scene in Tokyo.
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From Japan the energy drink was taken up by several Asian countries
as it made its way towards Europe and the United States. The first
commercially sold drink in the US was Red Bull. Taking the basic drink
formula used in Japan, the creator of Red Bull added caffeine and
sugar to the mix, a staple of energy drinks to this day. The energy
drink market exploded once Red Bull hit the scene, and several other

companies threw their hat in the ring to vie for the consumer's
dollar.
Energy Drink Health Concerns
i. The Ingredients
If you were to individually look at each ingredient common to most
energy drinks, you wouldn't find anything too harmful.
Taurine is an amino acid commonly found in meat and fish proteins.
It stabilizes cell membranes in the brain and heart, and is essential in
newborns since they cannot make it. Some studies even say that
taurine can help improve athletic performance. Up to 3,000
milligrams a day of supplemental taurine is considered safe.
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B-vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. They
are also critical nutrients for improving mood, memory, and other
brain related functions. These vitamins can be found in the proteins
of fish, poultry, mean, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green
vegetables also contain B vitamins.
Caffeine is no stranger to most people as it is the feature ingredient
in coffee. Coffee is consumed by millions of people with no ill effects,
and most people require the caffeine to make it to work every
morning. As most people know, caffeine is a stimulant which causes
your heart rate to increase, your pupils to dilate, and your muscles to
tighten up. Small doses of this substance can actually by quite
beneficial to you by helping your metabolism or curbing chronic
fatigue.

Sugar is probably the most harmful substance (at least isolated
individually) found in these drinks. Sugar is the slow, silent killer as it
is the main culprit in obesity and diabetes. Those sugary treats that
you use to reward yourself or your child should be the first thing cut
for those looking to improve their health lifestyles.
II. The Mix
If you're drinking one energy drink every once and a while, then you
should be fine. Taking Red Bull, the leading drink, as an example, it
contains 1000 mg of taurine and 80 mg of caffeine. The consensus is
that about 3000 mg of taurine and 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day
isn't harmful. This of course does not apply to those who may suffer
from high blood pressure, diabetes, or other ailments. The problem,
however, is that not enough research has been done on the
combination of all of these ingredients, such as the interaction
between taurine and caffeine. Also, while the adverse effects of too
much caffeine intake is well documented, such is not the case for
taurine.
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Energy drink health concerns are present in countries such as
Germany, Australia, and New Zealand that have reported liver
damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, confusion,
seizures, psychotic conditions, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain,
rhabdomyolysis, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmias, hypertension,
myocardial infraction, heart failure, and death from excess
consumption.
One of the chief energy drink health concerns is that many teens and
adolescents are drinking them like they used to drink their juice
boxes in elementary school. A culture is developing in which these

drinks are consumed not for their intended purpose (to provide
energy!). One report estimates that 46% of the caffeine overdoses in
the US reported in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19 years.
Many energy drink companies market their drink toward athletes
under the guise of performance enhancing. Many athletes have used
caffeine to give them that extra energy before a match long before
energy drinks have hit the market. Many athletes don't realize the
entire extent of the stimulant, however. Caffeine acts a diuretic that
can actually cause dehydration if consumed in large quantities. For
this reason, athletes should avoid drinking energy drinks after
competition as it will not replenish all of their lost nutrients and may
just exacerbate things for them.
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III. The Alcohol Factor
One of the more popular drinks for the clubbing scene is mixing
energy drinks with alcohol. This combination seems to allow your
body to get high without that nasty feeling of sleepiness. If you're a
frequent club goer who consumes this drink, you should probably
stop. The drink Four Loko, one part energy drink another part
alcoholic, was recently banned in many states because of the energy
drink health concerns it posed.
Many people believe that the depressant effects of alcohol can
dampen the stimulating effects of energy drinks or vice versa. This is
not true, however, and the stimulating effects of the energy drink
may have you feeling less intoxicated than you actually are at the
time. The fatigue you feel from drinking too much alcohol is your
bodies way of saying, "Hey time to slow down." If you continue
drinking (since you don't feel that fatigue) you only magnify the

effect of the alcohol on your body as well as consume a potentially
dangerous amount of caffeine (if you continue to drink the energy
drink mix). This probably accounts for many of the club/energy drink
related deaths.
Conclusion
Every persons' body is different, and no one should know your body
better than yourself. Energy drink health concerns are being looked
at in many places and it may or may not be heavily regulated in
several US states. No one can really force you to quit drinking these
drinks, but hopefully this article has provided you with enough
information to make an informed decision.
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2. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are simply soft drinks which are marketed to be as
those drinks boosting up the energy when compared to other
ordinary drinks. The usual calorie count or the quantitative energy is
estimated to be much lesser than those found in normal soft drinks.
The major ingredients present in these energy drinks are a blend of
Vitamin B complex, herbal constituents and methylxanthines
including caffeine. Some other elements are maltodextrin, guarana,
carnitine, ginko biloba, inositol, ginseng, glucuronolactone, taurine
and creatine. Like coffee and tea, the major stimulant included in the
energy drink is none other than caffeine.
The energy drinks are marketed to be as those products providing
the extra boost up to the body. There are several contradictions on
the use of these drinks as they are considered to be harmful to the
body. It acts on our body by providing enough vitamins and minerals
to enhance the physical and mental situation of the body. During
periods of strain and stress, the energy drinks works to be just fine
for the body to keep it alert and steady. The reaction speed as well
as the concentration is spontaneously worked out to be improved.
To be precise, the entire metabolism of the body is increased to a
remarkable level. Such an elevation would have great effects on the
performance of the body.
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The controversies convey the different side effects caused by energy
drinks. Seizures are commonly experienced in people who already
suffer from any kind of epilepsy. This is due to the increased
elevation in the energy which results from the consumption of the
same. Many countries have banned certain brands of energy drinks
due to the stimulated health problems with which it is related. Some

other countries have already warned the consumption of energy
drinks by pregnant ladies as it might prove very harmful to the baby
inside.
Some of the energy drinks like Red Bull is regarded to be increasing
the pace of heart pace to an abnormal level which is very dangerous
to people who are already suffering from cardiac diseases. It could
seriously affect the clinical condition of such individuals. Prolonged
and deep study states that people with heart conditions should avoid
taking any kind of energy drinks. There are several other natural
ways by which you can boost up your energy and it is highly
recommended to follow the safest path. Exercise could be
constituted as one of the most important alternative when
compared to taking in energy drinks.
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There are different brands available in the market and newer ones
are increasing these days. Even though many of them are being
banned and warned in most of the countries, the number of people
into such drinks is increasing day by day. Some of the drinks which
are marketed in most of the Western and Eastern European
countries include YJ Stinger, Red Bull Energy Drink, Diablo Energy
Drink, Impulse Energy Drink, Red Dragon Energy Drink, Dark Dog, Red
Rain, Shark Energy Drink, AMO Energy Drink, Hype Energy Drink, EAS
Piranha Energy Drink, NOS and SoBe Adrenaline Rush.
Energy drinks are being increasingly introduced to the market these
days. The competition between them is being getting tighter as the
days get over. The Red Bull energy drink is marketed in way
conveying the fact that they stimulate the complete metabolism,
increase the speed and concentration of the mind and body and
stimulate the overall performance and speed.


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