It's not exactly a shocker to hear that energy drinks are bad for us, but they could possibly be even worse than we thought!
If you're consuming even just one can of energy drink a day, you may want to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
A recent study has found that drinking one energy drink a day can lead to serious heart problems as it plays with the stress hormone levels and blood pressure in young adults.
An experiment was taken with 25 young adults aged 18 and over. They were all given the energy drink Rockstar or a placebo drink to see the effect it would have on their body.
It wasn't long before the researchers noticed a huge spike of 74% in the 'fight or flight' hormone noradrenaline in those who consumed the Rockstar. Those who drank the placebo energy drink had an increase of 31% only.
Noradrenaline is a hormone that should only be released in times of extreme stress, hence the nickname 'fight or flight,' referring to ones want or need to rather fight your way out or flee the situation.
The hormone increases blood pressure and the heart's ability to contract. It also increases arousal and alertness in the brain.
Dr. Anna Svatikova, a cardiologist at the clinic that ran the study, found the alarming rise in blood pressure the most worrying part as it could lead to serious heart problems and strokes.
When they took note of the blood pressure of both parties they noticed that those who consumed Rockstar had a 6.4% increase in blood pressure while the others only had an increase of 1%.
"The worry is that if these responses are seen in healthy young people," Dr. Svatikova explained, "perhaps the effects of energy drinks may be more pronounce in people who already have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat."
The two drinks had the exact same amount of sugar and calories, the difference between the two is that Rockstar contains stimulants such as caffeine, taurine, guarana, ginseng and milk thistle extract... (whatever that is...)
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