We Drink This Every Day But Do We Know That It Can Kill Us?
Energy drinks are very popular beverages due to their refreshing and delicious taste. They are made of ingredients such as taurine, guarana, vitamin B caffeine, etc. They give us instant energy when we feel tired but do we know how harmful they can be?
The first energy drinks were produced by the Japanese people in order to improve the endurance and performance of the professional sports players. Later Red Bull was developed in Austria and immediately has spread to the rest of Europe and the world. The leading consumer of energy drinks today is the USA.
THE EFFECTS OF ENERGY DRINKS – DEAN WHARMBY’S STORY
Dean Wharmby was a professional bodybuilder and most of us don’t know that in order to be a professional bodybuilder you need hard training and strict diets. When he was a bodybuilder he ate 10,000 calories per day in order to maintain his muscle mass. He ate foods rich in proteins and drank two energy drinks in every hour.
Later he was diagnosed with cancer and instead of chemotherapy he turned to healthy diet and natural medicine. The tumor began to shrink but shortly after that he began his old habit, drinking energy drinks, again.
Sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer again and this time in his liver. It was too late for any kind of treatment and after a year he passed away.
As we already said the main ingredient of energy drinks is caffeine. They contain between 2.5 and 171 mg. per fluid ounce, therefore, high amounts of energy drinks can be very dangerous. The caffeine is very harmful to the cardiovascular system and energy drink can lead to strokes and heart attacks. There are countries such as Norway and Denmark, which even have banned the selling of energy drinks.
THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF NIACIN
An energy drink can contain up to 40 mg. of niacin or vitamin B3. It is known that it can damage the liver and cause liver failure.
ENERGY DRINKS AND HEPATITIS
Dean Wharmby isn’t the only one who has suffered due to too many energy drinks. A 50-year-old man was diagnosed with hepatitis as a result of too many energy drinks. Actually this wasn’t fully proven but this was the only link to his illness.
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO ENERGY DRINKS
- Coconut water
- Matcha Green tea
- Ginger, lemon, and cayenne
- Banana and wheatgrass smoothie