One energy drink can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack, regardless whether you are old or young. It’s high in caffeine and makes your blood sticky, which is a precursor to stroke and various other cardiovascular issue.

Just 1 hour after having just one can of energy drink, the blood can become abnormal as someone who suffers from cardiovascular disease.

Denmark, Norway and Uruguay already banned the consumption of this energy drink, and also it was banned in France from 1996-2008. The Kuwait Ministry of Commerce banned energy drink consumption for children who are less than 16 years old after it led to a heart attack in a 21-year old and a 16-year old.

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

In these past couple of years, energy drinks became increasingly popular, and this beverage is popping up in every store and supermarket. Energy drinks passed the brands of bottled water and they are the fastest-growing product in the beverage market.

Just last year, about 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold in 144 countries. People constantly as questions about the safety of Red Bull as well as other energy drinks in general.

The main ingredients in such energy drinks are sugar and caffeine, and sugar is found like glucuronolactone, glucose and sucrose. Energy drinks really provide a quick energy burst. However this effect doesn’t last long, so consuming a few cans in a row won’t make you a superhero, no matter what the marketing agencies try to show you.

On their official website, Red Bull offers these benefits:

• Increased performance
• Greater concentration and speedy reaction
• Greater endurance
• And Increased metabolism

Energy drinks offer the same effect like soda and cup of coffee. But when their effects disappears, you’ll feel lethargic and soon you will crave one more can or cup, to boost the energy again. So, this can easily become vicious cycle.

The Red Bull company warns the consumers not to drink more than 2 cans of their energy drink, but on their website there is no reference to the fact.

There’s only a statement that says that you need to compare your consumption with consumption of coffee, having in mind that one can of Red Bull is just like one cup of brewed java.

However the issue with this advice is that no one really knows the net effects of this energy drink. It is true that coffee has caffeine, but it doesn’t contain artificial ingredients that boost the energy, such as the 2 artificial sweeteners as well as other sugars found in this energy drink.

Aspartame has a number of neurotoxic, allergenic, metabolic, carcinogenic and fetal effects. It’s certainly not safe and the book Sweet Deception offer more information about this.

Are there any benefits of consuming energy drinks?

Regarding nutrition, if you compare the energy drinks with carbonated drinks such as soda, certainly soda doesn’t contain any nutrients. Red Bull has traces of the amino acid taurine and B-group vitamins, but it doesn’t make up the sugar and caffeine found in Red Bull.

Caffeine increases the short term speed of reaction, but no one actually says how the mixture of ingredients in Red Bull will have an impact on the body.

People need to be particularly concerned about this, because these companies target their beverages toward younger people under 30. Apart from this, energy drinks are mainly consumed by students who usually drink a couple of cans in a row.

Who should avoid consuming energy drinks?

Like we said, children need to stay away from energy drinks. If you consider their content, it’s also wise to avoid consuming these drinks if you:

• Are lactating or pregnant
• Caffeine sensitive
• Have longer periods of stress or anxiety
• Suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Suffer from increased blood pressure
• Have predisposition for cardiovascular diseases
• Have some blood clotting disorder

Scientist Scott Willoughby explains that Red Bull may even be deadly when taken by people who are suffering from high blood pressure or stress, since it can have an impact on the proper functioning of the blood vessels and increase the likelihood of developing blood clots.

Energy drinks are deadly if combined with alcohol

By combining alcohol and energy drinks you are in fact combining a depressant and stimulant. This is very popular in night clubs and bars. When mixed with alcohol, Red Bull as well as other energy drinks are often called “Vodka Bull”or “Yager Bomb.”

The effects of such combination are still unknown, but experts say that overloading your body with heavy depressants and stimulants may lead to heart failure, so if consider the stories with fatal outcomes of this dangerous mixture, you will see that it’s not really only a theory.

After couple of deaths of people who took alcohol and Red Bull together, Denmark and France banned the selling of Red bull. In 2001, the Science, Medicine and Law journal published an article that explained the effects of alcohol and Red Bull in combination with other stimulant: ephedra.

What’s the result? Acute psychosis.

The Journal of Clinical and Autonomic Research Society published a study which observed a case of “POTS syndrome linked to a vasovagal reaction,” found in a younger volleyball player after a great Red Bull intake.

So they concluded:

“Having in mind the widespread Red Bull use among younger people who often don’t know the content of the drink, this case study suggests that Red Bull may be possible cause of the orthostatic intolerance.”

In fact, orthostatic intolerance is a condition in which the switch from a lying to upright position leads to abnormal increase of the heart rate (over 30 beats in minute, or, a rate that is greater than 120 beats in minute in ten minutes after standing or sitting).

Also, POTS is considered as a mechanism for the chronic fatigue syndrome, so if you are struggling with this syndrome, you should avoid consuming energy drinks, and that’s why it’s included in abovementioned list.

Regarding alcohol, you should also avoid it. It’s a neurotoxin, which means that it poisons your brain. You should also have in mind the fact that great amounts of alcohol, including wine, increases the levels of insulin, which increases your risk of developing diabetes and various chronic diseases.

Boost your energy levels without consuming energy drinks

If you take energy drinks to boost your levels of energy, like most people, there are much better options than consuming artificial energy drinks. People aren’t naturally tired. The lethargic state is a thing that we bring on with some lifestyle habits.

Lack of energy is caused by various factors, such as:

• Poor diet habits
• Consuming low-quality food
• Negative emotions
• Stressful life
• Not enough sleep
• Not enough exercise

You can boost your levels energy if you follow these recommendations:

• Eat in accordance with your nutritional type
• Consume more omega-3 fatty acids
• Don’t consume sugar and grains
• Release the negativity and emotional stress using the Technique for Emotional Freedom (EFT)
• Sleep more
• Have regular exercise