Written by Raven Cain on May 10, 2022

The Poison in Your Cup

The Dangers of Energy Drinks

Sometimes I feel like the world is under a hypnotic trance. Millions of people willingly indulged in giant cans of poison. Energy drinks taste bad but just like soda, it seems we have become accustomed to the taste of poison. Caffeine is the main ingredient in energy drinks. The caffeine inside energy drinks is at such a high level that one 24 oz can in many drinks pushes the limit of what the FDA considers to be the maximum amount of caffeine a person can healthily consume which is about 400 milligrams. A 24-fluid-ounce can of Monster Energy contains 240 milligrams of caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can rapidly increase heart rate and blood pressure, trigger heart rhythm disturbances, and symptoms like dehydration, agitation, nausea, shaking, and insomnia.

A can of energy drink is not just caffeine, It also has a series of chemicals created in a laboratory just like a soda and is also jam-packed with "natural" ingredients that are not found inside coffee. These 'natural" ingredients secretly boost caffeine levels.

Taurine is an amino acid that acts as an additional stimulant on top of caffeine. The combination of the two inside energy drinks may further boost blood pressure and heart rate. High amounts of taurine may also impact the development of adolescents. Research from the  Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine made the discovery that drinking just one 8-ounce energy drink can increase your healthy intake of taurine 6 to 16 times. In addition to these two ingredients, we also find the most deadly killer of them all

Sugar. A 16-ounce can of Monster Energy contains 233 calories and 56 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association suggests that people limit their sugar intake to 25 to 36 grams per day.

  • Sugar makes your organs fat. ...
  • It can lead to heart disease. ...
  • It plays havoc with cholesterol levels. ...
  • It's linked with Alzheimer's disease. ...
  • It turns you into an addict. ...
  • It disables your appetite control. ...
  • It can make you depressed.
  • It's linked to type 2 diabetes
  • It's linked to inflammation
  • It's linked to cancer

Energy drink use was associated with 20,000 emergency room visits in the US in 2011.

  Niacin is usually present and most energy drinks contain 40 milligrams, shockingly the recommended intake is only 16 milligrams for men and 14 for women. Some of the signs of niacin toxicity include dizziness, fatigue, headache, upset stomach, nausea, blurred vision, and inflammation of the liver. This is yet the 3rd ingredient that can have serious side effects on a person.

Energy drinks can increase your risk for serious heart issues. 

Guarana is a fruit and its seeds are used as a caffeine additive. The fruit's seeds have high amounts of caffeine, in fact, it has been discovered that the fruit has about four times the amount of caffeine than what you will find in coffee beans. You have read that right. That is of course in addition to the caffeine, therefore it secretly increases the overall caffeine content. Ginseng is usually thought to be a good thing and is used in many healthy ways, however in large quantities has also been shown to negatively interact with caffeine in fact research shows that it can cause some people to experience hypertension, disrupted sleep, diarrhea, and can negatively interact with medications such as blood thinners, diabetic medications, immunosuppressants, and antidepressants, according to Poison Control (poison.org).

Article written by Raven Cain
has spent a lifetime learning martial arts. He has been developing his skills, strategies, and tactics for 40-plus years. He owned several martial arts schools in his hometown of Virginia Beach and later in Richmond Virginia, and is now proud to bring his art to Southern Utah. In his early years, he was a Bar Bouncer and Guardian Angel in hopes to test himself and his skill set.

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