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IN Health & Fitness ON 12 Nov, 2015
It may shock you for a while but it’s absolutely true that energy drinks and packed juices are not good for health. According to a recent study by Mayo clinic, having even just one such drink can affect your health.
Researchers conducted a study on 25 non-smokers and healthy volunteers with an average age of 29 years and obtained devastating results. The question is, how bad is one drink for you?
The volunteers were given either the energy drink Rock star or a placebo(control sample) that was almost a similar replica of energy drink but without caffeine and stimulants (taurine, guarana and ginseng).
During two days, not more than two weeks apart, participants drank the 16-ounce energy drink (or the placebo) within 5 minutes. At the same time, investigators checked their heart rate, blood pressure and hormone levels.
Scientists noticed that not even the caffeine levels in the body of participants increased but even the stress hormone norepinephrine shot up to 74% as compared to 31% in the participants who drank the control sample.
Norepinephrine causes increased heart rate and blood pressure. Energy drink consists of very large amounts of sugar, stimulants and caffeine which raise blood pressure and constrict the veins. Just one drink can increase the chances of heart disease even if you are completely healthy.
Dr. Anna Svatikova, writer of the study explained: "These results suggest that people should be cautious when consuming energy drinks due to possible health risks. Asking patients about energy drink consumption should become routine for physicians, particularly when interpreting vital signs in the acute setting."
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