The DARK SIDE Of Energy Drinks That Will Make You Question Drinking Them!

From the sugar-ridden toll they take on your
body to the brain-frying effects of overconsumption, today we look at the Dark Side of Energy Drinks
That Will Make You Question Drinking Them. Number 13. Allergic to Energy
Energy drinks are almost like a witch’s brew with the long list of ingredients used in
their concoction. Ginseng , taurine , a variety of B vitamins,
guarana , carnitine , creatine , ginkgo biloba and all sorts of other exotic extracts are
often utilized to craft these fueling beverages. This can create a minefield, though, for people
who suffer from allergies. And with how exotic some ingredients are,
a person may have to discover from an energy drink that they’re allergic in the first place! Number 12. Highly Addictive
People can get addicted to anything they enjoy, but energy drinks can take it to another level
by fulfilling a variety of chemical reactions. Along with usual dopamine release associated
with addiction, in which one is overcome with a feeling of euphoria, the caffeine in energy
drinks can create a very real physical and mental dependence as well. Millions of people across the world plan their
day around getting their caffeine fix, and with energy drinks, this can get costly. Often costing anywhere between two and four
dollars a can, meeting personal daily requirements can cost a ridiculous amount when totaled
up, especially when drinking one can a day isn’t getting the job done. Energy drink addicts can easily spend upwards
of a hundred dollars a month, relying on these sugary beverages just to function. Number 11. Withdrawals
After drinking energy drinks long enough, your body will eventually create a dependency
on the caffeine to operate and not supplying that demand can cause some painful side effects. Whether you’ve gone 24 hours or just missed
your usual dose of caffeine, it doesn’t take long for withdrawal symptoms to kick in. Chief among these are headaches that can transform
into migraines. Jolts of pain make their way from just behind
the eyes before intensifying to a throbbing pulse of torment stretching across the front
of your head. Other withdrawal symptoms can include cramping,
a lack of concentration, sinus blockage and even constipation. So while you can stop once you fall down the
rabbit hole of Red Bulls and Rockstars, it will likely be anything but a painless process. Number 10. Insomnia
Students, businessmen and others around the world trying to stay awake will often turn
to energy drinks to fuel their late night work. But this tactic can easily backfire, keeping
energy drink users up and alert long past their intended bedtime. Energy drink-induced insomnia may seem like
you’re wired and ready to go, but missing out on sleep can have a number of negative
effects on the body and one’s performance. Tasks that require heavy concentration can
be difficult to focus on and, especially in the case of driving, prove to be dangerous! Lack of sleep can also lead to an increase
in mood swings and irritability, affecting social interactions and personal relationships
as well. While it may seem like a good idea to chug
a can of Monster to finish that project last minute, your body, brain, and friends will
be better off if you just handle business during normal waking hours. Number 9. Medication Interaction
Since a smorgasbord of ingredients form a wall of text along the side of nearly every
canned energy drink, it can be difficult to track what exactly is entering your body. You might want to pay attention, though, as
this can prove to be incredibly hazardous should you be taking prescribed medications. Some common ingredients like ginkgo biloba
can mix terribly with blood thinners and antidepressants as they often have similar effects that can
prove harmful when compounded. Yerba mate has shown to cause migraines, increased
heart rate and anxiousness when taken with medications like antibiotics and estrogens. And there are dozens of other ingredients
with equally questionable interactions! Number 8. Type 2 Diabetes
Sugar is a prominent problem for those struggling with weight loss, and few refreshments pack
a sweeter punch than energy drinks. The average soda contains around 39 grams
of sugar per drink, while most energy drinks nearly double that amount. A high sugar intake can do more than help
pack on the pounds, though. Studies show that too many sweets can lead
to developing type two diabetes, which inhibits your body’s ability to break down and burn
sugar properly. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include fatigue,
blurred vision, slower wound recovery, increased hunger and thirst, and extreme weight fluctuation. More than three million cases of type two
diabetes are recorded per year with millions more at risk, due mostly to poor dietary habits. Number 7. Risky Behavior
Stretched across the uniforms of motocross riders and professional skateboarders around
the world are the logos of all the major energy drink companies. Since their rise in popularity, energy drinks
have often been associated with intensity, extremity, and high risk acts of daring. However, this union in marketing may be more
than just simple coincidence. One study made it into The Journal of American
College Health showing that teenagers had a much higher likelihood of attempting dangerous
feats when under the influence of caffeine. Accidents resulting in injury due to questionable
acts like high-risk stunts, pranks, and sports are a common issue with young energy drink
consumers. But bodily harm isn’t the only issue as acts
of vandalism, trespassing, or other delinquent crimes can land teenage caffeine drinkers
into bouts of legal trouble as well! Number 6. Anxiety
Nervousness and shaking due to so much energy is one thing, but true anxiety is another
beast entirely. A response to stress, anxiety is more than
just jitters in the face of what’s to come, more so verging on the feeling of dread and
fear. One study performed by the collaborative efforts
of various university-funded psychiatric researchers found a direct correlation between anxiety
and caffeine in some patients that possess a specific genetic variation of a neural receptor. These neural receptors, called adenosine receptors,
regulate sleepiness and caffeine interacts with them to keep you awake. But interacting with those born with a slightly
different receptor can induce such strong bouts of anxiety that one might even experience
a panic attack! Number 5. Stomach Issues
A jolt of energy from a dose of caffeine may wake the brain for a bit, but it also runs
the chance of shocking your stomach. Caffeine from any source can cause inflammation
of the stomach’s inner lining, along with abdominal pain and heartburn. These symptoms can worsen when combined with
the sparkling fizz of carbonated drinks. Energy drinks tend to increase the acidity
in the stomach, sending the effects of heartburn over the edge. Serious vomiting can result which leads to
dehydration and, if occurring often enough, erosion of the esophagus and teeth due to
all of the acid. That’s not the worst of it, though, as gastritis
is also another digestion problem associated with energy drinks, in which those afflicted
suffer bleeding, intense pain, and ulcerations in the stomach and small intestine! Number 4. Niacin Overdose
One of the most common ingredients in energy drinks is the organic compound known as Niacin
, or Vitamin B3. This vitamin is often prescribed to treat
high cholesterol and in controlled amounts it can have great beneficial effects like
reducing the risk of heart attack. But too much of any vitamin can be harmful
and the same applies to Niacin . Overdosing on this compound can result in a wide range
of symptoms, including flushed skin, an increased heart rate, itching, vomiting, dizziness,
diarrhea and even gout! One case study, as published in the British
Journal of Medicine, even tells of one 50-year-old man contracting non viral hepatitis due to
toxic levels of Niacin in his system. The cause of these elevated vitamin B3 levels? The report stated he drank an astounding 4
to 5 energy drinks a day for three weeks straight! Number 3. Stress Hormone Release
Feelings of heightened energy and relief aren’t the only emotions triggered by energy drink
consumption. A study from 2015 showed that energy drinks
can elicit the release of a hormone called norepinephrine which can affect regions of
the brain dealing with attention and response time. This hormone deals with stress specifically,
and its release is attributed to evoking an increased heart rate and blood flow to skeletal
muscles. This triggers the fight-or-flight response
in humans, a reaction typically associated with a sense of foreboding danger. In the study, subjects that drank a type of
Rockstar energy drink with a 240-milligram caffeine content experienced a 74 percent
increase in norepinephrine levels, while those that drank a placebo experienced a 31 percent
increase instead. Number 2. Military Findings
The United States Military ran a study that was published in the winter of 2018 that showed
a peculiar side effect in soldiers. Soldiers who reported to have high energy
drink use showed signs of mental health issues, fatigue, and aggressive behavior. The study concluded that moderation and warnings
of the potential negative risks associated with energy drinks, especially its “paradoxical
association with fatigue”, should be clearly communicated with troops. Among the mental health problems reported
by service members being examined were conditions like depression, alcohol misuse, and post-traumatic
stress disorder. Future studies by the US military will look
to examine the long-term relation to these variables in detail, along with how energy
drink use and resulting symptoms correlate with deployment. Number 1. Cardiac Arrest
While it might normally take dozens of cans to reach a lethal amount of caffeine, which
is about 10 grams, energy drinks can pose a much higher risk to those with heart complications. Factors like age and weight also play a huge
role in determining how much of an energy drink is safe to ingest. Consumers have shown signs of increased QTc
intervals, a warning sign of abnormal heart rhythms. In one case a 22 year old woman suffered a
cardiac arrest at a nightclub after consuming 6 cans of energy drinks in 4 hours. Her bloodtests for alcohol and other substances
were negative.


  1. That mean bean though! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜Ž i stopped drinking them after i found out all the bad stuff in it

  2. My aunt used to drink 6 monster per day until she had a heart attack while driving till that day she decided to stop

  3. As with all things, moderation is key. Tbh, $2-4/ can is not bad compared to boutique coffees, which can contain as much caffeine, and cost up to $7 per cup.

  4. I've never tried any energy drinks. I don't like the ingredients in them.

    I just have a cup or two of regular coffee in the morning. I take a daily vitamin. Sometimes I drink a nutritional protein shake or have a natural protein bar for breakfast. I like healthy food, but I also give in to convenience foods like many people do. My snack, if any, usually is a natural trail mix of nuts and dried fruits. If you stick with a diet that works for you, is healthy and gives you energy and freedom to indulge, you won't miss stuff like this. Just drink lots of water, and if you don't like water, try flavor enhancers for water that have natural ingredients.

  5. Interestingly I may have an allergy to caffeine–I get extremely nauseous and dizzy to the point where I don't function. I found out in high school as a sophomore. I stay far away from coffee, energy drinks and Gatorade. Try drinking Body Armor–that needs a video

  6. BANG ENERGY DRINK. No sugar, no calories, no carbs, no fats, no trans fats. Contains Coq10 Branched Chain Amino Acids, creatine, and the coffee versions have 30g of protein. TRY THEM OUT. SPREAD THE WORD

  7. I don't drink none of them because I drink coffee..๐Ÿ˜Š
    I drink one time Red Bull, but I didn't like the flavor.. So maybe all of those energy drinks will taste the same..
    Awesome content.. Thank you for sharing..๐Ÿ’–

  8. So glad they just taste bad to me. Thankfully, energy drinks are one thing Iโ€™ll never be addicted to. My coffee cravings are bad enough already!

  9. Another thing to note:

    The typical serving of an energy drink is only 6 to 8 Oz. Most of the popular brands are sold 1.5 to 2 servings per can. So, youโ€™re already doubling up if you drink the whole thing at one time.

  10. i will just stick to my half pot of black coffee every morning. who can afford $4a day for energy drinks anyway?

  11. I donโ€™t drink โ€œenergy drinksโ€. But I do drink black coffee. A lot of black coffee. I admit that Iโ€™m addicted to coffee.

  12. I really didnt get any energy from so called "Energy Drinks" !!! I heard that alot of company's put "Bull Testosterone" in them !!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

  13. The energy drinks that I drink have no fat, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, etc.

  14. Only tried energy drinks once, I tried monster and I have tried red bull absolutely disgusting and I would never drink them again especially with me being on antidepressants as well

  15. i used to drink a monster a day. sometimes up to 5 a day. then i started buying venoms cause theyre cheaper. since theyre cheaper i would drink at least 2 a day. i only drink the diet ones with little to no calories. i quit a few days ago. i have no withdraws lol. i would get very light headed. low blood pressure and im assuming blood sugar cause i eat low carb. so far i havent been lightheaded since quitting drinking energies. idk if the energy drinks caused it tho lol. im trying to improve my health and teeth by drinking more water and vegies. im buying sparkling water which tastes pretty damn good. i still crave a diet coke every now and then and am considering getting back on the energy train but if it was causing my blood pressure problems i definitely dont ever need to be drinking it.

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