Do you re­ally need energy drinks?

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ojoma Akor

Some take energy drinks regularly be­liev­ing it helps boost their energy. How­ever, aside the tem­po­ral re­lief or seem­ing boost they give soon af­ter drink­ing them, ex­perts do not think it is good to take them.

In fact they be­lieve energy drinks have some health im­pli­ca­tions.

“Energy drinks are use­less,” says Dr Onye Achilihu, a car­dio vas­cu­lar spe­cial­ist, “What energy do you get from them? They con­tain things that ir­ri­tate your heart.”

Another health ex­pert, Dr Kather­ine Zer­atsky says most energy drinks con­tain large amounts of caf­feine, which can pro­vide a tem­po­rary energy boost. “Some energy drinks con­tain sugar and other sub­stances. The boost is short-lived, how­ever, and may be ac­com­pa­nied by other prob­lems,” she said.

She said for ex­am­ple, energy drinks that con­tain sugar may con­trib­ute to weight gain - and too much caf­feine, or caf­feine-like sub­stances, can lead to ner­vous­ness, ir­ri­tabil­ity, in­som­nia, rapid heart­beat and in­creased blood pres­sure.

Zer­atsky says mix­ing energy drinks with al­co­hol may be even more prob­lem­atic. “Energy drinks can blunt the feel­ing of in­tox­i­ca­tion, which may lead to heav­ier drink­ing and al­co­hol­re­lated in­juries,” she adds.

Also re­search pre­sented dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing re­vealed that drink­ing one to three energy drinks could af­fect with your heart rhythm and in­crease your blood pres­sure and if se­vere enough could lead to an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat or even sud­den car­diac death.

Spokesper­son of the group, Gor­don F. To­maselli, M.D., said those with an ex­ist­ing heart con­di­tion or a fam­ily history of heart prob­lems, like an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, should avoid drink­ing energy drinks.


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