HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

Energy Drinks Elevate Blood Pressure

It is good to know about the side effects of an energy drink when you decide to drink it, especially on a regular basis. Yes energy drinks can elevate blood pressure.

Energy Drinks Elevate Blood Pressure

Energy drinks are composed of of various ingredients that supposedly provide the drinker with lot of energy. These drinks are made and marketed by big companies and sold with fancy trade names and labels that sound really enticing and make you want to pick up a bottle and gulp it down or mix it with a drink to make an invigorating cocktail.

These drinks contain ingredients such as sugar in the form of sucrose fructose or glucose, caffeine, amino acids, B-Vitamins and herbs like ginseng or Gingko biloba. These ingredients supposedly combine to provide an energy boost. There is not much scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of the herbs found in energy drinks. Whatever the truth behind these energy drinks, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. These drinks are focused at the younger boys and girls and contain substances that may be dangerous to health.

A little bit of caffeine consumption is quite ok. Caffeine helps us to focus and to stay alert. Remember that caffeine is an addictive substance. It has basically sympathomimetic effect on heart, i.e it increases heart rate. Energy drinks are simply loaded with caffeine. An excess of caffeine results in a number of side effects. Excess caffeine causes nervousness, accelerated heart beat and an increased rate of metabolism. Caffeine is a stimulant, which also can temporarily perk you up. But too much caffeine can cause adverse side effects, such as nervousness, irritability, increased blood pressure and insomnia. Caffeine can also make your heart beat faster and trigger abnormal heart rhythms, which is especially dangerous if you have any type of heart disease.

 

The caffeine in energy dinks also causes a sudden increase in the blood pressure.



This has been supported by research carried out by Wayne State University in the year 2007 and presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) scientific session in Orlando Florida in the year 2007.Although the various sugars used to sweeten energy drinks can briefly increase energy, consuming large quantities of sugar is likely to cause weight gain.

The issue that worries the medical community is that both the herbal stimulants and caffeine combine to increase the blood pressure immediately after an energy drink is consumed.

Amino acids such as taurine, normally found in fish and meat also have an important role in elevating blood pressure. Who needs amino acids in energy drinks, anyway? There is enough protein that is already available in the foods that we eat.

If you have high blood pressure, you might want to avoid drinking energy drinks, like Red Bull, according to a new study conducted by Wayne State University researchers.The researchers found drinking two cans a day of a popular energy drink increased blood pressure and heart rate in 15 healthy adults with an average age of 26

It is time that we stopped drinking beverages that provide us instant energy. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle will not only provide us with lot of energy, but also help to keep our blood pressure in normal range.

If you're consuming energy drinks because you're frequently feeling tired, consider a better and healthier way to boost your energy. Get plenty of sleep, regular excercise and eat a healthy diet. These strategies not only will increase your energy in the short run, but also will help you maintain your overall physical and mental fitness in the long run.

It is good to know about the side effects of an energy drink when you decide to drink it, especially on a regular basis. If you know about the ingredients and their side effects, it is easier for you to decide whether the drink is good for you and if it can provide the help you seek. The considerations for your health are important, so drink this only if you think that it is good for you. Love your life, it is precious.

 



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