With the spate of reports in the news lately, it’s easy to make assumptions that energy drinks are simply a danger that should be avoided. However, is there really anything to the fact that several deaths recently have been potentially linked to the victims drinking certain energy drinks (or in the case of 5 Hour Energy, a shot)?
I think that anything that is overly caffeinated like these types of drinks must be consumed in extreme moderation. But as with every other vice here in America, there are those that go way overboard and put their lives at risk by consuming too much and putting their hearts at risk. Even if you drink too much coffee for example, your heart can begin to beat very rapidly and can even begin to express an arrhythmia if you’re not careful.
This is true especially for those of us that are extremely susceptible to the effects of caffeine. Certain individuals are simply more apt to experience these types of effects if they drink caffeine. It can be hereditary, or it can be due to a lack of lifetime exposure to caffeinated beverages and therefore a low tolerance.
There have been several reports lately of heart attacks and other deadly issues occurring that are associated with the drinking of these highly caffeinated drinks which contain numerous other ingredients that can add to the negative effects like taurine and artificial sweeteners or sugar.
5 Hour Energy was the latest to come out as having a possible link to everything from a spontaneous abortion to heart attacks. The FDA has come forward and said there were about 5 reports of possible deaths and other health issues that were linked to the popular energy shot. The company has said that they follow all safety guidelines and takes any health issues that might be associated to their product seriously.
I must say, I’ve used 5 Hour Energy on occasion and I really like it. I’ve also tried some of the generic knockoffs and do not like them at all.
The other energy drink that’s gotten a lot of negative publicity lately is Monster Energy drinks. There were reports coming in allover for a while that the drink may have caused deaths, the most alarming in a very young person who consumed several in one day.
You really have to use extreme caution with these energy drinks and do not consume more than a little at a time. You should also only use them in the case of emergency, when coffee won’t cut it or you need caffeine to your system pronto. Otherwise, the combination of ingredients in these energy drinks seems to have dire consequences for some.
And especially use caution if you have any history of heart defects. That is absolutely crucial.