Many people have recently taken to energy drinks to get through their afternoon crash, or if you’re a student, to cram for a test all throughout the night.
But just one can of the popular brand Red Bull can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack.
What does Red Bull actually do to your body?
Energy drinks in general cause blood to become sticky which can lead to stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Only 1 hour after drinking Red Bull will give you results of an abnormal blood system similar to that of a patient with cardiovascular disease.
The big brand Red Bull has stated that their energy drink is similar to drinking a cup of coffee or soda.
Sure, you might get the same effect from the caffeine with an increased reaction speed and all of the added artificial sweeteners and sugar will definitely give you a short burst of energy.
Some countries have banned energy drinks
“No less than 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold last year in 143 countries. Yet, questions regarding the safety of Red Bull, as well as other energy drinks, keep croppins up at regular intervals when yet another overzealous energy-addict keels over,” explains Dr Mercola.
Statistics shows that energy drinks are sold more often than water bottles.
Taking into consideration that energy drinks become more popular, in some countries these drinks are banned in order to prevent the damage they might cause.
This worrying fact has made some countries such as Denmark, Norway, and Uruguay ban this popular drink. After 2 national squash team members died of a heart attack associated with energy drinks, Red Bull became illegal in Kuwait.
Who is at high risk?
Energy drinks impair proper blood vessel function and can increase risk of blood clots.
For stroke prevention, if you suffer from any of the following, you should not have an energy drink:
– High blood pressure
– Chronic fatigue syndrome
– High stress
– Caffeine sensitivity
– Cardiovascular disease
– Any blood clotting disorder
If you are pregnant or lactating, you should also avoid this drink.
Boost your energy naturally
There are many ways to boost your energy naturally. All you need is a proper diet, increased intake of omega-3 fats and elimination of grains and sugars.
Regular exercise and managing your stress level is more than necessary.