If I would have to come up with a commercial for energy drinks, my sales pitch would sound something like this :
This article contains over 30 links to medical studies and videos.Read here : What is in Energy Drinks ( This service allows me to publish only 3 links ) .
" Are you craving for a chemical that eats holes in your brain? Is your life boring and you are in need of a death from a sudden heart attack ? Do you like spending money on fixing cavities in you mouth and would love to join the growing number of people with cardiovascular diseases?
If this is sounds like you then - get your energy drink today! It will provide all those things that you are dreaming about and much more! If you call now, we will include free brochure with the list of best doctors that will provide future drugs just for you for above mentioned diseases. CALL NOW !!!
While this might sound like a joke - every joke has some parts of truth in it. I used to be a heavy Red Bull drinker and I started noticing some strange things that were happening with my body: itching in the face, flushing of the skin etc. I decided to research the ingredients of a drink and see what it is....I was astonished to what I found.
The long-term influence of an artificial stimulant like an energy drink will be detrimental to your overall health, be aware that people do die from energy drinks? Energy drinks should not be used when exercising as fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic activity of caffeine can cause severe dehydration. It is dangerous to consume energy drink before playing sports - it may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Next study concluded that one hour after consuming Red Bull energy drink, healthy young people developed symptoms normally associated with cardiovascular disease. Energy drinks would cause the blood to become sticky, impairing proper blood vessel functions and possibly lifting the risk of blood clotting.
However for example Red Bull encourages consumption while playing sports as it increases and improves performance, vigilance, reaction speed and concentration.
Thirsty for an energy drink? Have you ever wondered what are the ingredients of one ?
Let's take Red Bull for example. It contains taurine, glucuronolactone, caffeine, B vitamins, sucrose, and glucose. Yes, it is bunch of words. You are thinking - vitamins are good. The rest of ingredients....well you justify that government keeps an eye on those things...
So what is in energy drinks ? Are there any side effects from consuming them? Well, let's take a look.
If you love Red Bull Sugar Free ....then you need to know what makes it sugar free...
Please welcome our guest - our first ingredient is ....aspartame.
You may want to read the whole page I devoted to aspartame if you have not done so . You may want to bookmark this page so you can come back later. What is really funny - here Russian TV channel on March 2011 featured the story on Aspartame and brain tumours. They also had excerpt from an american documentary on Donald Ramsfield - who helped to approve Aspartame. How come they know that it destroys brain and we do not?
Back to our "favourite" first ingredient...
1. Aspartame chemical (hence sugar free ). Chemical? Yes. Of course. It was determined to be a dangerous chemical as early as the 1960s. Over the past 30 years, aspartame has been identified as a carcinogen, a chemical that eats holes in brain tissue. (Approved by our chemical-friendly FDA.) It is somewhat strange how Red Bull describes their Sugar Free Energy Drink "has been developed for people who want to have a clear and focused mind." I think that Red Bull really hopes that energy drinkers will read ingredients only after their brain is rotten and they will not be able to comprehend such information anyway.
So let's take a look at what else is inside that energy drink with "cool appealing" label. My grandfather has taught me long time ago that appearance could be deceitful.
2. Glucuronolactone. All right. You say: It is a metabolite of glucose naturally occurring in the human body.
OK. So it is not bad, right?
Red Bull states on their website that glucuronolactone in Red Bull is synthetically produced... What means synthetical ? It means artificially. It's fake. Scientists can chemically reproduce sea water (synthetically) but when you put fish in this synthetic sea water - they die... My friend don't make mistake - there is a life-supporting difference between naturaland synthetic. Your body is natural, so try not to put synthetic things in it.
Now on Russian version of the Red Bull website in ingredients section they don't mention that it's produced synthetically - that is because Russia does not have the law in place that requires to disclose....You see - they usually list only what is legally required...so energy drinks companies hide the inconvenient truth :)
3. Taurine is another ingredient that most energy drinks contain. Taurine in Red Bull is produced synthetically bypharmaceutical companies. Yes - your favourite pharmacutical companies that will produce drugs later to "manage" your diseases :) Are you starting to understand?
There are no intensive studies on the combined effect of taurine and caffeine on humans. Rats fed taurine exhibited bizarre behaviour such as anxiety, irritability and high sensitivity to noise.
France in 2008 has ended a twelve year ban on the sale of the Red Bull energy drink because of the Taurine ingredient. It was briefly banned in much of Germany and in Taiwan. In july 2011 The Chechen government has banned the sale of Red Bull and other similar energy drinks. (prohibits sales to minors)
3. B Vitamins - You say : Vitamins are good!!! Of course they are. B vitamins are found in a variety of natural food sources such as eggs, turkey, tuna, bananas and potatoes.
Let's take a look at the label of the energy drink and see how natural they are... For example Red Bull lists Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Great.
You might wonder how to distinguish the difference between natural and synthetic viamin.
Generally speaking, you can identify natural by reading the label and finding a listed "food" source such as citrus, yeast, fish, vegetable, etc. If a chemical is listed or the source is blank, it is synthetic. Let's refer to the label. So if says B6 Vitamin - it means synthetic (the source is not there). If it says Pyridoxine Hydrochoride (another name for B6) - it is synthetic.
Niacin - is found in variety of natural foods, including liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes. It does not say the source on the Red Bull label - syntactical.
Pharmacological doses of niacin (1.5 - 6 g per day) occasionally lead to side effects that can include dermatological conditions such as skin flushing and itching, dry skin....Oh so that is why my skin was itching when I would drink Red Bull. Ok.
B 12 Vitamin - a common synthetic form of the vitamin, cyanocobalamin, does not occur in nature, but is used in many pharmaceuticals and supplements, and as a food additive, because of its stability and lower cost. How convenient :)
Pantothenic Acid - D calcium pantothenate - is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is not known to be toxic in humans. The only adverse effect noted was diarrhea resulting from very high intakes of 10 to 20 grams/day of calcium D-pantothenate.
4. Caffeine speeds along your urination cycle, extracting calcium from your body . That is how you develop osteoporosis.
Caffeine in Red Bull is synthetically produced. You can read it on their official website.
Caffeine dependency is the physiological addiction. Caffeine works by blocking the chemical that makes you naturally drowsy. It increases dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is one of the chemicals responsible for feeling happy. Now you know why you feel that crave for an energy drink. :)
As caffeine dependency grows, however, resistance to the effects of caffeine results in the need to take in greater amounts to achieve the same stimulating effect ( let me have two energy drinks today). At this dependency stage energy drink users might experience side effects like indigestion, sleep disorders, nervousness, muscle twitches and irritability.
Once the "temporary boost" wears off, your brain suddenly starts to recognize adenosine and a sudden mental sluggishness comes. That is where you get your "crash". Your heart racing is unhealthy. Sleep is affected because the internal effects of caffeine aren't over when the "high" is.
Caffeine withdrawal starts very quickly, anywhere from 12 to 24 hours after your last use. That's a big part of why thatfirst energy drink (coffee etc) in the morning is so important—it's staving off the early effects of withdrawal. The reasons for the withdrawal are the same as with any substance dependency (like cigarettes). Headaches are the nearly universal effect of cutting off caffeine, but depression, fatigue, lethargy, irritability, nausea, and vomiting can be part of your cut-off, too, along with more specific issues, like eye muscle spasms...
Is it true that mixing energy drink with vodka is bad for you ?
Alcohol can be twice as dangerous when mixed with an Energy drink, according to a study published by Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Caffeine and alcohol have the opposite effect - caffeine makes you excited, and the alcohol is a depressant. Thus, the effect of these two substances, leading to a heavy load on the heart and may cause liver failure.
3 people in Sweden died after mixing Red Bull and vodka. The article states that definite connection was not established between the deaths and Red Bull. Of course the connection was not established.
This connection is somewhat similar to the page on CDC's website titled "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Vaccines". On this page CDC explains that from 2 to 4 months old, babies begin their primary course of vaccinations. This is also the peak age for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). CDC says that the timing of these two events has led some people to believe they might be related ( decide for yourself ) However, studies have concluded that vaccinations are not a risk factor for SIDS."
So, there you have it folks, studies financed by vaccine manufacturers concluded that vaccines produced by same manufacturers are not at risk factor. OK. I got it , Thank you :) You can read my article titled Centre for Disease Control is getting ready for zombie attacks.
5. Glucose (sugar) Energy drinks contain lots of sugar! For instance a can of Red Bull contains 27 grams of sugar. Consuming energy drinks leads to increased risk of getting diabetes according to the study conducted in 2011. The sugar in energy drinks causes insulin spikes which later result in a "crash like" feeling.
I am not going to list every ingredient in the Red Bull, my work is hopefully to inspire you to do your own research not only with energy drinks - with everything. Please do not fool yourself that you can get energy from chemicals. It is short lived and will catch up with you in a long run.
So, there we have it : the ultimate recipe for an energy drink - mix chemicals with synthetic vitamins, add some artificial flavours and colours and there you have it. Enjoy your drink :)
This article is not about energy drinks. It is about your responsibility. Here is the time for a question.... what else is out there that you do not know ? That is the real question ...
Do you know that there are 12 cancer cure documentaries available on this web site alone? It makes me sad to sit here and find all these information just to see Lady Gaga got another 1 million hits on her website and I got 2 more people that visited today :) Our society is sick and we are doomed to self destruction?.... Why is there no TV coverage on cancer cured patients in Gerson Institute and others? This 3 minute video that I made will tell you why (it has 350 views now). Lady Gaga has more... Football players have more....How much airtime is devoted for alternative cures that are out there?
You see, you need to start asking these questions today... And Why Lady Gaga is not singing about Gerson Institute that cures people from cancer? Start asking these questions - she has more exposure then I do..., next time you go to football game and you see Red Bull sponsoring the event with their commercials and saying how much they care about their community.... what can I say...start filtrating disinformation - don't let yourself be fooled...mass deception is in place...more on it in this video that I created.
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