You probably know that caffeine on its own can be beneficial for the body and mind. Caffeine has been proven to help reduce headaches, better mental alertness and also treat conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Unfortunately, when you add caffeine to a mixture of artificial stimulants, sweeteners, and many other additives, it can become threatening to your cardiovascular system and possibly even give you a heart attack!
Cory Terry’s family knows how dangerous this can be since their 33-year-old Brooklyn father passed away of a heart attack after taking a Red Bull, one of the world’s most famous energy drinks. Patricia Terry, Cory’s mother, explained that her son was an active, non-smoker man who drank Red Bull regularly.
“He drank that stuff all the time. He said it perked him up,” Patricia explained the New York Daily News.
Red Bull Causes Heart Attacks?
A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings discovered that Red Bull and other energy drinks have the potential to harm people who are predisposed to cardiovascular conditions, and it can cause healthy people to experience similar symptoms.
One trial gave 15 healthy participants two cans (500 ml) of an unknown energy drink almost identical to Red Bull regarding ingredients composition on a daily basis for one week.
Researchers discovered that the test participant’s blood pressure increased by 8% only four hours after drinking the beverage, rising to 10% by the end of the week. They also observed that the participant’s heart rates rose by 8% on the initial day and rose to 11% by weeks end.
All of these factors are linked to a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack. High blood pressure can harm the arteries which lead to stroke and heart attack-causing blood clots. Also, high heart rates have often been connected to an increased risk of heart attacks.
Red Bull Ingredients
Energy drinks contain heaps of sugar and carbonation. Red Bull’s key ingredients are a variety of stimulants, the main two being taurine and caffeine, along with various B-group vitamins.
Despite the fact that these ingredients, individually, have not been shown to cause adverse side effects in the average person, minimal research has been done on the combined impact.
Dangerous Red Bull Side Effects
Another study issued in the same journal observed the effect that Red Bull had on people during and after exercise. The research consisted of 13 participants who were experienced in endurance training. Researchers had them perform exhausting exercise three times a day, and before they exercised they would either drink Red Bull, a placebo without any stimulants or a drink similar to Red Bull but without taurine.
Researchers discovered that Red Bull was the only drink that had an adverse effect on a participant’s stroke volume. Stroke volume relates to the amount of blood pumped in and out of the heart. They concluded that although the stimulants in Red Bull may not cause serious side effects separately, but when combined they have significant adverse effects on the body’s cardiovascular system. And these effects have been linked to increased risk of heart attacks.
These studies prove what most people already know – Red Bull and energy drinks similar to Red Bull are not healthy for your heart. If you need to feel more alert, try to eat a healthier diet and exercise more. You can also drink plain coffee or any other natural drink that contains only one stimulant.