Energy Drink Can Hurt Your Heart In Just 30 Minutes

Posted: Nov 11 2015, 7:48am CST | by , Updated: Nov 11 2015, 8:20am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Energy Drink Can Harm Your Body in Just 30 Minutes
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New study reveals that energy drinks increase blood pressure and stress hormones and eventually lead to heart problems

Energy drinks are not just sugary waters. They can create some seriously harmful effects on body and also within no time.

A new research reveals horrible details of what can an energy drink do to your body? It reports that just a single can of energy drink can accelerate blood pressure and stress hormones that can possibly lead to heart disease. And all it takes just 30 minutes to do that.

For the latest research, 25 healthy volunteers were recruited and each one was given a 16 ounce can of Rockstar energy drink. A single energy drink contains 240 milligrams of caffeine and 2000 mg of taurine alongside ginseng and milk extracts.

On another day, volunteers were asked to gulp a placebo drink. The drink has same taste, texture and nutrients but not any stimulatory substances.

There blood pressures, heart rate and levels of stress hormone norepinephrine were measured before the trail and 30 minutes after they finish their energy drink.

The volunteers started out with normal heart rate and blood pressure. After consuming drink, the blood pressure level went up, more than 6% compared to 3% after drinking placebo beverage.

Slight uptake was also noticed in heart rate but the biggest difference was seen in stress hormone norepinephrine level that rose from 149.8 to staggering 249.8, almost double as much after consuming placebo drink.

Energy drinks are associated with serious cardiovascular problems and this small scale study also supports this theory. The increase in blood pressure and norepinephrine levels after downing just one energy drink can trigger heart problems in healthy people. However, results might be different if study is conducted with other energy drink or a large group of people.

The research was approved by Mayo Clinic and published in JAMA.

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