If you’ve ever read the back of an energy drink can, you know it’s not high caffeine levels that make these things potentially harmful. In fact, they typically contain about as much caffeine as caffeine pills and coffee drinks. So what is it that makes them so rough on your body? And no, it’s not just the taste.
In addition to caffeine, energy drinks can contain proprietary “energy blends.” Little is known about the safety of some of the ingredients in these energy blends.
According to 2017 research from The Journal of the American Heart Association these blends can cause potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function. Pair that knowledge with the fact that young people can slam cans of this stuff like it’s water, and there’s no wonder the health and wellness community is concerned.
Many people enjoy the energy boost they get from their morning caffeine, but when it comes to things like, how many reps you can do at the gym, or how quickly you can run a mile, can caffeine really make a difference?
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