Energy boosters seem like a quick fix but they can actually be very risky. Unfortunately, we seem to drink these products without checking the labels. That’s assuming the labels are even telling us everything.
According to WebMD, “sales of the 2- to 3-ounce shots soared to $544 million in 2008, double those of the previous year, according to Information Resources, a Chicago-based market research firm. In fact, energy shots are the fastest-growing segment of the $4.6 billion energy drink market.”
Too much caffeine in general can be dangerous. It can cause jitters, make you nervous, restless, irritable and cause insomnia. Energy drinks have taken these dangers who a whole new level. They have the potential to cause palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, restlessness and gastrointestinal upset.
If you really need caffeine try coffee or tea. It’s much safer. Or you could get your energy the healthy way by getting more sleep and consuming the right foods.
Think twice before consuming The 5 Most Dangerous Energy Boosters.
1. Full Throttle
Although it is sponsored by Olympic athlete’s full throttle promotes many dangerous side effects. Full Throttle has been known to cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability and euphoria. It is also said that seizures may occur.
2. VPX Redline
Redline Energy Drink is known to be one of the most powerful energy drinks. According to Caffeine Informer, some retailers have been pulling it from their shelves. They also explain, Redline contains Yohmbe, a powerful stimulant that causes dizziness, high blood pressure, vomiting, anxiety, headache and skin flushing.
Reported Case: “A Texas man filed suit against Redline because within 10 hours of drinking the energy drink he experienced “excessive heart rate, extreme chest pain, lost sensation in his hands and had extreme nausea.” He was hospitalized they were able to get his heart rate under control src. (Caffeine Informer).
Although Monster is doing everything they can to convince the public their beverage is safe, the reality is… it’s really not. Monster Energy Drink has been linked to injuries including, kidney failure, stroke, heart stent and death (energydrinkslawsuit.com).
4. XS Energy
XS Energy has been known to cause severe stomach issues. A person drinking it risks gastrointestinal problems, nausea, vomiting, bloating and sleep disturbances.
5. 5-Hour Energy
5-Hour Energy shots contain fewer calories than other energy drinks but are also artificially sweetened. According to Caffeine Informer, “5 Hour Energy Shot is in the hot seat after reports of the FDA’s investigation of 13 deaths over four years that are linked to the popular energy shot.” This drink can cause high blood pressure, trouble sleeping and rapid heartbeat. There’s a reason why 5-Hour Energy advises against consuming more than two bottles in a day.