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Researchers warn against energy drinks

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After a late night, sometimes all we can think about is a cold can of energy drink to see us through the day. However, researchers have revealed an association between heart palpitations and the beverage.

Dr Ian Musgrave from the University of Adelaide explains that the consumption of these drinks in excess could lead to health problems. “Energy drinks have become enormously popular in the past decade.”

“Half of the energy drinks consumed extensively by people who wish to reduce fatigue, increase wakefulness, and improve concentration and performance.”

Published in the International Journal of Cardiology, the Australian scientists surveyed patients aged between 13 and 40 in an Accident & Emergency department who reported a fast heartbeat and palpitations. They revealed that 36% consumed an energy drink in some form in the past 24 hours.

Dr Musgrave added that the main stimulant in energy drinks is caffeine, which is quite safe when not consumed in excess. “However, some people appear to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine, and the combination of ingredients in these energy drinks may pose a further threat to those who consume large quantities.”

“When vitamins and herbal extracts are combined together, they can create a toxic combination. Furthermore, the drinks are even more harmful when consumed with alcohol.”

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