Downside Of Energy Drinks

Why Energy Drinks are Bad for Us

Harmful Ingredients within Monster Energy Drinks

Everybody Loves caffeine. It is the most common ingredient in drinks now days. However the side effects of Caffeine can be devastating. For example, increased blood pressure, gastrointestinal disturbances, increase in urination, dizziness, irritability, nausea, nervousness, and breast shrinkage in women. "But energy drinks are sooooo gooood". Yes, they are. I'm not saying you shouldn't drink them at all. Just to much of one substance can cause harm. One very anonymous side affect is withdrawal. Caffeine can be an addictive substance like nicotine for example and causes users to go through agonizing withdrawal symptoms if not consuming any energy at the moment.

Caffeine is not the only harmful Ingrediant ^-^

For Example Sugar causes tooth decay. B vitamins can be harmful in many doses as well. An intake of 3000mg of the B vitamin such as Niacin can result in liver toxicity. An intake of 3500mg of Ginseng can cause vaginal bleeding as well. Nothing to serious, as it is hard to even consume that much ginseng anyways. ^-^

Other Harmful Ingredients Within Energy Drinks

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko is a herb, and can cause some minor side effects in some people:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, and restlessness.

L-Carnitine

Too much of this amino acid can cause vomiting, nausea, headache, diarrhea, stuffy nose, restlessness and sleeping difficulty.

L-Theanine

This amino acid is derived from green tea and many energy drinks and shots have begun putting “green tea extract” in their products.

It produces a different type of alertness than caffeine and there hasn’t been any scientific evidence of it causing adverse side effects. Some have reported feeling light-headed when consuming a dose of more than 300mg of L-Theanine.

What is Safe For You?

I LOVE Monsters! What is still safe to drink teacher?

Well... energy drinks probably shouldn't be a staple of anyone’s diet and coffee is certainly a healthier source of caffeine... However, despite a number of alarming reports of overdose in recent years, for most people energy drink consumption is fine in moderation.

Many reported side effects are anecdotal (based on personal observation) or, being reported from patient’s records. So, it’s hard to say which ingredient actually caused the problems if the patient was ingesting several combinations of these at one time.

In conclusion...

In general it is better to avoid the larger drinks for example, Mega Monster have a massive 240mg caffeine in its 24 fl oz giant can, and stick to smaller 8oz cans.


If people drink energy products responsibly and use energy drinks occasionally, then most will likely avoid any of the energy drink side effects.