These days teenagers are targeted by energy drink companies as a replacement for alcohol, to trick them into thinking they are consuming “adult” drinks.
A dangerous trend has grown amongst teenagers drinking energy drinks with alcohol. College students were found to do this as well. In fact, 25 percent of students in college consumed the dangerous mix, and binge-drink frequently than students who don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks.
42 percent of energy drink related emergency room visits had a combination of drugs or alcohol (involving Adderall, marijuana and Ritalin). Over 5,000 cases were reported to poison control, in 2014, after becoming sick from consuming energy drinks. The American Heart Association reported that the cases were labeled as “accidental ingestions”, that involved severe side effects such as, high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm or seizures.
LAWSUITS AGAINST MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP
Stage 4 Kidney Disease
In the lawsuit filed against Monster Energy, Grim claimed that he drank a can of monster energy that day, as he usually would every day for a decade. Before he was given the shocking diagnosis, Grim was chugging 4 monster’s a day (equal to eighteen 12 oz cans of Coca-Cola). From his excessive consumption of Monster energy drinks, he is now waiting for a kidney transplant, while undergoing dialysis.
Died From Cardiac Arrhythmia
Cardiac Arrest Leading To Death
They claim, the girl had a heart condition, and after consuming two 24oz cans of monster energy drink, went into cardiac arrest within 24 hours of ingestion. Her autopsy discovered that she had a high level of caffeine toxicity in her blood that hindered the heart’s ability to pump blood, CBS reports.
Collapsed From a Stroke
When John went to the ER, doctors overlooked his symptoms and condition, and said it was a pinched nerve because of his age. A few days later, John underwent an MRI where his pediatrician discovered that he had a stroke, according to court documents.
FOURTEEN DANGERS OF REGULARLY DRINKING ENERGY DRINKS
It is becoming common that minors under the age of 18, are suffering from harsh side effects from energy drink consumption.
Here’s a few dangers associated with the daily consumption of energy drinks:
COCKTAIL OF DEATH IN MONSTER ENERGY DRINKS
Too Much Glucose (Sugar)
Monster’s primary ingredient is glucose (sugar), as a 12oz can is filled with 38 grams of sugar. If you consume an excessive amount of sugar, which is in energy drinks and sodas in toxic levels, you will suffer serious side effects. When consumed in moderation, glucose can act as a fuel for cellular function in the body.
When your body is jammed up, glucose can work as a deteriorating agent that works to destroy the cells ability to produce insulin. The pancreas suffers extensive damage when it has to make up for the high levels of insulin. Glucose, in excessive amounts, can lead to the hardening of your blood vessels (Atherosclerosis).
Stress even can cause lots of damage to blood vessels and organs. Damage occurs quickly once mixed with other toxins in our bodies, due to a diet in high-fat and processed foods.
Too High In Artificial Stimulants—Caffeine and Guarana Seed Extract
Drinking one can of Monster alone can surpass the body recommended daily value for sugar. It can lead to anxiety, extreme irritability that may turn into violent behavior, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, headaches, tremors, and abdominal pain.
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Overdose of Niacin/Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
It is recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board, that on average we are supposed to consume 14-18mg daily for adults, with a higher intake level of 35 mg for therapeutic use. A 12oz can of Monster energy drink provides 40 mg, which converts to 200% of the daily required amount of (synthetic) vitamin B3. If you consume whole foods that are abundant in vitamin B3 (niacin), you wouldn’t experience any severe side effects.
There is a reason why niacin is rarely found in natural food—it’s because our bodies don’t need so much of it. But, when taken in supplement or synthetic form in high doses, side effects can be harmful.
Here are some conditions that are a result from synthetic niacin overdose:
- Skin reactions—hives and rashes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Headaches and dizziness
- Increased and irregular heartbeats
- Aggravated gout and arthritic symptoms
- Elevated blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face or tongue
Artificial Food Preservatives
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