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High Blood Pressure? Stay Away From Energy Drinks

When I'm on a road trip and I stop in the gas station to grab some water, it amazes me how many energy drinks I see on the shelves. Many people opt for them when they're feeling sluggish. Plus they're easy to find and don't stain your teeth like coffee, but they still contain caffeine, and many in higher doses than a regular cup of joe.

Beverages like Red Bull, Full Throttle, Amp, and Rush will sure give you an energy buzz, but a recent study found that these high-caffeine drinks may also be raising people's heart rates and blood-pressure levels.

These types of drinks not only contain caffeine, but they also have high levels of taurine, an amino acid found in protein-rich foods such as fish and meat. It can affect the heart function and blood pressure, even if a person is not exercising but simply sitting still.

This study showed that the effects are not dangerous to healthy individuals,but if you have high-blood pressure, are taking medications to lower your blood pressure, or have heart issues, you should steer clear of these types of drinks.

Fit's Tip: Caffeine is a quick fix when you need some energy, but eating a high-protein snack like yogurt, cheese, or nuts will give your body lasting energy.


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almostloli almostloli 9 years
no one ever really recommends energy drinks eh
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I hate energy drinks...they taste like nastiness. Just one more reason for me to avoid them, I guess.
angelina8023 angelina8023 9 years
I have never enjoyed the way any energy drink taste. I buy a bottle of Arizona Diet Greeen Tea with Ginsing Extrat and add a vile of ginsing to a glass of the tea. Maybe it's all in my head but I think it gives me energy to get my butt to the gym:)
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
OK.. I love the way Red Bull tastes. I know its kind of weird, but it totally calms me down. I think it's the whole addicted to cigarettes- nocotine principle. I usually get the sugar free kind and split it with a friend..
steen steen 9 years
I'm glad I don't react well to caffeine; it upsets my stomach and gives me a headache. The only energy drink I'll touch is Nos, and even only once in awhile, usually after working all day and having to sit in class for two hours on very little sleep!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
wow, thanks for the tip! my dad has high blood pressure, and he's even constantly taking medicine to lower it. when he's driving for a long time, he's always drinking that stuff, sometimes 2-3 cans in a day. now i'll know to tell him to steer clear of it...
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
A guy on my hubby's baseball team has a heart mummer and he drank 5 red bulls in a day, didn't eat much and then went to play baseball. Then he almost went to the hosptial because his heart was going so fast.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Tried red bull when it was first released on the market and it made me vomit. I can testify that it does not "give you wings" it gives you the dry heaves. But I actually have very low blood pressure 70/50 and I have been finding myself drawn to the "energy drink" nay caffeine drink aisle of the store. I still don't buy them I think my body is like "you need a stimulant now!" I have a Tab energy drink in the fridge should I try that thing?
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I love energy drinks, but lately too much caffeine makes me really jumpy and nervous, so I can't drink them now.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Red Bull tastes like Flintstones Vitamins. On the morning after my heart would be pounding from drinking it the night before! A fitness-oriented guy friend of mine told me that it can also shut down your liver, and I stopped drinking it after only trying it twice.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
These are also awful on your teeth's enamel. I posted a blog about this earlier.
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
Redbull tastes grosso. Why anyone drinks it is beyond me.
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