Energy drinks safe in moderation, researchers say

Nov 22, 2010

Energy drinks are safe to drink in moderation

The importance of getting enough exercise has been stressed by health experts for years. Some people have taken the advice seriously, consuming supplements and sports drinks to get the most out of their workout.

The consumption of such beverages has, however, become somewhat controversial. The highly caffeinated beverages have been associated with increased dehydration, something that exercisers need to avoid. Furthermore, some energy beverages have been shown to contain ingredients associated with elevated blood pressure.

However, recent research from the Mayo Clinic says consuming an energy drink may not be so bad. The study's lead author, Dr. John Higgins of the University of Texas Medical School, notes that in moderation the beverages are probably fine.

"One can of an energy beverage during one session of exercise is safe for most healthy individuals," says Higgins. "Excess consumption and consumption with other caffeine-containing beverages or alcohol may lead to adverse effects and possibly death."

The findings show that too much of something that is intended to be good can still have dire consequences, highlighting the need for even healthy individuals to purchase life insurance.

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