14 Reasons Not To Drink Energy Drinks

young man drinking an energy drunk

Artificial flavors and colors

Most energy drinks on market shelves are not made from real juice, so they need artificial colorings and flavorings to make them taste and look more appealing. You will be terrified to know that certain energy drinks flavors are chock full of toxic chemical coloring. Manufacturers use several different food dyes, but one of the most common is red 30 even those which are not red. It has been tied to reactions ranging from migraines and headaches to temper tantrums, dizziness, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, uncontrollable screaming and crying, nervousness, kicking, inability to sit still or concentrate in children.

Adrenal fatigue

Some people become tired after caffeine intake. This is a symptom of adrenal fatigue when the adrenalin system of your body becomes overtaxed by constant high caffeine consumption. The answer is not to increase caffeine even more but to reduce its amount, detox and get the adrenal glands back to a normal state. Remember it is hard to choose a safe dose because it varies from person to person and according to an individual tolerance. Between 499 milligrams to 999 milligrams in a day period will probably lead to some of the more severe side effects.

B Vitamins

This vitamin is one of the ingredients in almost every energetic drink. It is certainly beneficial to take recommended daily ratio but more than 34 mg of B3 or Niacin can cause flushing of your skin. Consumption of 2999 or more can result in liver toxicity. More than 99 mg of B6 can cause sensory nerve problems such as burning sensation and skin lesions.

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko is some kind of herb and can cause some minor side effects in different people. These effects vary from headaches, nausea and diarrhea to dizziness, heart palpitations and restlessness. What is more ginkgo biloba can interact with other medication such as anti-depressants and blood thinners. One recent study found that this herb caused thyroid cancer in research.


This amino acid is derived from green tea and most energy drinks and shots have begun putting so called green tea extract in their beverages. It can produce a different type of alertness than caffeine and there has been no scientific evidence of it causing adverse side effects. Some people have reported feeling light headed after consuming a dose of more than 299 mg of L-Theanine.

Allergic reactions

The most common energy drink ingredient caffeine can lead to several allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives, swelling of the tongue, mouth, face or lips, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, vomiting.

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