Just one can of the popular energy and stimulant drink Red Bull and it can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke . The effect was seen even in young people.

The caffeine-laden drink makes the blood sticky, a precursor to cardiovascular problems like stroke. An hour after drinking Red Bull, your blood flow becomes abnormal , as might be expected from a patient with cardiovascular disease.

Red Bull has been banned in Norway, Uruguay and Denmark due to health risks and in France from 1996 to 2008. In Kuwait, the Ministry of Commerce banned Red Bull for those under 16 years of age after causing heart attacks There is a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old National Squash team player. This was intended to reduce the risk of a heart attack in people who drank it regularly.

Does the Red Bull really work as they say?

When you analyze the contents of one of these eight-ounce cans, the main ingredients are caffeine and sugar (in the form of glucuronolactone, sucrose, and glucose). So the answer is yes, energy drinks will provide you with a rapid increase in energy.

However, this does not have a long-lasting effect, and drinking several does not make you a flying superhero, no matter what your marketing geniuses try to do to convince you otherwise, and instead can lead to serious heart problems. .

According to the official website, Red Bull benefits include:

  • Improve performance
  • Increased concentration and reaction rate
  • Increased stamina
  • Increased metabolism

However, the effects of this energy drink will be similar to drinking a cup of coffee or a can of soda, in that as soon as the effect wears off, you will start to feel lethargic and it is likely that you long for another one to boost your energy once more. . As many of you probably know, it can turn into a vicious cycle.


According to the previous article, the Austrian-based company that created Red Bull advises consumers not to drink more than two a day, but you cannot find any reference to this fact on the Red Bull website.

The problem with that recommendation is the fact that no one really knows the net effect of Red Bull snorting like coffee. Coffee does have caffeine, yes, but it doesn’t contain all of the other artificial energy-boosting ingredients, including no less than two artificial sweeteners (plus all other types of sugar).

Aspartame alone has been shown to have multiple neurotoxic , metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects .

Do energy drinks have health benefits?

Nutritionally speaking, energy drinks are comparable to carbonated drinks such as sodas in that they offer little value to your body. Yes, there are traces of B vitamins in Red Bull, and it contains the amino acid taurine, but this cannot offset the negative effects of caffeine and sugar .

Although caffeine can certainly increase reaction speed in the short term, a major problem is that no one really knows how the combination of ingredients in Red Bull is going to affect your body. This is especially concerning since energy drinks are marketed to people under the age of 30, and are especially popular with students and nightclubers who often drink multiple cans at once.

Who should definitely avoid energy drinks?

It is quite evident that children should never consume these types of beverages, but due to the health impact to the detriment of their contents, it would certainly be advisable to avoid energy drinks if you:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are densible to caffeine
  • You suffer from anxiety
  • You suffer from high tension
  • You suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have a predisposition to cardiovascular disease
  • You have any type of blood clotting disorder

As lead researcher Scott Willoughby said, Red Bull can be deadly when combined with stress or high blood pressure, as it can compromise proper blood vessel function and increase the risk of blood clots.

Avoid mixing Red Bull with these drinks:

Mix with alcohol for a life-threatening ‘high’

Mixing energy drinks with alcohol has become an increasingly popular fact in bars. When mixed with alcohol, drinks like Red Bull immediately transform into popular club drinks like “Vodka Toros” and “Bombs Yager.”

The combined effect of these substances is not known, but researchers say that overloading the body with heavy stimulants and depressants could lead to heart failure, and according to previous news about the fatal results of this deadly mixture, this is not just a theory.

Dangers of mixing Red Bull with other drinks

Countries like France and Denmark banned Red Bull sales after several deaths of people mixing it with alcohol.

The Red Bull brand has even made it into the scientific literature. The journal Medicine, Sciences and Law, published an article in 2001 on the effects of alcohol and Red Bull along with another stimulant such as ephedra and this combination produces acute psychosis .

And in this month’s issue of the Journal of Clinical Autonomic Research Society, an Italian case study examined an incident of “postural tachycardia syndrome” (POTS) due to a vasovagal reaction, “recorded in a young volleyball player after an excessive intake of Red Bull.

RedBull dangers

Considering the widespread use of Red Bull among young people, who are often unaware of the drug content in the drink, this case report suggests that Red Bull should be considered a possible cause of orthostatic intolerance. 

Orthostatic intolerance is a condition in which a change in position (lying down) to an upright position causes an abnormal enlargement of the increase in heart rate (the increase of more than 30 beats per minute, or a heart rate greater than 120 beats per minute in 10 minutes of sitting or standing).

This POTS syndrome has also been proposed as a mechanism for the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome , so if you are suffering from chronic fatigue, the consumption of energy drinks such as Red Bull should not be taken under any circumstances .

As for alcohol, it is not advisable to drink it at all. It is well established that alcohol is a neurotoxin, which means that it can poison your brain. It is also necessary to bear in mind that consuming large amounts of alcohol – wine – will even increase your insulin levels, thus accelerating the risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

How to increase your energy without energy drinks

If you’re drinking energy drinks for the reason most people do – to get more energy – you have to know that there are far superior options than artificial energy drinks. Human beings are not naturally slow or constantly tired. This lethargic state is something that many of us have brought on us.

Your lack of energy is probably due to a combination of factors including:
Poor food choice.

  • Poor food choices
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Negative emotions
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of exercise

Increasing your energy levels, then, is as easy as remedying these factors by:

  • Eat properly according to your nutritional type
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 fats
  • Eliminate grains and sugars from your diet
  • Sleep when you are tired
  • Work out

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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