I enjoy an occasional Red Bull. But I have friends who drink them every single day, often several times a day.
New research is showing that this may not be the best idea.
Because drinking large quantities of energy drinks may actually CAUSE high blood pressure. And it seems to be a sustained effect.
Here’s a recent headline from The Sun.
Granted, this headline is a little crazy.
A single small can of Red Bull seems like a pretty safe bet on occasion. In fact, it contains ingredients like taurine that actually help brain function.
But the headline above does get to a point. Energy drinks seem to affect the body in some really weird ways, especially when consumed in large amounts.
Scientists aren’t sure why yet. They think it may be the combination of ingredients all working together or just the sheer volume of energy drinks that gets consumed.
“In line with the energy drink’s increased popularity is a coinciding rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths, which has led to questions about their true safety profile.”
“Due to the fact that multiple ingredients in energy drinks have the ability to alter electrophysiological properties, their sole and concurrent use needs further scrutiny.”
-Dr. Emily Fletcher
Interestingly enough caffeine alone doesn’t seem to have the same effect.
This study shows that while both caffeine and energy drinks spike blood pressure very short term, caffeine’s effect goes away pretty fast. Even if you drink A LOT of caffeine, it doesn’t seem to be a problem for blood pressure overall.
But the blood pressure raising effect of the energy drinks lasts for many, many hours.
Their findings showed people typically had more “abnormal” electrical heart activity two hours after drinking the energy drink, compared to the control drink.
Their blood pressure was also higher after six hours.
So what happens then if you consume, not just one small Red Bull once in awhile, but 3 or 4 or 6 energy drinks a day?
It’s a pretty safe assumption that your blood pressure will go up and stay up. And then on your next visit your doc is going to want to prescribe blood pressure lowering medications.
(I’m not a doctor – I’m a passionate researcher. So this is not medical advice. Never go off of medications or radically change things without talking to your doctor first)
What happens if you go to the doctor with high blood pressure caused by energy drinks?
Are they going to ask you about your lifestyle?
Are they going to tell you about proven natural remedies?
Doctors are well meaning and highly trained, but the reality is they are mostly given information by Big Pharma and Big Pharma has serious profit motivations. Meaning they aren’t going to tell you about easy and natural cures, because there is NO money in them.
They are only going to give you drugs that you might have to take for the rest of your life.
That’s how profit motivations work.
It’s infuriating, but it is the way it is.
It’s not that the doc is profiting from prescribing usually (sometimes there are kickbacks).
It’s that the people the docs get their information from don’t have any kind of incentive to tell you about connections like this – if they even know.
And it’s why I started doing this kind of research. I realized I had to take control of my own health. And that lots of other people could benefit too.
Here’s what I recommend if you drink a lot of energy drinks.
If you have high blood pressure and drink energy drinks, switching to a regular caffeinated beverage (like coffee or tea) may bring your blood pressure down almost immediately. Save the energy drinks for just an occasional boost, and make sure they are the smaller ones. There is also a lot of health benefits to coffee especially. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure this is a good idea.
If you are on blood pressure lowering medications and are drinking a lot of energy drinks, make sure that you monitor your blood pressure as you go off of them. Because as you make healthy changes, you may find that with the medicine your blood pressure gets too low when on medication. And that can cause fainting and dizziness, which is pretty dangerous in and of itself.
Just don’t go off the meds without talking to your doc first.
Other things to lower your blood pressure naturally
There are numerous things you can do to control blood pressure naturally. Vitamin D3 is a great one. Check out my men’s daily health newsletter, because this is something I address all the time.
Like most things… a lot of something that is fine for you once in awhile, can be really bad for you in large quantities over time.
Energy drinks aren’t evil, but it’s important to know how the affect your body so that you can take control of your own health.