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Gina Van Luven, CHC, AADP
I once watched a 5-hour Energy commercial claiming that of 3000 doctors surveyed, 73% would
“recommend a low calorie energy supplement to their “healthy” patients who use energy supplements” and that 47% specifically recommended 5-hour Energy. MORE PROOF WHY AMERICA IS SO SICK!!!
If our doctors are recommending products that can hurt their patients, they are definitely practicing
against the Hippocratic Oath, which states, “first do no harm.”
The truth is that energy drink-related emergency department visits have skyrocketed, nearly doubling
between 2007 and 2011, with 1 in 10 resulting in hospitalization, according to the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration DAWN report. Additionally, there have been multiple fatality
filings against both 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy, as reported in The New York Times.
In addition to the ingredients listed below, energy drinks contain more caffeine than a small cup of
coffee, which can damage your adrenal glands. Caffeine puts your system in “fight or flight” – it is as if
you have just been chased by a giant grizzly bear. Caffeine is actually classified as a psychoactive drug.
500 milligrams of caffeine (equivalent to five cups of coffee) and you create caffeine toxicity, which may
include headaches, tremors, heart palpitations and nausea. At high enough levels, caffeine is toxic
enough that, for some people, it can cause seizures, mania, hallucinations, even strokes.
The truth is that this product may give you temporary energy, but will drain your internal battery in the
long run and create a toxic effect on the body. Below is a summary of some of the other ingredients
present and their possible negative side effects.
Phenylalanine is actually a naturally-occurring amino acid in food. However, when recreated in a
laboratory, they use “Escherichia coli” – yes, E. Coli! While phenylalanine is an “essential” amino acid
and very necessary for proper brain function, too much can cause hypertension, seizures
and brain damage. This is not something that should be consumed on a regular basis unless specifically
prescribed by a “quality” healthcare professional.
Glucuronic acid (Glucuronolactone)
Glucuronolactone is naturally occurring in the body is an important structural component for connective
tissue. However, most humans only need about 2 mg. I don’t know how much 5-hour Energy contains;
but Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar all contain about 1000 mg. When you consume more than what you
need of a nutrient (except water-soluble vitamins like C and B), you can create a toxic affect in the body.
Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid needed for skeletal muscles. When recreated in a laboratory,
it comes from animal (usually cow) intestinal bile. Most, however, is synthetic. Taurine has been
reported to cause high blood pressure, stroke, seizures and heart disease. It has been banned in some
countries including Switzerland.
Tyrosine is a naturally occurring amino acid needed for the cells to synthesize protein. L Tyrosine side
effects can include overstimulation, restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia and, in high doses (200-500mg),
rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations or arrhythmias. It may also exacerbate an overactive thyroid.
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