Consuming just one energy drink can cause significant impairment in endothelial function of young, healthy adults according to a new study.
While they do boost your level of alertness, energy drinks have also been known to cause spikes in heart rate and blood pressure, dehydration, and digestive issues, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Now, there’s another mark against these kinds of drinks: They may even mess with how your blood vessels function, according to new, preliminary research from a small study presented at this year’s American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.
In the study, researchers tested the endothelial function-or how well the membrane of cells lining the heart and blood vessels work to pump blood to your heart-of 44 healthy medical students in their 20s. Then, they had participants drink a 24-ounce Monster energy drink in one minute.
One and a half hours after consuming the energy drink, researchers checked the young adults' artery flow-mediated dilation -- an ultrasound measurement that indicates overall blood vessel health. They found vessel dilation was on average 5.1 percent in diameter before the energy drink and fell to 2.8 percent diameter after, suggesting acute impairment in vascular function.
"As energy drinks are becoming more and more popular, it is important to study the effects of these drinks on those who frequently drink them and better determine what, if any, is a safe consumption pattern,"
"Our study provides further evidence of potential harms with energy drinks," lead author John Higgins said.
“This may result in reduced blood flow in various parts of the body, which might be problematic if someone is exercising-when they need extra blood flow or if they have some underlying vascular problem”.
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