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New study shows energy drinks may increase anxiety, depression

Attention all you crazy college kids who like to pull all nighters and are therefore addicted to energy drinks! The repercussions could be catastrophic to your health in the long run. Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Rock...
 Energy drinks may increase anxiety, depression
 
 

Attention all you crazy college kids who like to pull all nighters and are therefore addicted to energy drinks! The repercussions could be catastrophic to your health in the long run. Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, even the 5 Hour Energy shots are likely to pull you down into an abyss later in life when you least expect it.

A new study that was conducted by Oklahoma State University suggests that younger adults who consume energy drinks may be more prone to experience anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors later on in life. Dr. Conrad Woolsey calls the drinks a “pharmacological Molotov cocktail.”

Due to the fact that the human brain does not fully develop until age 25, young adults in this age group are more susceptible to being affected by the ingredients in the pumped-up soft drinks. Energy drinks often contain additives such as taurine and inositol which are used in some anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication. When taken alongside a stimulator, like caffeine or guarana, they can affect the action of neurotransmitters in the brain. Overstimulation of stress neurotransmitters early in life can cause them to be overactive later, leading to anxiety and depression.

This makes a lot of sense now considering energy drinks are now being marketed to the parental unit. Adults are shown in commercials being stressed from the work day and coming home to cook for the kids. To boost energy, a working mom will throw back a 5 Hour Energy Shot. Perhaps these companies found a safer target audience in parents considering their brains are already fully developed, for the most part.

News Source: CalorieLab Calorie Counter News


 



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