Energy Drinks

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Energy Drinks Research By: Maram Balubaid, Rahmah Bukhary, Sara Al Akel, Haifa Al Akel and Basma Salah

Energy drinks
Energy drinks are drinks that don’t contain alcohol, and often lightly carbonated. They are designed to give the drinker a burst of energy by adding of a number of ingredients, most notably caffeine. They are mostly found in grocery stores, corner stores and gas stations, usually displayed beside the soft drinks, juices and sports drinks. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that more teens are downing energy drinks; in 2003, 16% regularly consumed the drinks, while in 2008, that percentage jumped to 35%. Another study of college student consumption found 50% of students drank
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* Theobromine
It comes from the cacao plant. It has a similar effect to caffeine and is found in chocolate and many other foods. * Theophylline
A drug used for the treatment of respiratory diseases and asthma, marketed under a variety of brand names. It is structurally similar to caffeine. It is also naturally found in tea at very small levels * Ginseng
A substance that comes from a variety of plants; and is believed to have medicinal properties. However, it has been found to interact with a number of prescription and herbal drugs. Such interactions can cause severe health problems. There are claims that ginseng boosts athletic performance, strengthens the immune system and improves mood. But the authors say there is little proof of this, and there is no enough ginseng in energy drinks to offer any benefit. The root has also been linked to increased risk of insomnia, headache and hypertension. "Ginseng should be used cautiously, as it can cause undesirable side effects in high doses and may even be dangerous when taken with certain medicines or if the patient is undergoing surgery," according to the American Cancer Society.
Moreover, because most energy drinks contain caffeine, which is a stimulant. Studies researching taurine, revealed that it may interact negatively with caffeine and alcohol due to its effect on cell volume and renal-mediated transport. Schoffl et al. illustrate this negative interaction in a case study where a

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