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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby sandman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:17 am

Ephedrine: Banned by the FDA 2004 :stirpot:
Back in July of 1993 the FDA issued its first public warning about possible safety issues connected to the use of ephedra. It took 11 years for the process of banning the substance to be completed. Most problems with the use of ephedra occurred as a result of overuse of the products containing it. This is similar to what's happening now with energy drinks. I'm not predicting a ban on energy drinks, but I wouldn't be surprised if the FDA stepped in and regulated companies producing these products a bit more carefully and/or put pressure on them to modify the ingredients used in these products!
It is difficult to interpret whether the adverse events reported in conjunction with use of ephedrine are actually the result of ephedrine use alone, or the result of other factors such as the amount consumed, underlying sensitivity, simultaneous use of other stimulants, contaminants, inconsistent potency, or a combination of these factors. None of the AERs or human case reports on ephedrine establish a direct causal relationship between intake of ephedrine and the reported injuries. However, the FDA found that there were sufficient grounds for removing ephedrine-containing drugs from the marketplace because they presented “unreasonable risk of illness or injury.” The ban of ephedrine is the first time the FDA has gone through the difficult steps required by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to ban a dietary supplement.

LINK: http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/ephedraBanned.htm
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby panamint_patty » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:26 am

One solution might be to make it illegal to sell caffeinated drinks to minors. The people who make Pepsi, Coca-cola, and Dr. Pepper might not like that, but it would at least be a way of keeping the more potent energy drinks out of the hands of children who have absolutely no need for them and who drink them primarily as a result of the ads they see. I'm sure that at least 10% of the business of energy drink companies are kids under 18 and there's no doubt that a huge number of caffeinated beverage drinkers are under 18 and so a law making it illegal to sell these substances to minors might force those pedaling these unhealthy drinks to rethink what they're doing!
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Energy Drinks

Postby MojaveMike » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

Five-Hour Energy Possibly Linked to 13 Deaths
Any kind of stimulant is likely to have adverse effects! DUH!!!
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby panamint_patty » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

5-Hour Energy Cited in 13 Deaths to FDA
These products are probably reasonably safe if used as directed. It's when people misuse them that there are problems.
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby sandman » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

The Hard Facts about Energy Drinks
This debate about the effects of stimulants in energy drinks is nothing new. This article was published in September of 2010.
These drinks are sold as dietary supplements, and therefore have very loose regulations and monitoring. They contain a lot of sugar and multiple other “natural ingredients” with exotic sounding names such as taurine, inositol, gingko biloba, carnitine, ginseng, guarana seed.  None of these ingredients have been proven to show any health benefits, and actually may be harmful in high doses. Remember natural does not mean it is necessarily healthy

Here is the caffeine content of popular beverages:
Name of Drink Size Caffeine Content
Coffee 8 oz. 80-200 mg.
Caffeinated sodas 12 oz. 18-48 mg.
Rockstar 8 oz. 80 mg.
Red Bull 8.3 oz. 80 mg.
Full Throttle 16 oz. 144 mg.
Monster 16 oz. 160 mg.
Cocaine Energy Drink 8.4 oz. 288 mg.
Spike Shooter 8.4 oz. 300 mg.

LINK: http://doctorsood.com/2010/09/the-hard-facts-about-energy-drinks/
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby surfsteve » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

I've never had an energy drink. At least not one from a bottle. I always thought that they were mostly an expensive form of caffeine.

I usually begin my day by blending 4 dates and a tablespoon of fresh ginger with a couple ozs of water. To that I add an orange and a frozen banana. Once that's chopped up I put in a tablespoon of hemp powder, gelatinized maca, two tablespoons each of raw cocoa and hemp oil.

I'm addicted to coffee and drank it for most of my life. Haven't so much for the past few years. Been trying all kinds of coffee substitutes with no luck till yesterday when I tried Chicory for the first time. It tasted great. More like coffee than coffee. There's no caffeine in it but there is something in it that seems to give me energy. I began to wonder if there was some other kind of stimulant in it. I searched on the internet this morning and found an article called The Benefits of Chicory which I've included at the end. It claims chicory cures all kinds of stuff and is supposed to be good for you. No mention of any kind of stimulant but it did confirm that it provided some sort of energy.

Like anything else it's probably good in moderation.

link http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinalplants/chicory.html
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby mrgreen » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

surfsteve wrote: I usually begin my day by blending 4 dates and a tablespoon of fresh ginger with a couple ozs of water. To that I add an orange and a frozen banana. Once that's chopped up I put in a tablespoon of hemp powder, gelatinized maca, two tablespoons each of raw cocoa and hemp oil.

Sounds delish!!! :smokin:
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby surfsteve » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:27 am

I don't see how they could ban energy drinks unless they banned caffeine. It would make better sense though if they limited the amount of caffeine in energy drinks. Hey I got an idea. How about they make a law that they have to put everything in it on the label? That might not work either. There will be some fool that will claim they didn't read it and wind up suing the company. But wait aren't those labels supposed to be on there to protect the consumer? Hard to tell since the last election. Maybe they should just put on a disclaimer like the cigarette companies. To be fair they would have to put the disclaimer on everything though. Otherwise people might buy more unlabeled products than labeled ones. That would really be unfair to companies selling healthy stuff...
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby MojaveMike » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:25 am

Bowl of 'sexcereal' creates stir :horny:
It might not be a drink, but it's supposed to stimulate you and give you more energy of the sexual kind! There are even two different kinds: one for men and one for women. Should have been called Porn Flakes, but I supposed Sex Cereal works too.
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Re: Energy Drinks

Postby surfsteve » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:04 am

I just started taking magnesium taurate because it is the most absorbable form of magnesium. Coincidentally it is also very similar to taurine which happens to be the secret ingredient in most expensive energy drinks. The word taurus means bull. Think of Red Bull. Taurine promotes relaxation and is probably added to counter the jittery effects in energy drinks from all the caffeine added to them.
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