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are energy drinks safe?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Energy drinks: Not quite, since there are effects on your weight (high carbohydrate content) & cardiovascular system, to name a few.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How effective / safe are energy drinks?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Safe: There is little evidence that "energy drinks" provide the benefits that are described by the manufacturer. But they are safe to use, with no side effects or hazards.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How safe / unsafe are energy drinks?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Safe: There is little evidence that "energy drinks" provide the benefits that are described by the manufacturer. But they are safe to use, with no side effects or hazards.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Proof of cell: Phone link not yet in, microwaves are relatively safe, but radiation is in the electromagnetic spectrum and is a clear cause, and u-v light is part of the spectrum causing skin cancers. All seem to demonstrate direct links to dose and time of exposure. X-rays seem to have no threshold, but very low doses are very unliklely to lead to individual harm, but to a population, a small number will.
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Are nerd energy drinks safe?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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In moderation: It has a bunch of herbal products that are likely quite safe when used as directed, including ginko biloba, but it has about the same amount of caffeine as a strong cup of coffee. The herbal ingredients, vitamins and amino acids are likely not a problem (although most are unnecessary and not needed in people who have good nutrition), but excessive amounts of caffeine can be harmful.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to switch from sodas and energy drinks to coffee?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends: what would be SAFEST is to limit your caffeine to 1-2 servings per day (about 100 mg of caffeine). Above that, whether from coffee, colas/sodas or energy drinks, caffeine can increase anxiety, insomnia, elevate pulse and blood pressure and complicate high blood pressure etc. If you don't guess right on the equivalency, you may get headaches with the switch.

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