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How energy drinks can impact your health

If you ever turn to energy drinks to give you a boost, watch this video to find out which beverage is best


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By Ashley Silver

Have you ever turned to a late-night energy drink to give you a boost after a long shift as a first responder? Many have done just that, but often don’t consider the good and bad effects of consuming these beverages.

According to the Mayo Clinic, most energy drinks contain 100–300 milligrams of caffeine per serving, with up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day considered safe for most adults.

Safe amounts of caffeine have been shown to improve vigilance, reaction time, alertness and concentration; however, caffeine intake can also be associated with nervousness, insomnia, irritability and panic attacks. Those with preexisting anxiety disorders may be more susceptible to these effects.

The amount of sugar in energy drinks is also something to consider. The Mayo Clinic reported one 16-ounce can of Monster Energy Juice Pacific Punch equals 12 teaspoons of sugar, which is an entire day’s worth of added sugar based on the daily recommended amount for adults.

What types of beverages are you currently consuming? Take our poll and watch Dr. Howard of Healthline Media break down which energy drinks he believes are best.

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