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Permanent Effects Of Caffeine

  1. Apr 12, 2003 #1
    I was just at the super market, and i saw a drink which is supposed to give you "energy".
    It is called "Power Horse".
    Although it is very expensive (imported from Austria), i decided to buy it.
    Now, i don't really like the idea of drink that gives energy, therefore i suspected in its ingredients, and want to know what you people think.
    Ingredients: Carboned water, sucrose, glucose, citric acid, taurine, lucuronolactone, artifical flavor (aroma), caffeine, colour (aramel), inositol, niacein, pantothenic acid, vit, B6, B12, riboflavin.
    Nutrintional Information For Every 100 ml (note that the can is 250 ml):
    Energy 45 KCal
    Carbohydrate 10.70 g
    Fat 0.00 g
    Riboflavin 0.06 mg
    Vitamin B6 2.00 mg
    Taurine 0.40 g
    Caffeine 32.00 mg
    Pantothenic acid 2.00 mg
    Niacin 8.00 mg

    Now what i was wondering is :
    1-Can this big ammount of caffeine make any permanent "disability" or "malfunction" to a normal human ?
    2-What are the side effects of drinking this drink (the temporary side effects) ?
    3-Does anyone see any substance which has been prooved to be bad for the body (maybe recently ?)

    Thanks all.
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  3. Apr 12, 2003 #2
    Don't think it'd be any worse then coffee. I don't think there are any long term affects of caffeine, although it can lead to high blood pressure if you drink it like a grad student. Caffeine is a stimulant, it keeps you awake, increases heart rate, gives you the shakes if you drink to much. I hear it can be quite dangerous if you overdose, but you'd never find that much caffeine in a commercial beverage.
  4. Apr 12, 2003 #3

    Causes acidosis.
  5. Apr 12, 2003 #4


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    Or not enough...

    mmmmm.... Coffee.....
  6. Apr 13, 2003 #5
    Caffeine can cause mild addiction, but that drink just has about as much as a cup of coffee. The other ingredients are crap, they will not really do anything -- though taurine is a common component of energy drinks.

    The only non-controlled substance that will pep you up -- besides caffeine and nicotine -- is ephedrine, or pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), and that has neither.
  7. Apr 13, 2003 #6
    It's my understanding also that excessive continued consumption of caffience can also cause stomach problems (ulcers, etc...) but I'm not sure of this.
  8. Apr 14, 2003 #7
    Caffeine leeches calcium from your bones, and can play a role in osteoporosis. So if you insist on drinking caffeine, make sure you eat enough green, leafy veggies in order to compensate!
  9. Apr 15, 2003 #8
    The synergism from combined legal herbal stimulants (like caffeine, tea, ginko, cocoa, ginseng, nicotine, ephedra, etc.) can lead to dependency, anxiety, sleep disturbance, mania and prolonged depressions - especially in children.
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