Update: Energy Drinks Worse for your Heart than Caffeine Alone, Study Finds
April 27, 2017 – A new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA) has linked the side effects of energy drinks to an increased risk for heart problems beyond those seen with caffeine alone. The researchers suspect that the “proprietary blend” of ingredients in commercial energy drinks may prolong caffeine’s activity in the body, prevent it from being excreted, or that these substances “may have activity of their own above and beyond caffeine.”
NOS Energy is a major player in the booming energy drink industry that continues to grow despite a sluggish economy and concerns about the products’ health effects, according to Investopedia. NOS Energy is highly recognizable due to its packaging, which resembles the nitrous oxide cartridge used in race cars. The product is made by High Performance Beverage Company, which is owned by Coca-cola.
What’s in NOS Energy?
According to LIVESTRONG, a 16 oz can of NOS contains:
- 220 calories
- 260 mg of caffeine
- 56 grams of carbohydrates
- 54 grams of sugar (most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup)
- Vitamin B-12
Energy Drink Side Effects
The stimulants contained in NOS Energy present several potential dangers and side effects. Boise State University explains that high doses of caffeine from energy drinks can dramatically increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to heart palpitations and/or an irregular heart beat (arrythmias), especially in people who are sensitive to caffeine.
The high fructose corn syrup contained in NOS Energy Drink can also increase your body fat, especially if you drink it daily. According to Princeton University, high fructose corn syrup encourages fat storage at a far greater rate than regular sugar. This fat storage typically manifests in the form of belly fat.
Energy Drinks Sent 20,000 People to ER Over 4-Year Period: Study
The number of Americans who end up in hospital emergency rooms after downing energy drinks more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, according to a survey of U.S. hospitals published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Most of the cases involved teenagers or young adults. More than half of patients had consumed energy drinks alone, while others had combined the beverages with alcohol, prescription medications or other substances.
Can Energy Drinks Kill You?
A December 2014 study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC) found that over consumption of energy drinks can cause sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young people. According to the researchers, approximately one-third of adolescents ages 12 to 19 consume energy drinks on a regular basis. The report also found that of the 5,448 caffeine overdoses reported in the U.S. in 2007, 46% of them occurred in people under the age of 19. Therefore, the study’s authors feel that guidelines must be set for safe caffeine consumption in younger consumers.
Health Warning About Kids and Energy Drinks: ABC News Video
Just 1 Energy Drink Could Increase Cardiovascular Risks, Study Shows
November 8, 2015 – Young adults who consumed one 16-ounce energy drink showed a rise in blood pressure and an increase in stress hormone responses within 30 minutes, which may raise cardiovascular risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study’s findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015. Click here to learn more.
Man Develops Acute Hepatitis After Binging on Energy Drinks
November 4, 2016 – A 50-year-old construction worker who consumed 4 to 5 energy drinks a day for 3 weeks has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis, a condition characterized by liver inflammation. The incident points to the largely ignored dangers of excess niacin consumption, according to the study, which was published this week in BMJ Case Reports.
Energy Drinks Linked to TBI in Teen Athletes
September 16, 2015 – Teenagers who sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the last year were also more likely to report consuming lots of energy drinks, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE. “We think the common denominator between traumatic brain injuries and energy drinks is sports,” says Gabriela Ilie, author of the study. “Marketing campaigns for energy drinks usually are carefully crafted to include sponsorship of events that are very appealing to this age group, like snowboarding.” Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a NOS Energy Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by NOS Energy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.