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Red Bull Increases Risk Of Stroke

Red Bull Increases Risk Of Stroke

Drinking Red Bull increases the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Australian researchers have released shocking new report which claims that as little as one can a day of the popular energy drink, Red Bull, can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, even in young people.

Scott Willoughby, the lead researcher from the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, told the Australian newspaper that the caffeine-packed beverage, popular with university students, sports fans, adrenaline junkies and long distance drivers, causes the blood to become sticky, a common symptom of developing cardiovascular problems such as a stroke.

“One hour after they drank Red Bull, (their blood systems) were no longer normal. They were abnormal like we would expect in a patient with cardiovascular disease.”

red bull Red Bull Increases Risk Of Stroke

Willoughby and his team conducted the study to test the cardiovascular systems of 30 young adults by examining participants one hour before and one hour after consuming one 250ml can of sugar-free Red Bull.

The results showed “normal people develop symptoms normally associated with cardiovascular disease” after consuming the drink.

Red Bull was created by an Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz in the 1980′s and was based on a similar Thai energy drink known for its strong amphetamine-like properties. The company hailed Red Bull as a drink that “gives you wings” but advised consumers not to drink more than two cans a day.

Red Bull Australia spokeswoman Linda Rychter denounced the report claiming that,

“The study does not show effects which would go beyond that of drinking a cup of coffee. Therefore, the reported results were to be expected and lie within the normal physiological range,”

Rychter added that the report would be scrutinized by the company’s head office in Austria.

Red Bull is banned in several countries throughout Europe including Norway, Uruguay and Denmark, because of health risks listed on its cans; however company records still showed that in 2007, the drink reached sales of 3.5 billion cans across 143 countries.

Rychter said Red Bull could only have such global sales because health authorities across the world had concluded the drink was safe to consume (one can contains 80 mg of caffeine which is around the same as a normal cup of brewed coffee.)
But Willoughby said Red Bull could be deadly when combined with stress or high blood pressure, impairing proper blood vessel function and possibly lifting the risk of blood clotting.

“If you have any predisposition to cardiovascular disease, I’d think twice about drinking it.”

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