Australian medical report makes worrying reading for fans of popular energy drink
Scott Willoughby, from the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said the study showed "that normal people develop symptoms normally associated with cardiovascular disease" after drinking Red Bull.
The results were such that he would not drink Red Bull himself, he said.
Dr Willoughby tested the cardiovascular systems of 30 young adults - Red Bull's target demographic - one hour before and one hour after consuming one 250ml can of sugar-free Red Bull.
He said the results were striking: "One hour after they drank Red Bull, (their cardiovascular systems) were no longer normal. They were abnormal like we would expect in a patient with cardiovascular disease."
Particular attention was paid to the various factors that result in the formation of blood clots, Dr Willoughby said, including stickiness of the blood and the proper functioning of the patient's blood vessels.
"If you get an increase in stickiness and a decreased ability of the blood vessels to stop its stickiness, that adds up to a bad situation," he said.
"If you add in other risk factors for cardiovascular disease - stress or high blood pressure - this could be potentially deadly."
He said these and other factors, such as the effects of Red Bull when mixed with alcohol, would be the subject of further studies.
While Red Bull is already banned in countries such as Norway and Denmark, Dr Willoughby said there would have to be further research before it could be banned in Australia.
Red Bull Australia spokeswoman Linda Rychter said she had spoken to Dr Willoughby and had asked to be sent a copy of the paper and could not comment on its findings until they had been assessed by the head office in Austria.
Red Bull are huge sponsors of the adrenalin sports world, with notable interests in motorcycle racing, both on and off road.
I always have a chuckle when I see articles like this. usually you find them in the national press telling us that we are all going to die if we eat bacon or eggs or chicken - or whatever else they suddenly decide is unhealthy or dangerous, and can sell papers/advertising.
What you need to consider before accepting that something is as harmfull as these "scientists" tends to make out, is for how long and how many people have been consuming whatever product they are talking about. I am sure that many millions of people regularly drink red bull all over the world, and have done for years. Yet unsuprisingly they will all still be up and about and not dying of heart disease or strokes.
Posted: 15/08/2008 at 12:58
i thought it gave you wings....
Posted: 15/08/2008 at 13:12
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Posted: 15/08/2008 at 13:24
Perhaps if you drink ten gallons a day you may get a stroke..but if your blotto you may miss it!
Posted: 15/08/2008 at 13:36
Excellent, so not only am i spending more on RedBull than Cigarettes, but its killing me faster too. Fucking great!
You'll be telling us wanking makes ya blind next ...
Aaaahh, its all gone dark ...
Posted: 15/08/2008 at 16:25
I do not drink tea or coffe, and only coke a cola once in awhile.
So I don't consume any caffine apart from the occasional chocolate bar, If I drink a can of red bull, the caffine gets me all hyped up. If I have two I end up grinding my teeth and feeling like I have been snorting speed.
I only do it once in a while because it gives me a bad headache after three hours and I don't feel well.
To be honest it is a pretty cheap buzz. he he he
I am fully aware that it is not good for you and anybody in their right mind must realise that as well. But all things in moderation, fried food is not good for you either, but fish and chips taste nice.
Somebody must be really odd to drink it every day and think it would have no long term health benifits. But to drink it once in awhile, whats the problem?
Posted: 15/08/2008 at 16:30
Articles on caffeine, coffee, and tea have filled the news mags and the medical literature for over a decade. Most large long-term studies show no bad effect on heart disease and several show protective effects. Despite the lack of evidence of harm with long-term use of caffeinated beverages, it is easy to do a short-term study of physiologic change and show something. Habitual drinkers/users don't have the blood pressure response that first-timers do to a caffeine boost. The plant beverages themselves are fairly complex and depend on both the plants and the brewing conditions. In Sweden, at least in the past, they boiled the coffee in the water. Look at all the kinds of tea. Adding taurine, B-vitamins, and more, well there is a study that says Red Bull increases the stroke volume part of cardiac output. Anyhow, some of us take a baby aspirin a day to keep the platelets in line.
I bet sex makes your platelets sticky.
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Posted: 18/08/2008 at 19:02
holman wrote (see)
......???i thought it gave you wings....
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