As the popularity of energy drinks like Amp Energy has skyrocketed, so have concerns about health risks associated with highly-caffeinated beverage, especially for young adults. Serious side effects may include heart problems, seizures, insomnia, and more.
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What is Amp Energy?
Amp Energy (also known as Amp) is a highly-caffeinated energy drink made by PepsiCo. A standard 16-oz can of Amp contains 143-mg of caffeine, about half as much as the same amount of drip coffee. The original Amp also contains taurine, B-vitamins, guarana, ginseng, and maltodextrin.
Liver Toxicity of B-Vitamins
Amp and many other energy drinks contain large amounts of B-vitamins like niacin (Vitamin B3), which are known to cause liver damage. Niacin elevates liver enzyme levels in the blood, which is a sign of liver damage. Higher doses are associated with sudden liver injuries that can be severe or deadly.
Energy Drinks and Liver Damage
Energy drinks have been linked to several reports of toxic hepatitis (liver inflammation), also known as non-viral hepatitis, due to overdoses of B-vitamins. In one report, a 50 year-old construction worker developed liver damage after consuming 160-200mg of niacin in 4-5 energy drinks per day for three weeks. In another report, a 22 year-old girl who consumed 300mg of niacin in 10 energy drinks per day for two weeks developed hepatitis.
How Much Caffeine is Too Much?
Caffeine is toxic in large amounts and overdoses can cause irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, cardiac arrest, and even death. These risks are especially serious for people with pre-existing heart problems (often undiagnosed). According to Consumer Reports, studies suggest that most healthy adults can safely consume up to 400-mg of caffeine per day, pregnant women can consume up to 200-mg, and children can consume 45-mg to 85-mg depending on weight.
Amp Energy Drink Dangers
Amp Energy comes in sizes ranging from 8.4-oz to 24-oz, with the largest sizes containing hundreds of milligrams of caffeine. Consuming just a few of these beverages could cause caffeine toxicity with life-threatening consequences. Recent studies have also found evidence that consuming alcohol with energy drinks is more dangerous than consuming alcohol alone.
Risks of Caffeine Toxicity
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Irregular heart rhythm
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrest
- Seizures or convulsions
FDA Warning for Energy Drink Risks
In November 2012, the FDA issued a Safety Alert about adverse events linked to energy drinks and supplements. They found reports of 18 deaths and over 150 serious injuries linked to the three most popular energy drinks on the market.
In 2014, dozens more deaths were reported by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group. The group asked the FDA to require a warning label about high blood pressure, heart attack, convulsions, and death.
Although the reports do not prove that the injury was caused by an energy drink, they are concerning. According to the FDA, consumers should realize that caffeine can make you feel more awake, but judgement and reaction time can still be impaired:
“If you are thinking about taking one of these products, please consult your healthcare provider to ensure that you don’t have an underlying or undiagnosed medical condition that could worsen as a result of using them.”
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