Are Rockstar Energy Drinks Dangerous to Your Health?

Let us examine the obvious but underrepresented content of this energy drink and demystify some of the health danger hype right off the bat. Despite being associated with poor health or dangers posed to your body, the original Rockstar energy drink has 100 percent of your daily need for vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12 and 200 percent of your daily need for vitamin B2. Not only is this quality of B vitamins much greater than anything found in traditional juices, this Rockstar energy drink could be associated, just by these facts alone, with a nutritional supplement. Of course, unlike other energy supplements, Rockstar contains 31 grams of sugar, which arguably is quite a considerable sum (more than twice the amount found in Vitamin Water or Gatorade). Therefore, if you have to be careful about your sugar intake, it’s possible that Rockstar may be dangerous to your health.

But let’s face it, most of us are going to binge on some sort of sugary substance at some point. At least Rockstar gives you an incredible heaping of B vitamins and then some. If most of us remained realistic about our consumption habits, we can acknowledge that while 31 grams of sugar in one go isn’t the best for your health, getting there with Rockstar may be the best option.

Sodium seems to be in everything these days. Well, it’s barely in the original Rockstar energy drink. If you felt a little put off by the health dangers Rockstar might have posed because of its high sugar content, take a gander at its sodium content. Far from being a health danger in this sense, Rockstar contains only 2 percent of your daily need for sodium. That’s actually pretty healthy for a drink demonized as being unhealthy.

The other obvious Rockstar ingredient is caffeine. Obviously, people have mixed ideas about whether or not caffeine is healthy, dangerous, necessary or superfluous. But the facts are that the amount of caffeine found in the original Rockstar energy drink, 80mg, is only 5mg more than the amount found in the average cup of coffee.

But the ingredients that are usually most controversial and are made to seem like a health danger are the lesser understood ingredients, which this article will walk through. Let’s begin with the first Rockstar ingredient listed, which is taurine.

What is taurine, and is it a danger to your health? It turns out that taurine is actually very helpful to the human body. Tests conducted with epileptic patients suggest that this ingredient may stimulate the hypothalamus and help regulate neuroendocrine function. In basic English, this means control of basic body functions such as sleep, body temperature, as well as hunger, thirst and fatigue may be better regulated with the addition of taurine. Of course, these studies relate to a very specific portion of the population with the consumption of 50mg of taurine over a period consisting of more than one day. Furthermore, studies involving rats have shown that the energy drink ingredient improves skeletal muscle. Still, Rockstar contains 1,000mg of taurine and positive effects have not been thus far proven. However, negative effects from the taurine found in energy drinks have not been proven, either, and there is reason to believe they never will be. There is no real reason to believe the taurine found in energy drinks is a danger to your health.

After taurine comes 150mg of ginkgo biloba leaf extract, which has been found to improve cognition and fight fatigue without introducing adverse effects, with the exception of those who are pregnant or taking anti-depressants. Thus, we can see why such an ingredient would be added to the original Rockstar energy drink and should not be considered a health risk or danger.

Personally, I have seen commercials referring to the health danger of guarana. Rockstar contains guarana seed extract, so I was fascinated to figure out whether this posed a real health danger or not. A stimulant that contains twice as much energy as found in coffee beans, the guarana found in Rockstar helps sweeten the beverage and improves overall physical and mental endurance.

Gingko has been found to have health benefits such as antioxidant properties and to shrink cancerous tumors, while one study found that ginkgo might even help prevent seizures. From what I could see, there’s no reason to condemn this energy drink additive unless you have a condition necessitating the need for blood thinners. Also, if you do have a history of seizures, you should consult your doctor. However, Rockstar does not seem to pose a health danger.
What about the even more obscure Rockstar ingredients?

Inositol, another ingredient found in Rockstar, was once a B vitamin but was decidedly cut from the necessary daily nutritional intake list because human bodies produce it naturally, if that’s any indication of its possible health danger. The energy drink ingredient’s health benefits include a regulation of serotonin activity, the breakdown of fats, lowering blood cholesterol and in gene expression. You can see it’s fairly good for you. The other ingredients in Rockstar energy drinks, L-carnitine and milk thistle extract, help keep a healthy bone mass, heart condition and antioxidant level, as well as prevent liver damage. That said, they aren’t so much as health dangers as extremely healthy for you and your body.

It seems that the ingredients in Rockstar energy aren’t dangerous after all, meaning that the drinks themselves are not dangerous for your health, either. In fact, the data this article presents suggests that Rockstar energy drinks work by combining natural stimulants such as caffeine and guarana with healthy vitamins to create an optimal body and state of mind with which the consumer can work efficiently.

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