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Genevieve Van Wyden is the mother of two grown children, both of whom enjoy performing in music groups, staying out late with friends and who have had to pull all-nighters for school. Both of her children have resorted to consuming energy drinks when they needed to stay up.
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Guide to Energy Drinks and their Effects

Espresso and Beans FDP Credit PaulEnergy drinks. Are they safe? Do they provide additional energy in a safe way to people who consume them? The short answer is: “it depends.”

The energy drinks sold in grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores contain taurine, an amino acid, B vitamins, herbs, caffeine and sugar. Additional ingredients include creatine, guarana, ginseng, ginkgo biloba and maltodextrin. The level of caffeine in one can is the same approximate amount as one cup of coffee, with a newer energy product containing three times the caffeine of a can of Red Bull.

Energy drink consumers who overdo can suffer upset stomachs, headache, jittery feelings and problems getting to sleep when it is time to go to bed. People who are particularly sensitive may develop heart palpitations or anxiety. Learn more about energy drinks in this guide.

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