Red Bull increases a healthy person’s risk of stroke after just one can. This disappointing conclusion has arrived from a recent Australian study, as reported on Reuters. The blood becomes “sticky,” after imbibing just one can of the sugar-free energy drink. This blood characteristic is common in a person prior to a stroke or other cardiovascular problem. The combination of a Red Bull type drink and stress could be deadly. Researcher Scott Willoughby, remarks about the healthy study participants:
“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”
The Reuters article noted that:
…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.
In a previous 2004 study on the combination of Red Bull and alcohol, it was determined that Red Bull did not improve performance. This may have come as a big surprise to club-goers and repetitive drunk drivers at the time.
But that neon-yellowish glow in the darkly lit nightclubs and lounges was so reassuring that it was good for me. How could a drink that looked so toxic, actually be bad? Such presentation! I was just getting used to the taste. It seems even the stuff that tastes bad is bad for us.
I never bought into the brilliant marketing that Red Bull was a “health” or an “energy” drink, but I also didn’t realize it is illegal in several countries already. I don’t want to Fluevog to the emergency room.
Whatever Rock-&-Roll lifestyle I have left in me will be done without the bull.