US: Monster Beverage counters energy drinks heart rate study

By | 3 December 2013

Monster has been forced to defend the safety of energy drinks again

Monster has been forced to defend the safety of energy drinks again

Monster Beverage has branded a new study which suggests energy drinks alter adults' heart function as “alarmist and misleading”. 

The study, presented by radiologist Dr Jonas Dorner at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting yesterday (2 December), suggested that healthy adults who consume energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine have significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later. The trial used cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of energy drink consumption on heart function in 18 "healthy" volunteers, including 15 men and three women with a mean age of 27.5.

“There are concerns about the products' potential adverse side effects on heart function, especially in adolescents and young adults, but there is little or noregulation of energy drink sales,” said Dr Dorner. 

However, Monster said that, according to its “independent” medical consultants, the report is “alarmist and misleading”. 

“The paper offers no new information and confirms what scientists have known for decades: taurine helps the heart function more efficiently by improving the pumping force of the heart without any changes in blood pressure or heart rate,” the company said in a statement. 

“This effect of taurine, called contractility, is widely considered to be beneficial. In fact, peer reviewed studies demonstrate that taurine has been used effectively to treat patients with congestive heart failure and to improve athletic performance.” 

The energy drinks industry has faced on-going concerns about the safety of their products, including a probe into the category by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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