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Are Monster Energy Drinks REALLY All That?in Healthy Eating
I have heard a lot about Monster Energy drinks--my fiancé drinks them, and I have heard both good and bad things about them. So I decided to do some original research. I bought some. Here is what happened...but first...let's look at the ingredients:
Some of the more controversial ones are
- Panax Ginseng Extract
So what are these ingredients, and are they REALLY controversial?
Taurine (It's NOT bull urine)
But it was originally found in ox bile. But that was a long time ago, now they manufacture it. Taurine is simply an amino acid, and an antioxidant. According to Wikipedia: "Taurine is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina, and the central nervous system. It also acts as an antioxidant and protects against toxicity of various substances (such as lead and cadmium). Additionally, supplementation with taurine has been shown to prevent oxidative stress induced by exercise"
This last part was good news; quicker recovery time after working out. So Taurine doesn't sound too bad. What about those other ingredients?
Panax Ginseng has been used for centuries in ancient China, and other places, as a natural remedy for impotence and erectile dysfunction. It has many other uses though; here is what WebMD says about Panax Ginseng:
"Panax ginseng is a plant that grows in Korea, northeastern China, and far eastern Siberia. People use the root to make medicine. Do not confuse Panax ginseng with American ginseng, Siberian ginseng, or Panax pseudoginseng. See the separate listings for American Ginseng, Ashwaganda, Blue Cohosh, Canaigre, Codonopsis, Panax Pseudoginseng, and Siberian Ginseng.
Panax ginseng is taken by mouth to improve thinking, concentration, memory, Alzheimer's disease, work efficiency, physical stamina, preventing muscle damage from exercise, and athletic endurance.
Some people use Panax ginseng to help them cope with stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being. They sometimes call Panax ginseng an "adaptogen" when it's used in this way.
Panax ginseng is also used for depression, anxiety, general fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple sclerosis, for boosting the immune system, and for fighting particular infections in a lung disease called cystic fibrosis. These infections are caused by a bacterium named Pseudomonas.
Some people use Panax ginseng to treat breast cancer and prevent ovarian cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer.
Other uses include treatment of anemia, chronic bronchitis, swine flu, prediabetes and diabetes, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), fever, hangover, (COPD), HIV/AIDS, fertility problems and sexual dysfunction in men, to increase sexual arousal in women, and asthma.
Panax ginseng is also used for bleeding disorders, loss of appetite, vomiting, intestinal problems, gallstones, bad breath, fibromyalgia, sleeping problems (insomnia), nerve pain, joint pain, dizziness, headache, hearing loss, convulsions, disorders of pregnancy and childbirth, hot flashes due to menopause, common cold and flu, heart failure, high blood pressure, quality of life, wrinkled skin, and to slow the aging process.
Some men apply Panax ginseng to the skin of the penis as part of a multi-ingredient product for treating early orgasm (premature ejaculation).
In manufacturing, Panax ginseng is used to make soaps, cosmetics, and as a flavoring in beverages.
How does it work?
Panax ginseng contains many active substances. The substances thought to be most important are called ginsenosides or panaxosides. Ginsenosides is the term coined by Asian researchers, and the term panaxosides was chosen by early Russian researchers.
Panax ginseng is often referred to as a general well-being medication, because it affects many different systems of the body."
According to WebMD:
Sucralose is also known by it's brand name, Splenda. I feel a bit better about that, because it is a sugar product, not a man made product. Sucralose/Splenda has been approved by the FDA, so it is safe, in spite of what you may have heard. If anyone has any further information about sucralose, or any of the other Monster ingredients, I'd like to hear from you in the comments. Also, feel free to join the conversation on social media, as well.
In doing research for this post, I uncovered some surprising videos about the M in the Monster label translating to 666 in Hebrew. Sigh. This is the reason some people mock the body of Christ, (though the body of Christ is never truly mocked, because Christ is never truly mocked) but when people do things like this. If you know of any better evidence, I would like to hear it, but I found this video to be ridiculous:
Those so-called symbols could be interpreted several different ways; did you notice that several of those symbols on her sign look nearly identical, but have totally different meanings? Maybe you didn't notice, because she puts the sign away real fast before you can look at the other symbols, and moves on to the supposed acronyms BAC, and MILF. I didn't see those words anywhere on this can, so I don't know what she is talking about.
Next she makes the claim that their is a cross inside the O of the word Monster. But, you could interpret that differently. I see an O divided by a vertical line. So does the horizontal line form the crossbar, or the top of the letter O? If you see a crossbar, and not the top of the letter O, wouldn't that make it a letter U, if you take away the so-called cross? I don't think that was intended to be a cross. Have you ever seen this image?
Is it an old woman, or a young woman? Some people will see one, some will see the other. But neither viewpoint has any bearing on your salvation. Neither does drinking Monster Energy drinks.
My Experience with Monster Energy Drinks
I wouldn't recommend anything that I wouldn't use myself. In researching this, I drank several different flavors of Monster drinks, over the course of a week. I tried Battlefield, Ultimate Sunrise-which is pictured above, and the red one. I found it gave me energy, increased mental clarity and focus, and long-lasting stamina. All good things. And, it is filled with vitamins, and I feel good, like it is correcting a vitamin deficiency I wasn't aware of. It works better than coffee--so I'm sold.
What about you?
I'd like to hear from you--have you tried Monster Energy drinks? Tell us about it. What did you think about the topics I covered? Tell me what you think!
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