Children should be kept away from energy drinks, and low levels of Vitamin D may hike the risk of having an asthma attack. The findings of the separate studies were reported in The Natural Standard.
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The Standard recently reported that a study found that more than 40 percent of notifications regarding energy drinks to poison control centers in the United States between 2010 and 2013 involved kids under age 6.
Energy drinks have become increasingly popular in recent years, and their ingredients often include stimulants. Some common ingredients were found to be include caffeine, taurine, ginseng, creatine and Ginkgo biloba.
A number of energy beverages have 400 mg of caffeine in one container. That much caffeine is found in about four cups of coffee. Caffeine intake of more than 400 mg each day for adults can lead to caffeine poisoning. In kids under age 12, poisoning can happen at about two-and-a-half mg per kilogram of body weight.
In the recent study reported by The Standard, researchers reviewed data taken from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ nationwide data system.
Researchers said that of about 5,150 calls received regarding energy drinks, 40 percent involved incidents with children. Of the energy drinks that also contained alcohol, 42 percent of calls led to either moderate or major problems.
Energy drinks can include high-grade caffeine that can hike heart rate and blood pressure. The study determined that drinks with caffeine from multiple sources recorded higher rates of side effects.
Researchers urged that children do not drink energy drinks and called for better label information on caffeine content and the drinks’ possible health risks.
In another study reported in The Standard, research indicates low vitamin D levels may boost the risk of asthma attacks in people who suffer from asthma.
Vitamin D is common and can be found in eggs, fish, fortified milk and cod liver oil. Exposure to the sun also boosts the body’s Vitamin D production.
Those who suffer from asthma could have a higher risk of being vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D may decrease inflammation, the severity of asthma and provide better treatment.
In the study, researchers reviewed data on 308,000 adults between the ages of 22 and 50. Of those adults, nearly 7 percent were diagnosed with asthma.
Researchers said those with vitamin D deficiencies were 25 percent more likely to suffer asthma attacks, compared to people with normal vitamin D levels. No link was found between vitamin D deficiency and the risk of getting asthma.
Officials said vitamin D levels in those with asthma, and those who suffer recurrent attacks, should be monitored.