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The buzz of energy drinks can come with a health price.
Drinking two cans a day, six days a week for three weeks resulted in an abnormal heart rhythm and a slight blood pressure increase for participants in a recent study.
The changes occurred while drinking the energy beverage and lasted for about two hours afterwards.
Patients who had the treatment found the drop in their blood pressure lasted up to six weeks.
Electroacupuncture was used in the project, which is the first to scientifically confirm that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can benefit mild to moderate high blood pressure.
Scientists at John Hopkins University who have analysed years of research and come up with this conclusion have stopped short, however, of recommending that people take these high doses.
The problem up to now however is that the seeds have a short shelf life because of their high protein and fat content and become rancid quite quickly.