Energy Drinks and Ulcer: Can ulcer patient take Lucozade boost? Can ulcer patient take energy drink like lucozade boost,fearless, monster, bullet?
Energy drinks are designed to keep us alert, energized and awake….they prevent sleep. All energy drinks whether lucozade boost, bullet, fearless, monster etc contains very high amounts of caffeine….reasearchers and scientist are not at all divided on whether ulcer patients can take caffeine energy drinks or not… They are all speaking with one voice – caffeine/energy drink is bad for ulcer.
Both caffeinated and decaffeinated energy drinks can increase acid production and worsen symptoms in individuals with peptic ulcer disease. Caffeinated beverages like lucozade boost and monster energy drink etc can erode the protective mucosal lining along the gastrointestinal tract and lead to further inflammation and bleeding.
Because of its high caffeine concentration, energy drinks like lucozade, black bullet, monster, fearless, etc has been shown to relax the esophagus, contributing to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). This can either cause or exacerbate heartburn in susceptible individuals.
Energy drinks speeds up the process of gastric emptying, which may result in highly acidic stomach contents (gastric acid) passing into the small intestine more rapidly than normal, causing injury or ulcers.
You sti doubt if lucozade contains caffeine? No need, see for yourself.
A 330ml can of Lucozade Energy drink contains the following ingredients:
Glucose Syrup (11%)
Orange Juice from Concentrate (6%)
Citric Acid (acid)
Sodium Gluconate (acidity regulator)
Potassium Sorbate (preservative)
Aspartame (artificial sweetener)
Acesulfame-K (artificial sweetener)
Acacia Gum (stabiliser)
Ascorbic Acid (antioxidant)
Now that you are convinced, you can see that because of the high caffeine content, lucozade boost or energy drink is not good for ulcer patient.
Stomach ulcers are formed when there is a weakening of the gastric mucosal barrier, a system of physical and chemical defense mechanisms that protect the stomach lining from harsh digestive juices and corrosive stomach acid. This compromised mucosal barrier makes the stomach lining more susceptible to erosion or damage.
It’s now documented that most ulcers are caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, felvin, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen, because they weaken the stomach lining and make the mucosa more susceptible to damage from gastric juices.
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In summary, energy drinks like lucozade or monster are not ulcer friendly foods…ulcer patients should please avoid them to prevent worsened ulcer pains and ulcer bleeding.
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