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Can Energy Drinks Cause You To Fail A Drug Test?

written by: Nicky LaMarco • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 4/29/2010

Can energy drinks cause you to fail a drug test? Ten years ago there were only a few drinks specially marketed toward athletes. Today in any grocery or gas station there are dozens to choose from offering various tastes and benefits for your pleasure and stating they can aid your prowess

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    Can Energy Drinks Cause You to Fail a Drug Test? A component of vitamin B complex, niacin is essential for the normal function of the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system. It is also thought to stimulate hair growth. It improves circulation and has also been show to aid in the body’s ability to metabolize proteins. However, niacin is sometimes used as what’s known as a “masking agent" — a reagent that interferes with any chemical analysis of the human body, e.g. testing for illegal drugs.

    Depending on your levels it may not seems suspicious but if drug testing is a factor in your competition then definitely be aware of any energy drinks with niacin as a main ingredient.

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    This is the most seemingly benign of all the energy drink additions. Who didn’t grow up having sodas or watching their parents drink coffee? Yet some therapists compare detoxifying from caffeine to be similar as the effects of detoxing from certain illegal narcotics.

    Caffeine impedes the body’s ability to absorb calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. It’s an additive metabolized by the liver so anyone with liver problems should steer very clear. It elevates the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which may make you perform faster but also can potentially elevate your heart rate to a dangerous level.

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    Taurine is an amino acid. Simply put, amino acids are regarded as the Lego blocks of protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and taurine is part of these Legos. There are theories that taurine may also have antioxidant properties that help the body detoxify and prevent cancer.

    The average human body can safely take up to 3,000 milligrams of these a day and excess is put out of the body by the kidneys; however, if someone has a kidney-related disease or they simply do not function well due to diabetes, et cetera then excess taurine could be unhealthy. Not enough is known about excessive or longterm use of taurine supplementation, as it is a new practice so caution is required.

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    Can Energy Drinks Cause You To Fail A Drug Test?

    Any excess of these three can catch the suspicious eye of drug test analysts. Know your body and its needs and be safe to do nothing in excess and remember — when in doubt, drink water. With water, you don't have to ask can energy drinks cause you to fail a drug test? Water is vital to the human body and will quench thirst better than anything else. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins and you will be fine without energy drinks. If you absoutely need a boost in energy try adding exercise on a regular basis, eating healthy, sleeping well, and stress relief methods such as meditation. These can all naturally increase your energy.

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