Q: Are energy drinks bad for you?
A: Case studies have linked energy drinks to adverse effects, especially on the cardiovascular system, but the overall risk of something bad happening is low and context-dependent.
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Power Output is the ability to procure a large amount of strength in a rapid manner, and considered both muscular and neural factors. Supplements that increase power output are of interest to atheltes and strength enthusiasts.
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Q: Are energy drinks bad for you?
The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect power output
|Grade||Level of Evidence|
|Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials|
|Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled|
|Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies|
|Uncontrolled or observational studies only|
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
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