Dr Oz: In Need Of Energy
Dr Oz shared that back when he was an intern in the emergency room, he would work a 24-hour shift and then instead of sleeping he would go home and rest for a little bit and then work a 36-hour shift. He then said that he would wait until he was completely drained to finally get some sleep. Because of his experience, he wanted to take a closer look at some different ways to get more energy, including caffeine e-cigarettes.
Dr Oz: Caffeine E-Cigarettes
Dr Oz began by showing everyone what a caffeine e-cigarette looks like. While being monitored by a doctor, he wanted to try to the product to find out what effect inhaling caffeine has on his body. The electrical activity in Dr Oz’s brain was measured before he used the e-cigarette, and then after.
Dr Oz: How Do Caffeine E-Cigarettes Work?
Dr Oz explained that the e-cigarettes produce vaporized caffeine, using a battery and cartridge that contains a variety of stimulants. When you inhale, the ingredients are vaporized to give you a blend of the ingredients straight to your brain. Dr Oz first noticed a sweet taste and said his chest was feeling fuller with the smoke. He said he was getting a little bit of a buzz, but wasn’t sure if it was from the deep breaths or the e-cigarette. He also made a point to say that exercise would give him a lot more of a buzz.
On the website for the e-cigarette, it was stated that the product contains .08% caffeine, but you don’t know what that means in regards to how much energy it would give you. After 30 minutes of smoking, Dr Oz said he wasn’t feeling much physically. He said about 2 hours after, his team told him he seemed to have a bit more energy, which made him think there was a bit of a delayed reaction. One of his staff said Dr Oz was talking so fast she had to stop him and ask him to slow down.
Dr Oz: Caffeine E-Cigarette Effect On Brain
Brain scans of Dr Oz showed areas of his brain that were fired up, whereas the part of his brain responsible for focus and judgement, weren’t. Basically, the cigarette may help Dr Oz pay attention, but not necessarily make the right decision. The results of the experiment showed that you’re much better off using other ways to get more energy.
Dr Gary Ginsberg, author of “What’s Toxic, What’s Not” explained that he doesn’t think the cigarettes are a good idea because the stimulants that are in the caffeine e-cigarettes are the same as what are found in energy drinks. Energy drinks themselves have caused an increase in emergency room visits, so it’s possible that e-cigarettes could produce the same results.
Dr Oz: Inhaling Energy Boosters
As for the specific ingredients, repeated exposure to ginseng could sensitize the airways. Guarana is found in a lot of energy drinks as well, which is a stronger form of caffeine than coffee, and it’s much easier to overdo it. Taurine is an amino acid that is naturally found in the body. The FDA is trying to increase their jurisdiction over nicotine-based e-cigarettes, but right now it’s completely unregulated.
Dr Oz’s bottom line is that he doesn’t know enough about the product to recommend it. Have you tried a caffeine e-cigarette? Would you try it now?