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Important Facts About Caffeine

15 Things You Should Know About Caffeine

First isolated in coffee back in 1820. caffeine is the tacit
drug of choice for millions as it can be found in numerous
popular beverages and medications. Not a lot of people
stop to appreciate what it is and what it does, however.

The delicious chemical name for caffeine is 1.3.7-trimethyixanthine.
H3C O CH3
N N N N
O CH3

Caffeine occurs naturally in 60 different plants like:

Coffee beans - the most
common source of caffeine
in the American diet.

Tea leaves

Guarana - the source of
caffeine in energy drinks.

Yerba Mate

Kola Nuts


Caffeine is extracted by
pressure cooking beans and
leaves with C02 to produce
the drug in powder form.

90% of Americans consume caffeine in some form each day.
Caffeine works by increasing your dopamine levels,
+ + +
which makes you feel happier.

and blocking adenosine receptors,
-- --
which stops you from getting drowsy.

Caffeine is shown to temporarily increase one’s ability to learn. it also increases:

+Comprehension
+Memory
+Reflexes
+Clarity of thought

Caffeine works the same parts of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. It just has milder effects.

On the other hand, caffeine also causes adverse effects:

Insomnia
The stimulant effect of caffeine is thought to keep your brain over active and thus prevent sleep.

Diarrhea

Caffeine accelerates digestion, forcing food right out the back door that much faster.

Alternately, the diuretic properties of caffeine prevent you from sleeping properly because you have to keep peeing.


Caffeine also benefits athletes

The International Olympic Committee banned caffeine in competitions.

5mg per kg of body weight improves endurance by
reducing glucose burning and increasing fat burning.

It’s estimated 12,000
tons of caffeine is
consumed every year.

Breakdown of
consumption:

Coffee - 54%
Tea - 43%
Food and misc - 3%

The average American
consumes 280mg of
caffeine per day or 2-3 cups of coffee.

Caffeine overdose can be lethal

The lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 150-200mg per kilogram of body weight.

That's 100 cups of coffee in 4 hours.

In 2007, a man died from overdose after taking 30 No-Doz pills.

Caffeine is completely absorbed within 30 to 45
minutes and its effects diminish within 3 hours.


Caffeine causes physical dependence.
Withdrawals begin within 12 to 24 hours and can last 2 to 9 days.

Symptoms include:
Headache
Tiredness
Depression
Irritability
Decreased energy

Decaffeinated products still have caffeine in them.

In the U.S., to be decaffeinated means less than
2.5% of the product is caffeine.

Hitler received injections of glucose
and caffeine to sustain his energy
during his final days in WWll.

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Important Facts About Caffeine

shared by admin on Mar 18, 2011 in Food

Important Facts About Caffeine

shared by admin on Mar 18, 2011 in Food

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Many people in the world enjoy a daily cup or two of coffee. It perks us up in the morning and gets us ready to face the day. This is all thanks to caffeine, the premier legal drug. Although we enjoy ...
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