We love caffeine for how it brings people together in all it's shapes and sizes. From the gamer who wants a Monster to stay focused while playing Counter Strike, or the CEO of a company that grabs a cup of coffee to catch up with his employees in the break room. All walks of life approach the watering hole that is caffeine.
Coffee is the most commonly used stimulant in the world and for good reason. When Caffeine blocks Adenosine in your brain, you get increased energy from the un-inhibited neuronal firing that can now take place in your brain. Accompany that with a release of dopamine and norepinephrine and you have a feel-good energy boost to your day. (1) Not only is energy boosted by caffeine but this explains why mood, response time, and overall focus is amplified with caffeine use.
The half-life of caffeine is widely regarded as being 5-6 hours long. So if you consume 100mg of caffeine at 6AM, the amount left in your system by lunch time will be 50mg. Continuing this forward, if you want to get a good night's rest, you should stop drinking high amounts of caffeine the same length of time before laying down if you want any chance of caffeine not overtly affecting your sleep patterns. It varies from individual to individual. Personally I can drink 2 cups of coffee an hour before bed and still lay down without problem, but there are others out there who consume 1 cup with lunch and then still can't fall asleep. It's all about knowing your own body's reaction to the stimulant effect.
Knowing what we've covered so far, you might think caffeine as a stimulant must end there, that there's no other benefit to caffeine consumption. Well you would be wrong.
According to this long running study caffeine has additional health benefits and reduces risk of so many things. Check out this table:
|Metabolism||Caffeine significantly increases metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. (1)|
|Diabetes||Coffee has been linked via this study's research (1) with a reduction in the incidence of diabetes.|
|Liver Disease||Also linked to a reduction in occurence from the previously linked study.|
|Parkinson's Disease||Caffeine has been linked to protection of the brain from some neurological disorders.|
|Cancer||Depends on the tissue afflicted, but this study (1) results show it favors reduction in the occurence of certain cancers.|
|Alzheimer's Disease||Coffee and caffeine help fight the on-site of Alzheimer's and in some cases avoid it entirely. (3)|
|Mortality||According to the Mayo Clinic (2) there is an apparent link between coffee consumption and decreased overall mortality.|
|Helps Headaches||Even without physical dependence, migrane medication often has Caffeine to help expedite metabolism of the medicine.|
Many people don't think coffee consumption is a good thing. Whether it's because of a fear their heart will explode, that it is addictive, or because they fear they will never sleep, people have many strong opinions on the use of caffeine. According to some research from recent years, we need to be shifting our fears away from caffeine.
|True / False|
|Caffeine is Addictive||False - It is FDA safe but you may have feelings of physical dependency. That is not the same as addiction.|
|Heart Problems||False - Caffeine does not cause heart disease or arrhythmia, but could impact pre-existing conditions. (1)|
|Sleep Disorder||True. Depending on your sensitivity it's best to not consume caffeine before bed or it can interfere. Varies per individual.|
|Bad for Teeth||False! According to Dentists coffee can actually help reduce the occurence of cavities!|
|It will kill you||According to the FDA it would take over 10 Grams of caffeine to kill you via caffeine toxicity. That's over 60 cups of coffee!|
All I have to say about quitting is unless it's medically necessary for your exact circumstance, there's no reason to quit for the sake of quitting. There are a lot of positive results from responsible caffeine intakes (1-5 Cups of Coffee). It has been proven that Gallstones, Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and many other afflictions are reduced when consuming caffeine at these safe levels.
So unless caffeine is adversely affecting your pre-existing conditions, it's not something that needs to be cut out of your diet. Caffeine is safe and tied to many positive effects on your health.
We will do our best to keep our blog up to date on the latest research studies regarding caffeine, because there are new findings every day! We believe you should know all of the good and bad about the wonderful chemical that is caffeine.
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