The Good and the Bad of Caffeine

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While March is Caffeine Awareness Month it’s interesting to note that 85% of the American population consumes caffeinated products on daily basis. Everyone knows the common caffeine sources: coffee, tea and soda, but now there is caffeinated water, chewing gums, energy drinks, chocolate and even medications that contribute to caffeine in the body. With all these sources of caffeine it is best to stay aware of how much caffeine you are consuming. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to date has not enacted any law that requires a company to state the caffeine level contained in their products. Scientific researchers seem to agree that too much caffeine in the body induces a form of addiction. A safe caffeine level is about 400mg, which translates to about four cups (8 oz. each) of coffee.  Above that is considered unsafe.

For Caffeine Awareness Month here are a few facts and urban myths about caffeine; the good and the bad.

The Good

Caffeine is a potent stimulant, typically working to activate the nervous system besides boosting the memory level. Fifteen minutes after having a cup of coffee, a person feels alert and this feeling can last up to six hours. Several medical news journals have respectively published articles that seem to suggest that coffee helps reduce the recurrence of prostate and colon cancer. There are no ill effects on the body with moderate caffeine consumption (under 400 mg per day).

The Bad

Last year alone, over 500 new brands of caffeinated drinks were launched. Although coffee is the most prevalent caffeinated beverage consumed, it is becoming more difficult to entirely live without caffeine. Besides that racing heartbeat caffeine can be responsible for insomnia, nervousness, restlessness and muscle tremors.  For a diabetic, it can increase the overall natural sugar level, as well as accelerating the blood pressure.

As the month implies being aware of how much caffeine you consume is important.  It can be addictive causing headaches and nausea if not consumed.  It can be extremely dangerous even  deadly in high doses (from drinking too many highly caffeinated beverages or by consuming powdered caffeine).  Take this month to check your consumption and keep it within the healthy guidelines.

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