Monday, August 8, 2011

Myths & Facts of Caffeine

Salam sejahtera & good day ,

To all caffeine lovers & non lovers ,

A few Q & A about the Myths & Facts of Caffeine :

1) Caffeine is addictive ?

NO. Caffeine is a considered a safe ingredient. It is a stimulant that excites the nerves cells of the brain. While some stimulants, such as nicotine, are considered addictive, you aren’t likely to become addicted to caffeine if you consume it in moderation. However, habitual consumption can lead to adverse reactions in some people if they don’t get that morning cup of coffee. Those symptoms can include headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, nausea, and muscle pain.

2) How much is " moderate" consumption for daily basis ?

Between 200 mg and 300 mg of caffeine, the amount in two to three cups of coffee, is considered a moderate amount and is generally considered safe for most adults.

3) Moderate consumption of CAFFEINE can may reduce risk of which disease ?

Some studies have shown that moderate consumption of caffeine may reduce your risk of diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson's disease, and liver disease. Despite these studies, though, doctors aren’t recommending caffeine consumption as a means to reduce your risks of disease. 

** Plenty of reasons - mainly because peoples tend to abuse caffeine as an agent to stay awake & at the same time, due to a high consumption of sugar intake (condensed milk for coffee/tea and other rich CAFFEINE beverages, CHOCOs, & forth) ... this may reciprocate the effect to reduce the risk of all the mentioned diseases & inviting other health complications.

4) Pregnant women & caffeine consumption (what is the relation ?)

There is conflicting research on caffeine and pregnancy, but experts say pregnant women would be wise to moderate their intake. Some studies have linked a high intake of caffeine to increased risk for miscarriage and decreased fetal growth, but a cause-and-effect relationship has not been established. The American Dietetic Association recommends getting less than 300 mg per day, the equivalent of up to three cups of coffee, depending on the brew.

Brew - The caffeine content in coffee can vary depending on brewing method, the type of bean used, and the amount prepared. For example, different extents of grinding the beans can yield different amounts of caffeine. Researchers in Florida ordered the same beverage from the same coffee shop for six consecutive days and found that the caffeine content ranged from 259 mg to 564 mg. 

 * What about instant coffee ? ...

5) Mother can transmit caffeine to their babies in breast milk ?

True. Babies can indeed get a dose of caffeine from their mothers' milk. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "A morning cup of coffee is not likely to harm your baby, but too much caffeine can cause problems, such as poor sleeping, nervousness, irritability, and poor feeding."

6) How long the effect from caffeine will last ?

Caffeine's effects last long after you finish that cup of java. It takes 5 to 6 hours for your body to eliminate just ** HALF the caffeine in a cup of coffee, which is why having a cup in the afternoon can affect your sleep. In people who are more sensitive to caffeine, the effects may last even longer.

7) Why caffeine is added headache medications ?

Caffeine helps the body absorb headache drugs more quickly, bringing faster relief. Adding caffeine requires less medication for the same effect, reducing the risk for potential side effects and possible drug addiction.

8) Some skin care products contain caffeine ?

True. Antiaging products containing caffeine have been shown to help make skin smoother and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

9) Women are more sensitive to caffeine ?

False. A recent study found that men have a greater response to caffeine than women; however, another study suggested that this might not always be a good thing. Researchers found that caffeine tended to harm the performance of men in collaborative, stressful situations (such as an office environment), but it improved the performance of women.

10 ) As we age, our sensitivity towards caffeine declines ?

False. Older adults can be more sensitive to caffeine because it takes their bodies longer to process it.

11) Caffeine can aggravate symptoms of anxiety ?

True. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anyone suffering from anxiety disorders should avoid caffeine because it can aggravate symptoms, which include exaggerated worry and tension.

12) Caffeine help you to sober up when you are intoxicated ?

Contrary to popular belief, caffeine will not help anyone who is intoxicated become sober.

LOL - and some smart peoples said drugs (nicotine & the gang) & alcohol will do the trick.

13) Because of their diuretic effect (causes an increase in urine), caffeinated beverages are usually dehydrating ?

Nope. Caffeinated beverages do not generally contribute to dehydration. In the short term, caffeine may have a mild diuretic effect in people who do not normally consume caffeine, but this is not the case for those who habitually drink caffeinated beverages. All beverages, including those that contain caffeine, help maintain hydration.

14) An overdose of caffeine can kill you ?

Deaths from caffeine overdose are rare, but they can be caused by convulsions or an irregular heartbeat. The amount of caffeine considered to be an overdose varies by a person’s size, age and gender, but in general, doses of greater than 10 grams can be fatal in adults. A typical cup of coffee has about 115 mg (not grams)  of caffeine, so you’d need to drink more than 85 cups to consume 10 grams.

15) FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulates the content of caffeine in energy drinks ?

Nope. The FDA limits the caffeine content in soft drinks to 71 mg per 12 oz serving, but there is no limit on the amount of caffeine “energy drinks” can contain. Several energy drinks have more than 100 mg of caffeine per serving, and some have more than 200 mg.

16) The END.

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Sincerity is what matters the most,



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under the sky said...

after some lecture, i can summarize caffeine is a type of stimulant. keeps you awake and concentrate but if you've already venture in poor sleep can't get the benefit of concentration. might cause palpitation to some ppl

bottom line is I LOVE coffee and this entry

Choy HH said...

Totally agree on that, Farah. It is more towards " Mind power " vs the stimuli - not necessarily the victory will side with the stimuli.

I love coffee too - high five !
I do believe it should not be consumed everyday & once per cup will be fine (while considering sugar level & ect in mind, not just caffeine). Basic principle - be moderate & wide when it comes to food n drinks. Thanks, Farah !


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