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The Real Truth About Caffeine

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The Real Truth About Caffeine
Caffeine is a mild stimulant. It is considered the most commonly used mindaltering drug in the world. While it can improve concentration and relieves stress, caffeine can have some negative side effects. High doses can make someone feel jittery or on edge and may prevent sleep. Very large doses may cause flashes of light or odd noises. As with other stimulants, the greater the high, the greater the fall.

Get the cold hard facts on caffeine:
Originally called "theine", caffeine was first discovered in tea in 1827. It was later shown that the "theine" of tea was identical with the caffeine of coffee, and the term "theine" was then dropped. While the caffeine in tea and coffee are, technically, identical, the experience is different due to three key factors:

1. There is significantly less caffeine in the average cup of tea - especially when including green and white teas brewed at shorter times and cooler

2. L-theanine, an amino acid found only in tea, reduces stress and promotes relaxation. It works in a synergistic way with caffeine to calm to body without reducing caffeine alertness.

3. The high levels of antioxidants found in tea slow the absorption of caffeine - this results in a gentler increase of the chemical in the system and a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.

For Those Who Get Their Caffeine From Coffee, Energy Drinks, Sodas, etc. the following applies:

• Caffeine could make conception more difficult and cause underweight babies
• It can aggravate insomnia and cause increased anxiety and panic attacks, frequent urination and jittery hands
• For most people, moderate doses of caffeine (200-300mg) are not harmful
• No conclusive risk on the effects of blood pressure
• In one decaffeinated cup of coffee, there is 20 mg of caffeine
• One regular cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine
• Two tablets of pain reliever contain as much as 2 cups of coffee