March is Caffeine Awareness Month!

By on 03/08/2018

coffeeWe are sure you’re already quite aware of caffeine, and most likely you enjoy it daily!

However, are you fully aware of all the health benefits of caffeine? What about the risks?

Let’s take some time and fully review one of the world’s most popular drug (yes, caffeine is a drug!).

Caffeine is naturally found in coffee, many types of tea, chocolate (that contains cocoa) and a few other less popular sources like yerba maté, guarana berries, and guayusa.

As we discuss the benefits of caffeine here, it is important to note we are talking about naturally occurring caffeine and not foods or drinks that contain caffeine as an additive. For example, sodas contain between 50-120mg of caffeine. However, there are no positive health effects from these drinks as they are laden with chemicals, preservatives, dyes and enough sugar to give a bear diabetes.

On the other hand, caffeine from coffee beans, tea leaves or cocoa, ingested in its natural form (coffee, tea, or dark chocolate/cocoa nibs) actually offers many health benefits!caffeine coffee tea

The Wonderful Benefits of Caffeine

  • Health boost – Caffeine has been shown to protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer!
  • Alertness – Caffeine has been shown time and time again to improve mental alertness and help with attention and cognitive function.
  • Weight loss – Caffeine boosts the metabolic rate and increases fat burning while simultaneously acting as a natural appetite suppressant. Both of these traits contribute to easy weight loss!
  • Heart health – A new study finds that drinking three to five cups a coffee a day is associated with lower rates of coronary artery calcium!
  • Energy – Caffeine also increases the release of catecholamines (such as adrenaline) via the sympathetic nervous system, which among other things can make your heart beat faster, send more blood to your muscles and tells your liver to release sugar into the bloodstream for energy.
  • Reducing risk of cancer – According to The American Cancer Society, caffeine could lower the risk of mouth and throat cancer. People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee every day have a 49 percent lower risk of developing cancers for the mouth and throat than those who drink it only occasionally.

The Risks of Caffeine

Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. The Mayo Clinic has found that consuming more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors.

To put this in perspective, the average cup of coffee has 95 mg of caffeine and a cup of caffeinated tea contains an average of 27 mg. This means drinking 5 or more cups of coffee or 20 cups of tea a day. That’s a lot! Keep it to 4 or under and you can rest easy that you are benefiting from caffeine without overdoing it.

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It is probably no shock that the most popular way caffeine is enjoyed is through a daily cup or two of coffee or tea. However, keep in mind, while drinking coffee and tea daily offers many health benefits, if you doctor it up with cream, sugar or other artificial sweeteners, you are reducing the health benefits as these additives have a negative impact on your body! Stick with black coffee and unsweetened tea to get maximum health benefits!

Alternatively, taking Green Coffee Thin, which has only 20mg of caffeine is a great way to kick-start your metabolism, reduce belly fat, and improve blood sugar levels safely, quickly, and without any side effects!

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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