Caffeine

Caffeine
Coffee –  Tea –  Chocolates – Soft Drinks

Caffeine is a psychostimulant which is naturally produced in the leaves, beans and seeds of many plants. It is in drinks like coffee, tea, chocolates and many soft drinks.  It’s effect on the nervous system wards off drowsiness and restoring alertness and makes it a popular additive in many foods and medicines like pain relievers and appetite suppressants. When consumed in moderation, caffeine speeds up our metabolism and also increases the breakdown of fat thus freeing fatty acids, which are used in energy production during exercise. It can also increase stamina and help in fighting diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Possible Side Effects
It has a harmful side effects which are induced by the excessive consumption of this bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid. Plants produce and store caffeine in their leaves, beans or fruits as a pesticide that kills or paralyzes insects dumb enough to try and eat the plant. In large doses over a period of time consumption of caffeine in tea and coffee can trigger an excessive caffeine addiction .
Side effects associated with caffeine include:

  • Physical conditions such as restlessness, irritability, muscle twitching and sleep disorders.
  • Anxiety and panic attacks and may also result in heart palpitations.
  • It’s associated with depression, dizziness, headaches and impotence in men.
  • Gastrointestinal distress, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramping after consuming caffeine.
  • Psychotic symptoms such as anxiety, light depression and fatigue.
  • Central nervous system stimulation such as nervousness, irritability, restlessness, and a jittery feeling.
  • Iincreased heartbeat and heart rate along with an elevated blood pressure.
  • Increased urine flow, creatinine clearance, and sodium and calcium excretion.
  • Caffeine during pregnancy may lead to increased chances of a miscarriage.
  • Constricted blood vessels of the placenta, leading to reduced blood flow.
  • Mmay directly affect the developing cells of the baby as it crosses the placenta.
  • Fibrocystic breast disease, which was seen to have a positive correlation with average daily consumption of caffeine.
  • Acute headaches, bloated feeling and belly cramps.
  • Weight gain, dehydration, jitteriness, upset stomach, nervousness and difficulty in concentrating and sleeping.

A sudden withdrawal from caffeine can trigger certain caffeine withdrawal symptoms like cravings, apathy, constipation and throbbing pressure headaches. So the best course of action in this case would be to limit caffeine intake. When consumed in moderation, caffeine speeds up our metabolism and also increases the breakdown of fat thus freeing fatty acids, which are used in energy production during exercise. It can also increase stamina and help in fighting diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

Main source from Parul Solanki

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