I have shared for years that we have three legal drugs available to us on a regular basis. These three drugs are sugar, alcohol and our subject today which is caffeine. Searching a medical dictionary, the definition of a drug is, a chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or body. With today's article you will see how this "drug" affects you in so many ways and I will leave it up to you whether caffeine is a pro or a con.
Once we reach the end of today's article, I will make my recommendations in regard to caffeine. I do encourage you to take in all the information shared today though and create your own conclusion before you get my opinion.
Caffeine Enhances the Function of these Substances
|Caffeine stimulates the release of Adrenaline from the Adrenal Glands:|
|Caffeine increases plasma Estrone levels (especially in postmenopausal women).|
|Caffeine increases the body's manufacture of Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP).|
|Caffeine facilitates the production/release of Acetylcholine (Caffeine functions as an antagonist of Adenosine, a compound that inhibits the release of Acetylcholine).|
|Caffeine stimulates the release of Dopamine
within the Brain. |
Caffeine increases Norepinephrine (NE) synthesis and release within the Brain.
|Caffeine increases the absorption of Ergotamine (and many Ergotamine preparations include 100 mg Caffeine per 1 mg Ergotamine (e.g. Cafergot)).|
|Caffeine enhances the ability of Choline to stimulate the production of Acetylcholine (Caffeine competes with Adenosine, a compound that is known to inhibit the synthesis of Acetylcholine).|
These Foods Prolong the Actions of Caffeine
|When Caffeine is consumed at the same time as Grapefruit (especially Grapefruit juice), the oral clearance of Caffeine is decreased by 23% and the elimination half-life of Caffeine is increased by 31%.|
These Factors Counteract the Potentially Toxic Effects of Caffeine
|Moderate to intense Exercise reduces Caffeine-induced Anxiety.|
Caution: Contradictions to the Beneficial Actions Listed Above
|Caffeine MAY diminish Mental Function:|
Caffeine Interferes with these Substances
|Caffeine lowers plasma levels of Phenylalanine and Tyrosine.|
|Caffeine interferes with the endogenous production of Melatonin.|
|Caffeine decreases free Testosterone levels (in postmenopausal women).|
|Caffeine interferes with the absorption of Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) - for this reason people using CMO are advised to avoid Caffeine and Caffeine-containing beverages such as Coffee during the period that they use CMO.|
|Caffeine decreases the absorption of Calcium.|
|Caffeine decreases the absorption of Iron. |
Caffeine increases the urinary excretion of Magnesium.
Caffeine increases the excretion of Potassium.
Caffeine causes the Kidneys to excrete Phosphorus.
Caffeine increases the excretion of Zinc.
|Caffeine causes the depletion of Biotin.|
|Caffeine causes the depletion of Inositol.|
Caffeine interferes with the absorption of Vitamin A.
Caffeine causes the depletion of Vitamin B1.
|Caffeine increases levels of Lactic Acid in the Muscles of people who engage in Endurance Exercise:|
Caffeine vs. Coffee
|Latest studies indicate that Caffeine does NOT increase the risk of Heart Attack.|
|Latest studies indicate that Caffeine does NOT increase the risk of Strokes.|
|There is little or no evidence that Caffeine plays any role in the development of Cancer:|
|Based on clinical studies that measured the performance-enhancing effects of Caffeine, the optimal dosage has been determined to be 9 mg per kg of bodyweight.|
|Athletes should note that the use of Caffeine (over a preset level) is banned by sporting organizations.|
|Side effects such as Insomnia, Irritability, Tremor and Anxiety occur following the ingestion of 1,500 mg of Caffeine per day (approximately 12 cups of Coffee).|
|The lethal dose of Caffeine is 10 grams (approximately 100 cups of Coffee).|
|Caffeine is rapidly absorbed (when consumed orally) from the Intestine:|
|Most Caffeine is metabolized by the Liver prior to its excretion by the Kidneys.|
|International sporting organizations including the International Olympics Committee (IOC) have restricted the quantity of Caffeine that an athlete may consume without being disqualified from competition. The limit is 12 mcg of Caffeine per ml of urine. A 70 kg person could consume up to six normal-sized cups of coffee one hour prior to exercise without exceeding this limit.|
Pharmaceutical Availability of Caffeine
Oral Caffeine Products
|Pure Caffeine is supplied from pharmacies under the names Awake, NoDoz and Vivarin.|
Topical Caffeine Products
|Percutafeine is a Pharmaceutical form of Caffeine that is supplied as a topically-applied gel designed to facilitate weight loss in specific areas of the body to which it is applied.|
With this said, I would like to share my opinion of caffeine at this time.
If you find that you have any level of dependency on caffeine, I would suggest that this is not the best place to be within your health and wellness. The dependency on caffeine will often coincide with an adrenal dysfunction as well poor health practices overall. You know, burning the candle at both ends and in the middle. This in itself can lead to an array of health challenges in your life.
Simply recognize that if you "need" your coffee, you really "need" to get off coffee.
If you recognize a dependency on caffeine, I would recommend increasing your sleep and "me" time. Along with this, support your adrenals with Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), which would assist with enhancing your adrenal function. Focus on your fundamentals of health and of course, get off caffeine.
If you have been on caffeine for some time, you would likely start by going "half caff." This would be making your coffee half caffeinated and half decaffeinated. After using your "half caff" for about 10 days move toward using only decaf for about another 10 days. From here you should be ready to leave the coffee behind as long as you are already getting more sleep, increasing "me" time and taking care of your fundamentals of health.
For those that are not dependent on caffeine yet enjoy the taste of their cup of Joe or for those that may use this for enhancing performance, there are a couple of options.
If you simply enjoy the taste and aroma of your coffee, be sure to use an organic and naturally water decaffeinated coffee. Coffee is a highly sprayed crop, so organic is obviously very important and a 100% chemical free water decaffeination process never uses methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to remove the caffeine from coffee beans.
If you are looking the enhanced performance from caffeine, it would likely be a better idea to try a Yerba Mate' Tea. Yerba Mate' Tea has high antioxidant properties, contains important nutrients and can give you the caffeine "jolt" you need without the adverse side effects of coffee.
I happen to be one of those that do truly enjoy the taste and aroma of a good cup of coffee, but my wife and I use an organic naturally decaffeinated espresso and we only have this maybe once or twice per week. And by the way, we we drink only about 4 ounces rather than the 20 ounces generally purchased at your favorite coffee shop.
If you have any comments or questions about this article, leave a post below for me to answer personally.