Caffeine which is predominantly found in beverages like coffee, tea and some soft drinks is also found in traces in many leaves, seeds, and fruits giving food a special flavor. Let us now explore the truth about what caffeine does to our body. Caffeine, as weve all experienced, mildly stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems resulting in increased concentration and decreased fatigue. Its mechanism of action is antagonistic at adenosine receptors causing increased energy metabolism throughout the brain. It also affects neurons resulting in the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases motor activity, blood pressure and has effects on sleep, mood and attention.
Coffee and tea are the major sources of caffeine in our daily intake (about 20% in adults), soft drinks contributing about 5% and chocolate about 1.5%.Less than 300 mg per day of caffeine which counts up to 3-4 cups of roast and ground coffee or 5 cups of instant coffee or 5 cups of tea or 6 servings of soft drinks or 10 tablets of some painkillers is not harmful.
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On the flop side of drinking coffee/caffeine, it
Thus, it can be concluded that caffeine in moderation is not dangerous to our well being.
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