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Great news: Caffeine doesn’t stunt growth

Great news: Caffeine doesn’t stunt growth

by Mark Miller October 10, 2017

Does caffeine stunt growth? A lot of people may say that, but the science doesn't support the contention. It's an urban legend now. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine in one product or another.

Caffeine is the world's most popular stimulant. It and coffee are legal, and in moderate doses do no harm but actually may help people by decreasing the risk of several conditions.

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Who Discovered Caffeine?

Who Discovered Caffeine?

by Mark Miller September 29, 2017

U.S. National Public Radio published a February 2016 story titled "Caffeine for Sale: The Hidden Trade of the World's Favorite Stimulant" about how caffeine is removed from coffee beans and then where it goes after the decaf coffee is made.

Now there is a huge, worldwide trade in caffeine extracted from coffee beans. It is used in soda, energy drinks, medications and candies that have no natural caffeine content. And people wonder if synthetic caffeine is more dangerous than caffeine from natural sources. Scientists say there is no difference between the two.

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Is Caffeine Dangerous During Pregnancy?

Is Caffeine Dangerous During Pregnancy?

by Mark Miller September 22, 2017

Should you limit or halt intake of caffeine during pregnancy? Some experts advise limiting caffeine consumption. Others say to stop taking caffeine altogether. After many years of study into the risk of caffeine during pregnancy, scientists are still divided. But all agree that pregnant women should have no more than moderate amounts of caffeine.

One scientific study found taking too much caffeine during pregnancy carries some risk. Another study found no risk of miscarriage. But why put the fetus in danger of birth defect or even miscarriage?

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For true power, take a caffeine nap

For true power, take a caffeine nap

by Mark Miller September 15, 2017

The researchers at Longborough University found that no other common measures to combat drowsiness while driving, such as cold air, napping without caffeine, caffeine without napping or a break without a nap, worked as well as caffeine naps in helping combat drowsiness.

 

In the 1990s, the Loughborough researchers measured brain waves of subjects in driving simulators. The caffeine nap worked better than anything at eliminating mid-afternoon drowsiness and preventing driving errors than in all of the other controlled groups they studied.

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Does caffeine make you pee more?

Does caffeine make you pee more?

by Mark Miller September 11, 2017

In other words, you can actually hydrate yourself by drinking coffee, tea or soda, though plain water is still recommended as the best way to get your daily fluids.

 

But WebMD says caffeine can increase the need to pee. It can depend on how much caffeine you take, your tolerance for it and the type of food, drink or medicine you get it in. And if you have urinary incontinence or have frequent urges to urinate, it may increase after drinking a caffeinated beverage

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Caffeine, a good diet and a drink a day: mental clarity

Caffeine, a good diet and a drink a day: mental clarity

by Mark Miller August 24, 2017

It seems caffeine may enhance memory and learning, but not if it is taken before the lesson is to be learned. Research from a few years ago says caffeine should be taken after that important business meeting, crucial college lecture or other knowledge-imparting event you need to recall.

Some studies show a benefit from caffeine on memory, some show none. Same with alcohol. But it seems scientists find with few exceptions that good diets promote healthy minds and bodies.

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Peppermint Wakes You Up - Here's Why

Peppermint Wakes You Up - Here's Why

by Mark Miller August 10, 2017

Peppermint is healthful and stimulating when eaten, drunk, inhaled or applied to the skin, researchers are finding. The ancients of Greece knew it, as did Renaissance English healers. It sounds too good to be true, that a common candy ingredient that tastes so good is also good for what ails you.

Is there a better-tasting candy than a mint? Some might say chocolate tastes better. But those who say it have all the finesse and sophistication of a rough brute and obviously have such bad taste that they cannot tell the difference between a merely good confection (chocolate) and one that is transcendent (mint). (Just kidding! To each his own.). But really, in a peppermint patty, what is given top billing? Hint: They're not called chocolate patties.

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Does caffeine help control ADHD?

Does caffeine help control ADHD?

by Mark Miller August 03, 2017

Whatever you do, don't begin using caffeine to treat ADHD without a doctor's advice. Parents with children with ADHD especially should take this advice to heart. Caution should be used by other people who have other health problems, such as anxiety, high blood pressure, glaucoma or heart, liver or kidney disease.

One doctor says: "Caffeine is not the answer for real, bonafide ADHD. I don't want parents to be deluded into a false sense of security that if I just go to the local Starbucks, I'm going to cure my son or daughter's ADHD."

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Coffee is good for you

Coffee is good for you

by Mark Miller July 27, 2017

Coffee is good for you. Two recent studies have shown that coffee can increase the length of the lives of those who drink it. It can be part of a healthy lifestyle. The two studies, which followed two large groups of coffee drinkers for 16 years, have shown that you can coffee and healthful living too.

"The key message is that people can drink coffee," associate professor of preventive medicine Victoria Setiawan at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California told TODAY. "It seems there's no long-term harm."

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Synthetic vs. natural caffeine: a primer

Synthetic vs. natural caffeine: a primer

by Mark Miller July 20, 2017

Is there a big difference between synthetic and natural caffeine? Apparently, synthetic caffeine is much more powerful than the caffeine found naturally in plants. The question is, is synthetic caffeine harmful?

Some fairly ominous-sounding chemicals are used to process synthetic caffeine. Websites are unclear as to whether the ethyl acetate and methylene chloride (and carbon dioxide) used to process urea to manufacture synthetic caffeine remain in the product. Ethyl acetate is used as a flavoring in some foods, though, so perhaps it is not harmful and may remain in synthetic caffeine.

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Why is soda caffeinated?

Why is soda caffeinated?

by Mark Miller July 13, 2017

Why does soda have caffeine in it? Caffeine does add to the complex flavors of the various types of caffeinated soda. In fact, the taste of caffeine is bitter and has to be balanced with sugars or sweeteners and other flavors. Caffeine also adds a boost in energy to the drinkers of soda.

But what reason do the manufacturers give for adding caffeine to soda pop?

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Can caffeine help with weight loss?

Can caffeine help with weight loss?

by Mark Miller July 06, 2017

Some research has suggested that caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis - a scientific name for the way your body generates heat and energy from the calories in your food; but nutrition experts say that this effect probably isn't enough to produce significant weight-loss. Caffeine may also reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but again, there's no good evidence over the long-term that this effect leads to weight-loss. To date, no conclusive clinical studies have been done to determine the long-term effect of caffeine on weight loss, and the smaller studies that have been done show a lot of variability in the outcomes.

 

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