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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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Dry vs. wet caffeine: What’s the difference?

Dry vs. wet caffeine: What’s the difference?

by Mark Miller August 31, 2017

Anhydrous caffeine is derived from coffee beans, guarana berries and tea leaves and other natural plant sources. It is prepared in a lab and is reduced to white crystals. Anhydrous caffeine dissolves in water and mixes easily with other substances. But this powder is powerful in minute doses. It is best to allow experts who make approved products, guided by people who know the chemistry and how much to administer in, say, a caffeine pill or mint.

There are many articles and blogs on the World Wide Web touting caffeine as a supplement for enhancing athletic performance and increasing gain from weightlifting and other types of workouts

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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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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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How to get rid of caffeine from the body quickly

How to get rid of caffeine from the body quickly

by Mark Miller February 02, 2017

It’s not possible to eliminate caffeine from the body more quickly than usual. Caffeine’s half-life, the time it takes to for a healthy adult to see a reduction of caffeine’s presence in the body by half, is 5.7 hours. And if you don’t get your usual dose the next day, you may go into minor withdrawal and be groggy and cross. Some people also experience a headache if they don’t get their usual dose.

Some people go to extraordinary lengths to eliminate caffeine, including doing vigorous exercise and taking cleansing or detoxification measures. These measures are not likely to reduce caffeine’s presence in your body at all. Be patient, the last traces of caffeine should be gone completely about a day after ingestion.

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How bad is caffeine withdrawal? What causes it?

How bad is caffeine withdrawal? What causes it?

by Mark Miller January 26, 2017

How bad is caffeine withdrawal? People who have a caffeine habit may empathize with a scene of the 1931 production of Frankenstein, in which the mad scientist exults over the animation of his monster, exclaiming “It’s alive! It’s a alive, it’s alive!” I know I get animated in the morning after drinking my first cup of the ichor we call coffee.

Caffeinated products are wildly popular worldwide, used by as much as 90 percent of the adult population. An estimated 80 percent of American adults take caffeine in one product or another, and it’s estimated half of those people are prone to headaches for one reason or another. If you are among the caffeine users who get caffeine withdrawal headaches from coffee, tea or energy drinks, there are a few things you can do to minimize the pain.

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