Synthetic vs. natural caffeine: a primer

Synthetic vs. natural caffeine: a primer

by Tina Sendin March 15, 2019 5 min read

Is there a big difference between synthetic and natural caffeine? Which gives a stronger jolt? Does it even matter?

Natural caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate is much less common than the synthetic caffeine found in so many other products.

Caffeine is found in plant species such as the more popular ones like Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta, as well as tea leaves, kola nuts, cacao beans, Yerba mate and guarana berries.

Not only does naturally-occurring caffeine from said plants keep your cognitive functions at their peak, but it also contains antioxidants that help you fight illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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These plants from around the world contain caffeine

These plants from around the world contain caffeine

by Tina Sendin March 13, 2019 4 min read

When people think of caffeine, they often think of the coffee beverage or coffee beans, which today are indeed the biggest source of the stimulating chemical in the world. But several popular plants worldwide – around 60 species of them – contain caffeine that have been made into delicious food and drinks from antiquity.

Many of the plants below not only contain caffeine but also are good sources of theophylline and theobromine, two other mild stimulants that scientists believe have some beneficial effects. (Theo means “god” in Latin.)

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What coffee & caffeine do to you when fasting

What coffee & caffeine do to you when fasting

by Tina Sendin January 28, 2019 6 min read

Caffeine and fasting are controversial in some circles. Is it truly fasting if you have coffee or other liquids during your time of abstaining from eating? Some people say to be a pure fast, one must drink only water and eat nothing. Others maintain that having coffee and/or other liquids is healthier and ensures you don’t become dehydrated.

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Are you a caffeine addict? Here are telltale signs you need to dial it down

Are you a caffeine addict? Here are telltale signs you need to dial it down

by Tina Sendin January 19, 2019 4 min read

Do you find yourself heading to the coffee-maker straight from bed? Then you’re one of 62% Americans who drink coffee every single day. Call it a morning ritual or a habit that can’t be shaken, but it’s pure unadulterated java love. But are you addicted to it? Here's how you'll know if you are and how to dial it down.

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Does green tea have caffeine?

Does green tea have caffeine?

by Tina Sendin December 10, 2018 4 min read

Caffeine has been known to give a whole heap of benefits - from giving that first jolt in the morning to keeping high concentration and perky vibe throughout the day.

The good news for big caffeine fanatics is that our favourite - and most frequently consumed [1] - stimulant can come from different sources.

Coffee may be the most popular, but it can also come from caffeine mints and pills, chocolate (beverage and milk bars alike), cake, yogurt, and tea!

Yes - tea. That seemingly innocuous cup of tea can give you that much needed boost.

It’s such a healthy, delicious drink and there are many ways to drink it. But just the same, tea could give you your daily caffeine fix without the jitters.

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How long does it take for caffeine to kick in?

How long does it take for caffeine to kick in?

by Tina Sendin November 29, 2018 6 min read

If you’re one of the many coffee-drinkers who regularly drink a cup of joe for that morning jolt, then you must’ve wondered at one point:

When’s the ideal time to drink coffee? How many minutes before caffeine kicks in?

Those are valid questions. In fact, caffeine’s nothing like Popeye’s spinach that works the moment he pops in that can of power. It takes some time before it goes into full gear.

So the million dollar question is - how long does it take for caffeine to work?

That’s exactly what we’re going to find out in this article.

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Does tea have caffeine?

Does tea have caffeine?

by Tina Sendin November 19, 2018 4 min read

We’ve talked at length about coffee and how it can change your everyday life for the better (or worse, if you go overboard). But there’s another amazing drink that hasn’t been given much love here - tea.

Tea is such a healthy, delicious drink that many people swear by it. There are many ways to drink it (high or afternoon) and different types to try (traditional or herbal).

Regardless of how you want your tea, it has the same benefits as coffee, including getting your usual dose of caffeine.

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Does coffee cause upset stomach?

Does coffee cause upset stomach?

by Tina Sendin October 12, 2018 3 min read

Caffeine is known to bring a great deal of health benefits day in and day out. From helping you get clear, misty-looking skin, carry a sprightly vibe throughout the day, or win the gold in your favorite sport, caffeine just keeps winning the java-lover in you.

But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, having one too many cups of joe leads to unwanted side effects, turning a regular caffeine hit into a love-hate relationship.

Upset tummy is perhaps one of the *supposedly* negative effects of being too caffeine-happy. Hear a growling tummy or feel a nagging pain in the stomach? Must be your fourth cup of coffee, right?

But is caffeine really to blame?

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Why does caffeine make you feel tired?

Why does caffeine make you feel tired?

by Tina Sendin October 03, 2018 4 min read

Caffeine is a surefire way to keep you awake, right?

Wrong.

While caffeine can help keep you awake, it could also go the other way for you.

Just as when you need your caffeine fix to pull yourself out of misery – aka midday slump – the opposite happens. You pass out. You wake up. Lo and behold - your face is on your office keyboard!

As a stimulant, caffeine’s supposed to perk us up right?

But why does it make us feel tired instead?

In this article, we’ll introduce two concepts that could probably explain why it happens to you, and how you can prevent that from happening.

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Does caffeine help control ADHD?

Does caffeine help control ADHD?

by Tina Sendin September 13, 2018 4 min read

Feeling antsy and hyperactive, being impulsive, and having short attention span are telltale signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

ADHD is usually thought of as a disorder in children, but people can have it even as an adult.

You might think the last thing you should take is caffeine, which is known to boost energy. But it may be just what the doctor could prescribe.

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Does Caffeine Cure or Cause Migraines?

Does Caffeine Cure or Cause Migraines?

by Tina Sendin September 03, 2018 4 min read

Migraines can get so painful that people who suffer from them are often only able to do little, if none at all.

Migraine headaches are very common and are a major health problem globally. In the United States alone, there are about 38 million migraine patients - adults and children alike [1]. That's about 1 in 4 households with people prone to migraines.

But there’s a silver lining:

Caffeine, which is in so many delicious products, actually help relieve symptoms and boost the effectiveness of medications.

Sounds too good to be true? Not really!

It's all backed by science.

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Discovery of caffeine

Who Discovered Caffeine?

by Mark Miller September 29, 2017 4 min read

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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