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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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How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

by Tina Sendin February 21, 2019 5 min read

Navy SEAL Hell Week is a five-and-a-half day stretch in which candidates sleep only about four total hours, run more than 200 miles and do physical training for more than 20 hours per day.

Navy SEALs go on missions to raid, ambush and assault enemy forces or terrorist cells. These missions include a lot of sleep deprivation. So in training during Hell Week, as it’s called, Navy SEAL candidates must stay awake for five days in a row to see if they can handle it. And they do this twice.

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How to take caffeine before your workout

How to take caffeine before your workout

by Tina Sendin February 13, 2019 3 min read

If a workout is one of those things you do first thing in the morning, then you must be familiar with the sluggish feeling of getting out of bed,and getting to the gym.

So what do you do?

You make your way to the coffee maker for that extra jolt.

But is caffeine before a workout a good idea?

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Coffee around the world

Coffee around the world

by Tina Sendin January 21, 2019 6 min read

What do you most look forward to when you travel?

The sights? Meeting new people? Learning another language? Immersing yourself in a new culture? Sinking your teeth on the local food and drink scene?

If you’ve caught the travel bug and never get over your daily caffeine fix, then you might want to embark on a certain coffee mission - a fun one.

Find out how people around the world like their coffee. Here’s a list of the most popular coffee around the world.

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7 surprising health benefits of caffeine

7 surprising health benefits of caffeine

by Tina Sendin January 10, 2019 5 min read

Caffeine does more than just wake you up. It’s the most widely used stimulant/substance/drug (however way you want to call it) for getting that familiar jolt in the morning, the kick that you need to jumpstart the day.

Every day, millions of people all around the world consume caffeine to stay awake and ease fatigue. But there’s definitely more to it than just a fix.

While it usually gets bad rap for its adverse effects like jitters, anxiety, palpitations (usually from having too much of it too soon), moderate consumption can give you the best bang for the cup.

Here are 7 surprising ways caffeine brings benefits to our day-to-day.

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Here's the best way to drink coffee and stay awake

Here's the best way to drink coffee and stay awake

by Tina Sendin December 06, 2018 5 min read

Ever wondered how to get the best bang for the cup? Of coffee at least.

What if I tell you that the best way you can stay awake after drinking coffee is to get some shut-eye?

Ironic as it sounds, it's how you can recharge and make the most out of your tall cup of cappuccino, or a shot of espresso.

In fact, coffee naps are a thing. If you take caffeine before you snooze in the afternoon or whenever, when you wake up you'll feel less groggy, experts say.

The effect comes by getting the benefit of the sleep, add to that the stimulating benefits of caffeine when you wake up. Both caffeine and sleep alleviate tiredness, so the double whammy works well together.

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How to make strong coffee

How to make strong coffee

by Tina Sendin November 26, 2018 3 min read

How do you like your coffee?

Rich, bold, smooth, with an extra punch that lasts you through the day?

Sounds like you like your coffee strong. (High five!)

But wait - what does strong even mean?

How do you make it?

How do you keep your strong coffee fresh?

This article will show you through the answers to these very important questions many java lovers ask.

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What does caffeine do to your blood pressure?

What does caffeine do to your blood pressure?

by Tina Sendin November 22, 2018 5 min read

Caffeine appears to raise blood pressure, in some people in the short term and in others in the long term. This is an important question because 80 percent of Americans drink coffee every day and about 90 percent of people worldwide consume caffeine in one product or another.

It's also an important question because high blood pressure can cause strokes or heart attacks.

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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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What is a caffeine pill? Is it safe?

What is a caffeine pill? Is it safe?

by Tina Sendin November 15, 2018 4 min read

Considered as supplements, these are your caffeine fix taken in capsule form. They may have natural caffeine straight from the brewing process, while others may have synthetic or artificial caffeine.

Caffeine pills provide the same stimulating benefits as coffee and other caffeine beverages.

Note that caffeine pills aren’t exactly those caffeine powder you see in bulk from the retail stores. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA considers caffeine powder as “potentially dangerous.” [1] Caffeine pills are generally safe, though there are some precautions to note, which we’ll talk about later.

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Is caffeine an appetite suppressant?

Is caffeine an appetite suppressant?

by Tina Sendin October 22, 2018 4 min read

The holidays are upon us. It’s only October but with the rate this year has gotten to the tail-end, we’ll all be wearing our favorite sweatshirts (forcibly or otherwise) and devouring the holiday away in no time.

The forward-looking you will already be starting to watch that *extra holiday weight* before the holiday even starts.

But one step at a time, right? After all, there’s a few weeks left before the celebrations and holiday parties officially kick in.

If the java lover in you has ever been curious whether caffeine can help curb the appetite, now is the perfect time to find some answers.

The word on the street is that caffeine is one of the best appetite suppressants.

Spoiler alert: researches tell us the jury’s still out on this one. 

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