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The Evolution And Benefits Of Caffeine

Posted by -- September 2, 2016

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The Health Benefits of Caffeine

Coffee drinkers around the world savor their daily ‘bitter brew’––but are there any grounds for concern regarding caffeine’s effects on the heart? On the contrary, the case for the health benefits of caffeine in the diet continues to grow. Also, there is evidence that it can ease artery-damaging inflammation and may help the body regulate blood sugar.
Doctor Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health stated that the evidence of the benefits of caffeine consumption is more convincing now than it was five years ago, especially in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and the reduction of the risk of heart disease and stroke risk.
In an interesting note,  people who consume caffeine from other sources, such as sodas and energy drinks, do not see any of the cardiovascular benefits.

Making the caffeine-brain connection

The reason that we get a quick surge of energy after consuming our morning coffee has to do with the way caffeine affects the brain. Not only is caffeine a brain stimulant, but it also blocks receptors for a chemical called adenosine, which prevents the release of excitatory brain chemicals. Without adenosine, the brain-sparking chemicals flow more freely, providing a surge of energy and potentially improving mental performance and slowing age-related mental decline.
A Journal of Nutrition study showed that people who consumed more caffeine scored better on test results showing higher mental cognition, verbal memory, and attention.
Other previous studies have shown improved long-term memory performance and thinking ability in regular caffeine consumers.

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Some Essential Facts About Caffeine

Most of us have not considered the health benefits of caffeine; the stimulant found in coffee, tea, and many soft drinks and energy beverages.
Let’s consider these essentials facts you should know about caffeine:
Caffeine May Lower Skin Cancer Risk – In a study by The American Foundation for Cancer Research, they discovered that Increased Caffeine Intake Is Associated with Reduced Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin. Also, two 2015 studies, one published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and another by Epidemiology.  Researchers in these studies linked higher caffeine intake to a lowered risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Caffeine Can Help Control Pain – In 2015, researchers of four randomized, double-blind studies by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, found that a combination of a single dose of 200 mg of ibuprofen and adding 100 mg of caffeine was substantially more effective than a placebo to provide migraine pain relief and postoperative over six hours.
While that exact ibuprofen/caffeine combination is not commonly available in an over the counter product, a close approximation of that combination is achieved by taking 200 mg of ibuprofen along with a caffeine supplement, such as the natural caffeine product by Punchd Energy.
Caffeine May Improve Memory – consumption of caffeine is connected to better memory and improved brain function such as planning, organizing, and time management. A study published July 2015 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia found that in healthy older adults––with an average age 74––any amount of regular caffeine consumption is beneficial, and other studies have suggested caffeine might help with the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caffeine comparison

Caffeine comparison courtesy of Punch’d Energy

Not all caffeine is the same––and ‘less is more’ with energy drinks

Some energy ‘shot-type’ beverages contain as much as 700 mg of caffeine per ounce of liquid — or over seven times the amount of caffeine in a typical cup of brewed coffee. Many medical professionals believe that a healthy adult can safely consume up to 400 mg a day, but they don’t recommend them for people 18 or under.  So be careful where you get your caffeine, and what is hidden in the can or bottle when you are only looking for energy, not articial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.

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The Evolution of Energy

A relatively new entry into the market is Punch’d Energy.  With all natural ingredients, this maker of ‘Caffeine Gummies’ seems to be at the forefront of what they call, ‘The evolution of energy’.  The simple science behind these chewable power Bears is that the caffeine is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream as you chew it. A faster way to recieve the benefits from caffeine, without the harmful side affects that coffee and other caffeine drinks can have on your stomach.

Each ‘gummie’ contains 10mg of caffeine, and one bag contains 8 of the chewable sources of energy. You can really take these in doses as needed for maintaning energy without the highs of energy shots, or the crashes from so-called energy drinks.

Another benefit is the all natural ingredients — caffeine derived from Arabica coffee beans, real fruit flavors and juices, and the highest quality gelatin made in the U.S.A.  If you want to try them for yourselves, they have extended a special offer for Food Identity Theft readers – visit their store here and use PROMO code FITGUMMIES16 for your limited time discount – and us what you think when you’ve tried them!

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