Caffeine – Benefits and Side Effects

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Caffeine is one of the most common natural ingredients in our foods. Sources of it are coffee, tea, and cocoa plants. Today, it is also added to energy drinks, sodas, and common medicines such as cold and headache medicines. It is known for its benefits of reducing drowsiness, improving alertness and athletic performance, and more recently to reducing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, caffeine can have some negative side effects that may include trouble sleeping, anxiety, heart palpitations, and restlessness. Additionally, it is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women. As a result, it is important that you know your tolerance and the benefits you wish to gain from it.

Today, caffeine is considered to be healthier than it used to be. In light of this recent positive news, it seems like we can enjoy one or two cups of coffee or tea (or an occasional piece of chocolate) each day.

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