Caffeine Facts – One of the most commonly consumed stimulant with a bitter taste. It makes us feel more alert by stimulating CNS (central nervous system). It is very beneficial for health if taken in moderate doses as it boosts the memory, concentration and mental health. Coffee particularly decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
Withdrawal symptoms are observed in people who abruptly stop the intake of caffeine.
Here are some facts about the most commonly used drug in the world:
The Journal of Analytical Toxicology report looked at nine different types of Decaffeinated coffee and determined that all contained caffeine. The dose range varied from 8.6-13.9 mg. (A regular coffee cup contains 95- 200 mg, of caffeine and a 12-ounce can of Coke contains 30-35 mg of caffeine, according to the Mayo Clinic.) So if someone consumes 6-10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, it is equivalent to 1-2 cups of caffeinated coffee. The drug takes only 30-60 minutes to reach peak level in the blood, 3-5 hours to eliminate half of its dose from the body.
Women metabolise it faster than men. Women on birth control pills metabolise at one-third the rate at which women not on such pills do.Likewise, smokers metabolise it twice as quickly as non-smokers do.
Many popular brands of Energy drinks actually contains lesser caffeine than a regular cup of black coffee.An 8.4-ounce serving of Red Bull has 76 to 80 mg of caffeine compared to the 95 to 200 mg in a typical cup of coffee, according to the Mayo Clinic reports.
The procedure of roasting burns off the caffeine. So, dark roast, rich flavoured coffees have less caffeine than the light roast coffee. Caffeine occurs naturally in more than 60 plants like in tea leaves, kola nuts, cocca beans etc. All brand of coffee does not have the same amount of caffeine. McDonald’s, had 9.1 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, while Starbucks packed 20.6 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce.