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What Is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up your central nervous system. It is the world’s most popular drug. Caffeine occurs naturally in products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda, and is added to a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including cough, cold, and pain remedies. Caffeine begins to take effect within five minutes and reaches its peak effect in about thirty minutes. It takes about four hours for half of a given dose of caffeine to be metabolized by the body. Normally, almost all ingested caffeine is metabolized, and there is no day-to-day accumulation of the drug in the body. Caffeine can help make you more alert and awake. It can also elevate the mood and postpone fatigue, as well as improve performance at simple intellectual tasks and at physical work that required endurance, but not fine motor coordination. From the basic facts, you may assume caffeine is the greatest thing ever. However, there are many side effects and potentially fatal risks.

History of Caffeine

Caffeine was created in 1819 by a German chemist named Friedrich Ferdinand. the word “caffeine” originated from the German word “Kaffee” and the french word “cafe”, both directly translating to mean “coffee”. Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant that can be isolated from over sixty plants but can also be made synthetically and added to our everyday food products and medications. In its pure form, caffeine is a white powder that is extremely bitter.

Properties of Caffeine

Caffeine is a white, odorless, and hygroscopic crystalline solid. Caffeine tastes bitter and the density is 1.23g ml-i and its melting point is 235 degrees c and at higher temperatures, it decomposes. It is soluble in water and is a nervous system stimulant. Its formula is c8h10n402 (in subscripts).

Where It’s Found

It can be found in chocolate, tea, coffee, and soda. Medication such as Excedrin and Midol. It can also be found in certain dietary supplements used for weight loss.

Caffeine Addiction

Reporting the inability to cut down the consumption of caffeine due to the fear of withdrawal symptoms. Studies show that about 58% of the world is dependent on coffee. Most common withdrawal symptoms:

  • increased anxiety
  • nervousness
  • jitteriness
  • upset stomach
  • headaches/migraines
  • irritability
  • inability to focus
  • drowsiness
  • insomnia

Caffeine Intoxication

Yes, you can get “high” off caffeine. As a matter of fact, snorting caffeine used to be a trend among teenagers back in 2014/2015. 80-100 mg/l can be fatal and can lead to an od. Caffeine intoxication, needless to say, is when you experience. A strong clinical response to the consumption of caffeine; Results from a patient requiring positive therapy to dialysis to dying from rapidly increased heart rate.Symptoms of intoxication:

  • happiness
  • energetic arousal
  • extreme alertness
  • sociability

Pros:

  • can improve your short-term memory
  • can decrease fatigue
  • can speed up your reaction times
  • makes you more alert
  • increases energy levels
  • makes it easier to focus/concentrate

Cons:

  • too much can cause severe anxiety and migraines
  • can cause heart problems
  • can result in sleeping disorders
  • muscle tremors and twitches
  • can increase chances of miscarriage
  • can result in bone loss in postmenopausal women.

The Future of Caffeine

Caffeine has two major future applications in the media Firstly, in a study of fruit flies with cancerous cells, caffeine has shown positive treatment effects. fruit flies were given multiple doses of caffeine and after the trial period, researchers noticed something odd.

the caffeine had interrupted the process that controls the cancerous dna repair cells. in other words, caffeine made the dna that repairs the cells go through apopotosis. without the presence of repair cells, the cancerous cells are more susceptible to the chemotherapy. however, currently, the levels of caffeine required to achieve this affect completely in humans would be considered a lethal dose.

Secondly, studies have supported a hypothesis that caffeine may reduce the progression of liver fibrosis or hepatitis c in the liver. furthermore, another study showed evidence that caffeine is not harmful to people with liver diseases and may even be beneficial. lastly, caffeine has shown signs of protecting the liver from damages due to alcohol.

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