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The Buzz on Caffeine

Health Benefits and Risks of Caffeine Consumption


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  • Love the article but have to say that when I am decaffeinate the world at large is in danger. '-)

  • I enjoyed this and I have to say some of this I did not know about coffee. Thank you.
  • I have gone for years without the caffeine - actually got addicted to it some as a younger adult with headache medicines with it and coffee -- Have very slowly begun to try a little again, but have to be careful to stop by later afternoon if I want to sleep by 10 p.m. Have been more motivated to try it some in order to see how it affects my ADHD adult daughter and that experiment is still in progress.
  • This lovely cup of Dunkin Donuts iced coffee right here, with skim milk and three packs of Equal?
    This is all that's standing between most people and certain annhilation, because my patience is already short and my grip on my temper is tenuous at best.
  • I've been caffeinated and decaffeinated. I prefer to be caffeinated. The good news is that I know when I've had enough--even when I'm tired. I can't drink more than I can handle.
  • I drink 4-5 coffees everyday, and being in Italy, they're quite strong. I have stopped drinking it after 4-5 pm though, cause it worsen my sleep problems. I have a low blood pressure and I suffer from headaches from time to time, so I guess it helps!
  • YELLOWDUCK60 there's a caffeine chart on pg 3 that shows for tea as well as other drinks :)
    Hi lots of talk about coffee - nothing really said about a refreshing cup of weak tea. I drink alot of it - its just about hot water with milk- with a hint of tea. I would be interested to know what that caffeine content of that would be.
    I drink coffee infrequently and find purchased coffees too strong for me.
  • I love and adore coffee-drink it every day. But every once in a while -I quit coffee to give my body/brain a break from it. .And I find It takes about a month for my brain to re-wire to be able to have my own energy again. For that month I notice it is harder to think as quick /move as I do with the caffeine.But I have learned that I have to quit slowly. One time I tried to quit cold. and looking for an exit at the car wash, I accidentally drove my car off a curb that at one time had been a driveway ( it still sort of looked like one). I realized right there and then, with my car stuck on that curb-that withdrawal from coffee -I need to be careful for the first day or two! I would not have made such a judgement error had I had my morning joe.
  • I tried giving up caffeine once. It was the worst dietary change I ever made. I will never do that again, unless some horrible global catastrophy happens, and suddenly humanity runs out of coffee.
  • Nicely balanced article. Thanks.
  • I have Fibrocystic Breast Disease and had to quit caffeine and take Vitamin E as per the doc's request. Big improvement in my health which saved me from surgery.

    The only problem with going caffeine free is when you go out to dinner and ask what they have that is decaffeinated and diet, you will get a plethora of crazy answers from tea to Diet Coke. I started ordering the water with lemon.
  • I so agree... My grandmother is a healthy 92 year old, that for as long as I can remember, has always had a cup of coffee each morning with her prayers.
    Her only pain is arthritis.
    Starting my menopause years, I noticed drinking coffee every morning and at night, then the pepsi and teas in between, was encouraging my menistraul flow to continue. When I stopped all the caffeinated drinks above I did not have one for those months. Caffeine also made me very shaky when taken with something sweet. I only drink one fourth a cup just to taste occasionally now and I am o.k. I guess everything in moderation, as its been said.
    I was disappointed to see the "health benefit" to help with endurance sports. As a long-distance runner we were told specifically not to take caffeine because it is a short burst of energy and you will crash.

    Also, I feel if you are going to talk about the positives of caffeine, you also need to address products. The chart shows caffeine in soda, coffee, energy drinks and sweets. However, many of those products, especially soda and sweets, not only have caffeine, but high levels of sugar, which is bad. Did you know that drinking one 20 oz. bottle of Mt. Dew is the equivalent of eating 17 teaspoons of sugar.

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