Given the fact that this is a country which practically runs on caffeine alone, you would think the average person would know more about the eye-opening effects of caffeine than they really do. Most of us started drinking coffee around our early twenties, simply needing some way to power through the day and energize our mornings, and maybe our afternoons as well, without really thinking about what exactly this habit can do for our health — good or bad. Knowing about the different sources of caffeine, as well as how to consume it in a safe and healthy manner, is a great way to keep this aspect of your everyday diet from getting out of hand in the form of certain negative side effects of caffeine.
Where Can You Find Caffeine?
Most Americans know to turn to the nearest coffee shop in order to get a quick boost of caffeine. However, caffeine can be naturally (as well as unnaturally) found in many different sources and areas of your local grocery store. Tea — black and green varieties in particular — is perhaps one of the healthiest sources of caffeine out there. The caffeine found in tea releases more slowly into the bloodstream, which translates to longer-lasting energy and a smaller chance of shakiness and anxiety.
Caffeine can also naturally be found in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can provide antioxidants as well, but it should still be consumed in moderation. Try not to eat chocolate shortly before bedtime, as the caffeine can keep you awake longer than you want to be.
What Health Benefits Can It Provide?
Studies have shown that there are some great ways in which caffeine can benefit a person’s health. Caffeine itself has been known to boost heart health, improve memory and cognitive thinking skills, and reduce feelings of physical pain. Certain natural sources of caffeine, such as green tea and dark chocolate, can also provide loads of antioxidants and healthy nutrients to improve skin health and appearance.
What Risks Does It Come With?
Like anything else, caffeine is best consumed in moderation. Some people find that drinking too much caffeine, especially in the form of coffee or energy drinks, leads to increased instances of anxiety and panic attacks. Certain energy drinks can also increase a person’s risk for developing conditions such as weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure, in part due to the combination of high amounts of caffeine and sugar in the product. Stick to a moderate amount of natural caffeine which you know works for you in order to cut down on these health risks.
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