PROCAFFEINATOR: (n) a person who delays action until after the first cup of coffee
Are you the one who don’t start any of your chores or action without a cup of caffeine? What exactly is caffeine? How does it work in the body and are there any side effects of this magical beverage?
A worldwide scenario: Early morning when you wake up and before you even go to freshen up, you need a cup of caffeine. From housewives to professional athletes, top-level managers and workmen, people can’t function without a cup of coffee. Why? What is this magical thing that you cannot actually wake up and feel alive without this? Before you get up and make up a large cup of it, you need to know these things…
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the Methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.
Onset of action ~1 hour
Duration of action: 3–4 hours
Elimination half-life: Adults: 3–7 hours; Infants: 65–130 hours
Metabolites: Paraxanthine (84%); Theobromine (12%); Theophylline (4%)
Effect of coffee on the brain:
Adenosine neurotransmitter that is a receptor in the brain helps to relax the brain and make you feel tired. The more energy your brain needs, subsequently burns, the higher concentration in adenosine rises within the brain and the more tired you get. This is where caffeine comes in. The caffeine substance sits on the adenosine receptors in your brain and blocks them that means less adenosine is released, leaving you feeling more alert. At the same time, when caffeine sits on the adenosine receptors, it releases a signal cascade within the brain making you feeling more alert and awake.
However, what most people don’t know is energy levels are not actually raised through caffeine, you just feel less tired due to blocking of receptors in your brain.
Picture it every-time you take a sip.
For athletes, caffeine consumption is even more advantageous. It increases the performance and endurance around two hours after its consumption.
How long to kick it in?
It depends on the amount and regularity of your consumption. One cup of coffee contains around 100-200 mg of caffeine. From the moment of consumption, it takes around 20 minutes for you to feel the effects and last for an hour since caffeine is directly absorbed in the bloodstream.
Caffeine being an addiction: Is it a myth?
It is a myth, however, having a very low dependence potential, it only exists if you consume it in a very high amount i.e. 8 cups per day.
Its main reason of it not leading into dependence is because of its distribution of hormone of happiness (Endorphins), dopamine and adrenaline, which don’t generate a rewarding effect that is remembered by the brain and makes it want to be repeated as often as possible.
Nonetheless, it’s the feeling coffee gives us that keep so many coming back for more.
The dangers depend on how you intake it:
80% of people nowadays consume a caffeinated product each day by hiding its natural bitterness by sweeteners that contains sugar you definitely know the dangers of it. You should enjoy your coffee the way it should be: Organic, fair trade and pure.