Caffeine and Your Body

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance that is derived from the leaves, fruits and seeds of over sixty plant varieties in the world. It is usually found in coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa. It is so potent that it acts as a natural pesticide for the plants by killing off invasive bugs. When caffeine is ingested, it acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system. When you drink a caffeinated beverage, your body quickly absorbs this drug in the lining of the stomach. Within a few moments, you will begin to feel the effects of the stimulant, becoming more alert and awake.

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Expecting Mothers and Coffee

It is a widely known fact that apart from giving up those unhealthy vices for pregnancy, caffeine has to be greatly reduced in one’s diet as well.  Recent studies have shown that women with high caffeine consumption are twice as likely to miscarriage.  So, if you DO decide to enjoy a cup of coffee, do it responsibly- and limit your cup to 200 mg (about 12oz), for the sake of you and your baby.

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Coffee Linked to a Decreased Risk of Type-2 Diabetes

I, like many other Americans, wake up every day groggy and tired, relying on pounding back espresso shots like a fish in water. Every morning, 587 million cups of coffee are consumed by the general public in the United States. Researchers at Harvard Medical have put together a study over a four-year period which found that an increase in coffee intake of one cup per day decreases the risk for Type-2 diabetes by about 11 percent.

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Coffee and Increased Cognitive Function

Many people associate the smell, taste and look of coffee to an early morning upper that combats the semi-conscious state of mind we experience. It is common knowledge that caffeine gives people energy, but what people don’t know, is that caffeine is considered the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. As a psychoactive substance, it has surprisingly been shown to increase cognitive function.

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Need a little boost? Coffee acts as a Natural Anti-Depressant

Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and are just a little down in the dumps and need a boost? The Harvard School of Public Health has researched a new study, once again, relating to coffee, caffeine and their relationship to our bodies health and wellbeing. This study was directed around the correlation of depression and coffee. Like many other health benefits, the relationship stems not from the coffee, but from the natural caffeine within the coffee in the form of a natural anti-depressant.

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