Caffeine

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Nootropic

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Focus

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Stimulant

8.5 /10

Caffeine

Boost Energy
Cognitive
Improve Focus
Improve Memory
Longevity
Mental Health
Nootropics
Mood Support

Description

Summary

Perhaps the most widely used drug in the world, caffeine is a naturally occurring plant compound that belongs to a group of stimulants called methylxanthines.

Benefits and Effects

Boosting Alertness

Caffeine temporarily increases alertness. In one study, a daily dose of 800mg improved reaction speed and accuracy in sleep deprived patients. [1]

Enhancing Athletic Performance

In a study of young male athletes, caffeine temporarily increased upper and lower body muscle strength by 6-13 percent. [2] In a study of female athletes, caffeine reduced perceived exertion and pain, which allowed them to increase their training volume. [2]

Controlling Weight Gain

By increasing metabolism and breaking down stored fat, caffeine can help with weight management. [3]

Lifting Mood

A moderate dose of 200-250mg can improve mood for up to three hours; however, larger doses may also increase anxiety. [4] [5]

Preventing Parkinson’s Disease

Caffeine’s neuroprotective properties may help prevent Parkinson’s disease even in patients with a genetic predisposition. [6] [7]

Lowering Risk for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Caffeine suppresses production of amyloid beta, which is associated with Alzheimer’s. [8] Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily has been correlated with decreased dementia risk. [9] In one study, individuals who regularly consumed high to moderate doses caffeine consistently outperformed non-users on memory recall tests. [10]

Defending the Liver

In a study of patients with fatty liver disease, those who drank caffeinated coffee had less severe liver scarring than their non-coffee-drinking peers. [11] A dose of 100mg daily may also prevent liver tissue scarring in hepatitis C patients. [12] Drinking coffee can help prevent cirrhosis, but other sources of caffeine haven’t demonstrated the same benefit. [13]

Combating Cancer

Studies suggest that daily caffeine consumption may reduce your risks for oral, colon, skin and liver cancers. [14] [15] [16]

Protecting Skin

Caffeine’s antioxidant properties may help protect the skin from UV damage. [17] Topical creams consisting of 30 percent caffeine may reduce itchiness, scaling, redness and oozing in dermatitis patients. [18]

Alleviating Asthma Symptoms

Caffeine temporarily opens airways, which can help relieve symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. [19]

Detering Diabetes, Kidney Stones, Tinnitus and Gout

Moderate caffeine intake may lower women’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. [20] Studies suggest that the same may be true for caffeine and kidney stones. Some people use caffeine for tinnitus and gout prevention treatment. [21] [22] [23]

How It Works

Caffeine stimulates the sympathetic nervous system by blocking adenosine receptors. [24] It also binds to phosphodiesterase receptors, which causes widening of blood vessels and breakdown of fat. [25]

Caffeine Anhydrous is a quickly absorbed molecule that efficiently transports throughout the body. Caffeine levels begin to rise as quickly as fifteen minutes after ingestion and don’t reach their peak until forty-five minutes later.

Dosage

WARNING: Please follow dosage directions on the product label when supplementing with caffeine anhydrous.

Doses of 225-360mg tend to be most effective for enhancing physical performance while 100-600mg is the recommended range for improving mental performance. [26] Caffeine’s half-life is typically around five hours. [27]

Caffeine overdoses are uncommon, but caffeine poisoning is possible with amounts over 1 gram. Over 5 grams of caffeine is a lethal dose. Caffeine overdose symptoms include dehydration, nausea, fever, delirium and seizures. [28]

Side Effects

Caffeine’s side effects include restlessness, anxiety, light-headedness, flushed face and increased urination. Excitability as well as rambling thoughts and speech are also common. [28]

Stacks

Stacks include:

  • L-Theanine
  • Synephrine
  • Milk Thistle

L-theanine, which has become one of the more popular caffeine alternatives, can be combined with the real deal to enhance alertness and cognitive performance better than either substance alone. A study of healthy young adults found that taking 97mg of L-theanine and 40mg of caffeine together improved subjects’ ability to focus on complex cognitive tasks. [29]

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25527035
  2. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1984-82502016000400685&script=sci_arttext
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7369170
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209050/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3602037
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182024
  7. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep15492
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746074/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20182054
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3222359
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21987293/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25777972
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11557177
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23230042
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22695871
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25604135
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075568
  18. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/536765
  19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0010864/
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16443894
  21. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232021/
  22. http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(14)00198-3/abstract
  23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2937590/
  24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878772/
  25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17126666/
  26. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK223795/
  27. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK223808/
  28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12150361
  29. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21040626
Also known as:Guaranine Methyltheobromine 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine Theine, Caffine Powder, Caffiene Powder, Pure Caffine
Type:Stimulant
Good for: , , , , , , ,
Stacks well with: Caffeine Citrate,L-Theanine Capsules
Typical dose:225 -360mg per day
Half Life :3-4 Hours