I would go so far as to say that our Western society is fueled by an eight carbon organic molecule, C8H10N4O2, or 1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione, or best known as Caffeine. Caffeine is found in almost all energy drinks, teas, soft drinks, and especially coffee. It is well known that caffeine is a stimulant and can induce both mental and physical improvements for a temporary period. The compound caffeine is a bitter crystalline xanthine alkaloid and is even toxic at higher doses.
benefits of coffee
In our fast paced society it is no wonder that caffeine is the most widely used and commercially available drug. Its stimulant effects can allow users to bypass the sleepiness of an early morning, disregard tiredness for a late night, or just feel alert throughout the day. So its no wonder why many people who work mentally demanding jobs turn to caffeine as an simple aid. Even athletes turn to caffeine to increase their performance. All studies point towards an increased output of an athlete under the effects of caffeine compared to non-users. However, caffeine is not a miracle drug and does carry some significant complications in users.
the effects of caffeine overdose and symptoms
Caffeine primarily affects central nervous system and causes a strong increase in both heart rate. In some users this increase has led to panic attacks and fear of a heart attack. Additionally caffeine is a known trigger of anxiety and has been shown to worsen anxiety and panic disorders. People prone to anxiety respond differently to caffeine and rather than feel energized they may just sense impending doom. Insomnia , headaches, twitching, ringing in the ears, nausea, and dehydration are all known side effects of the caffeine, but for some the extra energy outweighs all side effect.
I know caffeine has always been beneficial to my work output, but I know of people who never touch it and also seem to have all the energy they need. Comment this page and let me know how caffeine effects you, how you use it your advantage, or why you avoid the stuff like the plague.