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Is Caffeine Bad for You?

That first sip of morning coffee that awakens your soul.....that pick-me-up cuppa joe in the afternoon to beat the 3 pm slump. Billions of people around the globe rely on caffeine in its various forms to start their day or beat the afternoon tiredness that always seems to hit around 2-3 pm. Caffeine can be found in many drinks and foods, including the obvious, coffee! But it can also be present in chocolate, tea, kola nuts, and soft drinks. It is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. Coffee and tea have been around for thousands of years. While caffeine can be helpful, too much can cause problems with anxiety and sleeplessness in some people. So you can get too much of a good thing! Caffeine in moderation is generally okay for most people, while others cannot tolerate even small amounts. Caffeine affects the brain by blocking adenosine, which makes you feel

sleepy. This can also signal other molecules to produce, such as dopamine and norepinephrine. This is thought to improve your mood and brain function. Other studies have shown that drinking between 3-5 cups of coffee per day or more than 3 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by up to 28-60%. Current evidence for the use of coffee and caffeine to prevent age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease - The journal of nutrition, health & aging https://movementdisorders.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mds.21706 Caffeine (1, 3, 7‐trimethylxanthine) in Foods: A Comprehensive Review on Consumption, Functionality, Safety, and Regulatory Matters

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