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Health Tip: When to Cut Down on Caffeine

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Millions of Americans rely on caffeine for a morning or afternoon energy boost. However, relying too much on caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects such as migraines, stomach aches and irritability, says Mayo Clinic. Signs you should curb caffeine use are: You drink more than four cups per day. You're losing sleep. You're taking medication. A safe amount of caffeine is usually under 400...

Coffee on Your Mind? Even Thinking About It 'Arouses' the Brain

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 – Need a quick pick-me-up? Just thinking about a cup of joe can give you a mental boost, researchers say. "Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects," said study co-author Sam Maglio, associate professor of management at the UNi. "Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders...

Health Tip: Energy Drink Safety

Posted 10 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

-- While energy drinks are promoted as products that increase energy and enhance performance, they also can put users at risk. From 2007 to 2011, energy-drink related emergency room visits doubled. Overconsumption of energy drinks can cause a host of issues, the U.S> National Institutes of Health says. The NIH warns that excessive consumption can result in: Sleep disturbances. Anxiety. Digestive...

How Much Coffee Is OK?

Posted 5 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 – It seems as though every day brings a new study on the merits – or the risks – of coffee. So what's the real scoop? If you like drinking coffee simply for the pleasure of it, Harvard University research has found that sipping up to six cups a day is probably safe. Remember: Those are 8-ounce cups with about 100 milligrams of caffeine and little added milk and...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 31 Dec 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Caffeine in limited amounts is OK for most people, but too much of the stimulant can be dangerous to your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA adds: Caffeine is found in many foods, including various beverages and dietary supplements. Coffees and teas labeled "decaffeinated" can actually contain 2 to 15 milligrams of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup. Pregnant women and people...

AHA: Use Energy Drinks When Cramming for Exams? Your Heart May Pay a Price

Posted 30 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel function. And other studies hav...

Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to spit out coffee, the researchers said. But their study of more than 400,000 people in the United Kingdom found...

A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks – sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two – have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top,"...

Health Tip: When Kids Drink Coffee

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. It can trigger a fast heartbeat, headache, digestive problems, high blood pressure, moodiness and insomnia, the National Safety Council says. Children may wind up feeling more of caffeine's effects than adults, since presumably kids don't consume as much and their bodies haven't built up as much of a...

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding...

AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly: It gives you energy and may help you lose weight and sharpen your mental...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases...

Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – If you're trying to control your weight, don't look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice with a small amount of caffeine added (equivalent to caffeine in...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people won't start the day without a cup of coffee. Caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, isn't harmful for most people who drink 400 milligrams (mg) or less each day, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The average 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, while a 12-ounce energy drink contains 70 to 100 mg. If you're pregnant, breast-feeding or have conditions...

Can Coffee Extend Your Life?

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Having a morning cup of java – and another and another – might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In fact, drinking lots of coffee was associated with a lower risk of early death, including among people who downed eight or more cups per day. And it's not the caffeine. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the...

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