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L-theanine: A Better Alternative to Coffee?

Here in the West, most of us don’t feel fully awake without a trip to the coffee machine or our local Starbucks. Millions of people rely on a cup – or five ­– of Joe to feel awake, alert, and stimulated all day long.  Others prefer to get their oomph in a can, downing energy drinks such as Red Bull like they’re water. But there may be an even better way to get your buzz. In fact, there’s an intriguing substance found in the leaves of a simple plant – one that promises a gentle energy boost, combined with feeling […]

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It’s a familiar morning routine for most of us: Roll out of bed and drag ourselves straight to the coffee maker. And with an estimated 90 percent of the world’s population consuming it daily, it’s no surprise that caffeine isn’t just an occasional treat for most people – it’s a habit. I’m not exaggerating when I say that a lot of us rely on caffeinated coffee for a jolt – and many people claim they can’t make it through the morning without it. Even if you’re getting plenty of sleep, you probably still have a diet rich in caffeine, whether […]

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Truck Drivers Keep Safe with Coffee

Lisa Sharwood, PhD, of the University of Sydney in Australia and colleagues report in BMJ that drinking caffeinated substances significantly reduces long-distance truck drivers’ risk of involvement in a crash. The case-control study involved face-to-face interviews with 530 long-haul truck drivers who were involved in an accident between 2008 and 2011 in two Australian states. They were compared with 517 control drivers who had not experienced an accident in the previous 12 months. The investigators asked the participants about their use of caffeine substances including coffee, tea, caffeine tablets, and energy drinks. They also reported details about health disorders, symptoms […]

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Researchers from Sweden suggest that pregnant women who consume caffeine like coffee are more likely to give birth to SGA (small for gestational age) babies or babies with lower than the normal birth weight given their gestational age.  SGA is linked to higher risk of morbidity and death of newborns. Research Verena Sengpiel says that the correlation between consumption of caffeine and fetal growth was established even among women who followed the recommended limit of caffeine intake at 200 mg per day or equivalent to two cups of coffee. The research team conducted a study involving 59,000 pregnant women from […]

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Too Much Coffee Lowers Babies’ Weights

New research reveals the association of caffeine from all sources (such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and food containing cocoa like deserts, cakes and chocolates) with SGA babies (small for gestational age) as well as low birth weight and extended duration of pregnancy. Moreover, intake of caffeine from coffee was linked to an even longer length of pregnancy. The new study was published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine. The project led by Dr. Verena Sengpiel investigated the impact of caffeine intake of mothers on their babies during pregnancy. About 60,000 pregnancies were included in the study and […]

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