Truckers and other individuals who spend hours driving long distances are undoubtedly aware of the challenges they face staying focused and alert for the entire duration of their trip. Many rely on caffeinated beverages such as colas, energy drinks, or cups of coffee to provide the boost they need, especially during those stretches of time when drowsiness begins to take hold. Before you take another hit of caffeine, however, consider its effect on your body and whether there might be a safer alternative.
What are the health benefits of consuming coffee or caffeine?
Rich in polyphenols, coffee offers protection against diabetes and cognitive decline and helps promote weight loss. According to research attributed to the University of Scranton, coffee is the the No. 1 source of antioxidants in the average American’s diet, exceeding both fruits and vegetables combined.
Based on research conducted at McGill University, the main reason why caffeine provides a sharper mind and energy boost is because it blocks fatigue-inducing neurotransmitters, increases neural firing, and triggers the release of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.
How much caffeine is contained in your energy drink or coffee beverage?
In 2012, Consumer Reports tested 27 energy drinks. Their staff determined that the amount of caffeine in these beverages ranged from 6 to 242 milligrams per serving.
In 2013, K. Aleisha Fetters wrote an article about coffee and energy drinks that was published on Details.com. She stated that an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine, while a very popular energy drink such as a 16-ounce can of Red Bull has 154 milligrams. She added that the most potent energy drink in her report – the 24-ounce Wired X505 – contains a whopping 505 milligrams of caffeine.
How much caffeine is considered safe to consume?
According to Ms. Fetters’ report, the Mayo Clinic recommends 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day as the safe limit for most people. WebMD noted several of caffeine’s known side effects and safety concerns on its website:
Caffeine is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when used appropriately.
Caffeine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth for a long time or in fairly high doses. Caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and respiration, and other side effects. Caffeine can make sleep disorders in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) worse. Larger doses might cause headache, anxiety, agitation, chest pain, and ringing in the ears.
Caffeine is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnant or breast-feeding women when used daily amounts of less than 200 mg. This is about the amount in 1-2 cups of coffee. Consuming larger amounts during pregnancy or when breast-feeding is POSSIBLY UNSAFE.
Highly addictive, caffeine increases the urge to urinate because it inhibits the release of the anti-diuretic hormone which causes less water to be retained by the body. More importantly, caffeine increases anxiety levels by overly stimulating the adrenal glands.
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