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5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Caffeine

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There’s definitely a few foods that are always up for debate about their health benefits and caffeine is one of them. Found in everyone’s favorite morning brew, coffee, and some teas, caffeine does have some nutritional value – you’d be surprised! Let’s take a look at 5 secrets that you didn’t know about caffeine and how it can help you maintain great health.

Oral health

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In a recent study by the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found a strong link between caffeinated coffee intake and the associated risks of oral cancer death. Surprisingly enough, the people in the study who drank about 4 cups a day had half the cancer risk than those who had an occasional cup or two. If you want to get the benefits, don’t forget that you want to stay away from drowning your coffee in fattening creamers, sugary syrups, and whipped cream. There’s definitely no weight loss benefit there!

Timing is everything

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Most people get their caffeine fix in the morning, but this is actually going against the best timing for your body. Our body produces an important hormone, cortisol, that peaks about 20-30 minutes after you wake up, giving us natural energy. It then drops and is lowest at night to help your body relax for sleep. When you give your body a boost of caffeine in the a.m., you’re mixing high levels of cortisol with caffeine and it is actually less effective. Try drinking your cup of joe mid-day, which are the times when your cortisol is lowest, and give your body a healthy boost.

Labels are deceptive

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Caffeine isn’t just in coffee anymore; the trend of caffeinated energy drinks isn’t going away anytime soon, but these can be dangerous to your health. A 2012 study found that many energy drinks don’t put accurate caffeine counts on nutrition labels and sometimes have more than is actually listed, sometimes up to 120 mg per can! And combine that with the loads of sugar and other chemicals – these are definitely not the best sources of caffeine. Get it from healthy sources like fresh brewed coffee or green tea to enjoy the many health benefits.

Too much of a good thing?

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Anyone who has tried to give up caffeine for a cleanse, diet, or other health reasons knows how hard it is to detox from caffeine. It’s important to not become addicted to it and limit your intake to a healthy portion. While you aren’t going to die from too much caffeine, which would take about 75 to 100 cups of coffee, withdrawal symptoms can include severe headaches and heart palpitations. And definitely keep it away from your children. Kids shouldn’t be consuming it, so keep them away from those harmful energy drinks which send tons of children to the ER every year.

Remember this?

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Moderate amounts of caffeine can sharpen the mind, improve memory, and cognitive functioning. In a study published in the journal, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, caffeine was associated with better memory in healthy senior citizens. In addition, having a small amount of coffee can improve planning, organizing, and time management skills.

So now that you’re in on a few secrets about caffeine, you can enjoy these nutrition benefits and not feel guilty about that afternoon cup of coffee!

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