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Caffeine is the world’s most consumed brain altering substance. Found naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, cacao seeds and cola nut seeds, by the time it gets to us, natural caffeine comes in coffee (green and black beans), tea (black, green and white) along with dark chocolate.

The ideal amount of caffeine per serve is around 80mg says Rick Hay, lecturer in nutrition at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. This is the amount found in a typical 250ml energy drink, which means that unlike coffee, you always know what amount of caffeine you are getting by looking on the label. Natural VS synthetic caffeine

But the downside of most caffeine-laced energy drinks is that the caffeine is artificially produced and comes with a load of other ingredients that are not so good for you; like high sugars or artificial sweeteners So how can you get controlled caffeine that is naturally sourced?

According to a spokesperson for Red Bull, this is to ensure quality: ‘Ingredients in Red Bull Energy Drink such as taurine, caffeine and vitamins are synthetically produced to ensure high and consistent quality. The fact that ingredients are produced synthetically results in consistent high quality and safety.’

Certainly, when the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently ruled that caffeine supplements sold to consumers in liquid or tablet form were unlawful, they were referring to the synthetically produced variety, not caffeine in its natural state.

‘Synthetic caffeine starts with ammonia which is then converted to urea (a synthetic version of a compound found in mammals’ urine), combined with chloroacetic acid to produce a compound called uracil. ‘In turn, the uracil is processed and converted to theophylline to which is added methyl chloride to produce the final product: methylated theophylline – otherwise known as synthetic caffeine’. Natural caffeine = natural energy minus the crash

‘Synthetic caffeine found in energy drinks and painkillers along with soft drinks and pre-workout formulas is produced in a lab without the accompanying phytonutrients and antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that substances such as coffee, green and black tea as well as guarana contain naturally alongside it,’ says Hay.

Synthetic caffeine therefore can mean a quicker lift than natural, but also a quicker crash. Green tea and green coffee on the other hand are both based on leaves and beans picked in their young states, Hay points out. ‘This results in a more subtle, slow-release of natural caffeine to the body.’

‘L-theanine has been shown in numerous studies to have significant benefits to relaxing the nervous system without causing drowsiness, an effect believed to be down to the fact that it helps increase calming alpha wave activity in the brain,’ Hay says. The new plant-based energy drinks

One of the first movers in this space is Tenzing, a plant-based energy drink that takes its caffeine from a mix of raw green coffee, green tea and guarana with only Himalayan rock salt, lemon juice and beet sugar. Although it contains the same amount of caffeine as Red Bull the caffeine is straight from natural sources such as green tea so you end up getting the antioxidants and amino acids such as L-Theanine (found naturally in green tea) that help calm the nervous system, balancing out the kick you get from the caffeine.

A 250ml can of Tenzing provides 80mg of natural caffeine with only 55 calories, compared to Red Bull which provides 80mg synthetic caffeine with 115 calories. A primo Costa Flat White contains around 80mg of natural caffeine and 153 calories per cup.

Meanwhile, other brands have followed into the cleaner energy drinks space including Flyte and Brainfud, which contain ingredients such as natural caffeine from sources such as guarana as well as vitamins and minerals and natural flavourings.

In fact, caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world.’ Indeed, most people consume caffeine without any problems and its reputed benefits are proven in many scientific research papers. Here are just a few. 1. Yes, it wakes you up alright

Drinking one cup more of caffeinated coffee a day was associated with a 20 per cent reduction in the risk of developing HCC, two cups more with a 35 per cent reduction, and up to five cups with a halving of the risk. 5. It could boost your long term memory

Johns Hopkins University research indicates that caffeine may enhance long-term memory. Participants who were given 200-miligram of caffeine after studying a series of images were better at distinguishing these same images from similar ones when tested the next day.

‘We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans,’ said senior author Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

This double-blind study was designed to reveal a deeper interaction between memory and caffeine. ‘Identifying these images requires the brain to make a more difficult discrimination — what we call pattern separation, which seems to be the process that is enhanced by caffeine,’ said Prof. Yassa 6. It could reduce your risk of Parkinson’s

By blocking adenosine’s relaxing effects, caffeine lets dopamine and glutamine – other ‘happy’ neurotransmitters produced by your brain – run wild, making you more alert, less bored, and providing a mood boost. 9…and can even reduce depression and suicide risk

The authors reviewed data from three large U.S. studies and found that the risk of suicide for adults who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was about half that of those who drank decaffeinated coffee or very little or no coffee.

Caffeine not only stimulates the central nervous system but may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. This could explain the lower risk of depression among coffee drinkers that had been found in past epidemiological studies, the researchers said. More Healthista content:

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