Category Archives: Caffeine

Is Caffeine Really A Flavour Enhancer?

Soft drink consumption has been shown to be a cause of insulin resistance and weight gain. This relates to the high sugar (sucrose) content of most soft drinks. Caffeine is also added to soft drinks (approximately 70 % in the … Continue reading

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Does Caffeine Consumption Cause Anxiety?

It is often reported that tea and coffee are able to trigger anxious symptoms in certain people. However, this anecdotal evidence is not supported by studies that have investigated the effects of caffeine, coffee and tea on the symptoms of … Continue reading

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Caffeine Consumption and Depression

Many people associate caffeine with nervousness and the development of anxiety. In the short term, this may be the case, and those with anxiety are advised to avoid excessive intakes of caffeine, particularly from coffee, unless habituated to the intake. … Continue reading

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The Beneficial Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine is perhaps the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world. Because of its widespread use, a large body of evidence has been collected on its effects. Some of these effects are beneficial to the health and therefore caffeine … Continue reading

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Coffee Versus Tea As A Health Drink

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Does Caffeine Increase Anxiety?

Evidence suggests that tea is able to cause a calming effect in the minutes after it is drunk. However, tea contains caffeine, and caffeine has been shown to be an anxiogenic agent in mammals. This apparently paradoxical situation is explainable … Continue reading

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Green Tea Catechins: Protective of Caffeine Induce Anxiety

Caffeine is able to activate noradrenaline release through the activation of noradrenergic neurones. This may in turn then have a modulating effect on the synthesis and release of dopamine. Caffeine can therefore elevate levels of a number of excitatory neurotransmitters … Continue reading

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Proanthocyanidins and Theobromine: The Health Effects of Cocoa

Antioxidant phytochemicals found ubiquitously throughout the plant kingdom. Edible plants provide a wide diversity of antioxidants with rich sources being fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, tea, wine and chocolate. Evidence suggest that phytochemical antioxidants are beneficial to the health and may … Continue reading

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Cocao As An Alternative To Tea

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Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Phytochemistry: Green tea is a rich source of polyphenols of the flavonoid subclass. In particular, green tea contains high amounts of a type of flavonoid called flavan-3-ols. These are sometimes referred to as catechins. The main catechin in green tea … Continue reading

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