Caffeine is not bad, and it’s not necessary to give it up. In fact, sometimes, caffeine can be a good thing. For example, when taken with aspirin or acetaminophen, caffeine can help reduce migraines and tension headaches. Want to get the lowdown on caffeine? Here, Mahmud Kara, M.D., founder and CEO of KaraMD breaks down the biggest FAQs.
Is all caffeine created equal?
No, not all caffeine is created equal. Some sources of caffeine, like green tea, contain compounds such as L-theanine that can help balance out the stimulating effects or jitteriness that people often associate with other sources of caffeine like energy drinks or coffee.
Furthermore, caffeine sources like energy drinks, sports drinks, and soda often contain other substances, like sugar or aspartame (artificial sweeteners) that have been linked to other health issues when consumed in excess. If you are going to consume caffeine within the USDA’s recommended guidelines, it is best to select cleaner sources such as black coffee or green tea.
How much is a safe amount of caffeine per day?
The United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) considers 400mg to be a safe amount for caffeine consumption in adults. However, people with existing health conditions like anxiety or insomnia may feel heightened symptoms as a result of caffeine consumption. Overall, if you are unsure about caffeine, how much you should consume, and how it will affect you, it is always best to consult your medical practitioner.
What should you do if you want to avoid caffeine but still want energy?
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