Is caffeine good for you?

When someone mentions ‘caffeine’, not many people have positive connotations. That’s mostly because we are used to hearing how caffeine is the reason why we stay awake even when our body needs rest and how it does not affect our health in a good way. Is it all totally true, though? We’ll find out together.

First questions we ask ourselves is ‘where does caffeine actually come from?’. It is a substance which can be found in many plants, including cocoa nuts, tea leaves and, most of all, coffee beans, which means you’re taking it not only when sipping your morning coffee, but also when you’re enjoying your favorite chocolate or drinking an energy drink to make it through a rough day. The list of food and drinks which contain caffeine keeps getting longer each year, and most people take it on daily basis, it just depends on which amount.

How much caffeine is good for me?

That is actually the essential piece of information. Whether caffeine affects you or not depends on your size, diet, physical activity and the amount you ingest regularly. Most people get used to caffeine so they develop a certain tolerance for it over time. If you decide to quit on caffeine at once, you will probably feel headaches and drowsiness, so the best way to do so is to do it step by step until you reach the consumption of 400 mg per day and less. If this happens to be more difficult than you have expected, don’t be surprised as caffeine is, in fact, an addictive drug, but we have good news for you – caffeine addiction goes away after only 1 – 3 days, and we believe you can make it!

How does caffeine affect me? Am I addicted?

The biggest problem regarding caffeine is the effect it has on your sleep. Half of the caffeine amount you ingest stays in your body for 6 hours, which means that if you drink a cup of coffee in the afternoon, half of the caffeine amount will stay in the system until late evening depriving your body of a good night rest. You might feel the damage the next day as well, as you will be tired and you will need to stay awake, so you crave caffeine to get you out of bed. It’s a vicious circle, believe us.  

Is caffeine good for me or not?

Many studies have been conducted on this question and many are yet to be, but none of them agree on one single conclusion. Some say yes, others claim no.

Let’s get one thing straight – too much of anything can make you sick, so check out few following scientifically proven facts and decide for yourself:

PROS

CONS

  • decreases risks of Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, as well as less heart rhythm disturbances
  • has no nutritional value and its mildly addictive drug
  • black tea and green tea (with or without caffeine) help to reduce the risk of cancer, osteoporosis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and gum disease
  • may also promote headaches, migraines and high blood pressure
  • consuming small amounts of caffeine before your workout can improve the exercise performance
  • larger amounts can provoke restlessness, panic attacks, and insomnia, increase eye pressure and stimulate the production of stomach acids
  • may help you lose weight, as it contains potassium and magnesium which regulate blood sugar levels by using insulin and reduce craving for snacks
  • contains cafestol and kahweol which raise LDL cholesterol levels
  • protects your body through the high amount of antioxidants
  • when drank by pregnant women, coffee will reach the fetus which is highly sensitive to caffeine

 

As you can see, caffeine is not considered very dangerous as long as you control how much of it you actually take. We already said that, but it’s worth repeating – caffeine’s main effect is on the brain. It blocks adenosine, a neurotransmitter responsible for relaxing the brain and causing you to feel tired. Adenosine levels increase throughout the day, which is why you become more and more exhausted, and here comes caffeine to help – it connects to adenosine receptors in the brain without actually activating them and thus blocks their effects which leads to reduced exhaustion. Apart from this, in a short amount of time caffeine also increases blood adrenaline levels and stimulates a state of alertness, arousal and focus. Pretty cool, right? And it takes only 20 minutes to do all that!

All in all, we think it’s safe to say that you will be fine if you keep ingesting 400 mg and less of caffeine per day, but keep in mind that there were overdose cases with as little as 500 mg, so take care of your body and brain and pay attention to those tiny labels and declarations on the back (or bottom) of each product, they really can make a difference.

What’s the deal with mushroom coffee?

You’ve probably already heard someone chatting about this new ‘mushroom coffee’ thing, right? So, let me answer your first question – no, it is NOT ILLEGAL. But what’s so special about it then?

Well, for starters, it is a much healthier version of what you’ve been drinking until now. Our mushroom coffee successfully combines the world’s most popular drink with the power of nature, more precisely with the rich and colorful world of fungi. Known as ‘superfood mushrooms’, this miraculous creatures, although extremely potent, work hard to hide and protect their bioactive substance inside the cell walls made of Chitin (for those of you who, like myself, are no experts in the field, Chitin is one of the hardest natural materials on Earth and cannot be digested). However, all good things are worth the trouble, and if you’re interested in discovering more about this, we can say, quite complicated extraction process, we can help you with that.

Not all types of mushroom coffee are produced the same way and not all of them have the same effect on your body.

With all that on side, we’ll focus on our three little power plants – Chanterelle, Chaga and Cordyceps. Their number one task is to convert food into energy on a cellular level and to boost your immune system. Never heard of them until now? Relax, you belong to the 95% of the population then.

The first of the mighty three, Chanterelle is known for its fantastic aroma and taste and even better chemical structure – extra high amounts of vitamins B and D which stimulate serotonin production and play a major role in energy production. Chaga, on the other hand (difficult even to notice thanks to its distinctive dark colour), protects you from premature ageing and memory loss that comes with a certain age, while Cordyceps has been famous ever since ancient times for its libido-boosting effect (believe it or not, many athletes use it as a natural supplement to keep their body active and energized).

And finally, the last, but not least, is a very carefully chosen coffee originating from the Peruvian hills. We can’t doubt the Peruvian coffee quality, don’t you think?

Now that you know all our secrets and how do they influence on your health, there is no need to further convince you why you should start drinking organic mushroom coffee (which, by the way, tastes even better than the regular one).

The mushroom & coffee combo has just started to make its way on the market and it seems to be planning to stay there for a while, so give a try and you’ll see you won’t be needing a cup of your regular coffee anytime soon. Organic is always a better choice, right?

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