Herbal Fact #6: CAFFEINE is the most widely consumed brain active substance in the world affecting every aspect of brain function including mood, attention, memory, and thinking ability called cognition.

CAFFEINE is the most widely consumed brain active substance in the world affecting every aspect of brain function including mood, attention, memory, and thinking ability called cognition. It is found in sixty plant species. In plants it is a defense against insects and fungi. Caffeine is typically extracted from beans that have been roasted but green coffee bean extracts have been prepared as supplements for weight loss. Caffeine plays an important role in calorie-restricted diets including those using protein shakes. Overweight and obese individuals often have increased activity of their nervous system and brain driven by the high sugar/high fat diets they eat. When they restrict their food intake, they feel tired and caffeine in many forms can help them stay on their diet plan. Caffeine is found in Herbal Tea Concentrates, Green Teas, Yerba Mate, Kola Nut, and Guarana Berries. Caffeine will cause a rapid pulse and sweating in some individuals who do not normally consume coffee or caffeine. This can send them to an Emergency Room or doctor fearing a heart problem. While the problem is usually resolved as the effects of caffeine are reduced, it is best for those new to caffeine to start with small amounts and gradually increase their intake. Colas and other soft drinks also have caffeine levels of 50 to 200 milligrams(mg) while a typical cup of coffee has 75 to 175 mg depending on how it is prepared. Teas typically have 30 to 100 mg per cup. Some energy drinks have over 300 mg, The limit set by the Food and Drug Administration is 400 mg per day. Cocoa has only about 12 mg of caffeine in a teaspoon but has a related compound called theobromine with similar effects, Caffeine is mildly addictive with symptoms of headache and fatigue when regular consumers stop their caffeine intake. 90% of Americans consume coffee every day and caffeine in other forms. Caffeine intake is restricted for some medical conditions. Find your personal best level of caffeine, you will get more energy and may even get smarter!! #drdavidheber #caffeine #tea #coffee to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitue.com

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