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Myths and truths about caffeine

Μύθοι και αλήθειες για την καφεΐνη

The main ingredient of coffee is caffeine. It is a substance that stimulates the nerve cells of the brain.

Caffeine is addictive

There is a form of caffeine addiction, but not like nicotine. However, normal consumption can lead to side effects. Symptoms may include: headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, nausea, and muscle aches.

What is the "Moderate" caffeine intake per day for most adults?

Between 200 mg and 300 mg of caffeine, per day. This is the amount corresponding to two to three cups of coffee, and is considered a moderate amount, safe for most adults.

Moderate caffeine consumption can reduce the risk of the following conditions: 

Some studies have shown that moderate caffeine consumption can reduce the risk for diabetes, cholelithiasis, Parkinson's disease, and liver disease. Despite these studies, however, doctors do not recommend the consumption of caffeine, as a means of reducing the risks of these diseases.

Can mothers transfer caffeine to their babies through breast milk?

The babies, they can actually get a certain amount of caffeine, from milk of their mother. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "A cup of coffee in the morning is not likely to harm your baby, but too much caffeine can cause problems such as nervousness, irritability, and sleep disturbances."

How long do caffeine effects last: 

They need 5 to 6 hours, for the human body, to eliminate, only half the amount of caffeine from a cup of coffee. This is why a cup of coffee in the afternoon can affect our sleep. In people who are more sensitive to caffeine, the effects may last even longer.

Caffeine can help us when we are intoxicated: 

Contrary to popular belief, the Caffeine will not help whoever is in a state of intoxication to become sober.

Too much caffeine can kill us!

The Deaths from caffeine overdose are rare. They can be caused by convulsions or heart arrhythmia. The amount of caffeine that is considered an overdose varies depending on the amount, age and sex of a person, but in general, doses greater than 10 grams can be fatal in adults. A typical cup of coffee has about 115 mg of caffeine, so you should drink more than 85 cups to consume 10 grams.

In conclusion, 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day will do us good ..!