Coffee–Is it Really Good for You?

Now that the slow days of summer are ending, you may need some more caffeine.  Caffeine binds to adenosine receptors inm the brain preventing adenosine.  A, a natural sedative, from attachint itself and making you feel drowsey.

What caffeine does:

  • Keeps us more alert
  • Improves endurance exercise
  • Eases headaches
  • May protect against Alzheimer’s disease

What caffeine doesn’t do:

  • Cause heart arrhythmia
  • Help with weight loss
  • Increase blood pressure

Caffeine amounts in these often sluped beverages:

Starbucks Grande coffee:  330mg

McDonald’s 16-ounce coffee:  133mg

Black tea: 50mg

Diet Coke: 47mg

5 Hour Energy Drink: 200mg

 

* Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter

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