The chemical name for caffeine is 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine. Caffeine is classified as an alkaloid of the methylxanthine class.
Caffeine has a similar structure to DNA nucleotides, adenine and guanine. It is absorbed into the blood stream within 45 minutes. It remains in our bodies for 8-12 hours after consumption. In each cup of coffee there is approximately 100-200mg of caffeine.
Caffeine can be found in tea, energy drinks arabica and robusta coffee varieties. Surprisingly, Caffeine can also be found in chocolate, chewing gum, nut butters, ice creams and some bottled water. Caffeine targets the nervous system, which can increase heart rate, blood flow and efficiency of our organs.
When caffeine stimulates the nervous system it promotes a Burst Off Energy that can leave your body feeling mentally and physically more alert. 400mg/day is considered the safe dosage of caffeine, without adverse effect. Although, this will vary person to person. Approximately, 4 cups a week coffee.
Caffeine has also been linked with a reduction in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia Symptoms. One 2012 study of both human and animal models found a “reduced risk and delayed onset of symptoms” when consuming regular caffeine. It is similar to a group of brain chemicals which means it can activate particular Brain receptors acting as a stimulant. Caffeine makes you feel more awake! It blocks adenosine receptors in the brain that tell the body and mind it is tired.