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The Chemistry of Caffeine

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Caffeine: Facts, Usage, and Side Effects. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance on the planet.

Caffeine: Facts, Usage, and Side Effects

Here’s an in-depth look at this drug and how it interacts with the human body. Caffeine is a naturally occurring compound found in plant species predominantly growing in the tropic or sub-tropic regions of the world. Plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide since it is toxic to insects and other pests. However, caffeine in small quantities has therapeutic benefits in some mammals. Early human civilizations discovered that consuming plants containing caffeine offered stimulating effects and these plants even were considered sacred in some cases. Human exploration and trade of tea and coffee soon caused caffeine use to be spread throughout the world and today greater than 80% of the world’s population uses caffeine in some form or another. 28 Plants that Contain Caffeine Table sources: 1,2,3 Botanists are likely counting many more of the subspecies and variations of the plants listed above.

Chemical Structure The Industry. Caffeine. Listen It's almost midnight and Aaron has already had a full day of school, work, and after-school activities.


He's tired and knows he could use some sleep. But he still hasn't finished his homework. So he reaches for his headphones — and some caffeine. What Is Caffeine? Caffeine is a drug that is naturally produced in the leaves and seeds of many plants. What Caffeine Does To Your Brain. Your Brain On Coffee. Chemistry in every cup. Coffee has a conflicting reputation - is it a guilty pleasure or a life saving elixir?

Chemistry in every cup

Emma Davies gulps down an espresso and investigates In ShortDrinking coffee has been associated with a variety of harmful and beneficial health effectsCoffee contains huge numbers of compounds, including antioxidant chlorogenic acids Recent evidence suggests coffee could help prevent type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's The absorption and profile of both helpful and harmful compounds in coffee is complex and depends on many factors It is hard to avoid stories about the latest must-eat food to join the anticancer brigade. First it was select vegetables and berries, then red wine, dark chocolate and coffee. Newspapers frequently tell us that antioxidants 'fight (nasty) free radicals', and the words 'polyphenol antioxidants' have entered the mainstream.

Kill or cure? Acid house Coffee contains a tremendous number of chemicals, with over 1000 aroma compounds. Digestive juices. The Chemistry of Caffeine - Chemistry's Role When you consume caffeine, a chemical reaction occurs in your brain.

The Chemistry of Caffeine -

Caffeine uses the same biochemical mechanisms as other stimulants to stimulate the brain function.It causes increased neuronal firing. This affects everyone differently. Some may have reactions that others may not. For example some may have the jitters or insomnia. Another chemical reaction that happens is considered dependency. Background Research Caffeine is not a man made substance, it is made through plants. Resources About the Author Marisa Salazar is addicted to caffeine and drinks up to ten coffees a day. Caffeine! What Is Caffeine and How Does It Work? By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

What Is Caffeine and How Does It Work?

Updated December 05, 2014. Caffeine (C8H10N4O2) is the common name for trimethylxanthine (systematic name is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine or 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione). The chemical is also known as coffeine, theine, mateine, guaranine, or methyltheobromine. Caffeine is naturally produced by several plants, including coffee beans, guarana, yerba maté, cacao beans, and tea. For the plants, caffeine acts as a natural pesticide. When purified, caffeine is an intensely bitter white powder. A normal dose of caffeine is generally considered to be 100 mg, which is roughly the amount found in a cup of coffee. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% However, more than half of all American adults consume more than 300 mg of caffeine every day, which makes it America's most popular drug.

Caffeine is believed to work by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain and other organs. Caffeine is quickly and completely removed from the brain.