We're continuing the supplement series with the people's favourite: Caffeine.
Coffee is something I'm a bit obsessed with, on the brewing and tasting side of things, but the physiological element is equally interesting.
The body produces a chemical called adenosine throughout the day. Adenosine signals sleepiness to the brain.
Caffeine interrupts this process by stopping some of the adenosine from getting to the brain.
On one hand, this means the adenosine isn't able to signal sleepiness to the brain, hence keeping us awake, and on the other hand, it also causes an increase in dopamine levels, which can cause a stimulating effect, and improved mood.
All of this can also improve physical and mental performance, which is great for working, working out, practising skills or competition in sport.
The general recommended dosage is somewhere between 100-500mg, about 45 minutes before you want it to take effect.
You should start off low, and build it up over time if needed since some people can experience a jittery or anxious feeling, or even sleepless nights, if they take too much.
It's also important to note that if you drink coffee (or supplement caffeine) on a regular basis, the amount needed to get similar performance-enhancing effects will increase, even to a point where adding more will not have a benefit, so keeping your caffeine for times where you need it would likely be beneficial.
What questions do you have around caffeine? Ask them below! Feel free to tag someone who would be interested!
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