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The Caffeine Caper

Caffeine and Its Affects on Humans
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Erilyn Heith

on 30 September 2014

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The Caffeine Caper
Pros and Cons
Criminal Record
The death of a 19 year old Connecticut resident, James Stone, has been blamed on “caffeine toxicity”. The culprit was a dose of two dozen No-Doz tablets.
Coca-Cola
34 mg of caffeine in one 12 fl oz.
Redbull
80 mg caffeine in 8.46 fl oz
Starbucks Hazelnut Frappechino
90 mg caffeine in a grande (16 fl oz)
Verdict
The Suspect: Caffeine
Suspect in question
The Suspect In Its Natural Habitat
Witnesses
The Facts
Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid.
A stimulant drug, typically consumed for increased energy or awareness.
Found In
The seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants.
Most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted from the seed of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush, as well as from various foods and drinks containing products derived from the kola nut.
(Above) Coffee Plant,
(Below, Kola Nut)
Tea Bush
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine
http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-10-2013/coffee-for-health.html
http://www.caffeineinformer.com/a-real-life-death-by-caffeine
http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-in-candy
http://www.caffeineinformer.com/the-caffeine-database
Pros
Increases dopamine levels in the body
Dopamine activates pleasure
Regular coffee drinkers were 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.
Coffee may reduce the risk of Alzheimers and dementia
Coffee cuts suicide risk
Coffee reduces the risk of oral cancer in older women.
Cons
Caffeine is addictive
Withdrawal Symptoms
Headaches, fatigue, and mental fuzziness
Increases anxiety, disrupts sleep patterns
Interacts with medications
Increases blood sugar levels
Can potentially lead to spinal loss in women.
Causes heartburn and acid reflux
"The Caffeinated Killer"
A tragic fatality occurred in the US in 2011 after a 14 year old girl consumed two 24 ounce cans of Monster (480mg caffeine) before going into cardiac arrest.
An Ohio teenager, Logan Stiner, was found dead after ingesting a large dose of pure caffeine powder. The coroner said that the young man’s blood had a caffeine concentration of 70 micrograms per milliliter of blood.
Photographic Evidence #1
Pure Caffeine Powder
4,706 mg of caffeine per teaspoon
X8 Energy Gum
50 mg of caffeine per piece
Caffeine has its pros, and it has its cons. While caffeine, when overdosed, can cause health issues and potentially death, it also has been proven to decrease different illnesses or conditions inside the body as well. In conclusion, caffeine, when ingested responsibly, can prove to be beneficial to your overall health and wellness.
* Recommended
healthy
daily caffeine intake is up to 400 mg, equivalent to 4 cups of coffee.
Photographic Evidence #2
4 Ever Fit Caffeine Tablets
200 mg of caffeine per tablet
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