RōBarr has no caffeine.
Caffeine is a natural substance found in certain plants. It is now also produced synthetically and used as a food and drug additive. It is considered to be a drug because of its altering properties. Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system and acts as a diuretic. Often found in over the counter drugs and especially painkillers, there may be more caffeine in your daily diet than you think. Occasionally food products that contain caffeine do not list it since it is in small quantities.
For most people, a low amount of caffeine, no more than 400 mg per day, is fine. In fact, it can be beneficial. Caffeine content may vary by cup of coffee from 104 – 200 mg in 8 oz. depending on the method and length of time the coffee is brewed. To be safe, you should drink from 2 to 4 cups of coffee per day. If you do drink more, you could find yourself suffering from the following symptoms:
• Fast or increased heart rate
• Excessive urination
• muscle tremors
• Upset stomach/nausea
• difficult sleeping
• increased blood pressure
The younger and smaller your body or the less often you ingest caffeine, the greater its affects on your system. Caffeine is tasteless and can be removed from coffee and other beverages, but is done so with a chemical process.
Certain medications and herbal supplements negatively interact with caffeine. If you are taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Noroxin (norfloxacin) Theophylline (theo-24, Uniphyl, and others) or Ephedra you should consult your doctor about drinking coffee in large amounts, and consider eliminating or reducing your caffeine intake.
RoBarr is naturally caffeine free and safer for both adults and children.
Caffeine and Kids
While the US has not established guidelines for caffeine intake by children, Canadian guidelines recommend preschoolers have no more than 45 mg of caffeine per day. That is the caffeine found in one 12 oz. can of soda or four 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bars. School age children should also receive lower levels of caffeine than adults due to their smaller size relative to adults. Infants in their first months are not able to eliminate caffeine from their systems and could build up to unsafe levels very quickly. This stimulant can negatively affect kids the same way it affects adults. Because of their smaller body mass, kids also have other negative side effects such as obesity, nutritional deficiencies, increased level of cavities, and dehydration in hot weather.
What about decaffeinated coffee?
Coffee can be decaffeinated, but they remove the caffeine through the use of a chemical process. If you wish to avoid chemical usage in manufacturing your product, stick with RoBarr!
Side effects of caffeine are very real. If you are getting more than the recommended level of 400 mg per day (2 – 4 c per day), you may need to phase out your caffeine intake over a period of a few weeks. With RoBarr that is easy. Just add a little more RoBarr and a little less coffee to your pot each day until you have eliminated the coffee altogether, and are using just RoBarr. Or drink your coffee in the morning, and switch to RoBarr after lunch so that you have all the caffeine out of your system before bedtime.
Caffeine:How much is too much? http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/NU00600 (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Caffeine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html (US National Library of Medicine)
Caffeine in the Diet http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002445.htm (US National Library of Medicine)