Caffeine is a natural substance found in certain plants. It is now produced synthetically and used as a food and drug additive. Considered 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 may be in small quantities.
For most healthy adults, no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day, is fine. In fact, it may be beneficial. According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine content may vary by cup of coffee from 95 – 165 mg in 8 oz. depending on the method and length of time the coffee is brewed. What size is your mug? Most mugs hold 16 oz. so one mug may actually be two or more “cups” of coffee or 330 mg. Pregnant or nursing? It is recommended that you drink less than 200 mg or 8 oz. (1/2 mug?) per day. Women with osteoporosis or in menopause should drink less than 300 mg or 12 oz. per day (3/4 mug?).
Caffeine is also found in a number of other surprising places, such as chocolate, decaf coffee, sodas (even non-cola), ice cream, weight loss pills, pain relievers, energy water, energy drinks, breath fresheners, energized sunflower seeds, morning spark instant oatmeal, perky jerky. You may need to cut back if you find yourself suffering from the following symptoms:
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 usually this is done with a chemical removal 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.
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.
Coffee can be decaffeinated, but usually caffeine is eliminated through the use of a chemical removal 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 of coffee 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? https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/NU00600 (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Caffeine https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html (US National Library of Medicine)
Caffeine in the Diet https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002445.htm (US National Library of Medicine)
Caffeine: side effects
12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20313656,00.html#the-caffeine-crutch-1
This article may provide additional information regarding caffeine and the side effects of overuse. https://www.healthambition.com/negative-effects-of-coffee/