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Caffeine Essay

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INTRODUCTION
‘Caffeine is a naturally occurring compound also called Trimethylxanthine.’ (Cavellier, 2014). Caffeine is also a stimulant drug, a drug, which temporarily accelerates various vital processes. Caffeine is commonly found in beverages such as soft drinks and coffee, but it can also be found in coco beans and many other plants. The Kola nuts, for examples are used to, produce the Coca Cola flavour and is also used and found in medicines. Numerous people rely on caffeine as an effective way to "wake up" in the morning however, studies have shown that it is addictive, can cause depression and have pregnancy risks. People who drink or have caffeine on a daily basis go through caffeine withdrawal if they don't get their daily fix. On the other hand, researchers have stated that caffeine have shown that caffeine can be very beneficial to the body. For example, caffeine is said to be beneficial in lessening the development of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, gallstones and cirrhosis of the liver.
CAFFEINE CHEMISTRY
‘In its pure state caffeine, or 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine, exists as a white powdered alkaloid with an intensely bitter taste. Caffeine acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system (CNS) having the temporary effect of warding off sleep and restoring alertness in both humans and animals.’ (coffeechemistry.com, 2014)
A chemical reaction transpires in the brain when drinking caffeine. ‘Caffeine uses the same biochemical mechanisms as other stimulants to stimulate the brain function. It causes increased neuronal firing.’ (chemistryislife.com, 2014) Some effects of caffeine are anxieties and insomnia; this can hits everyone in different ways.
Another chemical reaction that occurs is caffeine add...

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...a sip.’ On the other hand, another disadvantage of caffeine is ‘Caffeine Addiction,’ it has been proven by researchers that like drugs many people will/have an addiction to caffeine. According to a published research, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, done in, research ‘determined that caffeine drinkers who had an average of 357 milligrams of caffeine per day showed classic drug dependence signs and symptoms such as a higher tolerance for caffeine with frequent use, a persistent desire or unsuccessful attempt at limiting their intake, withdrawal symptoms when they cut back on their intake and choosing to continue consuming caffeine in spite of the knowledge that caffeine might cause them psychological and physical problems.’ The usual effects of caffeine withdrawal are ‘headaches, exhaustion, being cranky, lack in concentration and even depression.
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