Caffeine

Characteristics

  • Bitter, white, crystaline found in seeds, leaves, nuts, and berries
  • Can kill/paralyze insects if they feed on it
  • Block interaction between adenosine and it's receptor
  • Can impair athletic performance
  • Helpful at a high altitude
  • Can cause insomnia

Risks

  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Decreases risk of cardiovastcular disease
  • Pregnancy- congentital malformations, misscarriage, and growth ratardations
  • Mild increase in urinary output
  • Restless, anxious, and irriable
  • No addiction liability

CAFFEINE DOES NOT STUNT A CHILD'S GROWTH

Sources

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic/energy drinks (Monster, Red Bull, etc.)
  • Soft drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Ice cream
  • Weight loss pills
  • Pain relievers
  • Beef jerky
  • Breath fresheners
  • Oatmeal

Withdrawl

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Pain in stomach, upper body, and joints