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19 Sep 2007
- Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. It is a potent stimulant and may be consumed in a multitude of forms. These include: coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolates, cold remedies, pain relievers and dozens of other over-the-counter drugs.
- Caffeine also is a powerful stimulant to nerve tissues. It affects the higher centers of the brain, producing a wakening effect and a more rapid flow of mental processes. It assists the body in overcoming the sense of fatigue, however, it does not relieve it.
- Two cups of coffee will cause an increase in hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach for at least an hour. This is a problem for anyone suffering from an ulcer or over-acidity problem.
- Caffeine slows the rate of healing of stomach ulcers.
- One cup of coffee will cause a rise in blood pressure.
- Caffeine decreases the body's ability the handle stress.
- In pregnant women, caffeine will enter the fetal circulation in the same concentrations as the mothers. May be related to birth defects.
- Withdrawal symptoms tend to discourage people from giving up caffeine.
- Continued use of caffeine may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness and even tremors.
- Caffeine masks fatigue when the body needs to rest.
- Caffeine increases respiration rate, urine output and an increase of fatty acids into the bloodstream.