CAFFEINE AND THE BODY
by Cody Boehm
The History and Basics of Caffeine
Caffeine can be traced to plants and beans (cocoa, coffee, other) for thousands of years. This stimulant was originally found in Ethiopia and is one of the most sought after substances on the face of the earth. Why is that? Because humans love their caffeine. Scientists began to research this water soluble crystalline compound sometime within the 1820s, and learned to extract the substance from coffee beans, leaves, and various plants.
The focus of my Real World Chemistry Project will looking specifically the the effects it has on the chemistry of the human body.
Why is this important? Because over half of the population over the age of 18 consume caffeine beverages like coffee every single day! We need to know what this does to our brain and our body. (statisticbrain.com).
Let's take a very topical peek at the effects caffeine has on our bodies.
Caffeine, by stimulating the central nervous system, has been known to have many benefits to humans:
Considering that many people and scientists refer to caffeine as a drug, one could assume that there are side effects to offset the above benefits:
There have been stories over time, rare albeit extremely tragic, where caffeine "overdose" has been found to be the cause of death. Doctors explain that the very uncommon event is due an almost perfect combination of events and often an underlying medical condition. Sometimes, however, it appears to be a 'perfect storm' of contributing factors that lead to a sad fatality. One should be aware of their caffeine intake and, like all things, should keep consumption within moderation.
For stories related, please click on the below link: