Caffeine is a substance from the alkaloid group and is the most widely used psychosomatic stimulator in the world. It enters our body when consuming drinks like coffee, tea, energizing and isotonic drinks, candies, stimulating additives, sweetened beverages, cakes, sugar products and directly stimulates the central nervous system.
It excites our senses by increasing dopamine levels /one of the happiness hormones/ and its maximal effect occurs approximately after 45 minutes and lasts for 3 to 6 hours. Moreover, caffeine acts as a kind of diuretic and as a laxative in some people as it accelerates digestion. Moderate intake of caffeine is even recommended unlike the excessive consumption which leads to addiction and may make us resistant to its action.
When the organism adapts to caffeine’s action workforce productivity is decreased and loss of motivation, increased conflict tendency, even paranoia are observed. The Foods Standards Agency states 300 mg caffeine daily is safe. Other sources vary in their recommendations for safe dose between 180 and 400 mg caffeine per day. It is not recommended to consume ? of the safe daily dose for a period of 6-8 hours. Decaffeinated coffee is prepared by removing caffeine from the beans. This is achieved by different technologies which rarely are harmless for the health and sometimes significantly lower coffee quality.
There are three main methods for decaffeination:
- To dissolve and extract the caffeine by using a solvent;
- By using water and active charcoal through filters;
- By using carbon dioxide.
Coffee should contain maximum 3% caffeine in order to be decaffeinated. If there is any medical reason coffee to be forbidden for you, before taking decaffeinated one don’t forget about other alternatives like: Roasted ground spelt which is a strong stimulant of metabolism, activates renal function, improves circulation and digestion. It is perfect for making healthy, natural drink with rich and strong taste. Spelt is a good coffee alternative and can be consumed throughout the day. It doesn’t contain any stimulating substances and caffeine.
Another choice is ground Kamut or ground barley as well, characterized with high concentration of mineral salts and proteins, especially one which extracts gluten acid – vital for the brain function. These grains are also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and iron. However, coffee lovers should be calm and may continue to enjoy it in moderate amounts. Many investigations are made to prove coffee benefits which show its positive effect upon the organism.
The summarized results show coffee speeds up the process of information utilization and improves memory. Drinking coffee acts beneficially upon health due to vitamin P content (rutin) which improves vessel elasticity. You can obtain 20% of the daily needs of this vitamin with only one cup of coffee. Moreover, drinking coffee lowers the risk for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer, colon cancer and many other diseases.