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Caffeine – Natural vs Synthetic

CaffeineEvery Canadian will recognize this sign.  Tim Horton’s, where there is always a line up at the drive through window.  Love it or hate it you can find one in almost every town.

Or perhaps your favorite java is Star Bucks or Timothy’s.  On the other hand would prefer a lovely cup of tea instead.  They each have something in common, and that is caffeine.

Caffeine (C8H10N4O2) is the common name for trimethylxanthine.  Caffeine is naturally produced by several plants, including coffee beans, guarana, verba mate, cacao beans, and tea.  For the plants, caffeine acts as a natural pesticide.  It paralyzes and kills insects that attempt to feed on the plants.

In 1819 a German chemist Friedrich Ferdinand Runge was the first to isolate the molecule caffeine.  Purified caffeine is an intensely bitter white powder.  When added to colas and other soft drinks it has a pleasing bitter taste… but . . .

  • Caffeine is also an addictive stimulant.
  • Caffeine in humans stimulates the central nervous system
  • Caffeine stimulates the heart rate
  • Caffeine stimulates respiration
  • Caffeine is psychotropic (mood altering) properties
  • Caffeine acts as a mild diuretic

What is a Normal Does of Caffeine?

100 mg, which is roughly the amount found in a cup of coffee is considered a normal dose.  However, more than half of all North American adults consume three cups of caffeine every day.  It is consumed in coffee, cola, chocolate, and tea, and also available over-the-counter as a stimulant.

Too much caffeine can result in caffeine intoxication.  This is characterized by nervousness, excitement, increased urination, insomnia, flushed face, cold hands/feet, intestinal complaints, and sometimes hallucinations.

Caffeine is believed to work by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain and other organs. This reduces the ability of adenosine to bind to the receptors, which would slow down cellular activity. The stimulated nerve cells release the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline), which increases heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to muscles, decreases blood flow to the skin and organs, and causes the liver to release glucose. Caffeine also increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Caffeine intake has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of type 11 diabetes mellitus.  In addition to use as a stimulant and flavoring agent, caffeine is included in many over-the-country headache remedies.

What is the Caffeine Count?

Here is a link to see for yourself the caffeine count in some common bottled beverages.(mg/12oz)

As  you can see from this list there are some drinks we should avoid.  They are very dangerous.  Often the caffeine that is used in a lot of these beverages is synthetic – created in a lab.  Why, because it is cheap to produce.  Therefore a better profit margin for the manufacturer.

The unfortunate part of this is for example the “Monster Drink”

The overall sales of energy drinks in the United States grew an estimated 16 percent last year to $8.9 billion, a record level, according to Beverage Digest, a trade publication.

What About VISI

Dr. Rouse talks about the difference between the all natural VISI products and the products made with synthetic.

  1. Herbal natural is more expensive than the cheaper synthetic and this has caused many manufacturers to choose between quality and price.
  2. Products containing 100% naturally occurring caffeine are more expensive to produce.

When the natural caffeine is used the caffeine molecule does not stand alone.  But is accompanied by often 500 other plant nutritional molecules, which help to buffer it, to protect it, to make it non toxic.  It is impossible to make the synthetic caffeine to include these accompanying nutritional molecules.

There is no doubt that the herbal natural is the better choice, but again it comes down to price.  Can this product be produced with quality and yet be affordable for the consumer.  At VISI our ownership asks for the best of the best.  VISI products contain 100% naturally occurring nutrition.

Click on the picture below as Dr. Charlie Rouse, R.Ph., N.M.D explains.



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One Response to “Caffeine – Natural vs Synthetic”

  • Ferne Gradillas on April 21, 2013

    The term “soft drink” specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to “hard drink” and “drink”. The term “drink” is neutral but often denotes alcoholic content. Beverages such as soda pop, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, root beer, and fruit punch are the most common soft drinks. Milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, milkshakes, and tap water are not considered to be soft drinks..

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