Caffeine boost a myth

By Drum Digital
06 July 2010

Most people can’t imagine skipping that first cup of coffee in the morning.

After all, it’s what kick-starts our day, right? Wrong! A new UK study found coffee drinkers are no more alert than non-drinkers. Researchers say the caffeine “high” most of us experience is simply the body’s reaction to getting what it is craving.

Coffee drinkers become less affected by the stimulating and anxiety-producing effects of caffeine and that early-morning cuppa simply brings coffee drinkers back to “normal” by reversing the effects of caffeine withdrawal (which causes fatigue).

The researchers say coffee drinkers should opt for healthier alternatives because too much coffee can raise blood pressure and cause increased anxiety.

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