How Caffeine Affects You

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Brayton Bowen (Senior), Sports Editor

Caffeine is a natural chemical with stimulant effects. It is found in coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, guarana, yerba mate, and over 60 other products. Caffeine has good uses, but just like any other drug, the supplement can be overused and can affect the body in negative ways. Caffeine is known as a “stimulant” to the body’s central nervous system, heart, muscles, and blood pressure.

“Caffeine is a drug that can be used appropriately as a tool and just like any other drug, it can be abused,” said Lebanon strength and conditioning coach Noah Rodgers.

1,000 mg is considered a “lethal” amount of caffeine and most pre-workouts contain anywhere from 100-400 mg of caffeine. Alongside caffeine, pre-workouts have other stimulants to enhance your workout. But people often bypass the aftermath of how you will function when you aren’t working out.

“I used to be a nutrition consultant for a company called Five-Star Nutrition. My job was to sell supplements, some of which were very high in caffeine, such as pre-workout. After learning about the potential dangers and how too much caffeine could affect you, I focused on selling other products that were well researched and safer,” Said coach Rodgers.

Caffeine originally was used for mental alertness, headache, migraine, athletic performance, memory, and obesity. It is also used for asthma, gallbladder disease, ADHD, low blood pressure, depression, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these other uses such as caffeine included in pre-workout or energy drinks.

“Ironically enough, supplement companies make much of their profit off of pills, and supplements with false promises based on people’s reaction to caffeine. Some companies sell non-stimulant products to still try to make you feel energized. But all these products do is block off your body off from feeling tired and out of energy,” said coach Rodgers.