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April 17, 2015

 

Wondering if you should swap out your morning coffee with a caffeine pill? Here’s some information on caffeine and also a few pros and cons for both coffee and caffeine pills to help you decide.

 

Caffeine 101:

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and so speeds up mental and physical processes. It is one of the most popular drugs in existence. It occurs naturally in various plants such as tea leaves cocoa beans and coffee beans. Caffeine is a diuretic, a substance that causes the body to expel water through urination, which can also lead to dehydration. It is also used in many weight loss supplements to assist in losing weight and suppressing your appetite. Although caffeine is considered safe, it is still important to consume it in safe amounts.

 

Coffee:

Many people enjoy the taste of coffee and prefer a beverage that they can enjoy over a period of time rather than popping a pill. Coffee is also great for social gatherings and may have some impressive health benefits such as antioxidants. Coffee is usually a lot easier on the stomach for some people and also has become quite habitual. Sometimes it is not just the caffeine in the coffee that people find stimulating, but the act of drinking a hot liquid during a break or in the morning, is what helps people to focus more. It is also 'other factors' that make coffee a better option for some such as aroma, taste, feelings etc. There is also no chance of overdosing on coffee, but there is a chance of overdosing with caffeine pills if not used appropriately. 

 

Caffeine Pills:

If you don’t like the smell of coffee or the taste but still want a caffeine hit, then caffeine pills are definitely the winner for you here. It is much easier to monitor your caffeine intake as well because caffeine pills label exactly how much caffeine you are getting. Caffeine pills also help you to avoid yellow teeth, which is usually a huge problem for heavy coffee drinkers, and if you are only interested in getting caffeine into your system then caffeine pills are by far the more economical way to do so and they save you a few trips to the bathroom. A bottle of caffeine pills cost under $20 and stretch a lot further than coffee. For example, Inner Armour caffeine tablets are only $19 and will last you up to 100 days if you are only using them to replace your morning coffee. One pill is the equivalence of 2 cups of coffee, so in one pill you are already saving the price of two coffees. Not only do caffeine pills save you a ton of money (especially if buy in bulk) they are also much more convenient if you need to quickly get a burst of energy and don’t have the time or money to make a coffee or go buy one.

 

- Supplements.co.nz


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