Hoe werkt cafeïne? - Mokaholic

How does caffeine work?

We all need that pick-me-up to start the day or overcome that afternoon slump. For many of us, coffee is the faithful companion that gets us through these moments. But what is the secret behind the stimulating effect of coffee? The answer lies in the magical substance called caffeine. In this blog we delve deeper into the effects of caffeine on our body and discover how it can increase our energy levels and alertness.

Caffeine is a substance that occurs naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves and other plants. When we consume caffeine, it is quickly absorbed into our body and spreads through the bloodstream to various organs, including the brain.

The effect of caffeine

In the brain, caffeine binds to adenosine receptors. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and inhibiting brain activity. By blocking the adenosine receptors, caffeine prevents the action of adenosine and reduces feelings of fatigue and drowsiness.

In addition, caffeine stimulates the release of other neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and glutamate. These neurotransmitters play a role in increasing alertness, improving concentration and boosting mood.

Caffeine also affects blood vessels, causing them to constrict and increasing blood flow to the brain. This can lead to improved cognitive function and alertness.

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Not just positive

Although caffeine can have several positive effects, it is important to note that individual sensitivity to caffeine can vary. Some people may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine and, for example, may experience insomnia, nervousness or stomach upset with excessive consumption.

It is also essential to understand that caffeine can be addictive. Long-term and excessive use of caffeine can lead to tolerance, requiring increasingly larger amounts to achieve the same effect, and withdrawal symptoms when you stop using caffeine.

It is advisable to consume caffeine in moderation and take individual tolerance and sensitivity into account. It is also important to be aware of the sources of caffeine in our diet, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and energy drinks, and manage total intake for a balanced and healthy consumption pattern.

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