Surprised? Caffeine DOES NOT Increase Blood Pressure — PERIOD!

A major metastudy, reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which followed more than 170,000 people over a period of 30 years, has definitively demonstrated that caffeine does not increase blood pressure.  Many doctors and kibbitzers from the Dark Side have been attacking caffeine for many years, spreading the myth that caffeine increases blood […]

Caffeine Mugs: Sipping in Style

If caffeine is what you’re really after when you drink your daily cups of coffee, perhaps it’s time to declare your interest to the world by enjoying the use of an eponymous caffeine drinking vessel. One nifty item is called a Caffeine Molecule Mug. This glass mug with a stable design is emblazoned with the […]

Yerkes-Dodson Effect: How Much Coffee or Caffeine is Too Much?

One of the reasons that caffeine is not a drug of abuse is that, unlike cocaine, amphetamine, or heroin, caffeine does not produce effects that indefinitely increase as you increase the dose.  Caffeine has a built in mechanism that guarantees that a little does a little, more does more, but even more starts to reverse the beneficial effects […]

Vienna Celebrates Coffee House Founder's 100th Birthday

Austrian President Heinz Fischer joined a national celebration of Café Hawelka by congratulating Leopold Hawelka, one of the nation’s most famous coffee house founders, on his 100th birthday on April 11, 2011.  Hawelka’s café was opened in central Vienna in 1939 and quickly became a gathering spot for Austria’s traditional coffee house culture as well as […]

Starbucks' Burned, Bitter Beans Invade China

Starbucks is spreading its legacy of burned, bitter beans to China.  Traditionally a nation of tea drinkers, China will now be sold Starbucks’ line of cheap, low quality coffee in an effort to enlist the Chinese into the tasteless army of Starbucks drinkers who already fill hundreds of coffeehouses in the West. Starbucks has launched its […]

Caffeine Content: Coffee and Tea

Unfortunately, the caffeine content of coffee and tea is almost never reported on a label or a sign in a coffee shop or anywhere else.  This table will give you a fighting chance at estimating how much caffeine you are getting from some of your favorite drinks. Preparation Method Mg of Caffeine COFFEE (6 oz […]

Caffeine Boosts Muscle Rebound after Exercise

Caffeine improves performance in almost every athletic activity, including, for example, sprinting, long distance running and swimming, weight lifting, and archery.  It is important to recognize, however, that caffeine also helps muscles recover more quickly after a major workout or competition.  Eating carbohydrates is one way of enabling muscles to recover glycogen, their primary fuel.  When glycogen is […]

Caffeine Reduces Uterine Cancer Risk

Uterine, or endometrial, cancer is the most common cancer afflicting women’s reproductive organs.  In the United States in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society, over 40,000 new cases of uterine cancer were diagnosed and the disease caused nearly 8,000 deaths.  A 2010 Mayo Clinic study of over 20,000 postmenopauseal women, conducted by Dr. Stefano Uccella, […]

Caffeine Reduces Skin Cancer Risk — and Exercise Helps!

In the past few years, a number of studies, including several conducted at Rutgers University by Dr. Allan H. Conney, director of Rutgers University’s Cullman Laboratory, have strongly indicated that caffeine, whether ingested or applied topically, can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. However, one 2007 study conducted by Conney and reported in the Proceedings of […]

Banning Four Loko: Caffeine Paranoia Run Wild!

Caffeine has been damned for causing mental and physical problems.  Maybe there is one serious mental disorder that it does cause —            caffeine paranoia, the irrational, intense fear of caffeine.  Four Loko, a modestly potent malt alcoholic drink with a bit of caffeine added, has been banned in New York as “potentially deadly” and has also […]