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After effects of the caffeine hangover

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A cup of slow death?

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Are you a coffee aficionado? Do you have a sweet tooth for caffeine? You might (not) want to consider life without the morning cup of espresso.

For those looking to kick the butt off the caffeine syndrome, here are a few pointers to the beginning of life without caffeine:

The first thing you will encounter is weakness. The withdrawals, as per researchers, include headaches, lethargy and hefty mood swings.

Since sodas come loaded with sugar, weight loss might also be witnessed. Ironically, some people may experience exactly the opposite; weight gain. This is due to the fact that caffeine suppresses appetite and therefore, to stop drinking the stimulant would lead to a more natural appetite.

Sleep would be deep, and according to researchers, those who don’t drink caffeine will be able to clock in more snooze time than those who do, even if a little bit.

Mental balance would soon return with the easing of blood pressure. Lesser anxiety and stress would provide more relaxation to the individual.

However, not everything is wrong with caffeine intake though. Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants, drinking five to six cups of which cuts heart disease risk by 21 percent.

Caffeine also boosts exercise performance and so reducing the intake of coffee may amount to reduction in the amount of calories burnt during an intense workout.

To drink caffeine or not is the question.

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Hot Coffee Has Higher Levels of Antioxidants Than Cold Coffee

And considering hot and cold brews have comparable pH levels, coffee drinkers should not consider cold brew a 'silver bullet' for avoiding gastrointestinal distress

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Hot coffee contains more antioxidants than cold coffee. Pixabay

Hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold coffee, which are believed to be responsible for some health benefits, says a new study.

The study explored that hot coffee has some measurable health benefits, including lower risk of some cancers, diabetes and depression.

For the study, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US showed that hot coffee had more total titratable acids — any acid that can lose proton(s) in an acid-base reaction — which may be responsible for the hot cup’s higher antioxidant levels.

“Coffee has a lot of antioxidants. If you drink it in moderation, research shows it can be pretty good for you. We found the hot brew has more antioxidant capacity,” said Megan Fuller, an Assistant Professor from the varsity.

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The study explored that hot coffee has some measurable health benefits, including lower risk of some cancers, diabetes and depression. (IANS)

Results published in the journal “Scientific Reports” also found that pH levels — acidity indicator– of both hot and cold coffee were similar, ranging from 4.85 to 5.13 for all coffee samples tested.

However, coffee companies and lifestyle blogs have tended to tout cold brew coffee as being less acidic than hot coffee and thus less likely to cause heartburn or gastrointestinal problems.

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“And considering hot and cold brews have comparable pH levels, coffee drinkers should not consider cold brew a ‘silver bullet’ for avoiding gastrointestinal distress,” said Niny Rao, Associate Professor from the university. (IANS)