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Different sources of fluid energy: coffee vs. Green tea vs. Energy drink vs. Bonoobo coffee

Coffee, tea and energy drinks are currently among the most popular drinks in the world. Annually there are millions of kilograms of coffee and tea produced, exported and imported. Many can’t even imagine that they would start their morning differently than with a cup of coffee or tea in their  hand,  and end their work day with a refreshing Energy drink. There are endless options on the market when it comes to this area, you can choose a variety of drinks from instant coffee to luxury civet coffee, from ordinary  teas to high end tea brands, energy drinks with different composition, quantities,  flavors and many more. However,do you know how to choose the right drink for you, your goal is to minimize  you know how to choose the right stimulant drink so that you  minimize side effects and, on the other hand , maximize the positive effects?

Instant coffee

One of the most common options around the world is instant coffee. This type of coffee is usually cheaper and the preparation is faster, just put a teaspoon or two of the coffee into your mug , add milk, sugar, boiling water and the magic is done.  You can find tons of variations on the shelfs or Supermarkets around the world, but do you know what this coffee is made of ? Do you know the effect of this coffee on your body and your health ?

Instant coffee is actually a dried coffee extract. The first step in making instant coffee is selecting  suitable coffee beans and their roasting.  This is followed by granulation and acquiring  the coffee extract.The extract must then be made into a concentrate which is freeze-dried  or the process of atomization is used . The taste or other attributes of the instant coffee produced in this way depends mainly on the type of coffee(plant), but also on the conditions under which the grains were processed. Most often, grains are obtained from the plants Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora.

Obviously , drinking instant coffee has its advantages and disadvantages.  For example, in the process of drying coffee,   coffee can loose  some of the  important bioactive substances, but  the concentration of antioxidants  in some cases  may be higher after processing. That’s why scientists have opinions on whether  consumption of instant coffee is healthy or not.

Pros and Cons of instant coffee

One of the main differences between regular and instant coffee is that instant coffee contains less caffeine, while caffeine being the main ingredient for witch most people consume coffee. On the other hand it contains more Acrylamide (ACR). ACR is created during roasting due to high temperature of the coffee bean , and just be aware of the fact that ARC is not good for our health.  You can find ACR in food, cosmetics and other goods, so it enters out body in different ways, not only via drinking instant coffee. Higher doses of ACR act as a neurotoxin that can damage our central and peripheral nerve system. Other effects include unhealthy weight loss, muscle weakness and ataxia (lack of coordination of movement). In addition, studies indicate that ACR disrupts the release of neurotransmitters, their functioning and antioxidant capacity of nerve tissue.  ACR also accelerates cell apoptosis (Programmed death of cells).

Obviously you do not get sick or die from regular usage of instant coffee, and similarly to  ground coffee , instant coffee has its benefits.  For example, if we consume it in a healthy way, it supports functioning of metabolism, overall performance, improves brain function, acts as an antioxidant, protects against oxidative stress, promotes longevity, improves mental health and overall well-being. At the end of the day,  it is up to you  if the benefits outweighs the negatives, or you choose an alternative.

Ground Coffee

As mentioned above, ground coffee is   a slightly healthier alternative to instant coffee , even though the preparation can be a  little bit more difficult . This coffee contains smaller amounts of ACR, and research shows it acts not only as an antioxidant but also as an anti-carcinogen (protection against cancer). The main active ingredients are caffeine, kahweol, but also caffeestol and other phenols.  Consumption of ground coffee ground coffee has a positive effect on bones, protects against various diseases of the heart and blood vessels, but also other organs  such as the brain. It helps with the maintenance of proper cholesterol levels in the body and protects reproductive human system.  3 to 4 cups of coffee a day strengthen overall health and well-being, but people sensitive to stimulants should be careful and choose a milder alternative with lower caffeine content. Consuming excessive amount of coffee can cause digestion problems and anxiety.

Eco -coffee

One of the popular options on the market is ECO-coffee, but the question is : Is it really better than ground coffee?The main advantage of Eco-coffee is that it is friendlier to the environment and  less pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers is used to grow this type of coffee. Some studies suggest that the term ECO is just used as a clever marketing ploy because people usually choose the label ECO and Ecofriendly before anything else, even when the coffee is just ordinary ground coffee. Therefore if you decide to buy coffee, make sure to know what you are actually buying and be aware of the term ECO cause it may not be what it seems.  Eco coffee is recommended for people who want to know for sure that no pesticides and similar substances enter their body. By purchase and by consumption of eco-coffee, we do not only effectively protect our own health, but also contribute to protection of the environment.

How does caffeine affect norepinephrine release?

As we have already mentioned, the most important component of the coffee is caffeine, but did you know that in addition to the informations listed above do these effects significantly affect the functioning of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine? Norepinephrine acts on the central nervous system, affects heart rate, regulates the amount of sugar in the blood and perform a number of other important functions. It prepares the body for the so-called “Fight or flight” response and helps us manage stressful situations more effectively. Long-term consumption of caffeine promotes norepinephrine release and increases its amount in the brain, specifically in the brainstem.

Energy drinks

Energy drinks are currently one of the most popular stimulants, with students and young people  resorting to    them as a quick source of energy. They are usually rich in sugar, but also contain caffeine, guarana, vitamins or taurine. Studies show that consumption of Energy drinks reduces the reaction time of the individual and improves cognitive abilities. You feel more awake and mental fatique is eliminated . Similar to coffee, it is important to drink these drinks in moderation otherwise the negative effects will outweight the possitive ones. Some studies show that energy drinks with high doses of taurine may temporarily cause attenuation, wich is the opposite efect you are looking for.

 

Taurine and Vitamin B

An important component of Energy drinks  is the balancing substance and the amino acid, taurine. It works as a antioxidant, protects the cardiovascular system, but also the human nervous system. It acts as prevention from

sclerosis and other diseases. Taurine also has an antidepressant effect, stabilizes mood and supports overall performance. Many energy drinks also contain vitamin B, specifically groups B3, B6 and B12.

 

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, helps you convert food and drinks into energy that the body can utilize. It has an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect, supports the functioning of mitochondria and protects the cardiovascular and the human nervous system. Vitamin B6 affects mood and has a positive effect on human cognitive functions.

Ginseng

Ginseng is used as a part of many energy drinks. It is also used in alternative medicine for thousands of years for its positive effects. In our bodies it acts as an antioxidant, helps with stress management, reduces the consequences of oxidative stress and has anti-inflammatory function.  Other studies show that Ginseng supports cognitive functions , also has a positive effect on mood, increases the ability to learn, concentrate, improves memory and reduces the feeling of exhaustion.

 

Green tea

Green tea, which is used in traditional medicine for thousands of years , can also be included among the  frequently consumed stimulants. The effect always depends on the quality of the tea. If you prefer the tea in tea bags the quality and the effects may be lower , and it is not comparable with tea where one is sure that the leaves are dried an harvested from the Chinese tea plant (Camelia Sinensis). Green tea acts as an stimulant and has positive effects on the overall health of a person. Examples are : positive effects on the cardiovascular system, faster  wound healing , regulation of blood sugar levels, green tea helps with regulation of body temperature, supports mental health and cognitive processes. Studies suggest that regular and long-term consumption of green tea or coffee can even prevent weakening of cognitive functions , which occurs with age.

What is better,  tea or coffee ? There is no direct answer to this question.

Both drinks have their pros and cons and both have caffeine content, the dose of caffeine obviously depends on the origin and how these products are processed. Some studies suggest that coffee has a slightly better antioxidant effect than tea.

 

Ashwagandha

Bonoobo zen coffee  includes ashwagandha, a plant also known as Withania somnifera.  Ashwaganda  has  already been used in traditional medicine for centuries, as the plant extract has a large number of  positive effects  for the human body. It acts as an adaptogen, supports cognitive functions (improves memory Abilities) but also overall performance of the individual, it has an antioxidant effect, helps to the fight anxiety  and  depression. Ashwaganda also improves libido,  sexual functioning, protects the body and brain from various diseases including Alzheimer and Cardiovascular disease. The undeniable advantage of ashwagandha is that its consumption does not cause any noticeable side effects.

In addition to the above-mentioned effects, Ashwagandha is also helpful in managing stress, when we take a plant extract on a daily basis. Studies show that it effectively regulates (reduces) cortisol levels in the body and reduces the effects of oxidative stress. At present, we are almost constantly exposed to various stressor which results in higher levels of cortisol in the body.  If it lasts for a longer period  it can cause serious health complications. In addition, ashwagandha also has  positive effect on the central nervous system and on hormonal system of the individual. It is  involved in the regulation of hormone levels, but also important neurotransmitters in the body.

 

TAKEAWAY

So how do you choose the right stimulant? An ideal combination would be : easy preparation, great taste, affordability, zero side effects and we could go on like this.

However, the choice depends on the preferences of the consumer. If you like green tea, don’t force yourself to drink coffee, but choose high quality green tea. Then you will be sure that it really contains the desired amount of caffeine. If you are a coffee lover, you should reach for instant coffee rarely. The same as with green tea, you should be looking for high quality coffee and take precision in preparation of coffee. The important factor here is also the amount of coffee you drink. 15 cups of coffee can result in shivering and other health problems.

To maintain the optimal level of energy , other things, such as proper time management is needed to enjoy  a cup of your favorite coffee or tea in peace.

 

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