Research News

January 2016 Issue

Caffeine Overdrive

Super-caffeinated beverages, such as energy shots and coffee drinks, are all the rage. But they may pose health concerns. EN investigates.

Whether it’s on a long car drive or a marathon session at the office, most of us need an energy boost from time to time. Many people turn to super-caffeinated beverages to get them through the task at hand. Although the stimulant caffeine is generally regarded as safe—it has been linked with improved alertness, focus, short-term memory, exercise performance, and even protection from Parkinson’s disease and depression when used judiciously—health experts are increasingly sounding the alarm over mega doses consumed in caffeinated beverages.

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