The website thegloss.com has reported that Harvard dropout Ben Yu has created a product called “Sprayable Energy.” It is a caffeine spray that you apply topically. It is portable, affordable and goes on just like perfume. According to Mr. Yu’s website which he created for the product, the molecular structure of caffeine allows it to naturally penetrate the skin and any cellular membranes. He has created a formulation that increases the solubility and penetrability of caffeine so it can safely and effectively energize you through your skin. With all of the different coffee drinks, energy drinks and now a caffeine spray on the market, the question everyone should be asking is; is caffeine beneficial or detrimental to my health?
Coffee is the largest source of caffeine in the United States and throughout most of Europe. According to Forbes.com, a new study of both females and males under the age of 55 who consume four cups or more of coffee per day may be a greater risk of early death. Not just death from heart problems, but death from all causes. This comes as a shock to most, because previous studies have concluded that heavy coffee consumption is linked to reduced mortality. One study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that drinking up to six cups of coffee per day can reduce the chances of early mortality. Coffee contains high levels of antioxidants, and this can be a logical explanation as to why heavy coffee consumption can lead to enhanced health and a longer life span.
Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic says that for most people the health benefits of regular coffee consumption outweigh the risks. Recent studies at the Mayo Clinic have discovered no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. Most studies have discovered that among heavy coffee consumers, other unhealthy habits abound, such as smoking and physical inactivity. Research does bear out some risks, though. High consumption off unfiltered coffee is associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels. Another study found that two or more cups a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. Some studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 Diabetes and liver cancer.
Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing beverage products on the market. They are being consumed by athletes, typical working-class professionals, students and children alike. But severe risks to health, including death, come with the ease of sipping or chugging these drinks. The average energy drink has about 500mg of caffeine, equivalent to about five cups of coffee. Rapid ingestion of large amounts of caffeine can be very stressful to the body and toxicity can occur. Energy drinks are considered a supplement, so they can be introduced to the market without prior FDA approval. Studies have not been done to assess the heavy amounts of caffeine in these drinks with the other ingredients, such as guarana or taurine. Some scientists believe that the combination of these ingredients can be deadly, and have possibly lead to the increasing amounts of emergency room visits related to consumption of energy drinks.
Other Sources of Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. The British Medical Journal states that caffeine appears blameless as a risk to bodily health, except at perhaps at very high levels of intake. More attention is given by researchers to caffeine for its psychotropic and addictive properties, and its effects on psychological health. Cocoa beans and kola nuts are also included among the most common caffeine sources. Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate and kola nuts were traditionally used to flavor sweet beverages, or “cola”. Caffeine is also an ingredient in several over-the-counter pain relievers, cold remedies and diet pills. With so many products on the market containing caffeine, it is easy to see how some of these products consumed with your daily coffee can quickly lead to caffeine over-consumption. The old axiom “everything in moderation” may apply to products containing caffeine more than anything else.
Written By: Chad Bunch