Today’s guest post offers an interesting perspective on caffeine, which may be of interest to World Vitae wellness tea drinkers. 

We all know that coffee is high in caffeine – after all, it’s the drink of choice for millions around the world to wake up to. But did you know that it’s not the only caffeinated drink out there?  Tea can also be high in caffeine, although the exact amount depends upon the type: fruit and herbal teas are often naturally non-caffeinated, but black tea can have up to 49mg of caffeine a cup – or about two-thirds much as an espresso.  But just how much is too much?  And could caffeine actually be good for you?

The Good

Let’s start with the positives – and there are actually quite a few good things about caffeine.  As well as a morning pick-me-up, studies have shown that it may help to reduce muscle pain after exercising, and even help to protect against Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.  One of the key things to remember though is that source is key: herbal ingredients blended with white tea may contain 15-20mg of caffeine, but it has all the health benefits that go along with it; by contrast, a medium sized vanilla latte from Starbucks contains 150mg of caffeine, but also has a whopping 35g of sugar and 6g of fat – and far fewer health benefits.  If you do want to get your daily caffeine dose from coffee, then it’s a good idea to brew coffee yourself at home, that way you can control the quality and amount of your beans you use.

The Bad

Too much caffeine though can have negative effects on your health, from headaches, to a rapid heart beat and increased anxiety.  Overuse of caffeine can also lead to a viscous cycle – you drink it to keep you going because you are tired… which leads to insomnia and a poor nights sleep… so you wake up feeling tired and reach for the coffee again.  If you are someone who is over-reliant on caffeine to get you through the day then you may find it hard to cut back – withdrawal headaches are a common side-effect but they usually go after about a week, leaving you feeling clearer-headed, and with renewed (non-caffeinated) energy.

Everything In Moderation

Like so much in life, caffeine consumption is all about moderation – a small amount every day will do you no harm, and may increase your performance both mentally and physically.  Too much though can take its toll on your health, both long and short term, so be aware of how much you are having on a daily basis and ensure it’s the right balance for you.

Author Bio: Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to health, fitness and nutrition.