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Which caffeine product suits me?
Surely you know the situation: You wake up in the morning, the night was much too short and you have to be awake and motivated at work or study within the next hour. Since you need a short term energy boost, you take it for granted to coffee to get a caffeine fix. But what are the alternatives to coffee and how do they work? In this blog post you will learn what types of caffeine there are and how to use them effectively.
1. caffeine tablets - effective, synthetic caffeine
For many years, caffeine in concentrated form has been used to replace coffee or energy drinks. This is synthetically produced caffeine that is pressed together with fillers to form a tablet. Most caffeine tablets contain between 100 - 200 mg pure caffeine. For comparison: One cup of coffee corresponds to about 80 - 100 mg pure caffeine. The half-life of caffeine in the human body is about four hours.
Advantages of caffeine tablets
If you don't have time in the morning to drink coffee or energy drinks in peace and quiet or if you are on the road and have no opportunity to buy any of the products, you can always keep a can of caffeine tablets ready in your jacket pocket or in the car. This gives you the flexibility to decide when and where you need a caffeine boost.
Disadvantages of caffeine tablets
Caffeine tablets are always produced with artificial additives because pure caffeine is difficult to press. These include chemical substances such as microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate or silicon dioxide. In most cases the caffeine tablets become very large and difficult to swallow.
The alternative to caffeine tablets
Caffeine can also be packaged as a pure powder in plug-in capsules using a different production method. This means that most caffeine capsules require considerably fewer additives than caffeine tablets. A further advantage is that the caffeine capsules are usually much smaller and easier to swallow. Anyone who has problems swallowing capsules should therefore prefer caffeine in capsule form. If you generally do not want to swallow capsules, you can the capsules are normally opened and the powder taken with water.
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2. guarana capsules - vegetable caffeine from the Amazon
Already centuries ago, the seeds of the guarana plant were used by the Inca tribes of the Amazon as a herbal stimulant due to their invigorating effect. Today Guarana enjoys worldwide popularity, because this kind of caffeine is also is suitable for people who have problems with synthetic caffeine.
How is Guarana produced?
In contrast to other plants Guarana is not cultivated as monoculture. This means that the guarana farmers have to search for and harvest the perennials in the middle of the rainforest on uneven paths. They pay special attention to the fact that the black core the red skin blows up. Only then is the fruit ripe. Then the harvested fruit is left to ferment for 5-6 days. The kernels are then removed from the skin, sorted by hand and washed. Then the kernels are dried in the sun and ground into powder. This is how the guarana powder is made, which is used in the guarana capsules.
Which effect has Guarana?
In contrast to synthetic caffeine, the effect curve of guarana is much flatter and longer. Guarana starts to work after about 45 - 60 minutes. Since the vegetable caffeine is bound to tanning agents, the body needs longer to absorb the caffeine to be recycled. This results in the body using the caffeine longer and more evenly. There is no sudden low, also called crash effect, as is known from coffee or conventional caffeine products. Guarana is also used for is much gentler on the stomach than synthetic caffeine and is therefore particularly suitable for people who have problems taking normal caffeine. The half-life is 5-6 hours depending on metabolism.
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3. green tea capsules - teaine with healthy polyphenols
Besides guarana, there is another herbal alternative to caffeine: teaine from green tea powder. Similar to guarana, the effect curve is flatter and more even compared to synthetic caffeine. Tea is also much gentler on the stomach. Green tea has been produced in China for several thousand years and looks back on a long tradition and culture. In Europe, too, tea enjoys great popularity. Now we want to take a look at the special features of this versatile throwing tea.
How is the powder for green tea capsules obtained?
Green tea is mostly extracted from the tea plant Camellia sinensis, as it has very fine leaves. When harvesting, care is taken to pick only the two uppermost and tender leaf shoots with the leaf bud. Then the Leaves are dehydrated ("wilting") and they are rolled between two metal plates. This causes the plant cells to burst open and the plant sap to escape. This gives the green tea its typical aroma and intense colour. Before green tea is ready, the intermediate product is still fermented and dried. The green tea is then ground into a fine powder and, after some laboratory analysis, pressed into plug-in capsules.
What are the advantages over guarana?
Compared to guarana capsules, green tea capsules contain a significantly higher amount of caffeine. Thus it is common that green tea capsules contain 100mg of caffeine, whereas most guarana capsules contain 30-50mg of active ingredient. The caffeine in green tea is often called Teein or also Tein. Basically, however, this only means that it is vegetable caffeine from tea. The chemical structure of the caffeine is the same as that of teaine, but the caffeine, as in guarana, is also bound to vegetable tannins, which delay the release of caffeine in the body Green tea also contains polyphenols, which can have many positive effects on the human body.
What are polyphenols?
Polyphenols are secondary plant substances that are often found in plants as natural flavourings or colourings. Among the most important representatives are flavonoids or catechins, which, according to various studies, are used, for example, against free radicals act in the body, which can promote wound healing or act against specific diseases Many people already know these properties from substances such as or . Due to the high concentration of polyphenols in the concentrate of the green tea capsules, the healthy effects can be used optimally.
Based on this information, you can now decide for yourself which caffeine product suits you best. If a fast, strong caffeine kick is important to you, you can take caffeine tablets or caffeine capsules with synthetic caffeine.
If you are sensitive to coffee or energy drinks, Guarana capsules are best suited for you. This also applies if you want to avoid a crash effect.
Green tea capsules have the same properties as guarana. In addition, the green tea extract contains healthy polyphenols which can have many positive effects on your body.