Caffeine pills, it sort of sounds like something you’d be warned about on a special Saved the Bell episode doesn’t it? The truth is that caffeine pills, like any supplement, can be harmful when not taken properly but if consumed consciously can provide a variety of benefits.
We sometimes prefer caffeine pills when we need a bit of an energy boost and aren’t in the mood for sipping a coffee or are worried about staining our teeth. So if you’re thinking of giving caffeine pills a try, here’s what you need to know.
The average cup of coffee is about 100-200 mg of caffeine. So before you give anything a try, you should have an idea of how much coffee your body usually digests and what makes you feel good. Make sure to read the labels of whatever you take to ensure the dosage aligns with what you want to take. (Our caffeine supplements are 200mg each.) Most experts agree that 400mg is the maximum amount recommended daily.
Some people find that caffeine supplements are easier on their digestion since coffee itself is a bit more acidic and more likely to give you heartburn.
Caffeine has been shown to have a number of potential benefits including lowered risks of stroke, heart conditions, and even some cancers.
For those worried about a hit of caffeine happening too fast, some caffeine supplements are timed released so that the caffeine isn’t hitting your body at once.
Talk to your health professional because adding any new supplements to your diet but it should also be noted that caffeine pills aren’t recommended for pregnant women, those with caffeine sensitivities, those with high blood pressure, or those with heart conditions.
If you’re going to give caffeine supplements a try, take your time! Find a brand you like, ensure you’re taking a safe amount, and check in with your health professional if you feel any changes in your body. Too much caffeine can mean serious symptoms and the goal is to enjoy just enough buzz to get us through our days!