Caffeine’s Effects on the Body
“Caffeine’s effects on the body”
According to Wikipedia (2011), caffeine has been around for awhile. History shows that caffeine was first found in tea, coffee, and chocolate. Kuhn, Swartzwelder, and Wilson (2003) stated that the origin of tea came from China, and the tea was believed to have medicinal properties. One story about the effects of caffeine from coffee was the story of a farmer. He observed his goat herd chewing on coffee beans. The caffeine in the beans gave the herd energy and concentration. So, the farmer and his hired hands decided to chew on the beans as well. They learned that the caffeine in the beans gave them added energy and concentration during long hours. According to Kuhn, Swartzwelder, and Wilson (2003), in the 1600’s, coffee was introduced to Europe. Coffeehouses began to erupt with business and spread rapidly. In the 1940’s coffee consumption was at twenty pounds per person. In the 1990’s coffee consumption was reduced to ten pounds per person. Today, caffeine is found in drinking sodas, tea, coffee, chocolate, medicines, energy drinks, and so on.
According to Kuhn, Swartzwelder, and Wilson (2003), caffeine falls under the drug class of stimulant. The buzz that is created by caffeine increases euphoria, alertness, and concentration. If caffeine is taken in large amounts, it can cause agitation and nervousness. Also, extreme use of caffeine can cause panic attacks. Kuhn, Swartzwelder, and Wilson (2003) stated that caffeine will increase the risk of panic attacks if the individual had a panic attack previously. Fatal overdoses with caffeine are exceedingly rare, but it is doable. Kuhn, Swartzwelder, and Wilson (2003) stated that some of the symptoms of caffeine overdose include tremors, nausea, vomiting, irregular or rapid heart rate, and confusion. In the rarest of occasions, individuals might experience seizures that result in death. In small children caffeine can be toxic. The toxic effects of...