Caffeine versus Guarana – Book Excerpt of the Week

 

When I was doing research for my book, “Are You A Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks-How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely”, I was disappointed over learning what guarana does.

Book Excerpt of the Week

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Everything guarana can do, caffeine can do better.

Guarana is a natural source of caffeine, and many time getting caffeine from a natural source is preferable. We’ve reviewed a few energy drinks with guarana.

But unlike green tea extract, guarana doesn’t come with its own unique set of benefits.

Stay tuned for next week’s book excerpt as we continue our page-by-page exploration through the Energy Drink Guide (now on Audible!!!).

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Caffeine versus Green Tea – Book Excerpt of the Week

When I was writing my book, “Are You A Monster or a Rock Star”, it was fun to discover all the ways green tea and caffeine DON’T play nice.

 

Photo Editor-20171127_165917Yes, there’s caffeine in green tea so you COULD SAY they “coexist”, but sometimes the health benefits of caffeine (by itself) counteract the benefits of green tea (by itself).

For example,  a review of 11 different trials with green tea showed catechins like EGCG significantly decreased body weight and helped people maintain weight loss.

However, the people that normally consumed more than 300 mg of caffeine per day didn’t get as big of an impact with their green tea treatment.

It’s as if caffeine intake interferes with green tea’s weight loss magic!

I’ve also shared a scientific study in which the combo of caffeine and theanine resulted in WORSE performance on cognitive function tests than caffeine alone: See [How do Caffeine Theanine Interactions Affect Mood and Attention?

There are a few ways caffeine and green tea DO work together and some ways people get the benefits of caffeine REGARDLESS of where it comes from. If this interests you, please check out (<- Library Pun) my book: “Are You A Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks”. Available on Amazon and Audible.

Stay tuned for next week’s book excerpt as we continue our page-by-page exploration through the Energy Drink Guide (now on Audible!!!).

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Caffeine as a Gym Partner [GreenEyedGuide on Avitae Blog]

Caffeine may not seem like a “must-have” for a workout, but there are three major reasons why people at all fitness levels benefit from consuming caffeine before exercise. Check out this article I wrote for the Avitae blog!

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Don’t miss this article, featuring three major reasons to add caffeine to your next workout:

https://goavitae.com/news/top-10-facts-you-need-to-know-about-caffeine/

  1. Caffeine Improves Performance and Endurance
  2. Caffeine Improves Focus
  3. Caffeine Encourages Fat Burning

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Top 10 Facts You Need to Know About Caffeine [GreenEyedGuide on Avitae Blog]

With school back in session, it’s the perfect time for a refresher course in caffeine. Check out this article I wrote for the Avitae blog!

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https://goavitae.com/news/top-10-facts-you-need-to-know-about-caffeine/

Don’t miss this article, featuring everything you need to know about caffeine:
https://goavitae.com/news/top-10-facts-you-need-to-know-about-caffeine/

 

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Beverages for Writers: Drinks to Boost Energy

The following is a guest post written by Bruce C. McAlister and edited by GreenEyedGuide. As a writer, Bruce shares the different options writers have when they need an energy boost, and highlights some of the benefits of energy drinks. 

Do writers need energy? Even if a writer is just sitting and typing most of the time, writing requires mental alertness and concentration. Just like any other person, writers need nourishment. However, with certain pressures, deadlines, and all-nighters, writers sometimes need an energy boost to keep them going. Since writers sit most of the time, eating more food is not such a sound option because they would most likely eat too much.

In effect, some writers rely on an energy boost from beverages, but they do not need to limit themselves to drinking coffee. There are several options to choose from. Consuming energy drink is one option, and there are a number of benefits that can help writers maintain the energy and focus they need while writing.

Energy Boosting Drinks for Writers:

  1. Coffee

This option is obvious. The caffeine in coffee helps improve focus, which is exactly what writers need. Plus, many people love coffee for its taste alone.

  1. Water

Writers need to stay hydrated. There are times when writers are in the zone and they don’t have the urge to get up and grab something to eat. At minimum, they should remember to drink some water. Dehydration can cause tiredness and loss of concentration.

  1. Green Tea

A cup of tea has less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but this is still enough caffeine for a boost of energy to help writers continue working on their composition. Tea also has antioxidants which provide several health benefits. Moreover, the boost from tea is less likely to cause the jitters than the boost from coffee.

  1. Orange Juice

According to health experts, flavonoids from fruits help pump-up the blood flow in the brain. This applies to flavonoids in orange juice as well. In effect, orange juice can increase mental energy needed to write.

  1. Yerba Mate Tea

This is a popular tea drink in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. The beverage is concocted from the leaves of the yerba mate plant. It contains more caffeine than most tea variants. Additionally, it has B-vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium. It enhances clarity, focus, and mental energy without the headaches and jitters that result from other caffeinated drinks.

  1. Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are not just supplements for extreme athletes. Energy drinks are also popular among students looking to boost their brain power when studying for exams. Writers can also benefit from energy drinks.

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Benefits of Energy Drinks for Writers

  1. Energy and Focus

Energy drinks make people feel more energetic, alert, awake, enthusiastic, and productive. Thanks to the caffeine content, this can help writers stay focused on their writing. With improved focus, some writers might feel energy drinks help them think more quickly.

  1. Standardized Caffeine Content

While the caffeine content of coffee and tea can vary drastically, caffeine from energy drinks is standardized and is normally declared on the label. Caffeine content in tea and coffee varies by brewing method, the quality of the beans and leaves used, and other factors. However, energy drinks have standardized recipes so the caffeine content in a bottle or can stays consistent. With this consistency, writers can determine exactly how much caffeine they will ingest.  As a result, they can then manage their intake more accurately, and avoid the negative effects of consuming too much caffeine.

  1. Convenience

Most energy drinks are served cold so it’s so possible to consume them more quickly than a cup of tea or coffee. While it is never recommended to “chug” an energy drink, the cold temperature can offer convenience for people who don’t have the time to prepare coffee or tea. Basically, energy drinks are ready to drink – no need to boil, heat, or brew.

  1. Flavor Variety

Energy drinks have a wide array of flavors to choose from. When writers start getting bored with the taste of tea or coffee, there are several flavor options from the wide variety of energy drinks. There are energy drinks that taste like soda, some that taste like coffee, some that taste like fruit juice, and some that taste unique.

  1. Additional Nutrients

Other than caffeine, energy drinks have additional nutrients that can help writers improve their writing game. These nutrients include B-vitamins, taurine, glucuronolactone, and ginseng. These nutrients come with their own benefits which can help writers get through all-nighters.

  1. Invigorating Taste

Many energy drinks are served cold and carbonated. Carbonation helps some people feel instant refreshment. On a hot day, some people will find a cold, carbonated energy drinks easier to consume than hot coffee mixed with milk or dairy.

  1. Calorie Free

For people trying to control their Calorie or Sugar intake, there are many Zero Calorie and Sugar-free energy drink options. For some people, these options might be more appealing than consuming coffee without cream and sugar.

Writer’s Choice

Writers have several options to boost their energy when they write. These beverages should be consumed in moderation since too much caffeine can be harmful. Writers should try these beverages when they find themselves struggling to stay focused, staring into nothingness, or consistently yawning. If you are a writer and find yourself struggling to finish your composition, which of these beverages will you choose?

Author Bio

Bruce McAlister Bruce C. McAlister is one of the proponents of http://getessaynow.com/ . He is also a successful writer, social media strategist, and entrepreneur working as the marketing arm for their business. Bruce travels to help stop world hunger. He believes that 90% of world issues can be solved using proper communication. This is what inspires him to write.

 

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