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Natural caffeine VS. Pure caffeine powder
With drinking Guayusa-Tea you absorb natural caffeine and put an end to the side effects and intolerance! In this article we will describe to you why natural caffeine is more pleasant and has a longer effect compared to pure caffeine powder and we will also go into the different effect curves of caffeine.
For more information about caffeine, such as the general effect, advantages and disadvantages, as well as possible overdose, read the linked article too. You can also find a comparison of the most famous caffeinated drinks in our free e-book or in our slightly less extensive one Blog post.
- Pure caffeine or natural caffeine?
- Pure caffeine powder
- Natural caffeine
1. Pure caffeine or natural caffeine?
Many people today turn to pure caffeine powder in supplements and energy drinks to improve their performance at work and in sports. This is what companies like offer Natural Elements, Nutri Brain and Zenement numerous dietary supplements with caffeine and itself pure caffeine tablets at.
Caffeine was even on the Olympic Committee's doping list for several years and was only removed from the banned substances list in 2004. It is still considered one of the most famous nootropics, which is combined with other active ingredients to increase the body's cognitive abilities and performance.
The performance-enhancing effect of caffeine is still undisputed and has been proven in many tests. More about this in our Contribution to caffeine benefits.
However, the question now arises as to which type of caffeine (natural or pure) is best suited to avoid intolerance, ensure the longest possible effect curve and benefit from the positive properties without possible side effects to provoke.
2. Pure caffeine powder
When caffeine is out Coffee, tea, mate, guarana, Guayusa or other plants containing caffeine is extracted, it is usually present as pure caffeine powder.
In addition to pure caffeine powder extracts, there are also extracts that contain a broad spectrum of active ingredients from the respective plant. However, these are rather rare because they are significantly more expensive to produce.
If the ingredient “caffeine” or “natural caffeine” or “natural caffeine from green tea/coffee/etc.” can be found in your supplements, pills or powders, you can be sure that it is not a spectrum of active ingredients , but pure caffeine powder!
Pure caffeine powder definitely has advantages. Because we already know so much about the active ingredient, we can use it specifically without also having the effect of another substance.
Some advantages can be, for example, the following:
- Fast effect
- Strong effect
- Easy to consume
- Can be dosed
A pure caffeine powder can be easily dosed knowing that it is 100% pure. Which is why it is used in the industry for numerous foods such as drinks, boosters, snacks and supplements.
The quick effect can be used and dosed very precisely before the training session, especially when doing sports. In this way, a presumably optimal result can be achieved.
Plus, of course, it's easier to swallow a pill than to take one Guayusa to prepare – albeit significantly less enjoyable! Who real Biohacking With enough self-experimentation, you can find out your own effect curve and thus the time of effect of caffeine in your body. More on that later!
2.2. Caffeine intolerance of pure caffeine powder
However, pure caffeine powder has some intolerances, especially compared to natural caffeine, which have a negative impact on our health.
Some of these caffeine intolerances may include:
- heart racing
- Lack of concentration due to erratic thoughts
- stomach problems
- Problems breathing
- Increased stress levels – mental and physical
- Panic attacks
- short effect
Inexperienced and ambitious athletes in particular tend to overdo it when taking boosters. One Caffeine overdose is achieved with pure powder quicker than you think and the consequences are unpleasant.
A desired increase in performance, whether mental or physical, quickly turns into weakness. And the normally short duration of effects of caffeine turns into a few hours of heart palpitations, tremors, sweats and a pressure in the chest that makes it difficult to breathe. We address many of these side effects here even more precisely.
Of course, these intolerances can also occur with natural caffeine, but the probability is significantly lower.
2.3. Caffeine duration of action & effect curve
The time of action of caffeine is often equated with its half-life. However, since every person reacts slightly differently to caffeine, the half-life says nothing about the effect, but only about the amount still in the body.
Someone who never consumes caffeine will experience extreme effects, probably even caffeine intolerance, after a 160 mg soda. Even after some time, when there are only 80 mg left in the body, this person will still clearly notice the effects. In comparison, another person who consumes 2 to 3 such sodas a day will no longer notice anything at 80 mg and needs the next soda!
This is because our body gradually builds up a tolerance to caffeine.
The official half-life of caffeine is 4 to 5 hours. After these 5 hours, the amount consumed in the body has halved. After another 5 hours again and so on. However, the fluctuation range is also officially from 1.5 hours to 9.5 hours. So it really depends on the person. A caffeine effect curve is therefore not that easy to determine.
Below we show you a caffeine effect curve for 2 hours, 5 hours and 8 hours. Caffeine intolerance can also affect people differently. Studies show that a Crowd More than 400 mg per day can lead to problems. An amount greater than 1,000 mg is likely to produce severe toxic effects.
3. Natural caffeine
A caffeine intolerance with natural caffeine is much less likely than with pure caffeine, but it cannot be ruled out here either. Anyone who drinks 3 liters of coffee will most likely experience the same unpleasant effects as someone who drinks 700 mg of powdered caffeine.
3.1. Tolerance of natural caffeine
The other ingredients and active ingredients in the plants make an enormous difference. So can Theobromine e.g. B. supplement and extend the effects of caffeine. L-Theanine has a positive-antagonistic effect by reducing heart palpitations and tremors and sharpening focus. Theophylline has a positive effect on breathing and oxygen absorption and Antioxidants help the body deal with oxidative stress.
Natural caffeine has many benefits due to this combined effect. Note that not all drinks have the same active ingredients. L-theanine, for example, only comes in Guayusa before, the amount of antioxidants varies enormously and is 14 times lower in coffee than in Guayusa.
When comparing pure caffeine powder and natural caffeine, natural caffeine has the following basic advantages that make it more tolerable:
- Slow release effect
- Long-lasting caffeine effect time
- Antioxidant effects
- Less chance of tremors & heart palpitations
- Stomach problems are less common
- Overdose unlikely
The enormous advantage of natural, bound caffeine is clearly that it has a more lasting effect and your body is not put into a state of stress. Although you have to assume that you won't feel an effect immediately after consumption, the effect will be spread over a longer period of time.
Here too, you need to be well informed. The caffeine in coffee, for example, is only bound to a few other substances. In Guayusa On the other hand, there are many active ingredients that have a supportive effect. How Guayusa You can find out exactly how it works and what the differences are compared to other stimulants in our free detailed e-book “Wake-up comparison“ read it or in our blog post Effect of Guayusa.
3.2. Natural caffeine effect time & effect curve
In contrast to pure caffeine powder, the effect curve of natural caffeine, which is bound to many other active ingredients, is even more difficult to determine.
We have therefore presented you with various caffeinated drinks and their perceived caffeine effect time and associated effect curve.
During our research into caffeine and our many years of experience with caffeinated drinks, we have repeatedly come across the many intolerances to caffeine.
In the majority of cases, however, these negative side effects came from consuming artificial pure caffeine powder in the form of pills, tablets, energy drinks, etc... We almost never experienced unwanted effects from ours Guayusa tea reported that the caffeine is in natural form and bound to other active ingredients.
Studies also often emphasize the caffeine intolerance of pure caffeine and expressly warn for caution and careful use.
We therefore recommend that you reduce the consumption of pure caffeine powder to a minimum or avoid it completely and instead use a natural source of caffeine.
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