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The caffeine (I): Introduction

The caffeine (I): Introduction

The coffee, the tea and the cola drinks are completely integrated in our daily life. The coffee is  habitual in the breakfasts to overcome the morning dream, as well as in most of the later gatherings to the food. Two of the world biggest multinationals are producers of cola drinks, and the tea in all their forms (white, green, red), has more and more acceptance.

The characteristic common of all these drinks is its power activator and the substance that it gives them its exciting character is the caffeine.

The caffeine is a natural product that is present in many foods, not only in these drinks, but it will be the proportion of caffeine what will mark its stimulating capacity.

A cup of coffee can contribute between 60 and 110 mgs of caffeine. The tea has a much softer contribution, depending on the type that is, being able to be around the 10-90 mgs.

The cola drinks contain about 35 mgs.

The chocolate in cup can contain between 5 and 40 mg, and in bar of 50 grs it can contribute us between 10 and 60 mgs of caffeine.

We can also find in the pharmacies supplements of caffeine that can contain between 30 and 200 mgs of caffeine according to the types.

Today, the caffeine is considered a doped substance , but only in big quantities. To consume 800 mgs of caffeine in 2 or 3 hours, it overcomes the legal limit. This is the equivalent one to 5 or 6 strong coffees or 4 pills of 200 mgs).

Previously it was prohibited for the first time before The Olimpic Games of 1972 to consider it like a drug, but it was retirement of the list because it wasted away in the habitual (coffee, cola drinks, etc) drinks.

In The Olimpic Games of 1984 it  was prohibited to consider again that it improved the yield artificially, but it is only time if  it is taken in big quantities, like it has been mentioned before.

To detect the caffeine in dope tests, the controls are used of  urine. And it is that the caffeine is eliminated by means of the urine, although fundamentally we come off of it for the perspiration.

Later on, we will speak of like it influences the caffeine in the physical exercise.

We will continue …

F. Javier Molano

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