Caffeine is the catalyst in coffee that promotes energy, wakefulness, and focus. But how does it work??
First off, caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant that can be found in the fruits and leaves of certain plants such as:
- Coffee Berries
- Tea Leaves
- Yerba Mate
Caffeine spikes activity in the brain and nervous system by blocking Adenosine Receptors in the pineal gland. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that signal the body's melatonin production. This is what leads to the "crash" after being super caffeinated. Once the caffeine blockers dissipate, the adenosine quickly binds, influencing the body.
While the receptors are blocked, the body adrenaline and cortisol levels increase in circulation, promoting high energy and focus.