Essay by EssaySwap ContributorHigh School, 10th grade February 2008

download word file, 3 pages 0.0

Caffeine, is it a helpful drug or a hazardous toxin? Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance. It is found in seeds, leaves or fruits in about 60 plants. Beverages with caffeine in them have been consumed since 2700B.C.. People all over the world consume caffeine every day. Many people have various ideas on the way caffeine affects the human body. Some experts say it prevents cancer while others say caffeine makes people more prone to cancer. You decide.

In the article What You Should know About Caffeine, printed in the Information Food Council Foundation, states that caffeine has no relevance to many forms of cancer and other problems. These diseases include cardiovascular disease, fibrocystic breast diseases, reproductive function, behavior in children, birth defects and cancer.

Studies at Vanderbuilt University show that the effects of caffeine on sleep varies greatly between individuals. Some people feel no effects while others reported reduced or poorer quality sleep.

The article also states that caffeine has very little effect on blood pressure. Only people that are highly sensitive to caffeine, experience a short period of higher blood pressure then they normally have. In an experiment done by the Harvard Medical School in 1990 say that Caffeine has no direct link to infertility either. Nor does it have an effect on a pregnant woman and/or her unborn child. In addition all of the talk that says caffeine will stunt a child's growth is just rumors. Caffeine is said not to affect children any differently then it does adults.

In another article entitled Coffee may not be so bad… in Science News, November 25, 1995, the author thinks that caffeine is an energy booster for athletes. At Oregon Health Sciences University a research team studied six healthy young men. The men rode exercise bicycles while the scientists...