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It’s all in the Coffee

Monday, January 5th, 2009 It’s all in the Coffee

It has been established and according to the BBC (23 12 08) A strong cup of coffee has a greater effect on men than women, research shows.

In a study on 668 healthy volunteers, an espresso pepped up men after just 10 minutes. Women also became more alert after the beverage, but less so.

The study was carried out in Barcelona and some of the researchers argue that some of the effects Any indeed be psychological. This is because decaffeinated coffee also worked to some extent.

Moreover the participants were requested to drink either a classic expresso containing 100mg of caffeine or a decaffeinated espresso containing 5mg of caffeine.

Participants were then observed for changes in alertness over the following minutes and hours.

Both genders saw an improvement in their specific activity levels after drinking the classic espresso and these effects began after as little as 10 minutes.

With reference to the investigation, researchers observed that 45 minutes is the time needed for maximum caffeine concentration to be reached in the blood, but levels reach half this concentration after just a few minutes.

And the effect appeared to be greater in the men.

According to Ana Adan who states “Numerous studies have demonstrated the stimulant effects of caffeine, but none of these have looked at their effects in terms of the consumer’s gender.”

Anna Denny of the British Nutrition Foundation said: “This study provides an interesting insight into how the effects of specific foods and nutrients may differ between men and women.

In addition she further states “Research into ‘gene-nutrient’ interactions is moving forward quickly and we are finding out more about how our genetic make-up affects our requirements for certain foods and nutrients, and how our bodies react to these. In the future this could allow scientists to formulate dietary recommendations based on our genetic make up, as well as our age and body size.”

In conclusion, Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association said: “This new scientific study demonstrates interesting differences in the positive effects that caffeine may have on alertness between men and women, an area that has not been heavily researched in previous scientific investigations.

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