Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Food Therapy: Coffee Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms, Is It True?

By Kyle J. Norton

In compared to herbal medicine, food therapy even takes longer  to ease symptoms, depending to stage of the treatment which directly address to the cause of disease.

Abruptively abstained caffeine intake may cause some withdrawal symptoms in regular and daily  coffee caffeine intakers, the American University study suggested.
Coffee, second to tea, is a popular and social beverage all over the world, particular in the West,  made from roasted bean from the Coffea plant, native to tropical Africa and Madagascar.

Coffee withdrawal symptoms is a set of the unpleasant physical condition caused by ceasing intake of additive caffeine for long term coffee lovers.

In a study of caffeine consumers (N=213) completed the CWSQ after 16h of caffeine abstinence, researchers at the above institute found that general withdrawal symptoms in participants included (1) Fatigue/drowsiness; (2) Low alertness/difficulty concentrating; (3) Mood disturbances; (4) Low sociability/motivation to work; (5) Nausea/upset stomach; (6) Flu-like feelings; and (7) Headache.

Regular and daily coffee intake group showed a significant and greater effect in symptoms of fatigue/drowsiness, low alertness/difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and headache in compared to group of non coffee caffeine drinkers.

Other, in the study of genetic effect, related to caffeine content of a beverage on caffeine withdrawal, suggested that withdrawal symptoms may be exaggerated in people who believe that certain genes may have a great influence in increased caffeine withdrawal and people with psychological belief that consumed caffeine leads to a reduction in withdrawal symptoms when no caffeine is consumed.

According to the returned questionnaire from participants  24 hours after caffeine abstinence, then given a cup of decaffeinated coffee, half the participants were told that their coffee was caffeinated participants displayed a strong belief of a greater reduction in withdrawal symptoms than those told it was decaffeinated. And genetic testing demonstrated a result information produced no difference in reported withdrawal symptoms.

In support to the above analysis, the study conducted by the University of Sydney, School of Psychology, using caffeine as a model to test the effect of expectancy on withdrawal symptoms, specifically whether the belief that one has ingested caffeine is sufficient to reduce caffeine withdrawal symptoms and cravings in abstinent coffee drinkers by using the same method as in above study, found that a similar result of greater reduction in the factors of cravings, fatigue, lack of alertness and flu-like feelings of the CWSQ, than those in the Told Decaf condition.

The finding evidences indicated that genetic and psychological and personal belief have a great affect in caffeine withdrawal symptoms, especially cravings, when no caffeine was consumed.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Development of the caffeine withdrawal symptom questionnaire: caffeine withdrawal symptomscluster into 7 factors by Juliano LM1, Huntley ED, Harrell PT, Westerman AT.(PubMed)
(2) Effect of Genetic Information and Information About Caffeine Content on Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms by Mills L1, Dar-Nimrod I2, Colagiuri B2.(PubMed)
(3) Placebo caffeine reduces withdrawal in abstinent coffee drinkers by Mills L1, Boakes RA2, Colagiuri B2.(PubMed)

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