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Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Oct;25(10):489-92. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2014.07.003. Epub 2014 Aug 11.

Impact of caffeine and coffee on our health.

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  • 1University of Illinois, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, 228 ERML, 1201W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Electronic address:
  • 2Institute of Natural Resources, University of the Sea, Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca CP 70902, Mexico.


Coffee is the most frequently consumed caffeine-containing beverage. The caffeine in coffee is a bioactive compound with stimulatory effects on the central nervous system and a positive effect on long-term memory. Although coffee consumption has been historically linked to adverse health effects, new research indicates that coffee consumption may be beneficial. Here we discuss the impact of coffee and caffeine on health and bring attention to the changing caffeine landscape that includes new caffeine-containing energy drinks and supplements, often targeting children and adolescents.

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caffeine; coffee; energy drinks

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