Caffeine vs B vitamins – which energy boost is best for you?
But first, coffee.
Caffeine, found in coffee, tea and energy drinks, can give you an instant energy boost. And many of us love that morning jolt. But B vitamins can also help get your energy up by releasing energy from your food – without some of the drawbacks of caffeine. So, is one better than the other?
Here’s a look at both.
Caffeine is a common stimulant that acts on the brain and nerves. You can find it in coffee, most teas, cocoa, chocolate, cola, guarana and energy drinks. Caffeine can help you feel more awake and energetic, but it’s overall effects on your health are more complex.
Benefits of consuming caffeine
Coffee afficionados love their morning brew. Coffee isn’t just a social pleasure - it’s a way of life for many of us. We drink coffee for the taste as well as the energy boost.
Coffee makes us feel more awake and alert because it contains caffeine - a stimulant that speeds up the messaging between our brains and bodies. Other than feeling more stimulated, people who drink coffee regularly might have a lower than average risk of certain chronic diseases.
Just be aware that too much caffeine - for example, 3 espresso coffees or 6-7 instant coffees (more than 500mg) - can give you jitters and make it hard for you to sleep. So always stick to the recommended amounts.