Impact of caffeine and coffee on our health

Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, Marco Vinicio Ramirez-Mares

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-492
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Caffeine
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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