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Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« on: April 25, 2011, 11:45:40 AM »
Well this makes me sad...

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/the-effect-of-caffeine-on-vitamin-absorption.html

What's interesting is how it stimulates the absorption of B12.


Now, most here recommend drinking tea. However, this usually also contains caffeine. How much is usually seen as a decent amount without any longer-term effects?

Basically I'm going to switch up my morning coffee either for a premium energy drink or tea, or just nothing at all... I get up pretty early though and it really helps to have something to get me moving quickly. Ideas?
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 12:51:51 PM »
LOTS of Monster energy drinks mixed with 20oz cans of Vault.  :P

Or, you can just have orange juice or water. :)

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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 02:40:58 PM »
The benefits of tea and/or coffee are not because they have caffeine in it.

If you're eating well and not overdoing this should not be a problem
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 05:11:36 PM »
The benefits of tea and/or coffee are not because they have caffeine in it.
Oo that wasn't what I was trying to say. I was just saying tea is good. But still has caffeine. So how much tea until you start reaching bad levels? Certainly much more than coffee, right?

And tea still has that teeth-staining ability too, right?
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 05:07:25 AM »
Oo that wasn't what I was trying to say. I was just saying tea is good. But still has caffeine. So how much tea until you start reaching bad levels? Certainly much more than coffee, right?

And tea still has that teeth-staining ability too, right?

Dunno.

Probably.
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 07:32:36 AM »
There's so many ways of processing tea that probably changes that too.

That being said, what is it that makes coffee and tea good for you?

I only know they're delicious.

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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 12:37:35 AM »
There's so many ways of processing tea that probably changes that too.

Really?  I just put the bag in the hot water, and have yet to figure out a better way to do it. ;)  I assume that you are talking about people who produce the tea. 
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 11:01:07 AM »
Been a full day and I already feel WAAAYYYYY better. :D
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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 05:08:50 AM »
Blah blah blah.

Most serious lifters take LOADS of caffeine.  The performance benefits far outweigh any nutrient loss.

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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 11:37:24 PM »
I think this is being a bit alarmist. Just take the shovel principle. Get a one-a-day vitamin and take 2 or 3 (3 if you're especially active that day). I'd recommended getting a brand with low enough iron that taking 3 won't make you go over 45 (the upper limit). With calcium in the diet/supplement and with the caffeine, even if you went over that in total iron intake it's unlikely the net iron would be anything harmful at all, but just to be safe.

The antidoxidant potency in tea is a great benefit, so it might be selling the car to pay for gas money if you drop tea in that regard. And the caffeine itself is a great benefit. Glance at the numbers and you'll find it unlikely to overdo (and this term is relative) the tea you drink.

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Re: Effects of Caffeine on Nutrient absorption
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 10:54:30 AM »
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And tea still has that teeth-staining ability too, right?

Modern dental hygiene should have this concern eliminated.

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I don't know why it comes as a surprise that caffeine enhances nutrient absorption.  In fact, caffeine enhances all sorts of absorption from a lot of things.  Namely, caffeine shows an increase in the efficacy of NSAIDs.