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Organic Compounds



Caffeine is an alkaloid. There are many compounds called alkaloids, among them we have the methylxanthines, with three well known compounds: caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. Caffeine is found in foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and pop. The rate of metabolism which by the liver, its storage, and its clearance varies a lot depending on how much caffeine we use. Caffeine is a steroid because it increases performance during long body tiring exercises and short term exercises. Taking caffeine increases alertness and keeps one awake. A bad thing that happens when we use caffeine is that it is able to create diuretic effect, which can cause dehydration, which means to rid the body of a lot of water, as well as cause nervousness and irritate you. Other things you may notice when you take to much caffeine is: you want to keep moving, you’re a little edgy, a bit happy, muscle twitch, confusing flow of thought and speech, and periods of where you do not fell tired. Although using average amount caffeine does not do serious damage to anyone, but drinking about 20 cups of pure caffeine, like coffee, and tea with more than 6 tablespoons of it has known to kill people.


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