In the fast-paced, workaday lifestyle of the modern world, coffee consumption has seen a dramatic rise in popularity. According to a Gallup poll , about 64% of adults in America reported drinking at least one cup of coffee a day, and on average, each adult drank about 2.7 cups of coffee per day. While caffeine has become a foundation in our lives and in the global economy, it comes with some big drawbacks. Enter TeaCrine, a natural extract of theacrine. Let’s take a closer look at the new alternative to traditional caffeine.
THE PITFALLS OF CAFFEINE
Caffeine works directly on the central nervous system to eliminate drowsiness and boost your alertness, providing that characteristic stimulation. Unfortunately, that comes with some negative side effects, including:
- -Upset stomach
- -Muscle tremors
- -Rapid heartbeat
Long-term caffeine consumption can lead to a vicious cycle of fatigue and insomnia. You lose sleep because of the caffeine, but you need the caffeine to stay awake during the day. Worse yet, regular caffeine consumption—about 357 milligrams per day—can lead to addiction. This not only causes a physical dependence on caffeine, but also boosts your tolerance, forcing you to consume more caffeine just to feel the same effects.
WHAT IS TEACRINE?
TeaCrine is a nature-identical compound comprised of an extract of pure theacrine, often used in dietary supplements. TeaCrine works with your body’s natural metabolic processes to increase your mental clarity, energize your muscle, and increase your overall mood and motivation. While it shares a similar molecular structure with caffeine, TeaCrine is not a form of caffeine. In fact, the compound can be used in conjunction with caffeine to enhance and extend the effects of that one cup of coffee while minimizing some of the drawbacks of chronic or high doses of caffeine.
Theacrine is found in Camellia assamica, which is what is used to make Kucha tea. Camellia assamica variant kucha shares its genus with green tea. Theacrine is synthesized in the kucha plant from caffeine. Since kucha cannot further metabolize theacrine, it accumulates in the leaves.
THE BENEFITS OF TEACRINE
TeaCrine offers a multi-pronged action that blocks the action of adenosine, decreases reactive oxygen species and inflammatory cytokines, while boosting dopamine and other neurotransmitters. This ultimately leads to a wide range of benefits, including:
- -Decreased physical discomfort from intense exercise
- -Increased antioxidant activity for greater cellular protection
- -A more positive mood
- -Decreased stress and irritability
- -Increased neural drive
- -Increased motivation
THEACRINE VS. CAFFEINE
The main difference between theacrine and caffeine is the addition of a ketone to the imidazole ring, and the addition of a methyl group off the open nitrogen. These additions alter theacrine’s ability to bind to enzymes in the body like caffeine does. This means that theacrine does not metabolize in the same manner as caffeine, and does not lead to secondary metabolites that can then go on to cause adverse side effects in the body. Due to these changes, theacrine is longer-acting, has less side effects, and does not build tolerance like caffeine.
When caffeinated stimulants wear off, they often leave you with jitters and a sense of restlessness. At worst, you’ll suffer a caffeine crash, completely sapping your energy and mood while hampering your ability to sleep. TeaCrine will keep you calm after its effects have worn off, and acts as an analgesic, making it popular as a pre-workout energy booster. TeaCrine also has a much wider effect window, offering for a broader and more controlled range of safe dosage. In addition to that, it possesses anti-inflammatory effects, which can promote reduced muscle soreness.
TeaCrine can give you the boost you need without the same side effects as caffeine. However, keep in mind that everyone is different, so you may react to TeaCrine differently. Consult your doctor before you commit to including TeaCrine in your daily life.