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Caffeine Reduces Body Weight in Obese Mice by Suppressing Appetite

Scientists looking for answers on how caffeine supplements work to help with weight control programs as well as reduce body weight studied mice that had been injected with caffeine and saline. According to Nature, they found that caffeine excites oxytocin-expressing neurons that regulate energy balance — in words, weight.

Before you go running off for a caffeine fix in the hopes of losing a pound or two, there are some things you need to know about how stimulants, including caffeine, work. Several studies show that caffeine and 23 other compounds kick-start an enzyme known as nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2, or NMNAT2, and it's this compound that scientists say not only may stave off hunger pains, but block the effects of neurodegenerative disorders.

In other words, some coffee during the day may help prevent certain neurological diseases, as well as possibly help prevent some cancers, according to other studies. But you can also get benefits from green tea, which contains incredibly potent antioxidants. Green tea improves brain function, as well as fights cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. It also helps prevent dental cavities and fights inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and cancer.

The thing you don’t want to do, however, is resort to energy drinks or diet sodas in an effort to stay awake or stave off hunger pains. Energy drinks come with their own set of problems in that they have a concentrated amount of caffeine in a small amount of beverage — something that could be dangerous for your heart. Sodas, on the other hand, are even more dangerous. Studies show that drinking just two diet drinks a day can dramatically increase your risk of an early death from heart disease.

Not only that, consumption of diet soda at least daily is associated with a 36 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with not consuming any — which is just the opposite of what you’re hoping to achieve. So, enjoy your coffee and tea in moderation — and never add artificial sweeteners or creamers.
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