Coffee and tea isn’t the only source of natural caffeine available if you are looking for an herbal energy lift. Depending on your personal preference, there is a natural way to have more energy and vitality without compromising health as long as you are informed and know the possible dangers.
Here are some herbs (besides coffee and tea) that contain caffeine:
Cola nitida– The leaves and the seeds of the West-African Cola tree contain up to 3% caffeine. You will find this most commonly in tea form. Using too much Cola nitida can cause insomnia and dehydration.
Cacao – Containing up to 36% caffeine, the cacao bean is used in chocolate production. It can be used as a supplement in natural chocolate or capsule form. Overuse of cacao can cause adrenal gland exhaustion and impair liver function.
Guarana – The crushed seed of this shrub has about 3% caffeine. It has been used in the production of soft drinks and health supplements for many years. In high doses, guarana causes multiple issues like nervousness, nausea, vomiting and increased heart rate.
Yerba Mate – Yerba Mate leaves, containing about 2% caffeine is used most often as a tea. Used in moderation, this tea is considered safe; however, some studies have shown that there may be a connection with its overuse and some cancers.
All the herbs mentioned about have been listed by the FDA as “Generally Recognized as Safe.” But just because an herb is natural does not mean precautions shouldn’t be taken. Herbs that contain caffeine can cause serious interactions with prescribed medications or other herbs. Overuse of any substance containing caffeine can be very dangerous. It’s important to know how each herb will affect your health and to know how much of that herb is safe to take – especially if it contain