As caffeine lovers, most of us salivate at the thought of that ultimate jolt of energy. For many of us, those first few delicious sips of coffee are just the sucker punch to the brain we need to get our day started; however, there are some downsides to drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages. First of all, the taste. It’s an acquired one, for sure. Not everyone likes that bitter beating to the taste buds, or the “gassy” carbonation of energy drinks. Even the juices have a vitamin-like after taste that isn’t quite palatable at first. Secondly, coffees and teas have been known to stain the teeth, causing some aesthetic concerns and extra dental visits. Additionally, if you like the sodas or carbonated drinks with caffeine in them, most of them also have high amounts of sugar, which can cause cavities and erode the enamel of the teeth. Caffeine can be taken in pill form, but not everyone enjoys throwing back huge capsules that sometimes get stuck in the throat.
Transdermal administration refers to the delivery of supplements or medications through a patch placed on the skin. Taking drugs and supplements via this route is advantageous for those who don’t like the taste of pills or the liquids that contain the needed supplement or drug. In this case, of course, we’re referring to caffeine patches. Now, for a lot of us, we’d love to have an IV of caffeine attached to our veins all throughout the day, but that’s simply not realistic. The only real options for ingestion of caffeine is in either pill form or liquid form.
Now, however, there is a transdermal caffeine supplement patch that offers a controlled release into the bloodstream. Transdermal caffeine patches can contain anywhere from 20 to 35 mg of caffeine, along with some other supplements like green tea extract, taurine, and B vitamins. That dosage of caffeine may not seem like a whole lot, but you would be surprised by what a slow, continuous release of caffeine into the bloodstream will do. The patch not only lasts longer than, say, a cup of coffee, but it’s actually a little healthier too since it frees up “sipping time” for more water intake.
Who Should Use Transdermal Supplements?
The patch is a good option for those who really cannot handle the taste of pills or caffeinated drinks. If you are someone who consumes caffeinated drinks all day, yet still feel exhausted by the end of the day, this may be a good option for you as well. Over-caffeinating the body could be building up too much of a tolerance, so try using the patch and drinking more ice water. The ice water tends to rejuvenate the body and “activate” the caffeine.
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Cautions used with caffeine drinks should be observed with the transdermal patch too, so women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid the patch unless directed by a physician. Those with a heart condition or a seizure disorder should also avoid any form of caffeine unless it’s been ordered by your physician.
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