The virtually universal popularity of caffeine, together with concerns about its potential pathogenic effects, have made it one of the most extensively studied drugs in history. However, despite the massive scientific literature on this important substance, most reviews have either focused on limited areas of study or been produced in popular form by individuals with surprisingly little relevant scientific background.
Caffeine and Activation Theory: Effects on Health and Behavior brings together the leading experts from seven different countries to provide researchers and clinicians with the most comprehensive and balanced review of the scientific literature on the effects of caffeine found anywhere. It devotes unprecedented coverage to the impact of caffeine on cardiovascular functioning and pathology, details the pharmacological properties and neurophysiological effects of the drug, and thoroughly reviews literature concerned with the role of this powerful stimulant in mood, task performance, and psychopathology. This important new book is also the first source to provide an integrative scientific treatment of the effects of caffeine consumption on menstrual endocrinology and pathology, as well as on reproduction. Rounding out the coverage is a thorough review of emerging research on the possible benefits of caffeine and catechins in green and black teas.
The highly integrative final chapter provides a clear understanding of what is known about the effects of caffeine, identifies specific areas in which further research is needed, and provides important methodological guidelines that promise to optimize future research endeavors. Filling the need for a current comprehensive resource, this volume provides extensive reviews of the major bodies of literature on caffeine, stimulates and guides future research, and provides clinicians with the information they need to understand, diagnose, and treat the effects of caffeine consumption in their patients.
Table of Contents
Arousal and Caffeine: Physiological, Behavioral, and Pathological Effects; Barry D. Smith, Uma Gupta, and B. S. Gupta
Caffeine: The Drug
The Arousal Drug of Choice: Sources and Consumption of Caffeine; Barry D. Smith, Thom White, and Rachel Shapiro
Pharmacological Properties and Neurophysiological Effects of Caffeine; Astrid Nehlig
Acute Cardiovascular Effects of Caffeine: Hemodynamics and Heart Function; Barry D. Smith and Katherine Aldridge
The Multifactorial Model of Cardiovascular Pathology: Is Caffeine Pathogenic in Coronary Heart Disease? Barry D. Smith, Radha Gholkar, Mark Mann, and Nancy Toward
Blood Pressure Effects of Dietary Caffeine Are a Risk for Cardiovascular Disease; Jack E. James
Effects of Coffee and Caffeine Consumption on Serum Lipids and Lipoproteins; Ming Wei and Harvey A. Schwertner
Menstrual and Reproductive Effects
Menstrual Endocrinology and Pathology: Caffeine, Physiology, and PMS; Hoa T. Vo, Barry D. Smith, and Solmaz Elmi
Effects of Caffeine Intake on Female Fertility: A Critical Review; Kate Northstone and Jean Golding
Mood and Performance and Psychopathology
Effects of Caffeine on Mood; Hendrik J. Smit and Peter J. Rogers
Caffeine, Mood, and Performance: A Selective Review; Lorenzo D. Stafford, Jennifer Rusted, and Martin R. Yeomans
Caffeine and Multicomponent Task Performance; Uma Gupta and B. S. Gupta
Caffeinism: History, Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Treatment; Iulian Iancu, Ahikam Olmer, and Rael D. Strous
Green and Black Teas
Catechins and Caffeine in Tea: A Review of Health Risks and Benefits; Raymond Cooper, Talash A. Likimani, D. James Morré, and Dorothy M. Morré
Integration and Conclusion
Caffeine, Physiology, Pathology, and Behavior; Barry D. Smith, Uma Gupta, and B. S. Gupta