We all love our morning coffee. Some of us like it with low milk and high sugar while some like gulping down on cappuccinos. According to the statistics, approximately 75% of people consume coffee every day.
Although a strong cup of coffee gives us that morning energy, a lot of times it leads to addiction. A healthy adult can have 3 to 4 cups of coffee but it has both negative and positive effects on health.
Can Decaf Help With The Symptoms?
The addiction becomes so much that some people might face health problems like a rising blood pressure level. That’s why have to go through caffeine withdrawal to get back to their normal lifestyle.
When in the beginning you start to get away from it, you might have to deal with symptoms like an upset stomach, headache, and lethargy.
Now a new study is here that can change the entire game! That’s right, the scientists at the University of Sydney have come up with a new study. According to Llewellyn Mills (lead author of this new study and a researcher of drug and alcohol), it is found that if people drink decaffeinated coffee, their withdrawal symptoms can be reduced temporarily.
This effect would even be prominent even if you know that you are consuming decaf every day. Backing his study, Llewellyn Mills said that the team has observed the results through three studies so they are sure about them.
To understand the results of the study, the team at the University of Sydney studied 61 people who indulged in heavy coffee consumption habits. These were the people who used to have 3 cups of coffee every day.
All of them took a 24-hour break from coffee and the team measured their caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Now the participants were divided into three groups out of which two were provided with decaf coffee and the third group was given only water.
Out of the two groups that were consuming decaf, only one of them was informed that they were drinking decaf. The others were informed that it was regular coffee.
Now after 45 minutes, the participants were asked to rate their symptoms and the group that felt they were having regular coffee said that their symptoms were reducing.
Initially, the groups thought that people who were drinking regular coffee were expecting that they would be helped with the withdrawal symptoms the most. They thought that the decaf group wouldn’t find the experiment useful. But that is not how the test ended. People who were drinking decaf experienced significant relief while those who were drinking water didn’t find any help.
According to Mills, what happened was a placebo effect. He believes the placebo effect happened in the coffee case because of conditioning. This effect would be present if people are trying to reduce their coffee intake. A cup of decaf might help you fight the cravings and not lose to the temptations.