In a study from Clarkson University, scientists found natural caffeine has a more consistent and lasting effect than synthetic caffeine when it comes to cognition and moods.
They examined the effects of natural caffeine as compared to synthetic caffeine.
The team focused on whether there was a difference in how natural caffeine infused with adaptogens influenced cognitive function, mood, and physiologic functions (heart rate, blood pressure, and hand-eye coordination) compared to synthetic caffeine.
Synthetic caffeine is what you find in most energy beverages whereas natural caffeine is what you find in coffee.
In reality, synthetic and natural caffeine are nearly indistinguishable; both are chemically identical.
The major difference is that synthetic caffeine is produced from urea and chloroacetic acid rather than extracted from plant products like natural caffeine.
Based on their research, the team said the biggest finding was that natural caffeine infused with adaptogens provided a steadier improvement than synthetic caffeine, which saw a spike in its effect on those who participated in the study before tapering off.
The team found that while both improved cognition and moods, the synthetic caffeine had an initial spike after 30 minutes and then tapered off or saw a slight decline at 60 and 90 minutes, while natural caffeine had a gradual improvement in performance.
They believe that if they have continued the experiment they might have seen better improvements with the natural caffeine product (E+shots).
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The study was conducted by Ali Boolani et al and published in Nutrients.
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