Caffeine as Cause or Cure?

Matea Ellingson


Everyone has experienced a migraine or headache at some point in their life. In the United States alone, over 3 million people struggle with recurring migraines every year. Recently, the correlation between migraines and caffeine intake has been a rising topic among researchers and healthcare professionals. However, there is much disagreement on whether caffeine has been a cure or a cause of migraines. In this paper, we will review a recent article posted by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) on the mechanism and effects of caffeine on the human body. The caffeine molecule is very similar to that of adenosine, which is a natural, neural metabolite, relating to sleep and drowsiness. When caffeine is more concentrated than adenosine, it inhibits the effects of adenosine.

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