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“Caffeine belongs to a class of compounds called methylxanthines. Other methylxanthines include theobromine (found in chocolate) and theophylline (found in tea, and sometimes used in the treatment of asthma).”

“The naturally occurring methylxanthines found in plants act as pesticides against many kinds of insects. In you and me caffeine merely gives us a buzz; that extra little perk to get going in the morning. It does so by binding to adenosine receptors at certain sites in the body. The result of this stimulation leads to heightened mental awareness, increased heart rate and other effects.” Caffeine FAQs

I love science websites (I’m such a geek). Methylxanthines have the same function in the plant as salicylates, and a lot of the same effects on me. I’m just one giant plant pest.

Adenosine is important in heart rhythm regulation and can be administered to terminate certain tachycardias. Caffeine blocks its action. Xanthines are also used to relax the bronchial muscles during asthma attacks.

As well as caffeine, coffee contains putrescine, spermidine, and spermine, three of the more unusual amines, as well as a bunch of phenols.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

6 April, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Posted in Methyl Donors

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