Does the source of your caffeine matter? Bean, Leaf, or Lab?
Where Does Your Caffeine Come From?
Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world, with at least 80 percent of Western adults consuming enough to have an effect on the brain.
No doubt, you have experienced the effects of caffeine, and have used it to power through a morning, accelerate your workout, or stay mentally sharp. The benefits of caffeine are easy to identify, but where does it come from?
Caffeine, when used as a supplement, comes from 3 main sources: a bean, a leaf, or a lab.
Humans have enjoyed the natural sources of caffeine for millennia, but the lab-grown synthetic type was first produced in Germany in 1819. Since then, it has been a staple of chemical producers, and was one of the first products of the chemical company Monsanto. Now, most caffeine used as an additive to energy and soft drinks is synthesized in chemical plants in China, Germany, and India from chemical precursors, such as urea and chloroacetic acid.
At Apollo® Energy Gum, we take every ingredient very seriously. Apollo® is produced in the Liquid® Core Gum Company Factory, located at Apollo HQ in Denver, Colorado, so unlike other energy gum marketers that outsource production to contract chewing gum factories, we have control over every ingredient that goes into our product.
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