What color is caffeine?

What color is caffeine?

Pure caffeine is white. That coffee bean (really seed) that makes your coffee is brown because of roasting. The seed, before harvesting from the coffee tree, is generally green and the apparent function of caffeine in the seed acts as a natural pesticide. We don’t think of caffeine in our coffee as a pesticide but it just works that way for the seed. Insects don’t like caffeine. Ever see them drinking your coffee?

I drank coffee as a kid (and still do). I don’t remember how old I was when I started doing that but I remember adding lots of sugar and milk. Tasty. One day in college (that was a long time ago) after trying some No Doz I began to wonder if caffeine was good or bad. I did some real “research” (for me back then it was opening a book) at the library. This was before anyone had heard of an internet. I wasn’t able to decipher the chemical molecular structure but I didn’t read that caffeine was dangerous (in normal dosing). So I kept taking No Doz. I was proud that I sorta determined some background on this stuff.

There are a lot of known knowns and maybe as many unknowns about caffeine and it doesn’t affect everyone the same. Some genetic studies have found that a certain dose for some might increase nonfatal heart attacks. That would be about 3 cups or more. Those people are the slow metabolizers. Slow, as in slow caffeine metabolizing. It’s your liver enzymes that do this. They either function well at breaking down that caffeine molecule or they are not so hot at it. Regardless, every regular caffeine customer develops a certain tolerance. Adenosine receptors in your brain are the arbitrators of your habit.

What I really want to do is save everyone a lot of money and perhaps reduce some caloric intake at the same time. Now that I think about it. I want to reduce coffee spills, carbon footprints, coffee breath, yellow teeth and all this worry about coffee farmers and how they were paid. If you buy energy drinks, supplements or coffee creations from coffee shops, buy some caffeine pills instead. Someone get me some recipes for caffeine too. I couldn’t find anything interesting in my short google search. Buy store brand caffeine pills and break the big ones in half. You can get your five hour jones for less than 10┬ácents! I don’t mind the yellow color of the tablet either.

Genetically Wired

by Wildyles.
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Do you want blue eyes?

Do you want blue eyes?

I’ve written about why blue eyes are blue. It has to do with the smaller amount of pigment in the iris and the Tyndall Effect. Pigment is not blue. It’s brown or yellow. And there are all kinds of color contact lenses that can change eye color and those are pretty easy solutions. Sometimes those color contact lenses can look pretty realistic.

But there are a few other ways and specifically I’m going to mention a way to change your eye color surgically using a laser. It’s not approved yet but if it does get approved this might be a huge thing! The company trying to get approved is called Stroma Medical Corp. They say that their laser can remove the outer layer of pigment cells and leave the rest of the iris alone. That I guess would then allow the Tyndall Effect to occur since the front layer of pigment would no longer absorb light rays.

Their website goes over a few of the concerns people have had with destructing pigment in the eye and the regulatory hurdles they need to get over before it’s approved. I admit, it sounds plausible and interesting. You might need about $5000 to do this and willing to only have 1 eye done at a time with a year wait before the other eye could be done. At least that’s how the procedure would work now.

They also say than they have a method that can predict what your eye color might look like before the procedure. Because there’s a mix of yellow and brown pigment and the amount of those can determine how much green there is in an eye, they must be saying that the results could be slightly different than what you might be expecting. They’ll have to sell some of you to believe a hazel colored eye is just as good as a blue eye. Maybe that’s true. Remember my post about that Afghan girl and her eye color?

Here’s the website below for that company. What I’m going to do is put a google alert on this company so if google gets any news on this I’ll put something in the comment section.

Just a note….I’m not implying that blue eyes are all that. It’s just interesting how we get blue color from our eyes and now this company wants to give brown-eyed people blue eyes while taking your $5000. Would it be worth it?


heterochromia, part brown, part blue



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