What You Should Know
Dicaffeine Malate is a form of caffeine combined with malic acid. Traditional caffeine or caffeine anhydrous can cause gastrointestinal problems for some users. For this reason, some companies choose to use dicaffeine malate. The malic acid is combined with caffeine to ease digestion and reduce the risk of gastrointestinal side effects. This is good for drink and supplement manufacturers, but it doesn’t prevent the negative side effects associated with caffeine intake. Dieters who are sensitive to caffeine will also be sensitive to dicaffeine malate. Some of the side effects associated with the ingredient include jitters, shakes, nausea, anger and nervousness. If dicaffeine malate is taken within a few hours of bedtime, it may prevent deep sleep and the user may wake up feeling tired and groggy. Deep sleep is when the body recovers and heals thus the immune system may also be affected.
List of Ingredients
- Malic Acid
Dicaffeine malate is not a better version of caffeine just a different version. Supplement manufacturers use dicaffeine malate in the same way they use caffeine anhydrous. In some cases, supplement manufacturers will include both varieties. This typically occurs when the company wants to use large amounts of caffeine in a supplement, but they want to reduce the risk of stomach upset associated with large amounts of caffeine.
Though dicaffeine malate is easier on the stomach, it is not without side effects. Users may experience caffeine overdose, jittery feeling, crawling skin or nausea/loss of appetite when taking the ingredient. Dicaffeine malate is not offered as a standalone supplement; rather companies have the ability to add it to other ingredients. Traditional caffeine or caffeine anhydrous is available in standalone supplement form.
- Dicaffeine malate may increase metabolism.
- The user may experience fewer hunger pangs while taking a supplement with this ingredient.
- May increase heart rate.
- May increase blood pressure.
- May cause loss of appetite.
- May cause nausea.
- May interfere with prescription medications.
- Can be overdosed at high levels of intake.
Dicaffeine malate is another name for the combination ingredient caffeine and malic acid. The malic acid reduces the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, but large amounts of the ingredient can still affect the stomach. The use of dicaffeine malate comes with the same potential for negative side effects as the use of traditional or anhydrous (powdered) caffeine. Before taking any supplement that contains dicaffeine malate, it is important to eliminate all other sources of caffeine from the diet to reduce the risk of overstimulation.