TeaCrine® and caffeine are both compounds that are believed to have energizing and stimulating effects on the body. However, differences do exist. Below, are four standout differences:
- Chemical structure: TeaCrine® and caffeine have different chemical structures. TeaCrine® is structurally similar to caffeine, but it has a different chemical makeup.
- Mode of action: TeaCrine® and caffeine work in different ways to produce their effects. TeaCrine® is thought to work by activating dopamine receptors in the brain, while caffeine works by inhibiting the breakdown of the neurotransmitter adenosine.
- Duration of effects: The effects of TeaCrine® and caffeine may differ in terms of how long they last. Caffeine has a shorter half-life than TeaCrine® meaning it is metabolized and eliminated from the body more quickly. This may result in a quicker onset of effects and a shorter duration of action for caffeine compared to TeaCrine®.
- Potential side effects: Teacrine® and caffeine may also have different potential side effects. Caffeine is known to cause jitters, irritability, and anxiety in some people, while TeaCrine® is claimed to be free of these side effects. However, more research is needed to fully understand the side effect profile of TeaCrine®.
Teacrine® is often used as a replacement for caffeine.