Who doesn’t love coffee? Well, I certainly do.
Believe it or not, I am brewing a cup while writing this blog post too!
To be honest, coffee has become essential for us to function throughout the day.
But, have you ever wondered what does coffee contain that makes it such an energy booster. Yes!
It is caffeine, the most commonly used drug, that stimulates the Central Nervous System (CNS) and makes you more active. It reaches the brain and dispels dizziness and fatigue within a matter of 30-60 minutes. Foods other than coffee that contain caffeine are energy drinks, some prescribed medicines, and slimming tablets too.
More than 90% of the adult population of the US consume more than 200mg of caffeine daily. This article will look at the health benefits and also the risks caused by the overuse of caffeine.
A maximum intake of 400mg per day of caffeine is found to have balanced effects. A teaspoon of caffeine is comparable to 28 cups of coffee. This means that one cup contains approximately 95mg of caffeine.
Therefore, 4-5 cups of coffee are enough for a day.
Nevertheless, a pure form of caffeine that is powdered, is highly disregarded for use. Parents should also keep it out of reach of children as it seems attractive to them.
Children and adolescents are discouraged to consume caffeine or any other stimulant before the age of twelve, at least.
Benefits of caffeine
Caffeine has many benefits, some proven some not.
Caffeine causes weight loss. Or more likely it prevents weight gain by
- Reducing appetite and the desire to eat more food.
- Producing thermogenesis i.e. it stimulates the body to generate more heat and energy to digest the food.
Weight loss products labeled as thermogenic are most likely to contain caffeine.
Of course, the best advantage of caffeine is, that it gives you energy. Making you feel less lazy and more active.
A caffeine intake of 75mg can make you more attentive and alert. It drives away sleep and fatigue.
Caffeine has been found to have good effects on the physical performance of a sportsman. Since it wakens you up and keeps you active for a long, it helps greatly during endurance exercises.
Moderate consumption of caffeine can result in effective ergogenic aid for endurance athletes.
Caffeine enhances the brain’s capability to function. It impacts the adenosine receptors of the brain.
Some say caffeine has the ability to slow down mental decline in old age.
A dose of coffee after a learning session is said to improve long term memory.
Higher caffeine intake leads to lower risks of Parkinson’s disease. Lifelong consumption can decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease as well.
Protection from diseases
A balanced intake of Caffeine has been found to decrease the risks of having many diseases. Such as
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
- Hepatocellular cancer (liver cancer)
- Blepharospasm (an eye disorder)
- Kidney stones
- Skin cancer
- Mouth, throat, and other cancers
- Diabetes type 2
Risks of caffeine
As benefits, there are many risks of caffeine consumption as well.
Depression and anxiety
Some studies have shown that caffeine can lead to depression and anxiety.
However, we may call this a misconception. It could be exactly the opposite. I.e. depressed people consume more coffee not that coffee leads to depression.
Blood sugar levels
People with type 2 diabetes have reported a rise in their blood sugar levels after caffeine consumption.
It is also found that caffeine may lead to a slight insulin impairment, which can cause a rise in blood sugar levels.
Pregnant women are strictly advised to restrict or limit their caffeine intake.
Higher caffeine consumption can cause loss of pregnancy too. Consumption of 300mg of caffeine a day is high for pregnant women. Caffeine can delay fetal growth and reduce fetal heartbeat.
Caffeine is found to decrease the fertility rate of women. It may cause the muscle movement of the fallopian tubes to decrease. Fallopian tubes carry the eggs from the ovary to the womb.
Caffeine is likely to decrease the chances of the fertility of a woman by 27%.
Caffeine can pass, in small amounts through the breast milk, into the nursing baby. Breastfeeding mothers should not consume large amounts of caffeine as it is not good for the baby. It may cause the baby to sleep less and be uncomfortable. It can also affect a baby’s growth.
Overdose of caffeine can often trigger gout attacks in people with this disease.
Consuming a large amount of caffeine in a day can four-fold increase the risk of recurrent gout attacks.
Women with higher consumption of caffeine have reported bladder problems. Caffeine consumption increases the risk of bladder disease by 70%.
Caffeine drives away to ep. It keeps you awake, but it’s an ep alternative.
It can cause sleep disorders and insomnia.
Consumption higher than 400mg of caffeine a day can have severe diverse effects.
Some of which are
- High blood pressure
Caffeine is not as harmful as some myths foretell. However, like most drugs, overuse of caffeine can have dangerous effects on our health. It has ‘Hackney havocs’.
Nevertheless, moderate consumption of caffeine has positive effects on our body.
So it’s time to say goodbye to 20cups of coffee a day.
But worry not, you can still have 4-5 with no worries.