Caffeine, Coffee and your Health!

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

If you are like me, the smell and sip of freshly brewed medium roast coffee kicks start the day by getting rid of morning sluggishness. Coffee by far is the most common source of caffeine followed by tea, caffeinated sodas, energy drinks and other foods.




The Ethiopian legend:


No one exactly knows where coffee was discovered however as per one of the popular legends it was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopian plateau when he noticed that his goats were more energetic and would not sleep at night after eating certain berries from a plant. Coffee cultivation and use then spread from Arabia to Europe and to rest of the world.

More than two billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. It is the most common socially accepted psychoactive substance used by people. Hence, lot of research has been done to study how coffee impacts our health.


For majority of the healthy adults without any significant medical issues, consuming less than 400mg of caffeine a day is considered safe.


Benefits of caffeine:


Improves mental alertness

Improves cognitive performance especially focus and reaction time

Helps athletic performance

Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes type 2, gout and alcoholic cirrhosis


Harmful effects of caffeine (typically if consumed excessively):


Difficulty sleeping

Increases the blood pressure

Palpitations due to irregular heart beats

Shakiness (tremors)

Anxiety especially in those who are already suffering from Anxiety disorder

Headache (which can be caused by caffeine withdrawal as well if you suddenly stop caffeine intake)

Heartburn


You should avoid or limit caffeine if you have following health conditions:


Pregnancy and breast feeding

Sleep disorder

Migraine and other forms of headaches

Heartburn or stomach ulcers

Heart disease or irregular heartbeats

High blood pressure

Anxiety

Certain medications (make sure to check with your doctor if caffeine intake is safe with your medications)


Now that you know more about health effects of caffeine, enjoy your cup of coffee and remember that moderation is the key!


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