Caffeine in the morning, for most of us, gives us the energy boost we need to get our day started off the right way. But, how much is too much caffeine? And, why does it matter? We already know that caffeine is a positive influence, as t has been found to:
- Boost energy, memory, and athletic performance
- Ease headaches
- Help prevent constipation and type 2 diabetes
- Protect against brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine: Negative Effects
On the other hand, there is evidence that too much caffeine can make you anxious, nervous, or jittery. It can also affect sleep, digestion, blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm.
Some of those negatives include:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Irregular heartbeat
- Accelerates bone loss.
Increased risk of heart attacks among young adults. One study found that young adults who were diagnosed with mild hypertension had 4 times the risk of having a heart attack if they consumed the amount the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee.
It may not be healthy for type 2 diabetics. A study conducted by the American Diabetes Association showed that caffeine impaired glucose metabolism in those with type 2 diabetes.
It increases the amount of sugary beverages consumed by people, which contributes to obesity and diabetes.
Caffeine is a drug that affects people differently just like any other substance. It’s important that consumers understand how it interacts with their bodies in regards to their personal health histories.
The food and beverage industry spends millions, if not billions, of dollars worldwide to fund studies and promote caffeinated products as safe or even healthy.
Fortunately, this is one of the most researched substances on the planet and there does exist some unbiased data in which to glean some reliable information from.
While much of the research published does indicate its safety, there also are research studies that highlight the potentially harmful effects.
The risks are diminished by being aware of how much is personally being consumed daily.
It is also important to be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that may contribute to negative effects.