The Pros and Cons of Caffeine
Caffeine is the most widely used substance on the planet. The definition of Caffeine is a crystalline compound that is found especially in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system. Caffeine is a stimulant and a drug. Consume too much, and you’ll find yourself addicted and at-risk for associated health problems. But at the same time, studies have shown that moderate consumption of caffeine-rich foods such as coffee, tea, and dark chocolate can help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
Are there health benefits from caffeine or is most of the world just poisoning themselves?
The Pros of Caffeine
• Increases Memory
• Stimulates hair growth on balding men and women
• Relieves post work-out muscle pain by up to 48%
• Aids fat burning
• Wards off Alzheimer’s
• Ease Depression
• Increases stamina during exercise
• Helps with ADHD
• Lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer
The Cons of Caffeine
• Anxiousness, nervousness and irritability
• Irregular or fast heartbeat
• Muscle twitches and tremors
Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others. Those that are sensitive to caffeine should limit their use. So should pregnant and nursing women. Certain drugs and supplements may interact with caffeine. If you have questions about whether caffeine is safe for you, talk with your health care provider.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the average amount of caffeine consumed in the US is approximately 300 mg per person per day - the equivalent to between two and four cups of coffee. This is considered to be a moderate caffeine intake, which according to many studies, can promote a variety of health benefits.
If you are like the millions of people around the world who choose to partake in caffeine in its many delivery methods, moderation is key to enjoying the benefits while reducing your chances of the negative effects.
Until next time, stay healthy!