Caffeine has been praised by many yet criticized by a lot of people. There are many talks about caffeine but it is still considered one of the healthiest drinks. Thus, it becomes hard to judge whether It is good for health or not. Do not worry, here in this blog we have got all your questions answered. Read through the blog to know more about caffeine myths and facts.
Well, before we step into the discussion of myths and facts. First, let’s correct our basics. Usually, people think that tea leaves and coffee are the only sources of caffeine. Yet the kola nuts and coffee beans are also contributors to its production. Moreover, the quantity of caffeine content differs in food and medicines.
Foods such as chocolate syrups have 4mg of caffeine. On the other hand, the OTC painkillers would have 16mg-200mg caffeine content in them to increase the effectiveness of the painkillers. Also, it is used in making weight-loss drinks. Even in many cases, caffeine on its works as a pain killer. That simply states that it has many health benefits and its consumption is not dangerous for the human body.
Fact: It is one of the ingredients that excite the nerves cells of the brain. With caffeine consumption, your concentration level improves, you become active and may experience less fatigue. It is safe to have caffeine daily in a moderate quantity. Yet you may get dependent on caffeine for better body functioning. Consequently, you may have headaches or nausea or feel muscle pain without its consumption.
The side effects are not because of the addiction. You face challenges because you start depending on it to relax your body and help you boost your working productivity which is temporary and gets affected when you do not consume it.
Fact: It is good for health if consumed in the morning hours to boost the productivity of a person. That too, one should consume it in moderate quantity so that they do not get dependent on it. Even if you want to have coffee in the evening hours, make sure you give at least six hours gap from bedtime.
As fast it regulates your body to keep you going, similarly it goes out of your body. Therefore, you should know the consumption pattern. Be it any food or beverage. Like cold water should not be drunk in the night to avoid cold. Similarly, It is one of the drinks you avoid before bedtime. If consumed inappropriately, then not only insomnia, it can cause gastric issues as well.
Fact: Please note, you are risk-free until you are consuming it about 300mg daily or 3 cups of coffee. However, if you are one of those who have high blood pressure, you are more vulnerable to the side effects of it such as osteoporosis, heart diseases or cancer. Let’s discuss how.
Osteoporosis: Though, about 744mg can increase the magnesium and calcium loss in urine. But if you do not have calcium deficiency, you will not be affected. Moreover, calcium loss can be avoided by adding one cup of coffee to it.
Older adults are more prone to its side effects if consumed more than tolerance level. Hip fracture is one of the risks.
If you like caffeine so just consult your doctor or nutritionist about your daily requirement. As each body differs so its daily requirement of caffeine may differ too.
Cancer: Many studies have taken place to check if there is any relationship between cancer and caffeine. The results contradict the myth. It works as a protective sheet for many types of cancer.
Heart Diseases: People with high blood pressure or any cardiovascular problem should not intake it as they are prone to its side effects. However, if you are a healthy person (no cardiovascular problems), it can not develop heart issues or high blood pressure. That means you should not consume it if you have any sort of heart disease.
Fact: There is no reliable evidence that proves women having caffeine are prone to the following:
However, it is advised that pregnant women should not consume more than 200mg of caffeine (confirm with your doctor for the exact quantity in your case) because it can increase the risk of miscarriage.
There are many health benefits of it as it is good for improving concentration, making you active, helps in weight loss journey. However, it is associated with several health problems too. That does not mean you should avoid caffeine but watch the quantity. Like many other foods and beverages, it should be taken in a limited quantity. For maximum people, it is 300mg/ daily. But, if you are really into caffeine consumption, consult your doctor and then set your daily consumption requirement.