Caffeine – Good or Bad?
What’s the most widely used substance on the planet? Caffeine, and it is also one of the most researched regarding how it affects the human body.
For the Good: (Research articles are plentiful)
1. Caffeine can stimulate hair growth in balding men and women.
2. Caffeine may prevent skin cancer.
3. Caffeine may prevent ringing in the ears (tinnitus) in women.
4. Caffeine helps keep you alert while driving during periods of sleep restriction.
5. Caffeine increases stamina during exercise.
6. Caffeine relieves post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.
7. Caffeine may prevent weight gain.
8. Caffeine is good for the heart.
9. Caffeine is shown to reduce liver fibrosis risk in patients with hepatitis C.
10. Caffeine reduces kidney stone risk.
11. Caffeine reduces chronic inflammation.
12. Caffeine relieves pain associated with sleep loss better than analgesics.
13. In Japan, researchers have shown that caffeine increases memory
14. Caffeine may protect against Parkinson’s disease
15. Caffeinated coffee cuts mouth and throat cancer risk by 50%.
16. Caffeine improves reaction time and logical reasoning during times when sleep isn’t possible or restricted.
17. Caffeine helps those with losing weight.
18. Coffee can reduce the risk of stroke as much as 22%.
For the Bad:
1. Anxiety, nervousness, heart palpitations or even panic attacks.
2. Hard to fall asleep or disrupted sleep.
3. Less absorption of needed nutrients (calcium, iron, B Vitamins).
4. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. Caffeine can alter brain chemistry in a similar way that drugs like cocaine do.
6. Caffeine intake can come with a host of unpleasant digestive issues.
7. Collagen has a direct effect on your skin, body, and nails, not sipping that morning cup of coffee could mean fewer wrinkles for you. 8. Caffeine has been shown to raise blood pressure levels it has on the nervous system
9. Caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda can also lead to enamel wear and decay and stain your teeth. 10. Caffeine has been shown to worsen certain menopause symptoms.
11. Get a headache if you miss your morning coffee? Caffeine withdrawal can lead to brain fog, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
If you need your morning cup of Joe, now you know the pros and cons. Pick your pleasure or poison.