Scientists have been studying caffeine for so many years now. According to Dr. Solomon Snyder of the neurosciences department at the Johns Hopkins University, people love caffeine because they believe that it keeps them more alive, that it has the power to elevate their mood, that it helps them decrease fatigue, and that it pushes them to work harder and make them think more clearly. Researchers have managed to find out that caffeine does indeed give the body a little boost, however, it also produced insomnia, nervousness, and a racing heart, which is why too much caffeine intake is definitely bad.
People don’t seem to care though because more and more people are leaning on to coffee. Coffee has got to be the most popular drink that contains caffeine. According to the 2017 record of National Coffee Drinking Trends, about 62% of more than 3,000 people drinks coffee every single day, this number increased from 57% in 2016. Bill Murray, the National Coffee Association’s chief officer said, “More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be the leading change,” he explained. A steadily growing taste for gourmet varieties is also driving wider trends towards specialty beverages.”
Despite the increase, there are still more and more people who are trying to clean themselves from coffee. This is a trend that experts believe that must be followed.
LOVE FOR CAFFEINE
About 90% of adult in the United States regularly consume caffeine as a stimulating ingredient that has been used for thousands of years, especially on coffee, chocolate, beverages and even in medications. According to Mary Sweeney of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive drug. When we consume caffeine, it has positive effects on mood and alertness, and people like these beneficial benefits.”
She also mentioned that caffeine can improve the memory, enhance athletic performances, good for the liver, and could even be helpful when it comes to protecting the body from Parkinson’s disease. However, too much of anything is always bad.
RECOMMENDED CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION
According to more than 400 studies all over the years, they all point out the adverse health effects of caffeine consumption, that includes general toxicity, effects in bone, effects on the earth, as well as behavioral and developmental effects. The American Beverage Association and the National Coffee Association supported the review where researchers concluded that adults may consume 400 milligrams of caffeine every single day, but nothing more than that. “People vary in their tolerance of caffeine. Many people consume caffeine without negative consequences, but for some individuals, either regularly consuming too much caffeine or consuming too much at once can cause distress,” Sweeney said. She also mentioned that an individual’s tolerance to caffeine always depend on the size of the body as well as how they metabolize caffeine, which can, of course, all be related to any sort of genetic differences.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
Since adults are recommended on having not more than 400 milligrams, too much of it will totally lead to you having trouble sleeping, nervousness, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, irregular heartbeats and excessive urination. “Caffeine is so ingrained in our day-to-day habits that we don’t think of it as a source of a potential problem,” Sweeney explained. “It’s not to say everyone will have the same effects but it’s important to be aware that it has psychoactive effects, and it can even interfere with things in ways that we don’t expect.”
Dr. Vince Bufalino, the spokesperson for the American Heart Association said that caffeine has the power to aggravate as well as accelerate one’s heart. For instance, if you have atrial fibrillation, or more commonly known as irregular heartbeat or hypertension, two cups of coffee is more than enough for you, but if you are sensitive to caffeine, then it must be cut out completely from your diet.
Although for some people, it can be extremely hard to avoid coffee or even to simply cut their intake. “Withdrawal can sometimes interfere with day-to-day functions and can include severe headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritability, depressed mood or even flu-like symptoms.
Experts can give out tips on cutting back on caffeine such as keeping a caffeine diary, try other alternatives, and more, but it is always best to consult your doctor so that you would know how to properly approach it.