Coffee- Can I have too much?

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For some people coffee is that early morning “pick me up” boost to get through the day, for others, it can be seen as an addictive poison where you are always craving for more.

The health impact of coffee has long been a controversial topic with supporters preaching its antioxidant activity and brain-boosting ability, and advocates of insomnia, indigestion and increased heart rate. When it comes to drinking coffee there is short and long term effects.

Caffeine works primary in the brain, where is affects the function of the neurotransmitter. The Neurotransmitter is the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our body and brain. It tells you heart to beat, lungs to breathe and stomach to digest. It can also affect sleep, mood, concentration and weight.

Caffeine acts as a stimulant to the neurotransmitter, and if you drink too much in a short period of time, you are likely to experience systems of: Anxiety, dizziness, restlessness, insomnia, upset stomach and a fast heart rate.

Caffeine can affect people in different ways. This is primary due to every person having a different genetic makeup. Depending on your genetic makeup, you may experience a high or low tolerance for caffeine. However, people who drink caffeine everyday are more likely to build a higher tolerance than those who drink it rarely.

People who suffer from medical conditions such as anxiety, high blood pressures or diabetics, are more likely to suffer negative effects.

Although the short term effects of coffee suggest coffee is not beneficial, it’s the long term effect that has coffee lovers celebrating. Through research and tests, researchers have discovered:

1. Coffee has been sourced as a healthy antioxidant. In fact, coffee has been proven to show more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa.

2. Caffeine acts as a short term memory boost. It affects the brain responsible for memory and concentration.

3. Coffee may assist to protect against cognitive decline.

4. Coffee enhances exercising performance.

Caffeine affects each person differently, so you can expect positive and negative side effects. So how much coffee is too much? It is said the average intake of coffee is recommended to 2 cups per day or 100 mg of caffeine per day.

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