What is Caffeine? Is it Good or Bad for Health?

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee, and cacao plants. Caffeine can be best described as a bitter substance that is present in more than 50 plants in the world. For a common man, caffeine is his energy booster. It is something that drives him up and gets him going in the morning. It helps you stay alert. So we do have coffee breaks-Right?

BUT, do you know what happens once the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream? Is it good or bad for your Health? Let’s find out!

Benefits of Caffeine

Drinking about 400 mg of caffeine a day is considered safe for healthy adults. It is approximately equal to 4 cups of coffee. If consumed in appropriate amounts, Caffeine will give you the following benefits:

  1. Boosts Brain Health – Research has proved that people consuming limited amounts of Caffeine have shown better brain functions like improved alertness, shorter recall, and reaction time. Caffeine consumers also have shown a lower risk of depression and anxiety. Caffeine reduces the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  2. Healthy Heart – Caffeine reduces the risk of heart attacks and other related diseases by 18% when compared to non Caffeine drinkers. Caffeine might slightly raise the blood pressure in some people. However, this effect generally goes away in most individuals once they start consuming coffee regularly.
  3. Your Gym Buddy – Caffeine can enhance your exercise performance thereby helping in fat burning and boosting your overall metabolism. A small cup of coffee before the gym and you are set. Wow, Amazing isn’t it?
  4. Protection against Diabetes – A lower risk of Type 2 Diabetics was observed in people consuming caffeine. Caffeine has proven to impact insulin and increase or decrease blood sugar levels. However, the result is different for different individuals.

Some other health benefits of caffeine include an increase in longevity, protection against skin and liver cancer, gout prevention, and better gut health.

Side Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine, on one hand, can stimulate your brain and on the other hand, can also harm it. Consuming more than 400mg of caffeine per day may lead to:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Tremors

Pregnant women should limit their intake of caffeine. Caffeine can easily cross the placenta, which can increase the risk of miscarriage or low birth weight. 

So Is Caffeine Good for You?

The World Health Organization has taken coffee off of its list of potentially carcinogenic foods, Harvard Health reports. Great news, isn’t it?

But remember that moderation is the key when it comes to caffeine. Certainly, if you’re drinking too much, short-term side effects can include migraines, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, frequent urination, upset stomach, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.

So, you can enjoy your daily cup of tea or coffee guys without feeling guilty about it. But remember too much of anything could be dangerous. Keep healthy, Keep safe!

Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty born and brought up in Mumbai is a Digital Marketer by profession and a writer and philanthropist by passion. Rohit started his career with First Step Publishing in Mumbai in 2011 as a Digital Marketer and excelled in the field of Publishing. With First Step Publishing, Rohit eliminated the cumbersome process of waiting for a writer to get published. With First Step Publishing, Rohit Shetty has been known for marching forward with some great titles and allowing first-time authors to find a platform and publish their content in a market space that focuses on branding a certain 'author' rather than scouring talent. In an interview with DNA, First Step Publishing has been reported to be one of the fast-growing publishing firms based in Mumbai. The firm has the tagline 'Paying Ways For New Writers' which is meant to reflect the motive with which it was founded. Rohit Shetty holds two National Records Records being Book With the Shortest Title " i " with Limca Book of Records Special Literature Edition and with India Book of Records as well. He holds the title of the Most Published poet of India in 2012 and 2013 with India Book Of Records and Unique World Records. Apart from writing, Rohit is also an active Philanthropist and works towards Education and Health sectors. Awards and Recognitions Nominated four times for India’s Fourth Highest Civilian Award Padma Shri in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 2012: Rohit has been recognized for his work and felicitated at the Grand Finale of Mulund Fest in 2012 by MLC Mr Charan Singh Sapra and MPCC President Mr Manikrao Thackrey 2012 and 2013: Most Published Poet by India Book of Records 2015: Book with the Shortest Title from Limca Book of Records, India Book of Records 2018: Member of NITI Ayog Atal Movement of change and Mentor of Change 2019: Nominated by Social Samosa as 40 Under 40 Digital Marketers in India 2019: Rohit Digital Marketing Blog www.rohitnshetty.com ranked 13th Spot as India's Best Digital Marketing Blog by Expertido 2019: Rohit Digital Marketing Blog www.rohitnshetty.com was also Ranked in Top 50 India’s Best Digital Marketing Blog by Feedspot 2019: Received prestigious Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Award for work towards building the nation 2020: Global Brand Icon Awad by Brand Opus 2021: Rashtriya Prerna Award

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