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Long-term Impacts Of Coffee On Human Health3 min read

10 July, 2019

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Long-term Impacts Of Coffee On Human Health3 min read

Due to its magical biological effects on our brain, coffee was once a controversial drink for a long time. It is common for many people to drink about 2 – 3 cups of coffee a day. This number in Finland is up to 6 to 7, some even drink 30 cups per day. Yet, have you ever wondered about the long-term impacts of coffee on your health? 

The Positive Effects Of Coffee

A girl smiling with her customer in a coffee shop

Many studies have claimed that java-drinkers gain a lot of health benefits if they maintain their daily coffee habit for a period of time. The caffeine in coffee is a bioactive compound with stimulatory effects on the central nervous system, leading to a positive impact on long-term memory. A University of California study showed that adults who took 200mg of caffeine before their memory test had much better scores than those who did not. And, believe it or not, coffee beans contain 4 types of Vitamin B and antioxidants, including B1, B2, B3, and B5. 

Another study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information claims that caffeine in coffee can protect against Type II Diabetes, which is a precursor to Alzheimer. 6 cups a day can reduce 33% risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Coventry University sports scientists also found in an animal study that coffee has an impact on preventing age-related muscle loss.

And Also, The Drawbacks

On the other side, coffee can become a two-edged sword if you are addicted to it. 

  • Cortisol – Too much coffee can create excess acidity, which triggers the hormone cortisol and impair your ability to lose fat.
  • Depression – Caffeine causes spikes and dips in your mood by getting your energy levels higher and then waving. This syndrome may increase the risk of experiencing symptoms of depression.
  • Addiction and later issues – Caffeine withdrawal is difficult and unpleasant once you are addicted. Sleep imbalance, headache, and diuretic are the three common problems triggered by too large a dose of caffeine a day.

Our Recommendation: Never Exceed 400 Milligram Of Caffeine Per Day

A too quick drop of coffee

There will be no negative consequence if you never break through the limit of 400 mg caffeine a day. A robusta cup contains about 180 mg, while an arabica coffee cup has about 120mg on average. 

Children should not have the habit of drinking coffee daily until they reach 18. Women who are pregnant or who are planning to be pregnant should talk to doctors and limit their daily coffee consumption.

Additionally, there are some medicines which interact with caffeine and lead to serious health problems. If you are about to use some of the following medicines, it will be best that you pay high attention and request for advice from doctors:

  • Ephedrine: Mixing caffeine with this medication might increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or seizure.
  • Theophylline: This medication, used to open up bronchial airways, tends to have some caffeine-like effects. So taking it with caffeine might increase the adverse effects of caffeine, such as nausea and heart palpitations.
  • Echinacea: This herbal supplement may increase the concentration of caffeine in your blood and may increase caffeine’s unpleasant effects.

There are 2 main types of coffee beans called Robusta and Arabica. You can find some useful information about those 2 kinds and the amzing rise of cold brew – a current coffee trend here.