The Pros and Cons of Caffeine
In order to optimize health and fitness, an
individual needs to monitor their diet while maintaining an exercise regimen.
Of course, the usual suspects need to be monitored including fats,
carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, etc. Often though, one of the things not
monitored is caffeine intake. According to experts, there are pros and cons to
consuming caffeine. And consuming caffeine is easier than you think. Not only
does coffee have caffeine, but so do many sodas, energy drinks, and anything
According to researchers, too much caffeine
ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal problems including stomach problems like
ulcers, and impaired digestion due to raised acidity levels in the stomach.
Some individuals have also experienced heartburn as a result of too much
caffeine being consumed. Even decaffeinated beverages have been proven to cause
the same effects as caffeinated beverages. Though, the biggest contributor to
the aforementioned effects is coffee.
According to researchers, coffee is addictive, and
causes numerous adverse conditions for the body. Coffee has been shown to
reduce the production of DHEA as well as other anti-aging hormones in the body.
Thus, an individual who ingests more coffee than the average individual ages
more quickly. Also, scientific research is beginning to show that coffee
drinkers are more at risk for having a heart attack. Research has also
determined that coffee contains a compound known as Torpedoed, which is known to
increase cholesterol levels in the body. To make matters worse, once an
individual has developed an addiction to coffee, it is very difficult to
alleviate the addiction, and withdrawal symptoms are wicked. Symptoms include
constipation, depression, drowsiness, headaches, moodiness, loss of appetite,
and in some cases nausea and vomiting. To make matters even worse, long-term
exposure to caffeine can lead to sterility. Scientific research has made a
correlation with consumption of too much caffeine, and in some cases,
specifically coffee, to reduced sperm counts in males, as well as development of
defective sperm by males.
Having said all that, there are actually some
positive attributes associated with consuming moderate amounts of caffeine.
Caffeine is an excellent stimulant, and very useful in providing a quick jolt of
energy. Used infrequently as a stimulant every now and again, caffeinated
beverages including coffee can be used to “burn the midnight oil” at work, or
can be helpful in cramming during finals week.
Scientific studies have also indicated that
caffeine, and more specifically, coffee, has confirmed lowering the risk for men
to develop prostate cancer. Although studies are still in the preliminary
stages, a link between coffee, boron, one of the nutrients found in coffee, and
lower rates of prostate cancer have been established. According to the
research, men who consume higher percentages of boron than average men have a
64% less likely chance of developing prostate cancer. Incidentally, boron
occurs naturally in wine, almonds, and almond flavored coffees.
So, what’s the bottom line? Overall drinking a cup
or two of coffee every week is probably ok for you, and will not likely lead to
difficulties. However, if you’re stopping at Starbucks at least once daily,
having a Red Bull for your workout, and then having a chocolate bar after your
lunch, you’re probably consuming a bit too much caffeine, and are putting
yourself at risk.